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Class of 2018 - A New Thread For Our Two-Year-Olds

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    Class of 2018 - A New Thread For Our Two-Year-Olds

    As promised, here's a new thread to celebrate/commiserate our journey through the two-year-old year with our 2018 "babies". Sydney (TCR Accidentaly Dunit) is facing many new challenges, right alongside me, in 2020. I accepted a new position back home in Tennessee over the holidays. I've entered a contract on a 9.5 acre "farmette" and have also decided to purchase Sydney's dam, bred back for a 2021 full sibling. An old friend will be picking Syndey up tomorrow to haul her back to TN and teach her about "real life" horse society while I'm dealing with moving arrangements, painting, fencing, etc.

    This filly amazes me in her lack of truly awkward growth stages. While she may sometimes look less balanced than at other times, she has never hit a truly terrible "hide her behind the barn" phase. And she continues to have THE BEST mind EVER. I hope that her soon-to-be full sibling is half as spectacular as my little princess has turned out. (Reminder: Syndey is bred to be a reining/ranch riding prospect, not a dressage horse, hunter, jumper, or eventer, so her tiny stature is perfectly suitable for my purposes). But, if the neck fairy wanted to visit my place in the next couple of weeks, I'd be okay with that...

    EventerAJ and others, how are those soon-to-be not-so-baby horses doing?

    #2
    A very pretty princess indeed. Enjoy your many adventures together. Congrats and good luck with the new job.

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      #3
      I did a photo shoot a month ago with Miso and his sire. Some of the most difficult 10 minutes of my life, lol... trying to get two horses standing profile, in a non-donkey stance, with ears and attention, without biting each other, squealing, nipping, or generally being boys. Oh, and not blinking or mouth-gaping or looking like an idiot. Next time (if there ever IS a next time), I will enlist more help than just me and the photographer!
      A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
      ? Albert Einstein

      ~AJ~

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        #4
        Very timely, I just (with difficulty) got some shots of my almost two-year-old Connemara Pony! This is Henry:

        200209_2610 by Wendy, on Flickr

        200209_5103 by Wendy, on Flickr

        They had been kept in for a couple of days of never-ending rain and standing still was not high on his agenda. Luckily screen grabs from a video are "good enough" for sharing on social media.

        https://www.allbreedpedigree.com/cady+odaly+henry
        --
        Wendy
        ... with Patrick and Henry

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          #5
          With all the craziness of a new job, moving, tornadoes, pandemics, and my father's death this spring, I've been remiss in updating this thread. I can't believe we're almost halfway through the year! Here's an updated photo of the palomino princess, after her first bath of the spring yesterday. It's going to take me months to get her tail back to white after a winter/spring of benign neglect. She's finally starting to get the proportions of an adult, though she's still tiny (just under 13.1 at the withers, 13.2 1/2 at the hip).

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          How are the rest of our "babies" doing? Any big updates? I know no one's been able to get out and about much.

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            #6
            Miso is doing great. Hacks out in the woods once or twice a week. He loves having a job, but it's getting hot and he doesn't *need* to do anything now so he's low on the list of priorities (week off here and there).

            Two weeks ago we went on a field trip with a friend, to trail ride at a local nature preserve. He loaded fine on her trailer, and was pretty relaxed away from home. He was incredibly mature out on the trail, happy to lead or follow, never spooky or tense. I felt like I was on a 4 or 5 year old, really! (Or his dad!) Before anyone freaks out, his "work" is mostly walking on a long rein with less than ten minutes of trotting, and maybe a short canter each way once a month.

            I haven't measured him since February, but he's probably a hair over 16h.
            A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
            ? Albert Einstein

            ~AJ~

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              #7
              That's awesome, EventerAJ! I've just begun starting Sydney under saddle (four rides pre-quarantine and one last week). So far we've done about 10 minutes of walk/jog/whoa, and last week we loped a little bit one way for the first time. She's been a little gem, mostly, though she is not fully convinced yet that stopping to roll when she gets hot and itchy is NOT an option with a rider on board. Since the first time she tried that little number (and caught me off guard), she hasn't gotten away with it again, luckily. I mean, if she has to pick an evasion, it's certainly less dangerous and a lot easier to fix than bucking, bolting, rearing, or spooking. Lol. She's a smart cookie, this one.

              I'll be bringing her home from her current boarding barn in a few weeks and hope that I have her solid enough to hack around the pasture by that point. We'll hopefully hit some easy trails this summer, too, and save the real "work" for next year.

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                I just recently acquired a 2018 warmblood gelding. He is bred to jump with both sire and dam having competed in 1.40m plus. He is very immature looking for his age and apparently was chased off some of his feed so came out of winter a little rough but is steadily improving. Please excuse the long hind feet, those will be dealt with in the next couple of weeks: first farrier visit a few days after he arrived he was having no part of having his hind feet trimmed so the decision was made it would be better to work with him over the next 6 weeks and try again rather than forcing the issue and risking injury.

                https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

                With how immature he is I am not planning on starting him under saddle till next spring. If all goes well he will work through till fall maybe attending a small dressage schooling show sometime in the summer for experience. He will then get turned out for a few months in the winter and then brought in as a 4 year old to be started back and started over fences.

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                  #9
                  He's very cute, adelmo95! I love his sweet expression.

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                    #10
                    I have a very not happy update to this thread. My beautiful Sydney presented with a very swollen left hock and mild (1.5-2) lameness on Sunday when I went out to visit her for the first time in about a week and a half. I had a vet out on Tuesday afternoon for an exam and radiographs. They're ugly - very ugly. Initially, he thought we were looking at OCD lesions, so we radiographed the right hock, too, and it looked even worse than the left. After a consult with a surgeon, it was determined that she has juvenile osteoarthritis, not OCD (which actually would have been a "better" diagnosis, sadly). Right now, she's on stall rest/Banamine/Surpass/icing to get the swelling down. On the 30th, she's scheduled for Pro-Stride injections in both hocks. And then a lifetime of aggressive maintenance. The surgeon did not sound optimistic about her long-term soundness, especially given that she's bred to be a reiner/working cowhorse.

                    I'm heartbroken. If nothing else, she'll be the world's most beautiful, pampered trail horse. But she's SUCH a talented filly. Why do these things only happen to the really nice ones? And we won't even talk about the angst I now feel about the full sibling I have coming in 2021...

                    I guess the upside to choosing to start her at 2 instead of 3 is that we caught this a year earlier than we probably would have otherwise and can get a jump start on treating/managing her appropriately. Makes me want to start routinely x-raying yearlings the way the TB sales people do, I swear. Sigh.

                    Edited to add: I am SO VERY GLAD I have major medical insurance on her. This year's premium may be the best money I've ever "invested" in a horse.
                    Last edited by Montanas_Girl; Jun. 18, 2020, 04:20 PM.

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                      #11
                      So sorry to hear, Montanas_Girl. There is so much that can go wrong from breeding to age 4 it's a wonder we have any horses left to ride at all. Hopefully catching it early you can manage it as best possible. I feel heartbroken for you, after following along with your journey. I hope your 2021 foal is able to reach its potential. Is the vet convinced it is likely genetic, or just terrible bad luck?

                      I haven't taken xrays on Miso yet (no real reason to) but taking a TB yearling sales set is never a bad idea. If/when he get close to going to the track Jan 2021, I'll definitely shoot some films to make sure he is 100% clean before breezing.
                      A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
                      ? Albert Einstein

                      ~AJ~

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                        Originally posted by EventerAJ View Post
                        So sorry to hear, Montanas_Girl. There is so much that can go wrong from breeding to age 4 it's a wonder we have any horses left to ride at all. Hopefully catching it early you can manage it as best possible. I feel heartbroken for you, after following along with your journey. I hope your 2021 foal is able to reach its potential. Is the vet convinced it is likely genetic, or just terrible bad luck?
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                        Thank you. At least she's super quiet, so the stall rest is going better than it would with most two-year-olds. The vet is certain that this is genetic/congenital in nature. Her older full brother and half brother are both, as far as anyone knows, perfectly fine (and the full brother has been showing extensively for years, so I feel like something would have cropped up by now if it were going to). So I guess I just lost the genetic roll of the dice. Sigh. I'll be obsessively micromanaging the dam's nutrition and health care during this pregnancy for sure, to hedge my bets.
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                          I'm so sorry to hear this. That's a very sad prognosis. Well done with the insurance though.

                          Is this Arab/Quarter Horse cross that you purchased in utero, or am I thinking of a different horse?
                          My memory is less than stellar.

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                            Originally posted by skydy View Post
                            I'm so sorry to hear this. That's a very sad prognosis. Well done with the insurance though.

                            Is this Arab/Quarter Horse cross that you purchased in utero, or am I thinking of a different horse?
                            My memory is less than stellar.

                            Yes, you're remembering correctly. After waiting so long for her, going through the drama of her dam getting badly injured during the last trimester, her crazy unidentified fever just after weaning, and two sets of facial sutures in the first year, I finally get her to riding age, and now this...She's such a fantastic, sweet, smart, beautiful, athletic little thing that I recently bought her dam, who is bred back for a 2021 full sibling and will be shipping here in just a few weeks.

                            I'm on one heck of an emotional roller coaster right now! And that's not counting the fact that since mid-February I have started a new job, moved 600 miles, bought my own little mini-farm, been missed by an EF-4 tornado by about 7 miles, AND lost my father - all in the midst of a global pandemic. I don't know how much stress the human body can withstand in such a short period, but I must be approaching the limit at this point.

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                              Originally posted by Montanas_Girl View Post


                              Yes, you're remembering correctly. After waiting so long for her, going through the drama of her dam getting badly injured during the last trimester, her crazy unidentified fever just after weaning, and two sets of facial sutures in the first year, I finally get her to riding age, and now this...She's such a fantastic, sweet, smart, beautiful, athletic little thing that I recently bought her dam, who is bred back for a 2021 full sibling and will be shipping here in just a few weeks.

                              I'm on one heck of an emotional roller coaster right now! And that's not counting the fact that since mid-February I have started a new job, moved 600 miles, bought my own little mini-farm, been missed by an EF-4 tornado by about 7 miles, AND lost my father - all in the midst of a global pandemic. I don't know how much stress the human body can withstand in such a short period, but I must be approaching the limit at this point.
                              I'm so sorry. Sometimes it seems like whatever can go wrong does. Many of us have been through those times and sometimes they last for years. My father is very ill now. I'll lose him soon.

                              When troubles begin to overwhelm me I've found that the only way of keeping myself sane is, strangely enough, to "count my blessings".

                              When I think of losing my father I try to remember how lucky I am to have had a good father. So many people have never had a Dad that loved them.

                              When I've had to put a horse down, I try to remember how lucky I was to have them. So many people never have the experience of owning and riding such beautiful creatures.

                              When so many things go wrong at once it's easy to feel sorry for yourself. My greatest success in overcoming that feeling is to know that in many ways I have had a better life than so many others and then, I am ashamed of myself for feeling that life is not being kind to me.

                              It's not that your grief and stress are not valid, of course they are, and it hurts. It is just that I've found that, when I really think about it, I was lucky that I had those things to lose.

                              Hang in there.

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                                #16
                                Thank you for those beautiful words, skydy. That's a wonderful perspective to have.

                                Sydney came home today. My pasture still isn't fenced, but that's less of a problem at the moment. She and a friend's senior gelding are hanging out in temporary pens I set up in the shadier/flatter portion of what will eventually be my sacrifice area for now. The fence on this portion should get finished Monday, and then I'll turn the gelding out and expand Sydney's pen, assuming she stays quiet. I'm happy to have her home, even if it is bittersweet. She thinks this is a HUGE step up from stall rest; at least there's grass...
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                                  #17
                                  Happy to hear things are progressing. It looks like a nice day at your new digs.

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                                    #18
                                    Thank you! It was a very pretty, if very HOT, day here. Supposed to rain/storm a bit for the next few days. That better not mess up my fencing plans, as I don't really have a Plan B at this point!

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                                      #19
                                      How goes the fence building? Sometimes a little moisture is helpful if you are putting posts in.

                                      I hope your filly is doing well.

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                                        #20
                                        Still no fence. Posts have been up for a week. Today it took an entire day (?!?) to brace the corners. Actual fencing better start happening soon or I'm going to lose my mind. Sigh. I think the thing I hate most about being single is having to hire someone else to do jobs that I could do myself if I just had another set of capable hands around. I had to relent and let Sydney into a larger, shared pen with her babysitter. She was having none of being separated, even with Reserpine (day 5). She's content to hangout with him, so I figure it's the lesser of two evils.

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