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  • So jealous of the hunter pace talk! I would have liked to have done one this year, but it was not to be with work and Tajars sarcoids putting him out of commission. I'll just have to plan for next year.

    I can't believe we are half way through September, and soon the blankets will be coming out. And we'll all moan here on the board about ridng in teh cold!

    Tajar's lump on the front of his cannon bone is the result of the cut he sufferred back in June. It looked like it had healed really well, but the injury affected the membrane that covers the bone, and he has a small spot of infection in there, even though teh laceration has healed well and is fully closed up. The knot/lump is swelling. It is interesting to see on the radiographs - I wish I could figure out how to post them here. Anyway, he is on antibiotics, and the leg needs to be cod hosed and rubbed with DMSO 3 times a week for the next two weeks, and he'll have quilts and polos for the next couple of weeks as well. The good news is, it already looks a lot better. He is on a regular schedule re: turnout, etc., and the vet said he can be ridden, so I'll finally get to ride him again this Saturday.

    His chiropractor came yesterday, so I am sure he is a happy camper. He loves the chiropractor!

    bumknees - hope the drive went well.

    Hope the group's road rash and broken bones are healing well!
    Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion.... ~ Emerson


    • Hope everybody had a good weekend!

      I have a potentially silly question: How do you adjust your foot in the irons so the the outside is farther forward than the inside? I have "old lady" stirrups (offset eye) so they are easier for me to pick up, but I can't get the slant correct.

      And nothing bad happened!


      • Hi everyone! I wanted to give a quick update on my gelding that I gave away...he is doing EXCELLENT at his new home. I think he wanted a new job. She's been taking him cross country schooling, and the trainer said that he is going around super happily and confidently, and at higher heights than he's ever jumped before. I think he found his calling, and let me tell you- it thrills me to no end to see him succeed. Brings me to tears, actually.
        Blog chronicling our new eventing adventures: Riding With Scissors


        • Wonderful news, PH! You made the right decision.
          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


          • That's wonderful, PH!
            And nothing bad happened!


            • That's great news, PH. There's a horse for every rider, and a rider for every horse. The hard part is getting them matched up correctly.

              Glad everyone seems to be trending the correct way. Up, better, improving.
              Us too! Mr. All Better has settled down, and is no longer spooking at everything. He's still sound both directions, so the spooks and jumps didn't hurt anything. We're still putting off the next vet check until at least the end of October. We are cautiously optimistic that he'll be cleared for a bit of cantering at that time.
              It's 2017. Do you know where your old horse is?

              www.streamhorsetv.com -- website with horse show livestream listings and links.


              • Bumknees how are you doing?


                • Im doing fine. I "graduated" from OT, PT, and ST this week so thats good.

                  I went to an eye Dr. this week.. it no wonder I couldnt see well my 5+yrold glasses are well so out of rx it is amazing I could see at all. And I go back in two weeks for a test of somesorts for my peferal(sp)vision whitch has been wacky for 21yrs since my surgery. But he thinks it may have been messed with more by the stroke. We shall see.

                  As far s DH an the drives go the one that would have been comming up Dh found someone who moved up here for a job. The guy is in his unit so Tg for that I dont have to drive in the dark. But the guy doest have a dw so there isnt someone I can hitch with then bury my nose in a book with my ipod in my ears.. And essintally ignore the person for 4 1/2 hrs.

                  My dog(Pig) somehow got a infection in his right hind. So I am treating it with good ol icthathol and gauze.. He is not a happy camper. luckly his temperment is such that he may bear teeth but that is as far as it will go.He luvs his mommy(me).. Dh didnt listen to me fisrt time I/we put it on and did not tape it directly to fur. So of course it came off.. /so the next time he listen to me and well its still there. Its gooy and smells nasty but the icthamol is doing its job.. TG I rememberd what my vet tolded me long ago about that stuff or I wouldnt have had it in my trunk collecting dust...in a corner. under some stuff that I havent used in a long time.

                  PH thats excellent news

                  P4M MR. All Better Now well continue to cross fingers that he keeps going on being better...

                  tarheel I hope tarjar's (sp) leg is doing well sounds like it was a nasty ifection or could have been rather. I hate the smell of DMSO when done though an IV I assume thats how it was/is done.. But it has to be done I guess. I have a question though.. do they keep the pourt in unit the treatment are done or is a new stick done ever time?
                  Friend of bar .ka


                  • Just got back from an IHSA show at our barn...I announced and warmed up horses. Sky was in two classes, and one of her riders won her class! So I was very proud of my girl.
                    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


                    • Bumknees - so glad you did not have to make the drive! Regarding the DMSO, right now it is just topical, with some linament. Leave it on for a while, then cold hose. I think it stimulates the blood flow, which makes the oral antibiotic more effective, but I am not sure. It has definitely improved, which is great, but the swelling has not gone completely down. I am trying to be patient. But he is not punchy or off at all, and we had a good lesson today. Just W/T/C, to get us back into practice.

                      Awesome news on the gelding PaintedHunter, and congrats to Sky on her IHSA win!

                      My barn is headed too a hunter pace on Saturday. I wish I could go, but Tajar and I are both too rusty. Last weekend was the first time I rode him since mid-July. I am out of practice, and he is out of shape!

                      The puppy is wearing us out, but she is adorable.

                      Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
                      Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion.... ~ Emerson


                      • I am so glad to hear that things are looking up for all - yes, especially you Bumknees. Glad you didn't have to make the drive and new glasses should help a bunch.

                        I actually got to lesson on my horse today - no rain, no bruises (human) or anything else to deter. It was a good lesson, but I need to get my granimal reins back out and put them on - question heard many, many, many times today: Are your reins even? Um, that would be a no, right?

                        Still having issues trotting right, particularly on the bouncy tb boy - we bulge still. But, hear the trainer say, "fix your diagonal" and I can bounce twice and keep going sideways!

                        But, am cleared to ride him at will and work on the following: keeping elbows back; keeping reins even, don't be duck footed, relax and stop over thinking. Piece of cake, right?
                        And nothing bad happened!


                        • Any advice to tell my old body to keep going?

                          I have been riding some older school horses and it's starting to take a toll on the body. I am so extremely grateful for being able to ride other horses but my body is starting to object.

                          I feel like a total wimp. The other evening I had to lay in bed due to my hip pain being so bad.

                          Riding has always been fun and still is fun but it never hurt much or my younger brain didn't over think everything as I find myself doing as an adult.

                          As always thank you for listening.

                          Edited out too much whining.. LOL
                          Last edited by doublesstable; Oct. 2, 2012, 12:09 AM.
                          Live in the sunshine.
                          Swim in the sea.
                          Drink the wild air.


                          • Doublestable,

                            I have found that begaloil(sp) is my best friend when I am sore from riding. And my left hip for a long time and knees hurt a lot from previous injury (preriding days) and I found that it is the best stuff.

                            I would think that a nice vetriln soak in the bath would feel wonderful also...

                            also a messasge by a guy named sven
                            Friend of bar .ka


                            • Doublestable, as crazy as it might seem, get back in the saddle asap. As well as what Bumknees said.

                              Bumknees - I always want to spell it Beagleoil.
                              And nothing bad happened!


                              • DoubleS, it gets better the more you do!

                                I can experience significant hand, hip, and ankle pain while riding, and discovered that taking a naproxen beforehand really helps. As does stretching.
                                You have to have experiences to gain experience.

                                1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"


                                • Originally posted by quietann View Post
                                  DoubleS, it gets better the more you do!

                                  I can experience significant hand, hip, and ankle pain while riding, and discovered that taking a naproxen beforehand really helps. As does stretching.
                                  YES! And get thee to a yoga or pilates class. It helps so much.
                                  Blog chronicling our new eventing adventures: Riding With Scissors


                                  • Originally posted by PaintedHunter View Post
                                    YES! And get thee to a yoga or pilates class. It helps so much.
                                    I need to do this.

                                    Anyone else have a hip that when abducted seems to "pop!"? Mine doesn't make a sound, but it feels like a ligament is dragging over the joint and catching on the wrong side. Even if riding a particularly wide horse it feels in danger of slipping.
                                    You hate that, don’t you? Do you like oysters? You have to acquire a taste for oysters and the deep distance.”
                                    -- George H. Morris on learning to love the deep distance


                                    • Originally posted by MrsFitzDarcy&Feliks View Post
                                      I need to do this.

                                      Anyone else have a hip that when abducted seems to "pop!"? Mine doesn't make a sound, but it feels like a ligament is dragging over the joint and catching on the wrong side. Even if riding a particularly wide horse it feels in danger of slipping.

                                      Yep yep yep. Stretching and yoga have helped me with this too.
                                      Blog chronicling our new eventing adventures: Riding With Scissors


                                      • Hi, all - well, NOW we are having rain - lots of it, and my guy loves it!! And the MUD! Need to schedule a LOT of extra time ahead of tacking up!

                                        Bumknees - so glad you no longer need all those "T"s. And another thing - your sense of humor has fully recovered. Just went out this weekend to watch a friend of mine play in a band nearby. He had told me they'd be in my area. To be honest, the turnout was poor - and I'm not much of a partier. BUT he is an impressive guitar player (lead guitar), and talking to him during the break - I forgot - he had a stroke this year. But is back to work full time, let alone the band, too! You sound well on your way!

                                        PH - so glad to hear your news!
                                        Dewey - very cool! I did IHSA eons ago, and really appreciated when you pulled a good steed.

                                        doublestable - I'll give you my patent solution for aches. It has REALLY worked for me, but it's not easy. I've given up soda, coffee, and even tea. Initially gave up the soda because family members who drank a lot of it were getting serous illnesses. Then the coffee and tea when I was diagnosed with GERD - so I can't drink it. I began to feel better than I have in ages with the change, and now even better with regular riding. And I have a few extra pounds as well. Made a huge difference. Know it's not for everyone, but maybe try for a week?

                                        A lot has happened in the past 10 days or so. We did the hunter pace clinic, but not the hunter pace. Bagavond wasn't exactly calm staying at a different place - especially without much turnout. He was a bit of a beast, but I stuck to him, our trainer really sorted us out, but he was eventually able to join the rest and try out all sorts of new stuff - up banks, down banks, through water. Stepping over a log. But icky at jumping. That's ok - we're still doing some basics.

                                        He was kept out of the hunter pace itself since our trainer thought he had been through a lot, and wasn't yet in condition to go through that as well. I appreciate her being conservative, and I still got to be in the middle of things by being a check point, and meeting everyone. Loved the camaraderie!

                                        The activity of joining the clinic has made an impact. B was very attentive this past week, perfect in the indoor. Fun in the paddock. And quiet going for a long walk on the road! Yay!

                                        Today our trainer came out for a lesson, and we worked on my getting myself centered and sitting correctly - how much it affects everything - never thought I was before - it's tough being old! But then we cantered in the indoor - first the outside, then the clinic, now the indoor, which I've always felt is tougher on him since he doesn't have the room. No bucks! No scrambling! And we worked on it a LOT. More yay!

                                        It may have taken a lonnng time, but we're getting there!
                                        But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson


                                        • Well, I am staying put for a bit. I had a woman who rides a couple of the horses at the barn ask me if she could ride my baby. Gasp....someone who loves working with babies. I have not seen her ride him yet but we discussed the need to be positive with babies and let them come along at a slow pace. She has riden him all over the farm (60 acres). I have watched her ride other horses and she is a bit tough but I needed help. She also was very considerate about his back issue, she also needs the money, she is not really a trainer professionally, but right now that works for me and she enjoys him, even with his baby moments.

                                          I went and looked at another barn and met the trainer in person but I never got that "I'll call you" call. I guess she was busy or not really wanting to ride a baby. So this situation is working at the moment.

                                          I am so jealous of everyone else doing things with your horses, I feel lucky these days to ride for 15 minutes a couple of days a week. Patience is hard and whenever I dream about showing it is always with my older guy, he really is a special horse and his retirement is painfull for me.

                                          The baby horse thing, is slow and everyone seems to think it is their business to tell you all about your horse. That is the one thing that makes me crazy, young horses are all different and they find their own way differently and training is two steps forward three steps back for much of the time. I am certainly not a trainer but I have watched many horses trained by several trainers through the years. I know enough to understand that it is a process, and those that spend all of their time with the ten year old and up horse won't understand. I find myself avoiding people who want to tell me all kinds of things....Sorry for the vent, long day no e-mail at work. I had to drive home for e-mail access and not let my clients know that the corporation I work for had very sporadic e-mail for 2 days but that everything was "just fine". How did we get anything done with out e-mail.....