Here we go, again

Dressage Mom Archive on April 22, 2010, 1:57 pm

I rode Kaswyn Tuesday night, and he's just not right. He's not lame, but he just doesn't feel right. Again. So, while I can't say the hock injections were a total failure because they probably made him feel better, they didn't solve the problem. Again.As a result, on Friday I'm having a friend come pick us up and take us to see Dr. G. I think it is time for x-rays. Maybe all that running the fenceline in the pasture did something more serious than just strain his hocks.This really sucks badly. He
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Putting the Mom in Dressage Mom

Dressage Mom Archive on April 18, 2010, 5:16 pm

Today I took advantage of Susan being at the barn, and used her to videotape the riding activities of the day.Macey came out with me to ride. I asked Lily if she wanted to come out too, but she didn't. I think she is not going to be a rider. Every time we go to the barn she complains that it smells bad. And then when I come home from the barn she says "Mama! You smell like horse! Ewww!" Yep, definitely NOT a horse girl. Ah well, maybe she'll come around in a few years.Today, Macey was first in the
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Between his bones

Dressage Mom Archive on April 9, 2010, 3:05 pm

After two mesotherapy treatments and four days of topical anti-inflammatories, it was time for the final vet visit to see if we had solved the problem of Kaswyn's "lameness." I put that in quotes, because he was never really lame, but just not quite right. For two weeks in February Kaswyn was a dingbat and ran the fence line when it was time to come in from the pasture. All the running and sudden turning probably did a number on his hocks, which eventually translated to back pain. The vet came out
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Dressage Mom Archive on April 8, 2010, 4:30 pm

So I'm driving in the car with Macey (she is four), and we have this conversation -Macey: Mama, what is that thing that keeps stuff from floating?Me: That thing.. hmm. It keeps stuff from floating?Macey: Yeah! It keeps stuff from floating!Me: Um, do you mean rocks?Macey: No, no! It keeps STUFF from FLOATING. You know what I mean!Me: Hmm. I really don't know, I... uh.. hmmm....Macey: It's GRAVITY! And it works just the same in the spring as it does in the winter! Just so you know!Me: Oh, THAT! Thanks
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A good day

Dressage Mom Archive on April 7, 2010, 1:56 pm

Yesterday I had two wonderful rides on the ponies.Albert was first and he was very good. He is still shedding so he had a lot of hair, and with it being warmer out he got pretty sweaty before we had even done much. The trot work is really very nice but I need some help with the canter. He is still bearing down on the bit, especially in the right lead canter. I can get him sitting a bit more in the left lead canter, but he has a hard time holding it. I can understand that he needs to build those
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Dressage Mom Archive on April 5, 2010, 11:59 am

Yesterday I went out to ride Kaswyn. After I groomed him I checked his back and his haunches. His back didn't seem sore at all, but he was sore over the back of the right side of his haunches. The left side wasn't sore at all, which is very good.When I started riding him at the walk he felt very stiff legged. It almost felt like he was walking very wide behind and not bending his hocks. But after a few minutes he seemed to warm up and was walking normally. He felt very good for the rest of the ride,
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To inject or not to inject

Dressage Mom Archive on April 3, 2010, 2:31 pm

Dr. C came out yesterday and evaluated Kaswyn again. Unfortunately Kaswyn was still very sore over his haunches (what Dr. C called his whorl bones), although his back was better. He had me ride him and then checked him again. His back was even better after my ride, but his haunches were still sore.He suggested another mesotherapy treatment, saying that we didn't get the dramatic improvement in his soreness that we got from the first treatment last time. While he was prepping the medications I thought
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Back update

Dressage Mom Archive on April 1, 2010, 12:18 pm

I think Kaswyn's back feels better since the mesotherapy treatment. I rode him on Monday and he felt good, and yesterday I lunged him and he looked good. He had tons of energy too. That might be because it's finally getting warm outside and he's feeling very springy!Dr. C will come back out tomorrow, and I'll ride Kaswyn for him. Then Dr. C will check his back again to see if riding him made his back hurt. I'm a little concerned that the saddle is bothering his back, but I have had both the vet
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Dressage Mom Archive on March 25, 2010, 1:26 am

Last week Kaswyn's right lead canter felt a little off. This is odd because usually it's the left lead canter that feels much worse than the right. But it was certainly the right lead that felt off, so I rode lightly and gave him bute and a day off. He felt the same way the next time I rode, so I gave him bute and called the vet for an appointment. He didn't feel lame, but he certainly didn't feel like he has been feeling.Of course this shows up after the day I did all those flying changes on him,
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Leather CPR - a Review

Dressage Mom Archive on March 19, 2010, 4:24 pm

I was contacted by the makers of Leather CPR to do a review of their products. They offered to send me free samples and in exchange asked me to write a blog post about the products. They also said they would offer my readers free samples too. So, lets get to it!The first product of the Leather CPR Cleaner and Conditioner.I love the packaging, because I can just hang the squeeze bottle on my tack hook.I read the instructions -"Apply Leather CPR liberally using a clean, soft sponge. Do not use cloth
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The Good, the Bad, and the Muddy

Dressage Mom Archive on March 18, 2010, 2:26 pm

Spring is finally here. It's still chilly at night but the days are heating up to the mid 50's and 60's. I've said here many times how much I hate winter and love summer, but spring and fall are the in between seasons where I hate them almost as much as I love them.The good things about spring -Finally getting warmer!The arena can be watered because the hoses are all thawed.No more icy pasturesI can breathe!I'm much more motivated to ride if I don't have to bundle up like a mummyThe bad things about
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Riding, Macey, and Tack Cleaning

Dressage Mom Archive on March 13, 2010, 12:39 am

Well I finally got back on a horse. It took two weeks after my surgery to feel like I was able to ride again, and it went pretty well. I rode both horses for 20 minutes, and I felt like my legs were noodles after I was done. It's amazing how quickly I get out of shape when I don't ride. But both horses were very good, even though they both felt like they needed to get back into shape too. Since all three of us are getting older I'm going to take my time getting us all back up to speed.Albert doesn't
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Gate? What gate?

Dressage Mom Archive on March 2, 2010, 10:03 pm

Because I didn't bounce back from my surgery as planned, I haven't been out to see the horses in a week. I did, however, have a conversation with Marge, the barn owner last night. Apparently my horse is being a bit of a dipwit about coming in from turnout.He's not being bad, he's just being unusually stupid about it. The situation is this - there is a pasture on each side of the barn - left and right - with both having two sections - one close to the barn and one close to the road. To access the
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On the mend

Dressage Mom Archive on February 28, 2010, 12:21 am

So, I didn't warn anybody that my last post would be kind of personal and graphic. I blame that on my drugs. :) Since I neglected to post a warning last time, here's your warning now. I'm going to talk about unsavory stuff, probably more personal than you really want to know about me. Those who want to, feel free to read on.I didn't end up going back to work until Friday, and then it was only a half of a day. I was still bleeding and cramping like the devil, and I was none too happy about it. Turns
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Yesterday was good. Today, not so much.

Dressage Mom Archive on February 24, 2010, 3:58 am

Yesterday I spent giving the filthy horses Miracle Groom baths. I had gotten kind of lax about keep them Miracle Groomed, and they were absolutely filthy. By the time I was done there was enough time for me to lunge both boys and clean their stalls.I knew I would not be able to work them today, because I has another surgery - an ablation on my uterus. For those who are unfamiliar, it's a procedure where they insert a balloon into your uterus and fill the balloon with hat water to destroy the lining
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21 days later

Dressage Mom Archive on February 19, 2010, 2:00 am

It took three weeks, but I finally got my butt back on a horse.Between being sick, cold weather, and a busy schedule with hobbies and the girls, I've missed quite a bit of time riding. So I was really stoked to get back to the barn and be able to ride. Before my unplanned break I had made some nice progress with my seat and connection, and I was afraid that I'd not be able to duplicate the success.On Monday I started with Albert, and when I took his blanket off to groom him I could see that three
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Day off tomorrow = riding+blogging!

Dressage Mom Archive on February 18, 2010, 9:46 pm

I rode on Monday. I will ride tomorrow. I will write about it tomorrow. Right now I have to go fetch the girls for weekly swimming lessons. Exciting, I know!
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Better, but no saddle time

Dressage Mom Archive on February 10, 2010, 8:02 pm

Whew! I feel much better today. I spent two days at home from work, just lying in bed, recuperating. It was great because I got better, but this morning I was thinking just how much I could have accomplished around the house in two days with my kids at school and my husband at work. It seems like I wasted two days! But I know that since I got over my sickness that it was a good thing that I stayed in bed.There still will be no riding for me, however, since a huge storm is currently dumping way too
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I'll ride again, eventually!

Dressage Mom Archive on February 9, 2010, 12:57 am

The plan was to lunge horses until my neck got better, and then start riding again. The nasty cold that I caught this weekend had other ideas. I called off of work and spent all day today in bed, feeling lousy. I expect tomorrow will be the same.I hope the girls and Craig don't get this cold. Cause I feel lousy.I hope all you horsey people out there are riding. Do a couple of circles for me, would ya? Preferably the 20 meter kind...
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For once, I'm the lame one

Dressage Mom Archive on February 2, 2010, 5:37 pm

Three things have kept me from riding - the cold weather, work, and my neck.I know a lot of people who ride when it's below 20 degrees. I used to be one of them. But now when I try and ride when it's that cold I just can't breathe. It seems like 30 degrees is a good temperature for me. I might get a little tight in my chest but I don't get constricted and labored in my breathing. And I know that the arena usually is warmer than it is outside, but the problem is that I have to walk outside to get
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