All the updates.

It has been a long while since I posted anything then some pictures! I think the last real blog post was before Luna’s surgery !

If you don’t remember – because it has been so long – the wound that Luna had on her leg ended up being because she had one very broken splint bone!

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v. broken

That was a fun surprise ! Not. She was scheduled in for surgery a few days later and off she went! The clinic is literally right down the road from the barn which is nice. Not so nice is the fact that dingle berries tried to fold her self in half trying to come back out of the trailer after she went in. That was fun. Great way to give me a hear attack horse.

My vet was nice enough ( is it nice ?) to let me watch the surgery. My god was that nerve wracking. And running behind. Pete’s penis cutting took longer then they thought it would. Poor Pete. We couldn’t really see much due to how they drape them and the fact that the viewing window is on the same level as the surgical room. But maybe that was for the best to not be able to see much of it.

Everything went well, and I even got to keep the fragments that they took out. Which were a shocking amount. Don’t ask me what I am going to do with them, I just thought they were cool. #horsepeopleproblems

 

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first five minutes of turnout….whhyyyyy

She came home and did really well on stall rest after the surgery which I was a bit shocked by. She did have one crazy moment in the cross ties when they are cleaning her stall and ripped her halter in half so that was great.

We did have to deal with some soft tissue damage from the broken chunks rubbing. I decided to spend my monies and we did shockwave which I have always found to make a big difference and an injection of Amnion that was suggest by my vet. She says that we wouldn’t have seen as much healing as we did if we had not done that. You can’t even see anything going on in that leg and she is sounder then I think she has ever been!

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there is a fin up there

So now we have just been focusing on getting fit again, trying to find a saddle that works for us again and staying in one piece. She is not doing very good at the last thing, and is also being a pain about the second thing!

Things never go to plan

It’s been a while….again. Life, it’s busy. We went on holidays, work is busy, beagle is busy. Horse is still hurting herself.

Yup, she has done it again. For the third time in less then a year.

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look at those antennas

It isn’t as major as the previous two times which is a nice change though. But it is still a bummer.

I think it has been a month since she cut herself. Maybe 3 weeks? She has had most of that time off since she did it the same day the farrier was out and her toes were a little tender after that and all of this wet weather.  See below on “wet”.

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wtf mother nature you can stop raining for a bit now

Pretty sure that I might get swallowed by the mud monster sooner then later. The horses are over this. The only dry anywhere is on the path to the barn, and the barn itself. We needed the rain, but not this much rain, for this long. All that in the forecast for next week is RAINRAINRAIN.

At least she’s pretty.

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Answers.

Well the vet was out again on Thursday to do their thing and find out some more stuff on what has been going on with Luna lately.

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Angry, drunk pony

The ultrasound showed some changes going on, better then the x-ray showed the week before. Right now the vet is only grading them as being mild changes.  Not exactly what a person wants to hear any day of the week.

We had a few different treatment options : shockwave, mesotherapy or injections. I chose to do the shockwave since it worked so well for Calika, and the mesotherapy.  The injections weren’t a necessity at this point, and from here on out we at least have a reference point to go off if the pain relapses at a later point. Which I hope it doesn’t.

The mesotherapy was interesting to watch – even for a person that does not like needles. She got a combination of traumeel, lidocaine and dex from about her T15 to L2-ish region. It is supposed to “reset the pain” according to my vet and give them a chance to start feeling better.

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day after – she was feeling much better

She has definitely been feeling better. She’s been LEAVING THE BALE to come to me when I go out to get her. Yeah, the hippo mare is actually leaving food to come and greet me. AND nickering at me. WTF. I am confused.

Which then also makes me feel like a shit owner. She has been giving my signs that she hasn’t been happy for quite some time. I just thought it was something else. Hindsight is 20/20…but still…

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pretty sure she is feeling better lol

I get to get back on her on Monday for three light days before slowly working her back into what she was doing before. We are hoping that being able to strengthen her back/SI area will stabilize everything and maybe we won’t have to do what we do, or inject anytime soon. Time will tell.

For now she gets to have a cool racing stripe down her back 😂

Vet day.

Well today is the day we start trying to figure out what’s up with Luna. We’ve spent most of the last week and a half not doing much of anything. I had a quick ride on her a couple of days after her bodyworker came out. Lunged her once, long lined her once and went for a hand walk the other day.

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just a random lexie picture

She seems happy to be doing nothing right now. She is definitely happier to see me. I get nickers most of the days I have been out instead of mare glare. That makes me feel worse knowing that I was probably making her that grumpy. Hindsight is 20/20 though I suppose.

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I started her on Recovery this week too and man, I have NEVER seen her dive into grain like she has since I started feeding her the Recovery. No joke. She has never been motivated or super interested in grain. Most of the time she won’t even eat it. But with this stuff she just can’t get enough. I am all about them eating what their body needs. Guess she just hasn’t “needed” other things I have fed her in the past. Whether that was the BOSS, or the probio’s etc – guess her body just didn’t need it.

And you are welcome for this rambling, stream of consciousness blog post….that I ran out of time on and wanted to post anyways. Oops !

 

 

NQR

That’s the only way to describe what is going on with my horse right now. Not quite right.

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We’ve had a pretty easy week, she’s had some body work, now we are just waiting for the vet to come out on Friday.

And it’s not just a case of the Nasty Mare Syndrome either. Which it probably wasn’t when she was so nasty a few weeks ago either. I’m feeling pretty bummed out and sorry for myself. Plus I am not patient, I don’t want to wait till Friday.

I have my fingers crossed it isn’t what I think might be going on according to some people, but I don’t have my hopes up.

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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!

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!