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  • Originally posted by luckymaverick View Post
    I need big time jingles for Pony. Early morning texts are never good- Fab let me know that Pony has gotten into something again- her right thigh is super swollen with a puncture wound plus a high fever. It's not draining or streaky- no idea how it happened. The pic she sent, Pony is weight bearing so there's that. We're all super worried.
    Jingles from AZ!!
    “A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.”

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    • Jingles from Milo and his mom that Pony's wound responds quickly to treatment!!!

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      • Oh my gosh Lucky, I'm jingling like mad for pony. Really hoping she heals right up and the fever goes away.

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        • Jingling as well! Maybe mine will be doubly strong since I'm so close.

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          • thanks for the jingles, I've been a nervous wreck all day! Fab is not the alarmist type, which makes it worse. Maddie's been a special pony from day one- Fab bred her on the farm. My mind goes to all the bad places- I just don't know what I'll do if it doesn't end well. Pony's the best thing to happen to me in my riding career, barring my old hunter. Pony can be stubborn as heck, if anyone can rally, she can

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            • Lucky - sending all sorts of good thoughts for Pony and {{hugs}} for you!

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              • Oh no! Massive jingles for Pony!!
                I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne

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                • I just want to give a quick THANK YOU to both greys and TC for their kind donations for my St. Jude Ride. I thank you both VERY much.

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                  • So many jingles, Lucky!!

                    What LOVELY trips, greys!! Any updates on the OTTBs, PF?

                    Things here have been pretty uneventful - I find it so difficult to be motivated to ride when it is 95 degrees with humidity to match. We have another local show at my barn next weekend that I think I am doing (I would have to skip a home football game for a team we have season tickets for). And then I decided to take Fiona to Tampa for a rated show in November! I think we will do the 3' adult eq. I would also do her in the derby but unfortunately it runs on the same day as the adult eq, which is too bad. I will try and find a medal that fills to do as well.

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                    • Eq, I totally hear you on the weather. It hit 99º here, and I just can't ride in that. Yuck. And of course it's super humid here as well.

                      I just talked to the director, and we're trying to work something out. Crossing fingers that I have more news soon. I should know by Friday, I think. I can explain why it's complicated a little bit later.

                      lucky, any updates?

                      greys, I forgot to mention how I loved watching those last videos. So nice!! I bet you're thrilled, too, with the new boy. Sounds like your trainer is! That's a big plus.

                      Sparrowette, good to see you. Any updates?

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                      • So the jingles worked!!!! According to Fab, the puncture is barely visible, Pony is on antibiotics and pain meds and is "such a drama queen". That's my girl

                        I, however, will need all the bravery jingles for Sunday. I told Fab I would ride whoever. Keeping in mind the last two times I've tried anyone but the arthritic QH, Sweetheart, it has gone so badly. Buddy takes my anxiety and mirrors it. Straight Fire just speed walks and I haven't been brave enough to trot her. When the kids ride either one, they need a crop. My nerve pill should help, plus the desire to break in my new boots.

                        Eq- good luck with your shows! I don't like riding with humidity either.

                        PF- hoping to hear about your new addition soon. Can't wait!!

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                        • Lucky- Yay, so glad the jingles worked for Pony and she is well on the way from being "drama queen" to her normal wonder pony. Bravery and confidence jingles to you for this Sunday. Its a great opportunity to use all your gains in riding, so send the fear bird to sit on the fence and talk to herself; you are too busy to listen to idle chatter.

                          PF- Fingers crossed that all your plans work out and you will be welcoming a new addition to your barn.

                          Greys- I loved watching your videos, always a fan of seeing Sandro go - now I can cheer for Hudson too. He looks so much fun to ride.

                          Suzie- Sending hugs and jingles for rain and good weather.

                          Eq- Hoping for cooler weather, good luck and fun at the show this weekend.

                          Emerging from "lurker land" with a relieved vet visit. We have had a quiet summer doing flat work, dressage lessons (much to Milo's dismay, who thinks it's BORING) and lots of fun trail riding. Last month I wanted to start ramping up his fitness level in prep for hunting season so I had a check by the vet to see if any work was needed. Milo is pronounced happy and sound, ready to ramp up the work.

                          And .. that triggered his self destructive phase where he goes nuts in the pasture, comes in with an interesting variety of wounds, yanks off his shoes one after another and then for good measure comes up lame behind. Never say they are sound when your horse can hear. After a month of giving time, doctoring cuts, taping feet, putting shoes back on, packing feet, trying one vets idea, going way down the proverbial mental rabbit hole at 2 am; we arrive at the clinic determined to get to the bottom of it all.

                          After lunging, riding, hoof testers, nerve blocks, we finally decide that the front lameness is (in the vast array of possibilities) the more benign heel/hoof pain of just needs his pads back on. The hip pain (possible pasture fall) is muscular, resolving and the acupuncture hopefully will do the trick. Yes I know that there is so much more that all this could be, but right now I am going to block that mental rabbit hole, follow the vets orders, and rejoice in the possibility that I hopefully will be back on in a week. We will spend the week in some ground work, firmly reminding him that only sound horses get carrots. I told him lame horses don't get any because "their moms spend all their money on vet bills, and have none left over for carrots". He is going to get them either way, but hey it might work.

                          In April I picked up a FORD - Found On Road Dog. Coming back from the foxhound kennels, I picked up Dewdrop. I think she was a discarded deer dog, and is possibly spaniel/hound mix. She is very sweet, smart and my cats are horrified but she is here to stay. While we go on our many, many walks I have really been working on my posture and it is translating to the saddle. I have realigned my hips, lift my core and the shoulders fall into place. Trainer is amazed, but it is because of Miss Dewdrop. I am still quite happy to lean and hunch when distracted, but I catch it and snap back into a tall position with out needing a reminder. Dewdrop loves her couch, and I am thankful for her gifts to me in and out of the saddle. Don't ask for comments from the cats- it won't be pretty.

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                          • Trot On, hoping for Milo's quick and complete recovery. Also...we need pics of Miss Dewdrop! She sounds awesome. Thanks for giving her a home!

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                            • Trot On, hoping for Milo's quick and complete recovery. Also...we need pics of Miss Dewdrop! She sounds awesome. Thanks for giving her a home!

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                              • Trot- thanks for the encouragement! And yes, I'll second the request for pics of DewDrop.

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                                • Okay, I just did something crazy. My trainer, who I don't see often enough since he is always at shows, called me about a horse. He is a teen, but supposed to be in great shape, great jumper, show miles...I bought him sight unseen. He needed a soft landing, but that's a longer story. My trainer has done a lot of work with this horse and says I will love him. He is taking 0 commission on the sale. It just had to be an on-the-spot yes or no. So I said yes. I pick him up tomorrow. I am so excited!! Maybe I wasn't able to make a quick deal on the other two (still waiting on an answer from them) for a reason. Now I can relearn the ropes form an experienced horse and be ready for my next youngster a few years from now. I didn't know his name, color, etc. when I said yes, but I have since gotten some pics texted. He is cute. His name is Dante. Bay with a blaze. TB shows, here I come!
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                                  • PF- wow!! Can't wait to meet Dante. I love a bay with chrome. So excited for you. Knowing your trainer, Dante will be wonderful.

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                                    • I will have to tell you more, lucky. I have a little more info. Here is the new boy. Unfortunately he had a shoe twisted on him and it has clips, so he must have jammed the clip up into the white line, so the poor boy is lame. We brought him home, pulled his shoes. He got a good medicated bath, skin treatment, tail wash and detangling, hoof soak, hoof packs, and a bit of soaked alfalfa with a bit of bite. Feel sorry for the poor boy. He has just been turned out with no feed, so I guess they didn't check on him much. Who knows how long he was on a twisted shoe. (This is not my trainer's barn.) But he is here, he will be loved and cared for. Trainer called me today from the Brownland show to tell me how happy he is that we have him. He loves this horse. Turns out he was the one who got him off the track years ago. He sold him to a client who had him for years but fell on hard times. Blah, blah, blah, and here he is. . Lovely personality.
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                                      • PF- Dante is absolutely lovely!! What a curious, kind eye. I'm with your trainer- I can't think of a softer landing for him. The clips, are they instead of nails?

                                        I got some good Pony snuggles before my lesson- she was even feeling well enough to be playful with me. I rode Straight Fire, as predicted.

                                        Straight Fire is amazing- just don't tell Pony. Forward walk, smooth as glass trot and she moves out when you ask correctly. Does a great trot/halt, She is like Pony and I, another lefty When she first came to us, she had no real idea what snuggles were. She loves them now. She even dropped her head like Pony does and she loves her face washed with a soft rag. I told Fab I would ride her any time. She's 15 or 15.1. I felt rather high up. She 's not as fluffy as Pony. I did have initial nerves but I got over them and even rode with a dressage whip. I normally hate doing that but she needed the extra nudge.

                                        I'm currently in my tall boots and breeches. Been in them since 5:30, I used a soaked washrag. When I hosed Straight Fire, I doused the ankles and calves exterior for good measure.

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                                        • Hey, lucky. Sounds like you had a great ride! Congrats. The clips are just on each side of the shoe to offer additional support. There are still the normal nails. It also keeps the shoe from sliding back. Some people love them, some hate them. We do use them on our horses, though.

                                          We soaked Dante's feet, used Magic Cushion, and wrapped them on Saturday. Yesterday we unwrapped and kept him in Cavallo boots. He's doing much better already. I hope to put shoes back in next week. I think his feet need a little time to grow out a bit before poking new holes in his hooves. Oh, and I immediately started him on ration balancer and Farrier's Formula. He was just on grass with no grain at the other farm. I think his nutrition was lacking. So hopefully all that helps. I received photos of him jumping from my trainer, and he's really pretty cute. I'm excited for the future.

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