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  • I will catch up with everyone soon. My dear Leo took a turn for the worse. I will be saying goodbye in an hour or so. Devastated.
    My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


    • PF- I am so so sorry. Thinking of you and sending love & hugs. XO


      • PF - I'm so sorry.


        • Oh, PF I'm SO SO SO sorry....I know your dogs are like your children (mine too!) so I can only imagine what you're going through today. Sending hugs and healing thoughts your way. <3 <3


          • I am so sorry PF. Run free Leo.

            I am so glad to hear Cash is feeling better.
            It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


            • So sorry PF. That's so devastating. I never had any human children, so my goats, dogs, cats, horses are like my family. It's never easy to let one go, especially when it's unexpected. {{{{hugs}}}} to you and your family.
              ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~


              • PF...we're crying with you. I'm including something that I always send to friends who have lost a beloved dog. A friend did the same for me years ago, and though it renewed the tears, it really touched me. Hope it helps a little.
                A friend sent this poem to me, knowing how much I miss my beloved Desoto and Shelby. I had been holding onto their ashes, unsure of where to bury my good dogs. Shall I scatter them into the Louisiana swamps that Desoto loved to explore? Would Shelby be happiest under the big tree, watching for squirrels? This poem tells me they're already in the right place. Julia Kamysz Lane
                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


                • PF- so very, very sorry for your loss of sweet Leo. He was a good boy. Big hugs for your whole family, and for Zukey and the cats too.

                  Faye- way to go at the away show, sitting the spooks and bucks! I'm honestly not sure how well I would sit a buck anymore- Pony's only ever done it that one time with someone else. I used to be able to sit a few, my old hunter could buck/twist and land me on his neck and off in a heartbeat every blue moon (he wasn't naughty).

                  Sugar- I'm glad Cash-man is looking better.


                  • PF- I am so sorry, though it be right for Leo it is so hard for you and your family. Healing hugs and comfort to you.


                    • PF: I'm so sorry, huge hug. I still remember the day i lost Fatboy, my world collapsed.

                      Lucky: My saddle is very very grippy, i'm so lucky with that saddle.


                      • PF - my heart goes out to you on the loss of your beloved Leo. He was so fortunate to be loved by you. {{hugs}}
                        Dewey - that poem was so special, even if I can't see to write this for the tears in my eyes.


                        • Faye - welcome back from your travels! I'm glad part of that included a show. Well done! As always, it's not about the height of the jumps. As a matter of fact, it is about everything else. You guys are tackling so much together and having fun. Yay!

                          Sugar - glad to hear Cash is doing well.

                          Got it in a quick ride today. What do you have when your horse is fresh from a temperature drop and the gusty breeze makes his forelock tickle his ears so he goes around shaking his head? An exercise in staying centered on your horse and giving with your hands!! It was a bit of a challenge at the canter as I felt like I was riding a washing machine (he normally has a true "rocking horse" canter) but, I was proud I stuck with it. Now I have two solid days of meetings and another wedding (!) so no riding for me until Tues. Enjoy your ponies!


                          • PF - so, so sorry (((hugs)))


                            • Oh guys, I really need to vent....sorry in advance.

                              This new barn has me majorly stressed right now. I got a call last night that Cash was colicking again, he didn't seem as bad as the other day but he didn't eat his dinner and only had two piles in his stall. I gave him banamine and walked him and he seemed to perk up and wanted to eat his hay again.

                              I'm getting so frustrated with this barn, I know each discipline does things differently, but they seal the barn up and keep it heated to mid-70s. So, there's no ventilation and it smells like ammonia. Cash has had in/out access for the past few years so I wonder if being stuck in a hot stall is contributing to the colic.

                              Secondly, they feed hay once daily. To be fair, they feed a TON, (it lasts Cash all night) but hay-hoover Goose cleans his hay up by noon and has nothing until he's fed the next morning. I know from experience that even if I have them put his hay in a slow feeder, he'll still empty it in a matter of hours. He NEEDS night hay thrown. But then again, he's FAT, so I feel like if I ask for a special request they'll roll their eyes at me.

                              And the kicker - this was supposed to be a temporary move. Well, my normal trainer just broke the news that she accepted a great job offer training out of a BNT barn and is moving out of state next month. So, now I just feel stuck....I'd originally said if things weren't working out at this barn I could always just move them back to my trainer's and suck it up and do the commute, but now that's not an option.

                              I don't even know who else I'd want to train with in this area, the couple of trainer's I do like have even worse turnout than my current barn. I'm almost considering a self-care type of place at this point....I don't know.


                              • SugarCubes So sorry to hear about Cash. Twice in a few days would scare the bejesus out of me. And too bad about your trainer. I've never stabled/ridden at a heated barn but if you can smell the ammonia easily in any barn, that's not good - especially one that is all insulated and has little/no ventilation. How that might contribute directly to colic I am unsure. but stress I feel **can** contribute. Do you have access to the hay storage to check the hay for mold, beetles/insects, etc.? Some horses are very sensitive to hay quality. But hay only once a day may be an issue as well. Or it may be a whole combination of things. I hope Cash feels better soon and you find the cause of his colic symptoms. And sending you a {{hug}} too, as this has to be stressful on you as well.
                                ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~


                                • Sugar- I can so understand your stress and need to vent, poor Cash. I am super picky about my horse having enough hay, and supplement with soaked alfalfa pellets and probiotics. FWIW, I have had good luck with using Nexium with Milo for ulcers during stress related times. I hope with some conversations with your vet and the BM you can get Cash happier till you find another barn option. Colic is always scary, sending you hugs as well!

                                  Faye- What a great show report, TSH had fun and learned! I figure little spooks and bounces can get a small pass with a green bean as long as they learn and improve. I like that your trainer was setting both of you up for success with a more forgiving division, layering on the confidence. I am right there with you on the defensive position, but as both of you gain more exposure you will find it easier to work through. At least that's what I tell myself, I am pretty sur it is working.

                                  Cupid - Maybe our boys have been plotting to see how quickly they can lose shoes. I have been bell booting, Keratexing, but off they come. Its probably the end of the summer hoof stresses, but no more guys. As that would help. Thank you for posting your video of your super round in your trail class, what fun. Cupid looked so relaxed and confident, "got this Mom, we can tackle anything." I made a gate rope to play with, gee you guys make it look so easy! Well Done!!

                                  WIP- So glad you are enjoying your rides, and fingers crossed that the lease works out.

                                  Lucky- You have such a special relationship with Pony, I love how she is so aware of where you are and what horses you are talking to. Milo is pretty much food based, but it does make him easy to catch. I think that it would be fun to show both western and English in the same class as long as I didn't have to mount from the ground in front of everyone. The groaning and muttering might be embarrassing.

                                  VJ- Sending healing for Kohl, and hugs for you. I know that horses are here on earth to help teach us humans patience and a sense of humor, but sometimes those lessons sure don't come easy. My daughter and I audited a Buck Branham clinic and on the drive back we were talking about how hard it is sometimes to just ride the horse you have in the moment. Or not ride the horse because of rehab or injury, and still be in the moment caring and working the horse on the ground. We both are still working on it. Hoping for one of those 'keeping on moments' to head your way.

                                  Austen- I got a chuckle about staying centered on a windy day. I just clipped Milo and the world looks so much more fun to him. Whee! Sometimes those rides can be the most fun afterwards.

                                  4LCF - Can I say that I have a crush on your ponies both big and small, so cute!


                                  • Thank you all for your kind words. Yesterday was a truly awful day. Today I had depositions, so it helped to keep busy. I am not really ready to be alone with my thoughts. Yesterday evening I tacked Chico up, and we had a nice, easy ride. Dewey, I was afraid to read what you posted, but will do so in a few days! Again, you all, love you guys.

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                                    My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                                    • Originally posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
                                      I will catch up with everyone soon. My dear Leo took a turn for the worse. I will be saying goodbye in an hour or so. Devastated.
                                      I don't usually chime into this thread but wanted to say I am so sorry. Thinking of you and Leo. ((hugs)) please let me know if you need anything.
                                      AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012


                                      • Originally posted by beowulf View Post

                                        I don't usually chime into this thread but wanted to say I am so sorry. Thinking of you and Leo. ((hugs)) please let me know if you need anything.
                                        Thank you so much, beowulf. It means a lot that you would pop in to offer your thoughts. I miss him terribly already. Heading to work today I could smell him in the car. But I have good moments, too.
                                        My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                                        • Sugar- what's the thought behind the barn being so warm and sealed up? Are they show horses that aren't allowed to grow a winter coat?

                                          Trot- I would hope for the class a mounting block would be allowed- I've never mounted Pony from the ground as Fab is super careful about their backs- none of us mount straight from the ground, even Turbo who hates blocks is mounted via legup.

                                          PF- thinking of you.