Nasty Mare Syndrome.

me to Luna lately

The above GIF is probably be best/only way to describe what my beast of a horse has turned into lately. Honestly.

She has never been one to have a shitty attitude while in heat. Ever. This year is clearly a whole different story though.  She is also in her second heat of 2019. How?! WHY?!!!!! Oh wait…..it’s because there is a gelding living in the mare pen. For the second winter in a row. Did I mention she also hates him? But her hormones say otherwise….

what she thinks of him

I’ve started her on a Magnesium supplement ( that her body worker suggested like a year ago) in hopes that it would help her anger to being brushed and maybe make her a happier pony. She’s only been on it for a couple of weeks now but I am seeing a difference. I can brush her without seeing the snake face at least so I am taking that as a win.

Little backstory – a couple, maybe 3, years ago, she came in one day in the spring with a weird swelling in front of her udders. Right about where her scar from her surgery as a foal was. She was also OBESE coming out of that winter. Asked one vet – thought it was just a fat deposit so we put her on a diet. Which just stressed her out and she ate very little over like 5 days not being in her normal pen. Hey….she did lose weight which was the ultimate goal so it counts right?

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2017…not her fattest

She lost some weight and it seemed to help. That vet thought maybe she was coming in her first heat and it was related to that. K, whatever. But then in the fall it came back in full force and this time it was warm. Cue me freaking out. Because what’s new there?

Had an other vet out and we decided to do an internal ultrasound. Which showed nothing. But the vet that she had been a broodmare before….because she must be fairly flappy back there.

Thing’s haven’t been too concerning since then. Occasionally I notice that it is maybe a bit more swollen then normal. But this winter she has been so incredibly grumpy. She was getting older meds when she was on stall rest which made no difference really, so we ruled out ulcers. Which I only chose to do because I wanted to get that worry off my mind – the vet didn’t think it was ulcers at all.

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because cute

Then she came back to work and it got worse – so out came the saddle fitter. Then she got better. Then she was even worse so I tried a new girth. Which made her better because she is clearly also a princess. In case you didn’t know that already. Then came the Magnesium.

It seems to be helping….let’s hope it stays that way. I want my nice pony back !

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Bad Rides + Hectic Days

Life has been a little extra insane lately. I haven’t sat down for nearly three weeks now to write any sort of anything. It is all work/pony/clean the house and repeat. And then Husband had to throw in needing to have emergency surgery a week and a half ago. Way to go husband.

how I felt the night he was in the hospital 

But don’t worry. He is fine. He’s just appendix free now. Emergency human problems are mostly less stressful than emergency pony problems. But only mostly. /knocksonwood

It has also been extremely frigid here. As in my horse has had to wear 4 blankets, for several days in a row to keep warm. Which meant no riding. Or very little riding. I also haven’t had a lesson in a month – or more – and have been having some absolutely terrible rides.

luna’s face after the second blanket goes on

Such bad rides that I didn’t even want to go out and ride. A certain mare also seems to be in heat right now too. I am really hoping that this is not how we start a heat cycle EVERY time now….I might rescind my comments on how I much prefer mares to geldings. Even the red mare was not this terrible !

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you can see that she clearly has tooooo many blankets on

 

I think we are finally past all of this nasty cold stuff and terrible rides…one can only hope. I have had two good rides in a row now, with one more ride before my lesson on Friday. Let’s hope we can keep the good rides going, and if we do have an other bad one it is at least on the lesson day.

The one good only good thing I can remember from the last couple of weeks is that we finally bit the bullet and got some new couches ! Of course they were the day Husband needed to go to the hospital. He at least got to have a full week of “resting” on them before heading back to work.

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like he actually rested 🤷‍♀️ 

For now, I am going to sit here and type out some more words at my computer desk that I  have never actually been able to use till now, and enjoy the quiet. Because my husband is on night shifts. LOL.

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this desk is older than my. grandpa made it!

 

What day is it ?

It’s riding day !

Warm enough

That’s right. It’s pretty much warm enough the next couple of days to actually get on my horse. Sure, it’s a bit colder then I would like it to be to ride in, but the over night temperatures aren’t terrible and I’m sick of this not rising bs. It’s been two weeks ! We are both going stir crazy !

It’s been so cold out that this disgusting pee-berg was attached to the tail cord of one of my Rambo liners. Can you say YUCK. Mares are nasty beaches.

So keep your fingers cross that it will stay warm enough throughout the day that I can actually get on and ride !

Who pissed off Elsa ?

If it was you, can you please apologize ? Because I would really like to NOT have approximately 500 blankets on my horse anymore !!

By now, pretty much everyone’s been hit by some wonky weather….it just so happens to be that it is stuck over Alberta at the moment and isn’t planning on going away anytime soon.

We are both over it

We’ve had such a mild winter so far and I feel like this is mother nature making up for it. “Spring” has showed its face at least 3 times, just for winter to come roaring back in. Like last weekend when we got 12+cm of snow right before this cold snap.

I want this back

 

You can see Luna’s increasingly angry mare-face as each layer goes back on in the photo’s below.

Who else is stuck in this deep freeze with 500 blankets on their horse? I haven’t been on my horse for a week and I would really like to get back to riding soon please!

Mushrooms

Yeah, I’m gonna talk about mushrooms. Because my coach brought up mushrooms in my lesson last Friday a couple of weeks ago  But really it won’t last for long.

I made a correction, albeit a few seconds late, to a fairly small evasion beginning the talk about evasions and how if you let them keep happening, they just keep getting bigger and bigger. “You need to shut it down before it takes off like … a wild ring of mushrooms”. Insert giggles because it was funny.  BUT she does have a point, and it is true.

Luna is the Queen of subtility. She can just pop her ribcage a little to the left, just slight enough that sometimes I don’t know, or question whether or not she is doing it, and then the thought goes through her mind – Well I got away with that, let me try something a bit bigger. Which if left unchecked, turns into bigger and bigger evasions, making for a harder ride and an incorrect way of going. We don’t want that.

my horses reaction to all the things

Much like what mushrooms do when they are left unchecked. They just grow, and grow…..and grow.

Each ride since, I have worked on feeling the evasions that are oh so easy for her and trying to correct them a bit quicker. It’s been hard. Her fitness level is coming back much quicker than mine is so she can push me around so easily. It’s not fun. I feel like I don’t know how to ride anymore.

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featuring the random face on my horses neck

So don’t let those mushrooms grow ! LOL.

 

The lines, they are long.

With all of the time off that Luna had, which really wasn’t that long at all, she ended up losing ALL of her topline and muscle that we had worked so hard to develop. It was to be expected, just maybe not to this level.

Most horses would be fine going back to work. Put a half pad on if they need it for a bit and off you go. But things are never really that easy with Luna. #baymareproblems I swear. The red-head never caused me so much grief LOL.

So I needed to come up with a different plan once she decided things were not up to her high standards. Because when you give your horse the best, they expect nothing less!

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ms. high standards

I’ve always wanted learn how to long-line/ground drive/whatever you would like to call it, but at home, no one ever did it much and I haven’t really “had the need” really to learn how. Even though it really is something that everyone should learn at some point. Although lots of people don’t really know how to lunge either so we all have to start somewhere.

Long lining is not just for training big horses -- it's how Lancelot, the mini appaloosa struts his stuff (photo by Christiane Slawick).
can I have?

The article that belongs with that picture – which you can find here – was probably the first, and one of the only ones that I read. I mostly got stuck at how cute that mini is because how could you not. It (and the videos attached) gave me enough of a basis on where to start with Luna before I had a proper lesson with my trainer.

The first day I did it, I realized quite quickly I had no idea what I was doing. Of course Luna was amazing, because when is she not, but my god handling two lines while trying to keep up with her and not confuse her or fall on my face was really hard.

I often trip on my own feet

 

When I met up with my trainer, she made a few changes that made both of our lives quite a bit easier. Moving the lines from being on the high side, to being on the bottom rings made it much easier to control her for one. And being closer to her made corrections so much easier.

Learning the feel was a bit difficult. But I have the same problems while I am riding her too, which was super interesting to see how it affected her in real life vs on a video and being able to correct it at that time vs during an other ride.

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work in progress with my trainer

I can foresee training the lateral work being a bit of an issue in the future. We practiced a bit leg yielding. It hurt both of our brains, no doubt about that. But the feeling that I got in the lines is something that I need to work on getting while I am on her back. And seeing how she reacted to different things while I was doing this was a bit of an eye opener that I need to take over to my under-saddle work !

One of the aspirations I wrote about for 2019 was to continue learning whatever I could – I’d say I am off to a good start and we are only a couple of weeks into the new year!

 

 

 

2019 Things

Y’all have read, more then once probably, about why I don’t do goal setting. It just isn’t my thing. Aspirations are more my thing. They seem more open to change and modifications.


Horse Related

Get over the trailer issues – These cropped up again recently (as in at the flipping vet clinic) and were something that I really thought we had gotten over. Guess not. We need to address what is quite clearly making her not want to get in and fix it. Maybe we can get our own trailer this year?

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proof that we load

Go to a show – I really want to do this this year. I want to show off all of the hard work that we have done. Being realistic though, it may or may not be in the budget. Plus we need to get through the trailer issues first. But it is a goal. Whether its one show, or ten shows, a dressage show or something else, as long as we get out and do something I do not care!

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last time we were at a show…which was probably 2016

Continuing Education – One is never done learning when it comes to horses. In any way really. You think you understand something and then there is something new to learn ! I’ve already been working on that, and added an other tool to the box this past week that I will write about soon! Whatever way these things decide to come into my life, I will greet them with open arms!

Personal

Take care of my body – This is something I really do need to work on. My body isn’t happy with me. Since my car accident there have been a few different things that make me ache. Sometimes I ignore them though…which isn’t good for me in the long run. I want to be able to move when I am 75 and that means working on me in the NOW, not when it really is too late.

Figure out my shit – This means a lot of things, some of which I don’t want to get into on the interwebz, but I need to write this down and hold myself accountable and stop having such a “yeah, yeah” attitude about it. That means learning a few things, and maybe leaving some things behind.

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beagle stalking level 100

Do all the things – This falls into the horse side of things too. I want to do the things. I don’t want to let fears of anxiety hold me back. I am really good at that. I need to break that cycle, badly.


 

There aren’t many things. But all of them have so many different aspirations behind them. I really just want to thoroughly enjoy anything and everything I can this year. And be happy while doing it. Which will mean spending time with my creatures, my husband, and whoever else comes along for the ride!

 

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gotta love life like this beagle loves everything