Monday, February 25, 2008

She did it!!!

Summer is finally side passing to the right! I was so proud of her yesterday. I got her to side pass without a fence behind her. I even got her to side pass over a log out in the pasture and over a log that was in the barn yard. She is finally getting it. I still have to turn her nose to the left towards my knee and ask with my left foot, but she is doing it. When she passes to the left, we don't have to turn the head. I figure, it won't take her long to "get" what I am asking for and the head turning can stop when going to the right as well.

What a pretty weekend we had. I spent all day Saturday with my daughter at the barn. We did all kinds of chores. Then I took her shopping and out to eat. We went and got hay. Those were some heavy bales too. She and I were trying to unload and stack them and one of the men at my barn came over and finished it for us. Thanks Larry!

Then Sunday, I spent the day out at the barn, cleaning and organizing my carriages, (I have three). David (hubby) came out and worked on my friend's golf cart and worked on my horse trailer some. I need to go get a scraper and some 80 grit sand paper and start getting rid of the rust. Then I saddled up Summer, and we took off out to the trails. Summer was a gaiting fool out there last night. She hit that running walk lick and she was off. It was wonderful! She was really on her game last night. Let's pray that she is that good in two weeks at the Scamper CTR.


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Rain, okay....Mud, yucky!!!

I hate mud. Why did we like it as children? We made mud pies and mom would pretend to eat them. Maybe I wouldn't hate it so much if I didn't have a horse. I hate trying to clean her pen, poop mixed with mud is just a pain in the...well, you know.

I groomed Summer night before last and I swear she shed a whole nother horse. Plus she has some pretty bad thrush in her back feet. For those of you that don't know, thrush is a fungus/bacteria type yuck that can make them lame if not caught and medicated.

I did some more plastic bag work with her that same night. When it was over, I had her carry a bag on her surcingle. She did it, but wasn't real happy. She was quivering a little when I asked her to stop moving. You could see that sigh of relief when I took the bag off. I don't know why she is so scared of them. It's not the bag so much, but the crunching noise the bag makes.

If there is not a lot of rain tonight, I may saddle her and do some arena work in the covered arena. I hate it. It is boring. But mentally, I know we both need it. I still need to work her on that side passing to the right. And I need to work on off side mounting.

Better go,

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

What a weekend...

Well, needless to say, I didn't do my first LD. But I did get a little riding in this weekend. But better than that is, my husband actually went horse trailer shopping with me! I about fell out! My friend's fiance (David B.)is selling his little 2 horse BP. So we went and looked at that and then David (my hubby) wanted to go look at a few others before he wanted to commit. After a day of shopping and getting on the net and looking locally up to 75 miles, he said I could have the trailer (David B) is selling. I have a little 2 horse BP (bumper pull), but mine is a circuit trailer (no tack room or dressing room). This one is a performer. It has an actual tack room/dressing room and it is big enough for me to sleep in when I go camping! I won't have to sleep in my SUV anymore unless I just want to. YIPPY! It does need a little work, but I plan on really fixing it up and it will probably be my trailer for a long time. The little trailer I have now is ugly, but it is functionally sound and gets me where I need to go, and it was free. This little old lady gave it to me because I used to take care of her old TWH gelding. I did have to buy tires and rims for it and have a couple of running lights fixed, but the floor was good and it pulls good. So as soon as I get a few things fixed on my new/used trailer, then Brownie (my old trailer) will be finding a new home. BTW, I know my new/used trailer is old (see picture) it is about a 1984 WW brand but Brownie is a 1972 WW brand. So for me, it is a step up.

On Sunday, Liz, Mary, Kim and I went to the Grasslands for a light and easy ride. No conditioning, just a pleasureable stroll in the woods. It was real nice. I actually felt like riding too as the infection in my tooth is pretty much gone and I am only having some pain now, not excruciating pain like before.
Also, another good thing for me this weekend, during my ride with Liz, I borrowed her Skito pad for Summer. Summer's back is so touchy that it took me forever to get a proper fitting saddle. Now I am looking for a proper fitting pad. I have been using my barn owner's gel saddle pad for the last year or so. It has done me very well. The other day, she finally said she would sell it to me. I have been looking for months for this same pad for me to buy and cannot find one like it anywhere. Anyway, I have also bugged Liz, on and off, to sell me her Skito pad as it is too long for her paint mare Jazz, and Shelby, her TWHxQH, doesn't require a built up pad. This particular Skito is about $200.00. She told me Sunday that another friend of hers wanted to buy it but she told her that she had promised it to me if she ever sold it. Well, bless her, she sold it to me this weekend (of course for less than $200). I kinda guessed she would since it would be for Summer and who do you think I bought Summer from? Yip, Liz. So Summer has a special place in Liz's heart and I know that if Liz has something for sell that will benefit Summer, then she will let me have first shot at it.

As for today, I started my root canal. Everything was great, until I got back to work and the novacain wore off! Thank you Lord for vicodin!!! I go back in two weeks for him to finish the root canal, and make a "mold" for my crown. No, not my tiara, I already have that! (hahaha) I just can't wait for all this to be done. All I can say is, this root canal so far, has not hurt any worse than that abscess did. So I was a big girl at the dentist office today and didn't cry once. (smile)
Well, better quit rambling for now.
Thanks for reading!

Friday, February 8, 2008

No Freeze R Burn for me...

I just couldn't do it. My tooth, jaw, gums, head, you name it, on the right side of my face, is still hurting. Not as bad as before the dentist. But I am not going to chance on paying money to have fun and ride and then be in pain. I didn't want to be miserable and I didn't want to make my friends weekend miserable by my moaning and whining. There will be another ride. I just need to get this tooth taken care of.

On the plus side, Summer is in the best shape she has been in, in a while. So I need to keep that up for the Girl Scout Scamper CTR in March. Plus I want to do the OK Land Run in March as well. So I figured I will do some good ground work with her for now. She is not real fond of plastic bags, so we will work on that. And side passing to the right has little to be desired. And I need to work on my ground mounting and off side mounting. Other than that, no real obstacle issues for her. As far as the mounting goes, those are my issues, not hers.

It is supposed to be a beautiful weekend here and I really want to get some riding in, even if I need to take some pain meds for my tooth to do it!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


I have a tooth that is in the beginning stages of abscess. No wonder I am in pain! The dentist (who I really liked) put me on antibiotics and vicoden. And now, I have an appointment for my first root canel next Tuesday. I am nervous about that. I have low tolerance for pain, hence the reason I only have one child, "that really hurt!" (smile)

I took one of each pill at 2pm and haven't felt any pain yet. So the vicoden must be working. Thank you Lord for drugs. Now I pray I will feel okay to do my first LD this weekend. If you read this, please keep me in your prayers.


Summer was for sale last night!

I have been working her and getting her ready for our first LD. Well, last night I was not gonna work her, I was gonna give her a break. I turned her and Hank (the Hackney Pony) out in the big turn out last night and let them run around and play in the cool air. I cleaned their stalls, got her supper and breakfast ready and then went out to the pen to bring them in. I get Hank first, I usually do because I just put him in his pen. I get Summer out second because I usually love on her or get her to do her treat stretches or something for bonding. Well, Hank is trying to come to me and Summer keeps pinning her ears. I finally get Hank's halter on and we walk to the gate. Next thing I know, here comes Summer, she spins around and I am between her and Hank and she is fixing to let him have it with both barrels! It scared the snot out of me. I am screaming her name and yelling at her to stop because we were cornered. Right next to the gate is a side fence, so there was no where for us to go. It was getting dark and she is dark colored and I have poor vision. Needless to say I was in panic mode. She stopped before she let the first blast go and turned her head and looked at me. I took Hank's lead rope off and whacked the hell out of her butt. She took off at a run and I am hot on her heals. Needless to say, her night off became a hard workout.

I hate that jealousy crap! Why do they do that? I don't feed him or love on him. She gets put out first, him second. I clean his stall and put him up. By darn it though, she wants to come in first and that's that. I love her to death but boy can she be a heffer when it comes to me paying attention to other horses!

Well, I have been having a tooth ache for the last month, I am finally going in today. My appointment was for next Tuesday, but this thing kept me awake last night in pain! They will see me today but will charge me an extra $50 for it. But that is okay, anything to stop the pain. I am supposed to do that endurance ride this weekend and I WANT TO DO IT!!! But if the dentist can't stop the pain today, I may not get to.

Well, TTFN

Monday, February 4, 2008

Beautiful, warm weekend...

I was such a beautiful weekend and can you believe I didn't get a ride in! I went to the barn and worked most of the day Saturday. Helping the barn owner erect a stallion pen. She was trying to do it by herself, and those stallion panels weigh a ton! So we got that together and hopefully soon the stud colt will be moved into there and Tracey can move her girls into their new pen. She will be my neighbor.

My plans were to get a good ride in on Sunday, but that didn't happen either. But I was okay with it because my friends Mark and Melinda had their baby at 12:36am on Sunday. So my daughter and I went baby shopping and needless to say, I spent too much. But shopping for a baby is just as fun and shopping for my horse. I know, hard to believe, but it is. So, at 5pm, we (June, Barb, Pat, my daughter and I) loaded into my SUV and headed to the hospital for a visit. OMGoodness, she is soooo cute! I just love babies, that is, as long as they belong to somebody else. (smile) I am too old to be doing that again. Mel looked great. I wished I had looked that good after having my baby.

Anyway, now I am rambling.

Just want to say, congratulations to your new baby girl Mark and Mel. She will be the light in your life and of your life.