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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Am I the only one…

That doesn’t like reading online horse-related articles? I just cannot sit there, and read them !

me trying to read articles

Lots of them are in tiny little writing, with too many ads or other gobbly-gook on the sides that it is just so distracting trying to read them. There are rarely enough pictures pertaining to the actual topic that I am reading about. It is either more ad’s or something un-interesting.

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boop

I am also more of a “do-er” then a “reader”. The only article I have read (that I can remember) that I have learned something from, and has been useful to me was the article on Practical Horseman by Laura Graves on creating a self going horse.

Did it take me all day at work to read it? Yes.

Did I enjoy reading it?  Yes.

Why? Because it was interesting. It was written in the way I learn AND there were lots of pictures! Plus I quite like Laura Graves’ way of doing things. It wasn’t overly complicated talking about having the “feeling” that so many articles talk about – but how do you understand that when you aren’t on the horse?

how i prefer to read

Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy reading. But the format I see on a lot of websites makes it hard for me to read. I would much rather have a book/magzine in front of me.

So please tell me that I am not actually the only person that is like this….please?

 

Bloghop : Favorites of 2018

I first saw this over on Amanda’s Blog yesterday and I just could not, not join in on this. Because blog posts with pictures are so much more “my thing” then actually typing out a bunch of words. Don’t get me wrong, I will probably do a full recap, but this is too fun!


Favorite show picture

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Well I haven’t shown at all in probably two years. But this is one when we were at least away from home! When we actually remembered how to load…

Favorite non-show picture

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Favorite thing you bought 

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Obviously my saddle!

Favorite moment on horseback

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This was from (I think) our first ride out at Blackfoot this year. She was stellar. I don’t think I’ve ever fast cantered – because we don’t have much of a gallop lol – for so long. Good company and ponies keeps my happy

Favorite moment out of the saddle

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Not horse related at all. Best week, with the best husband.

Favorite “between the ears” picture

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From one of our many trail rides out at Blackfoot this summer. Wish we had been able to get out more!

Favorite horse book or article

Laura Graves: How to Create a Self-Going Horse

I actually just read this this week, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. No forward but all the crazy has been Luna’s thing the last week and the day I read this article I had the BEST ride.

Favorite horse ridden (or groomed/cared for) aside from your own

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Quinn ! She may have been the only other horse I think I’ve been on but she was SO MUCH FUN!

Favorite funny picture of your horse

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This was from the same lesson as the gif from below….mare’s, they are opinionated !

Favorite fence that you successfully jumped or movement that you conquered

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By far it was finally getting some clean changes. I suppose we at least ended on a good note before she was off for 5 weeks for finally accomplishing this?

Favorite horse meme or funny picture

 

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I hope you have enjoyed the picture recap and do this yourselves! And no skipping !

M.I.A lately.

Not that I am actually posting that much on a normal basis, but some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting really AT ALL over the last few weeks. 

Luna’s been off, so it’s not like much has been going on with her. I couldn’t be bothered to post a bunch of pictures of her miserable in a stall and what her poop looked like, how many there were and how much she pee’d. While those are all important things to us horse people, no one REALLY wants to read about that! 

who wants to read boring?

Luna also being off has actually made me a sad panda. More then it should have. It’s not like she is broken. She JUST has a cut. And I’ve needed to remind myself of that several times over the last few weeks. I just get sucked into the vortex of “what if” and then starting thinking about everything else that could happen because of it being a cut. It is a vicious circle.

me literally the whole last five weeks

I’ve finally gotten myself back to feeling more “normal”. I am doing things again other then sitting on the couch playing video games. My migraines have kind of mostly gone away now. I’m cooking again. Now that I am back on my horse, I think I will be feeling even better. 

The other reason that I haven’t really posted at all is because my ancient decrepit MacBook Pro decided it didn’t want to work anymore. 

I CANNOT write blog posts when I am on break at work. I just cannot concentrate. At all. There are too many nosies, too many people, and just too many distractions. And seeing as that was the only access that I had to a computer it just was not happening.

Until Thursday that is. 

Helllllooooo beautiful

Happy Early Christmas to me – Thank you wonderful Husband! I am hoping that I can get back to this a bit more. Literally have been at home for maybe two hours with this beauty and I have already typed out two posts and have them scheduled – go me!

What kinds of things keeps you guys from getting posts out on the regular?

just because