Sunday, February 28, 2016

Horse Selling Part - 4

When I left off Benny had just had a discouraging pre-purchase exam. Wednesday I took him to veterinary clinic that specializes in lameness....and they said he's not lame. The buyer is still interested and would like radiographs of his front feet. If those check out then he is sold.

In the mean time I have continued to ride him and we have been having fabulous rides! I had been feeling un-motivated but a good lesson on Tuesday night got me back in the groove. KB asked if we wanted to learn something new and I said yes! We introduced shoulder-in, haunches-in and haunches-out. We did a rough version of all three with instructions to continue working on them.

As the week has progressed I have woven those movements into our rides and they are getting better. Not only that, but I can feel Benny becoming more adjustable and supple. It's incredible to think of the progress we have made in 1 year. We are actually starting to dance together and it's such an awesome feeling.
I'm going to miss this beautiful sweet boy when he is gone.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Answers Coming Soon

Benny has a lameness exam scheduled for Wednesday morning at 10am.  I am so curious to find out what the problem is....wish us luck!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Equine Therapy

My "lame" horse and I went on a lovely therapeutic trail ride this afternoon. It certainly doesn't hurt when your trail horse loves his outings in the forest too! Sometimes all you need is an hour or two with a few good friends to put the world to rights. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Horse Selling Part 3 - Discouragement

We are only on chapter three of my horse selling story and I'm already discouraged. Benny was vetted today by the trainer of party #1...and he did not pass. Now I know there's really no such thing as pass or fail, it's just information gathering.

Long story short he was said to be lame on his right hind and maybe his right front. The right hind was noticed at the walk and then after flexions and the right front was also noted after flexions. When I took him home I turned him out in the arena to see what I might be missing...and I'm still not sure.

I plan to pursue this to see what we can find out and the buyer is still interested pending those results. Hopefully I can get him looked at next week and we can get some answers.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Horse Selling Part 2

Benny had his second set of shoppers come on Monday. From our initial communication I knew she was looking for a horse to do low level dressage, trails and at liberty work. She wasn't concerned about his catching issue and all seemed to be lining up pretty well. That was before she got there and told me she hadn't ridden in 13 months. She got on after I put him through his paces. After walking for a few minutes she trotted about one lap around the arena before saying his trot was too big and forward for her. Now my co-workers/horse friends are joking that I must be spectacular rider to be able to ride that trot. Haha. Trust me, it's not true.

Stay tuned for the next installment of Horse Selling, taking place on Friday.

Transformation Tuesday

One item that has been hanging out on my to do list was to tackle Emi's mane. I let it grow through out the winter but I actually really dislike it long. Not only does it make her look like a dumpy pony but it's an overwhelming amount of hair. 

Friday I got a cool new mane tool that came highly recommended by a friend. Between that and my thinning scissors I got her mane under control in short order. I do think that I could make it a bit thinner and shorter...but I didn't want to get too crazy with it. 

So, what do you think of the new look? 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Growing Up Good

Is this little girl cute or what?! She's becoming such a big girl and I always love hanging out with her.  She had a nasty dirty tail so she got it washed on Sunday. Once I got it cleaned up I braided it and put it in a tail bag. She is an amazing amount of hair! She was quite good for her beauty parlor time. I'm going to be tackling that wild mane soon. She needs to look like a proper sport pony when she begins work. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Timing is Everything

I hopped on Benny with plans for a lovely ride on Saturday morning. Instead I discovered a lame about terrible timing. This horse hasn't been lame in the year and a half that I've owned him! The current consensus is that he most likely has a stone bruise or abscess brewing.  I had a potential buyer scheduled to try him today so I cancelled that appointment. I'm really glad I discovered he was lame on Saturday rather than today when the prospective buyers were here.  Hopefully he will be as good as new very soon! In the mean time he's getting some extra TLC.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Horse Selling Part 1

You all know that my plan has been to sell Benny. He was officially listed last week and I have had a lot of interest in him. The first prospective buyers flew in from California today. Once they arrived we headed out to grab Benny....and I couldn't catch him!

I've had this problem before but put a breakaway halter on him last spring and haven't had an issue since, until today. Talk about horrible timing! I had told them that he could be hard to catch, although I thought I had the problem solved. Thankfully a fellow boarder was around and she assisted me in catching him.

Once caught we took him in to the barn to clean him up. They looked him over, asked some questions and I got him ready to ride. I put in a very brief ride on him before the trainer hopped on. She rode him really well and seemed to enjoy him. She let her client know that he was super safe. The buyer walked him around for a few minutes while a cell phone was retrieved so that we could take some video. Next she picked up the trot and off they went. Unfortunately she was not prepared for his big bouncy trot and was nervous about it. Although she rode him around for 10-15 minutes she struggled with riding him and in the end opted not to canter. She was bummed as he checks every box on her list (arab or half arab, trail experience, low level dressage, safe etc).

Before they went both the buyer and the trainer told me how much they liked him and what a lovely horse he was. They said that he was exactly how I had represented him and they really appreciated how honest I was. It was a good experience for all parties and nice to meet such up front normal horse buyers. I spoke with two more prospective people tonight and have one scheduled to try him on Sunday. The search for the perfect home continues!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Still a Mystery

Roz had his appointment Monday and we don't really know much. His blood work came back normal (aside from a stress leukogram) and his exam was fairly unremarkable. The things we did discover are that he has a heart murmur and that he had a very high heart rate. Interestingly enough, I've taken it the past two nights and I got 42 Monday night and 34 last night. At the appointment they got 120 at first and then 60 a couple different times. The only thing we can think of is that he was stressed. Whats amazing about that is you would never have guessed that from looking at him. Apparently he was internalizing the "stressful" situation. 

The vet does not believe he has cushings or that anything is wrong with his teeth. He mentioned ulcers which seems like a possibility especially if he really is more stressed than he appears. The vet is also a chiropractor/acupuncture person so Roz got the royal treatment with both of those things. It will be interesting to see if there is any change in him. 

As I was pondering all of the different behaviors I have been seeing I realized that Roz may not like the grain he has been getting. It was re-formulated this fall and he has been picky about it since then.  At first I thought it was the cool calories he was also getting but he has been off cool calories for at least a couple of months and he's still acting picky about his feed. Along with that, one of the complaints I had was inappetence but in thinking about it more it's not really inappetence. On the days he doesn't finish his grain he still goes right to eating his hay. Now I'm going to try some different grain to see if he is more enthusiastic about it. 

Long story short, there's nothing really easy/obvious wrong with the old man. His body condition is great and he appears to be in overall good health. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Public Speaking

In November I was asked if I would consider speaking at a fundraiser lunch event for Project HER (a breast cancer support service in our area). At first I said heck no...but I kept thinking about and felt prompted to agree. I was very shy as a kid and hated public speaking. If you would have told me that at some point in my life I would have volunteered to be a speaker at any event I'd have said you were crazy!

Fast forward a few months and Saturday was the big day. I had 20-25 minutes to share the story of my breast cancer journey with a crowd of about 100 people. I wrote out my entire speech, in case I forgot everything once I got up there. I was nervous but it really wasn't too bad.

Not only did I tell the story of discovering my cancer, going through surgeries and treatment, but I told my story with Emi and where we are now. It was actually, dare I I had the chance to talk to several people afterwards. One of them was the marketing director for the clinic that Project HER is based out of. She asked if I'd be willing to share my story at other events and I told her that I was willing. Before I left I had been told about 3 opportunities that they thought I'd be great for. Apparently I'm going to be getting some more public speaking practice!