Friday, May 31, 2013

Catch Riding

I got to ride Gator tonight. I was riding him a couple of days per week almost two years ago. Sadly he started having hock problems and as actually been mostly out of work since then. They have finally made some progress with him and I will hopefully be back to riding hm 2-3 days per week. He's a great worker and fun to ride. Yah!

Tomorrow I'm up bright and early to go ride Cobie, before heading to a horse show with Tarra. She and Mystic will be competing and I will be taking photos. It should be a wonderful day!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Good Things

I saw my surgeon on Tuesday and he told me that I could start getting back to my normal activities. I worked out at Curves both Tuesday and today and I felt good. I'm definitely being cautious but I want to make sure that I don't undo everything that we've already done.

I also got to really ride tonight! A lady from NDF is on vacation and offered me her horse while she's gone. I don't have a lot of time the next few days but I got in a ride tonight and I'm hoping to get on him on Saturday too.  He was excellent tonight. We just did basic walk/trot/canter, along with leg yields, a bit of shoulder fore, and haunches in. I focused on my position, keeping my shoulders back, my hands up and together, my heels down, and my toes forward. There's always so much to do! I think I will probably be sore tomorrow. I haven't really ridden since I sold Chevy, at the end of February.


Roz got his hooves trimmed today and they look great. He is finally starting to grow some heel. Yah! I brought him in for the farrier and he sighed so big as soon as we stopped. Such a silly boy. You'd think we were really putting him out, by making him get his hooves trimmed. Life is rough. Just wait until he sees the vet pull up tomorrow for his shots!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Back in the Saddle

I rode today! It was the first time in about 6 weeks. Last time I rode Roz we went on that very long trail ride and he came back home sore. He felt very even and comfortable today, and didn't take any funny steps. I wonder if him getting more time moving around the pasture has made the difference. Honestly I don't care what fixed it, I'm just happy he felt good. I think he was happy for the attention and the ride.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

35 Questions

Borrowed from Viva Carlos. I thought it looked fun. 

1: A time you've been scared for your life on horseback.- There has definitely been more than I scary experience but one of them was when I was trying out a 4 year old TB mare. I was around 14 and really was not ready to be riding such a young green horse. It was windy out and the mare took off. We ended up running a few laps around the arena with me hanging on for dear life. Thankfully she stopped and everything turned out fine. 


2: There's a huge party at your friends house or you could have a lesson on the same night, which do you go to?-If it's a huge party? I would go to my friends house. I would just plan my riding week around having that party one day. 


3: Favorite markings a horse can have.-White markings on their face, preferably a blaze. I actually love all chrome. 

 
4: Would you rather deal with bolting, rearing or bucking?- None of the above, although if I had to pick one I'd say bucking. But not bucking like this. This was several years ago now but I still remember what that felt like. Roz will buck a little bit but he warns you way in advance by putting his head down and hopping around. That's totally okay. 


5: Agree or disagree; To have good eq means to be a good rider?-Disagree

6: If you could try any discipline on any horse for 1 day, what discipline and what horse?-I'd love to ride the Grand Prix dressage horse, North Forks Cardi. It would be so fun to do tempi changes, piaffe, passage, half pass, and pirouettes.


7: 3 horses you'd want to ride/meet the most?- As stated above, I'd love to ride Cardi. I'd also think it would be fun to meet a great racehorse like Zenyatta. And any of the Olympic horses would be awesome!


8: On a scale of 1-10 how good would you say your seat is?- 8 I think that my seat is one of my best traits. I've got good sticking ability. Hahaha

9: One of your goals for the next year, horse-wise.- To purchase my baby!

10: Would you rather teach lessons or train horses?- Either, both are rewarding.  

11: Have you ever given a lesson for money?-Yes

12: If you were a trainer, would you want to train little kids, pre-teens, teens or adults?-I'd train any of them, but I really like pre-teens and teens.
13: Have you ever ridden someone's horse for money?-Yes.


14: If given the opportunity, would you exercise track horses?-Probably not. Those horses are a bit too green for my liking! It would be fun to breeze a more seasoned TB though. 


15: On a scale of 1-10 what is your confidence like in the saddle?I'd say 10 on most horses, until they give me a reason to not trust them. 
16: 3 things you need to work on, riding-wise?- Getting my shoulders back, my toes pointing forwards, and having a nice wrapped around leg. 

17: 3 things your horse needs to work on.-At this point Roz doesn't need to work on anything but staying healthy and fairly sound. 


18. Top 3 favourite riders?- I don't have a top three.

19: Is there anyone you'd say is a bad rider ? (don't give names)- Yes

20: Are you better on the flat or over fences?- I'm better on the flat because I've spent more time on it and haven't really had a horse to jump since Roz retired. 
21: How high do you think you've jumped?-3'3"- 3'6"

22: How high do you think your horse would be capable of jumping?-I think he could have probably jumped close to 4"


23: Opinion on tackless riding.- I love riding bareback and I think having a horse with enough training to go bridless is very cool. 

24: Have you ever lied or over-dramatized anything about your riding?-I try not to lie but I can be dramatic sometimes. :) 


25: Do you think you're a good rider?- Yes, I do. Not the best, but I work hard at it and believe I have several good habits, along with some bad ones I am working to fix. 

26: Ever had barn drama?-Sadly, yes. But none currently. NDF is the best!

27: Favorite things about the barn you're at?- Well Roz is at home and I love having him there. So my favorite thing would have to be being able to walk outside and see him any time I want. My favorite thing about NDF? The people. 


28: Will you show next year? If so in what?-Yes, my plan is to show my cob in hand, and maybe even find a horse to do some dressage shows with too. 


29: Plans for your horse over the next year?-No big plans for Roz over the next year other than continuing to trail ride with him. 


30: Would you share your tack with people?-Yes. I regularly share stuff with Tarra.  

Has a horse ever shattered your confidence?- Yes 
32: Ever been scared to get on a horse?- Yes

33: Do you get nervous before shows?-No. I used to, but then I got Roz. I showed him a lot and he was always a rockstar. I quickly became very comfortable with it and still feel like that now, even when riding something new. 


34: Hunters or Jumpers?-Jumpers


35: Last time you fell off? What happened? Were you hurt?- September 2012- Chevy tripped and fell to his knees when we were walking around the pasture with Tarra. It was a total freak thing. It hurt, and I laid on the ground for 5 minutes since I pretty much fell on my head/neck (I had a helmet on), but I wasn't actually injured in the process. 




Sunday, May 19, 2013

Busy Weekend

These last couple of weeks have been super busy and the next few months are going to be the same way. There is SO much to look forward to, I can hardly stand it. This is a very random post so bear with me! :)

Friday I was approached by a young lady who was diagnosed with breast cancer a month ago. Cancer is brutal, at 24 (or 31) you never expect that you could possibly be diagnosed with it. If you are a woman reading this, please be sure to be doing self breast exams, especially if you are young since there is no other screening done for you. It's totally treatable, especially when it's caught early. I'm praying for the girl that approached me, and if you are reading this, I'd love for you to email me.

Yesterday was another busy day, working in the morning, watching Tarra ride Tolo, watching the Preakness, and house sitting. Tarra's had Tolo since I first met her, but she sold him a few years ago. He came back to her a few months ago because he is now blind in one eye. He had gotten to the point where his old owners could not ride him and said he was very spooky. He's pretty much been out on pasture since Tarra has gotten him back, with a little lunging thrown in. She hopped on him yesterday afternoon and he was awesome! I'm so proud of them and can't wait until Tolo is back in the show ring.




When I woke up this morning I saw that I had received a $500 donation towards my pony fund. What an awesome way to start a day, and an enormously generous act by an old friend. Then today was Pant's first horse show of the season. He was as gorgeous as ever, and has definitely matured since his last outing. He was a good boy.

The judge said he has a plain head, but I definitely disagree. 
He kept yawning as the judge was inspecting him...I think he was bored. 



Connor over at CobJockey placed 4th at his very first starter event. I'm so excited for them. I know Jen has put a lot of time into Connor and it's always so nice to see a pay off for all of that investment. Congratulations!

Also, for anyone who was thinking about placing a Scentsy order, please do so in the next few days. Here's the link https://lomakesscents.scentsy.us/Scentsy/Buy/SetupPrompt and it ends on the 24th. Thank you to everyone who has ordered so far. I really really appreciate it!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

What's Really Important


I occasionally get asked about having had cancer, and how it has changed me. That’s kind of a hard question but it’s definitely not an experience you go through and remain unchanged. The scariest part was really those first few weeks, when I found the lump, called the doctor, and waited for additional testing to be done to determine what was going on. After having an ultrasound, and a mammogram I went in for a biopsy. The radiologist said something like “well we’re here today to determine what kind of cancer you have.” That was really a shocking moment. Up until that point, all of the people that I had talked with had said that there were a lot of different things it could be, it’s highly unlikely to be cancer etc. Almost everyone had some sort of breast lump story that turned out to be nothing, and that’s what I was banking on. Suddenly that was no longer an option and I had very little information at that point. Once we had a treatment plan figured out and something to “do” I felt a lot better.

Now I find that I’m easily annoyed (I’m not sure that’s really the right word) when I hear people moaning and groaning about things in their life that are actually not as big of a deal as they are made out to be. Things like their weekend plans being ruined, or their horse being a bit naughty, or their car being in the shop. I realize those things are definitely inconvenient/frustrating/disappointing etc. but in the scheme of things they aren’t that big of a deal. I feel like this has really become more apparent to me because of the experience that I have had. I’m normally a positive person and having had cancer, it has actually made me even more positive by really putting things in to perspective. I don’t consider a crazy day at work, or things not going as planned, a bad day. I consider getting a phone call that you have cancer as being a bad day, or your uncle being in ICU on life support, or being hit by the bomb at the Boston Marathon, or having someone die. I hope that I don’t ever lose that perspective and am able to appreciate every day that I am given. We never know when it might be our last, or when we wil get life changing news. We are truly very blessed, and I want to be thankful for all I have, and enjoy every day to the fullest. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

2 Weeks

I love this time of year! Between my jobs, house sitting, and horse shows I'm going to be quite busy. Then, in 2 weeks, I get to add back in working out at Curves, and riding. We are planning a beach trip in June that I am really ready for. Our last beach trip was a bit on the wild side. We aren't planning to have that much fun this time around. I'm sure Roz will enjoy the outing and I know I will.

Tomorrow is 10 weeks since the end of chemo and at 12 weeks I plan to start taking monthly hair pictures. I've got a full head of hair now, and it just looks like I have a buzz cut. My fingernails are growing out and there is a distinct line between the "chemo nail" and the healthy looking nail.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

He Won!

Cardi did it! He went double clear in both cross country and stadium, to win his very first 3 day event. He won on his dressage score of 21.3. I'm so impressed. I expected him to do well but honestly, how many horses can go from winning in the Grand Prix dressage ring one month, to winning in eventing the next month? Not very many from what I've seen. What a cool horse!

I've also been impressed with a few mules lately. There's a mule around here named Porter who is showing 4th level dressage. He's pretty amazing. Then when I was taking photos at a show today, there was a jumper mule! Check him out!




Saturday, May 11, 2013

Tack for Sale

I have a few items I'm considering putting on ebay but decided I would start here first. All of the items are used but in good condition. They were just bought for horses that I no longer have. 
Pink, size medium woof boots. $20 (plus shipping) 
Nunn Finer brushing boots, large. there is slight fading in the straps of the boot on the left. $20 (plus shipping)
The back side of the above boots
Horse sized figure 8 noseband $35 (plus shipping)
A close up of the stitching
Roz modeling the figure 8
Cardi went double clear on cross country today. Hopefully he will do the same in stadium tomorrow!

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Prince and the Pea


Roz got a beautiful brand new fly mask with in the last couple of weeks...and he doesn't like it! I'm sure you are wondering how I can tell. I've been noticing that he was shaking his head a lot in his mask, especially when I was hand grazing him on Wednesday. I took his mask off after we had been out there for a little while and he seemed happier. I didn't really make the connection until I put it back on him for our walk back up to the barn, and he began shaking it again. The next morning I put it on and watched him walk all the way across the pasture, shaking his head. I grabbed his old mask and followed him out there. He considered playing hard to catch, since I had just let him out, but he thought better of it and stopped for me. Once I changed his mask he shook his head once and happily started grazing. I'm really not sure what it is about the new mask that he dislikes, but he definitely dislikes something. Now I need to contact SmartPak and see if I can return the offending fly mask. Who knew I had such a sensitive boy!? 
Maybe he is offended that it makes him look like a mule!? 
I also got the good news that I should have a horse to ride again (besides Roz) when I am released by the doctor. There is an appendix quarter horse gelding at NDF named Gator who I rode a couple of summers ago. Since then, they have been dealing with some lameness issues. His owner just bought another horse and then made a breakthrough with Gator's lameness. Gator is a very sweet dude and I'm really looking forward to riding him again!

In Cardi news, he's competing at his very first 3 day event this weekend at Novice. He's in first place after dressage (surprise, surprise) with a 21.3. What a cool boy!!!

We also reached 50 followers today. That is awesome. Thank you to everyone who follows along. Hopefully the ride will get more interesting as I begin raising a baby and getting prepared for the day when we can start riding and showing. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Grass

Since I can't ride my pony I decided to hand graze him instead. So much yummy grass. Life is good!








Also, a big thank you to Cob Jockey for re-posting my story! 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

9 Weeks

Tomorrow marks 9 weeks since the end of my chemo, and today was 2 weeks since my final surgery. I got to take the tape of off both of my incisions this morning and they are healing really well. I am particularly happy with how the spot on my chest, where my port was, is healing. It currently looks like a deep scratch and nothing more. Just in time for wearing tank tops, dresses, and any other clothes that show that spot.  I also got my eyebrows waxed today. That may not sound like much, but for someone who was losing all of her eyelashes and eyebrows only a month ago, it's amazing that I already have enough eyebrows that need waxing! I can't wait until my first hair cut. Hopefully that will come in the next couple of months as my hair continues to grow. Yah! I'm so excited. Now I'm just counting down the days when my surgeon clears me for working out and RIDING again. 6 weeks are just way too long. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Scentsy

About a month ago I was contacted by a girl who went to my same high school, although she was a couple of grades ahead of me. She had heard about my cancer diagnosis and read my blog, and wanted to help me out in purchasing my cob. She generously offered to host a fundraiser for me as she is a Scentsy consultant. We got together today and I got all of the information from her. You can order online at https://lomakesscents.scentsy.us/Scentsy/Buy/SetupPrompt. You just join my party and shop. Her goal is $2000 in sales which would result in a $500 addition to my fund! I have a Scentsy and it's really nice. I think it's easier (and safer) than a candle and it makes it more simple to change fragrances. The party runs through May 24th. Feel free to share it with your friends. :) If you aren't interested in a Scentsy but might still like to help, then you can donate here. Every little bit helps!

Also, be assured that I am working hard to accomplish this goal. I know that I have chosen an expensive sport, and an expensive horse, and there's just a lot of hard work involved in making something like this happen. It's been my dream for a few years but after being diagnosed with cancer and going through treatment and everything, I just decided that now is the time to see my dreams become a reality. We spent many hours in that chemo room discussing my North Forks Cardi baby and how excited I am about this. I can't wait to start blogging about my actual baby when I get him. I'm so ready to get on with my life and I know that we are going to have tons of wonderful adventures together.
A photo with Mystic that I forgot to share with you on Saturday. My hat is from Hollywood Park and was signed by the jockey's down there. I wore it in honor of the Kentucky Derby. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Springtime Sunshine

Roz was feeling good this morning, trucking around his field as soon as I let him out. He didn't even seem to notice that I cut him off his morning grain....

Then I let our lambs out, and they all crowded around to be petted. How cute are they!? I've really been enjoying the couple of minutes I spend with them every morning. They are all so sweet.

Tarra took Mystic cross country schooling and I went along as photographer and chauffeur. I'm not sure how that girl lucked out but she did. I got lots of cute pictures. Mystic was a superstar (as usual), and we had fun. It was pretty warm but the wind was blowing and we were the only ones out there. Normally it's really wet around here in the spring, so it's quite unusual for us to be able to get out on the cross country course before June. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

So Blessed

I have had an amazing day, so full of blessings. I got up a little bit earlier than normal because today was take your horse to work day...aka Roz goes to the dentist. I work at a vet school and they needed horses for an advanced dentistry course that was being taught. My surgeon would probably not be happy with me hauling a horse to work less than 2 weeks after my surgery, but lucky for me my boy is a star and didn't cause any trouble.
Posing before loading up. 
We got to work about 20 minutes early and I let him out in one of the paddocks. Roz thought this was a grand adventure and put on a show. Rolling, strutting around, snorting, and generally being a dork. I guess he was excited abour our field trip.




So much for grooming him last night and this morning! 


He got his teeth done in the morning and I took him home on my lunch hour. It sounds like he definitely needed to be done but everything went well. I got lots of nice compliments about how handsome and well behaved he is. He was thrilled to rescued and hopped right in the trailer for our trip home. 
Back in paradise! 
As I was driving back to work I was thinking about how incredibly blessed I am. Too often we see all of the things that we "don't" have or all of the cool things that other people have. But really, how many people in the world own a horse!? It seems so common (to us) and yet really it's not. To have a truck and trailer and be able to take that horse anywhere I want, is awesome. The grass is green, the sun is shining and life just feels great.

Then...my cob got his first things today, as hand-me-downs from April and Pants! She was going to sell this stuff in a tack sale that I was taking items to, but I couldn't pass them up. A weanling halter, fly mask, and a pony sized leather halter. So fun!


Then....my parents and I went out to dinner with my grandparents, for my Grandma's birthday. My mom pulled a card and envelope out of her purse and starts telling us about her boss pulling her aside today to give her a special collection they had taken up for my pony fund!!!! How cool is that!? I was shocked and of course thrilled. We are up to $2600 now. I had another person approach me about doing a Scentsy fundraiser, so if you are a Scentsy person I should have details on that next week. I'm so humbled by how many lovely, generous, thoughtful people are in the world. Amazing! So a big THANK YOU to all of those sweet people. I am beyond excited about this pony and can't wait to share him with all of you. 


With my Birthday Grandma. Consider these photos my official 8 week hair pictures. Yah!  :) 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Loved

I got Roz's SmartBug-Off today and I just love SmartPak. This was in the front of his drawer. 
Now lets hope it really works! I always have good experiences ordering from SmartPak and I'm happy to use their products. Roz also got a new fly mask. I really debated buying the new SmartPak flymask but in the end I was unsure about the sizing and opted for the SuperMask II (with ears). His old fly mask is Cashel, and although I like it the sizing seems off on them. I first purchased a horse sized one for Roxy and it was always on the big side, so I got Roz a cob sized one. The cob size is slightly small. Ugh. Oh well, I'm just glad he is all set for this season and I look foward to seeing how the SmartBug-Off works.