Thursday, 30 October 2014

My 29th Bday & November Goals

I celebrated my 29th birthday yesterday!  I was treated to dessert by my best friend the night before and my coworkers got me a special cake made.  My husband spoiled me with flowers at work, a dairy queen cake when I got home (yum) and a dinner out.  He gave me my new iPhone a few weeks ago as an early bday present also.  We went out and fed Henry before dinner which was nice because he hasn't seen him in a while.  It was a perfect birthday!

The sign for my bday cake at work.

I'm feeling pretty darn lucky to have such a wonderful husband and great horses (and cats, dogs, rabbit too!).  My 28th year was definitely eventful - I got married, adjusted to life with three horses instead of two (you have no money and you are very busy is the crux of it), and I made some big decisions career-wise.  So far year 29 is off to a great start. :)

I didn't make any October goals but I do have a few in mind for November.  It's difficult to make goals for Apollo as he's not quite 100% at this time.  I hope he is sound enough for a brief walking ride so I can get a final time for twopointober tomorrow, we'll see!

November Goals
1) Find a job for Mystic. 
2) Figure out a herd routine.  Actually probably just a general routine for my life would be good.
3) Book dressage lessons.
4) Start saving for Back on Track stuff.

Just a quick note on #3.  I asked my boss at the dressage barn I work at to give me and Apollo some lessons.  This is kind of huge for me because we're not very dressagey and I felt a bit intimidated.  But she was super excited and as soon as Apollo is sound we're going to make a plan!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Good News Post

I am happy to have some good news to report!

Apollo’s hooves are finally not sore on the gravel driveway.  I’m not sure if the Hooflex hardener helped or not but I plan to keep using it.  He’s still a little bit off and stepping short on his right hind but there has been major improvement.  What makes my heart happy is that he seems like himself again.  For a while there he was kind of...mopey.  He was almost too quiet.  I was starting to think he was just showing his age a bit more.  But yesterday he had his spark back!  Which kind of equates to being cheeky and getting into stuff but it was getting kind of weird with him being so obedient.  

"My hooves feel great!" - Apollo

 I forgot to mention a new addition to our family!  My husband bought this truck to be his winter vehicle and for me to use to haul a horse trailer with next summer.  Woohoo! 

Also, I asked about taking lessons at the dressage barn I work at.  I have worked there for about 4 years and have never ridden there.  I decided it’s about freaking time!  

It’s my birthday on Wednesday.... I don’t really observe/celebrate birthdays but my husband is taking me out for dinner so that will be nice.


Friday, 24 October 2014

Going Left

One of my friends on facebook shared this the other day:

I am definitely going left right now! :) 

The re-schedule of my mountain training clinic turned into such a mess.  I was 10 days out from going and even after multiple requests I had no information or where to go, what time to arrive, what to bring etc....You know - the important Ws of a clinic!  So I asked for a refund.  I don’t have a truck/trailer so I have rely on the kindness of family and friends or rent a truck/trailer.  I can’t be 10 days out from something and have no details.  

The outfitting company agreed to refund my deposit.  They have been INCREDIBLY slow in doing so but overall they seem apologetic about the lack of communication/generally sucking at being business owners.  I am very wary of doing a future clinic with them and will not be recommending them to anyone either.

My hoof trimming re-schedule (because of the massive snow storm) didn’t work out either due to my work schedule.  :(

Now Apollo is a bit foot sore because he was waiting for me to do the clinic and got left longer than usual between trims.  He has also done something funny to his back (he had a funny stumble when he was getting up from a roll the other day and he hasn’t been quite right since then).   I’m working on getting a bodyworker out to help him out but it seems everyone is booked up until November.

So here is my little list of “What Do When Your Horse Is Off”:

1)      Groom the sh*t out of him.  Apollo might be a little sore but he looks very dapper and tidy.
2)      Try some new products.  I’m trying this Hooflex stuff that is supposed to be a hoof hardener.  It was on sale and also makes his feet look fancy.

3)      Join a rider fitness group.  My new barn has a session of rider fitness training starting the first weekend in November.  This will be a fun way to work on my fitness and make some friends.
4)      Research nutrition, maintenance, and alternative therapies for the herd.  I’ve been spending a lot of time doing this.  I’ve been brainstorming maintenance ideas for Apollo (recovery EQ and back on track products when I can afford it....maybe next month) and nutrition/alternative therapies for Henry (I have an osteopath coming in early November and have made some adjustments to his daily meal). 
5)      Hang out with horsey friends.  I had a epic 3 hour dinner with an old high school/horsey friend on Tuesday of this week.  It was so nice to catch up and talk horses.  This weekend two of my friends are coming out to meet Apollo and Mystic.

I really miss riding right now, but I'm trying to stay busy...hopefully things start going right now. :)

And holy crap, Back on Track stuff is so pricey!  This is me right now as I'm reading the pricelist from the rep:

Thursday, 23 October 2014

October's 10 Questions from L!

Apollo is still a bit off so I'm very happy that L has 10 questions for me to answer instead of whining about that!

1. How many pairs of breeches/jods do you own? Hmmm.... I can't remember exactly but I am pretty sure I have 4 black, 1 brown, 1 plaid and 1 tan.  So 7.  How many fit me right now?  Exactly one pair.   

2. How many horses have you ridden? I would put my guess around 40.  23 lessons horses I can think of and the rest are personal horses or friend's horses.

3. How many trainers have you had?  I'm not going to count Pony Club or instructors I tried out once or twice.  8, including my new instructor now.

4. How many barns have you ridden at? 15. *read: barn transient*

5. What is the name of the horse you consider yourself to have the greatest bond with?  Apollo.  But I will always have a special place in my heart for Blue. 

6. What is your favorite show name you've ever encountered? London Fog (for a dapple grey). 

7. What do you consider your greatest weakness or flaw in riding? I'm crooked and I don't believe in myself. (I guess that's two things...)

8. What do you consider to be your greatest strength? Umm.... I try to be a quiet/soft rider, that counts for something! 

9. Have you ever leased a horse? Nope. 

10. What is the name of the first horse you rode?  My first lesson horse I remember was Pharoah.  A handsome bay with a perfect white star.  I rode Cody my dad's horse when I was pretty young too, I'm not too sure which was first.  (My mom would remember...!)

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Thankful & TBT

I had a great thanksgiving weekend!  I spent lots of time with family and had some pony time as well, which was awesome.  I worked on twopointober on Monday and increased my time to 2mins5seconds40milliseconds.  I will keep chipping away at that.  My goal is to get to 5 minutes by month end.  Work has been nuts and I haven’t been able to read/write/comment as much as usual...hopefully that changes soon

I had a lesson last Wednesday (on Apollo!  With my new instructor!).  I was so proud of him.  There was lots of horses in the arena and some farm equipment moving stuff outside of the arena walls.  He was a perfect gentleman, even though his pilot was a bit of a nervous wreck.  He was a little tender after his trim on the weekend and I didn’t expect to do more than walk.  But we did a full w-t-c and some leg yielding.  We also trotted over some poles....

Afterwards my lesson buddy, N, and I went for a ride around the hay field afterwards to cool our horses down.  She is very nice and is quite mature for a teenager.  She’s only been riding for under two years and really has an excellent seat and soft hands.  It was so nice to have a friend to chat with. 
Apollo has become a furry beast and I’ve pretty much decided to do a low trace clip on him this winter.  It took me an hour to blow dry him!  I had a new equine bodyworker check him out on Saturday and he was out in his pelvis/hip area.  I have some stretches I will be starting with him and hopefully we both start to feel straighter!

I had a lesson again yesterday and Apollo was a bit off ("sticky" on his right hind).  My instructor was kind enough to take a video for me of his "offness" so I could share it with my bodyworker friend and his chiropractor.  I stopped riding after we got this video and gave him a shot of bute.  I am likely going to buy him a Back on Track blanket as I think he was a bit stiff due to the cold snap.

Here's the ouchy video:
Video of ouchyness

As a side note, I haven't seen myself ride in a million years and it wasn't as ugly as I was expecting.  It's not perfect but it's not horrible. 

And this is our TBT (from 2007!)

Sunday, 5 October 2014

First Week at the New Barn

I admittedly did not have a great first two days at my new barn.  I decided to give it a week and if I was still miserable I'd move. 

It seems to be going much better for me now (thank goodness).  Lots of things have been going on in the last week so I'll just do a quick re-cap.

Sunday:  Arrived at new barn.  Prickly reception. 

Monday: First evening at new barn.  Fireworks.  Feeling very unwelcome. (I have to admit that I may have been slightly PMSing this day).  I totally cried to my husband for like 30 minutes!

Tuesday:  There was a lose bull on the driveway.  Rode outside (foolishly) as the bull was herded with fireworks/something that sounded like fireworks.  Footing in the outdoor arena was very soggy and walked only.  One of the stablehands didn't show up so I helped with turn-in and taking off blankets.  Mystic has a lot of eye discharge (I called the vet and booked a tentative Thursday appointment). 


Wednesday:  Bull still on the driveway.  Freak snow storm when I'm at the barn.  Put a sheet on Apollo but cannot find Mystic in her pen (due to blizzard).  Decide to leave before roads get worse.

Thursday:  Bull still present on the driveway.  I have named him Fred.  Mystic sees the vet today and has conjunctivitis.  She is given drops and antibiotics.  Chatted with a few other boarders today.

Friday: Bull is absent.  Quick visit to give Mystic drugs.  Met a friendly staff member and let Mystic play in the arena.

Saturday:  Bull remains absent.  Farrier is out for all three horses (Henry is at the other facility). And I had an equine bodyworker/chiropractor out for Apollo because he was feeling kind of funny on Tuesday.  Apollo's pelvis was dropped on the right and rotated.   I had Mystic checked as well and she was a bit out also.  I met the girl I will be sharing lessons with.  She seems very young but is super nice. :)

I'm happy I stuck it out.  I'm a bit drained from the extra driving and my back has really been bothering me.   I hope to get my lesson schedule figured out soon and will have some actual riding pictures!