Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Successful Surgery

"O' Grady"

My daughter’s horse Grady had an operation on his third eyelid two weeks ago.  He had to have a cancerous tumor removed.  She took him to the vet clinic for the surgery.  They sedated him and removed the tumor, which was quite large, without a problem. 

Grady came home the same day once he wasn’t drowsy and could ride safely in the trailer.  What surprised both of us was how well he took his SMZ’s and let her put in his eye medication.  He didn’t do that for me when they took the biopsy and I needed to administer the eye cream.  Guess I don’t have the right touch to suit him or he only trusts his girl.  I probably don’t need to mention he got lots of hugs and treats for being such a sweet boy.

So we’re all very happy he did so well and his eye healed without a problem. It’s nice to have something good to report for a change.

Quote for Today
He knows when you’re happy
He knows when you’re comfortable
He knows when you’re confident
And he always knows when you have carrots!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Another Goodbye To Another Sweet Girl


July 4, 2003 – January 25, 2016

We had to say goodbye to our sweet Australian Shepherd Maggie.  What can I say about her except she was the sweetest, kindest and most loving dog we ever knew.  She was born on the Fourth of July and when she was younger she was absolutely a little firecracker with lots of energy. Smart doesn’t begin to describe how fast she learned things. Maggie never did anything wrong and always tried to please.  I’m positive she could read minds and knew what you were thinking or going to do.  It was hard sometimes making it out the door without her. She loved car rides and came with me quite a lot. She was the dog that was always happy to see you and meet you at the door wagging her little nub, whether you were gone for fifteen minutes or for hours.

It was heartbreaking to remember her as a younger healthy dog and then have to watch the decline as old age took its toll.  Her back legs couldn’t hold her up anymore and she'd developed kidney disease.  She also had a lot of tumors that couldn't be removed and she had gone mostly deaf.  Recently, she couldn’t help panting most of the time and I knew she was in pain.  I had a harness for her with a strap handle and basically had to carry her around like a fuzzy little suitcase. It was hard for her to get up and down, uncomfortable to walk, and impossible to go up or down steps.  Maggie wasn't enjoying her quality of life anymore and the kindest thing we could do was let her leave with dignity. Maggie went peacefully with lots of hugs, kisses, and tears.  I told her to go find her brother Murphy who left us in September 2014.  She missed not having her big brother around but I’m sure they are together again. The house seems very empty and strange without her here but I suppose I will get used to it, because I have to.

Quote For Today
“Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.”
John Galsworthy

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Well, That Was Different…

" Nate"

On the longe line (Outside)

My daughter’s horse Nate has always had a problem with working in the indoor arena.  There seems to be something that he just doesn’t feel comfortable with and he will let you know by rearing, spooking, or discovering some escapade to get you off and get himself out of there.  Longeing him is also tricky, as he likes to become airborne and can become an out of control freight train.  So she decided not to ride him in there anymore until he was calmer about the arena.

The doors and windows are still all open because the weather has been unseasonably warm.  The double doors at the end have had gates installed instead of the longe line we had strung across them.  No one has ever tried to get out of the indoor through the longe line except Nate.   One time while turned out inside he thought it would be a good idea to gallop the length of the arena and jump out over the line.  Beautiful form, too, I might add as I was standing outside the door watching him bear down on me. I dove to the right just in time or I’m sure he would have jumped over me, too.  The gates were added basically for Nate and to keep Gunnar the dog from coming in and trying to play with the horses’ tails while we were riding. 

Recently, my daughter took Nate down there and started working with him on the longe. After walking him around and letting him investigate anything that caught his fancy, she decided to let him loose to walk around quietly on his own to get used to the indoor on his own. Everything was secured shut. I’m sure you’ve guessed already that Nate jumped out again.  No, not over the gates at the ends. We have what we call a "man-door"--about the size of a standard stall door--that we use to come in and out of the arena and there is a wooden half-door about 4' high that goes across the bottom of it.  He jumped out over THAT.  Because he's an equine genius (just saying.) He galloped straight for the big open end doors, which are also 4', made a sharp left turn in front of those, and he just barely squeezed himself through the tiny opening at the top of the man-door like a circus horse through a hoop.  No easy feat for a 17.3 hand Dutch Warmblood who is very well built, wide and muscular. And did I mention smart? His withers just about scraped the top of the doorframe.  But his form was damn near perfect.  There’s a small hill right outside the door, which he landed gracefully on, cantered up, and began to graze.

The moral of today’s story is:  Always expect the unexpected when dealing with horses (especially Nate)!  Nate is our very "special" horse in the barn.  I’m sure you all know a Nate.  If there’s trouble to be had, he’s the first one to find it.

Quote for Today
A horse is poetry in motion. 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Monday, December 21, 2015

" Merry Christmas "

From Our Barn To Yours

"Merry Christmas To All Our Friends"

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Going Forward

This past weekend Blue and I had a longing session on Saturday. He ‘s an old hand at longing and knows his cues and also knows there’s a treat in the barn at the end of a session. It’s a pleasure to longe a horse who knows his job and does it without being dramatic. The longeing wasn’t for him but for me.  I basically wanted to see how he was moving and if anything might be bothering him.  He’s had some hock issues in the past and I didn’t want to ride him until I assessed where he was physically.

We’re starting out slow until we both get into better shape.  I took him to the indoor on Sunday for a short ride.  We walked and worked on steering and bending a little bit.  To keep it interesting we walked over cavelletti and switched directions a few times.  If Blue gets bored he will find something to make it more interesting for him and it usually involves a diversion that will satisfy his sense of humor at the riders cost. I’m happy to report that we had a very nice ride together. Blue was very well behaved and seemed to be enjoying himself.  For some reason he was being very sweet to me and let me give him hugs and kisses. Blue has the ability to always make me smile because he’s such a character. 

Until next time

Quote for Today
In the quiet light of the stable, you hear a muffled snort, a stamp of a hoof, a friendly nicker. Gentle eyes inquire, “How are you old friend?” and suddenly, all your troubles fade away. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

" Happy Thanksgiving"

I would like to take a moment to thank you all for your kind words and heartfelt sympathies on my loss of Dusty. It was appreciated more than you know. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

falling leaves
hide the path
so quietly
~John Bailey~