Put a shine on it

Dressage Mom Archive on May 4, 2011, 4:02 pm


So on Monday I picked up the girls and they went with me to check on Kaswyn. All I wanted to do was hand-walk him and check his leg and neck, so it was going to be a short trip to the barn for me. On the way there, in the back seat, the girls started discussing horses and barns.... Lily: Do you remember Honey?(Honey was a haflinger pony that the girls had ridden a few times at a different barn)Macey: Yeah, I loved Honey, but she's not at this barn. This is a new barn.Lily: Oh right.(pause)Lily:
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Lesson learned

Dressage Mom Archive on May 2, 2011, 1:04 am


So there is a little backstory about what happened last night with Kaswyn. Let me get caught up.I've been working with the massotherapy/biomechanical lady with Kaswyn and he's been doing very well. He hasn't been lame or uneven, but we aren't doing a whole lot of work at the trot. She's trying to help me get him to move his left shoulder using his full range of motion, which he is not prone to do. She is also getting him to use his back more effectively, because she noticed that when I ask him to
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Oh no

Dressage Mom Archive on May 1, 2011, 11:07 pm


Just got the call that every horse owner hates - "Your horse is acting funny - pawing, circling his stall, and didn't finish his dinner." Crap. 7:00 pm on a Sunday. Lets hope it's just his wraps irritating him and not colic. Of course I'm heading out there now. I hope after they pull his wraps that he settles down, If not, hello emergency vet call!
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Spreading the word

Dressage Mom Archive on April 25, 2011, 7:16 pm


A few years ago I decided I should be wearing a helmet every time I ride. I didn't used to wear one, but once I had kids I thought it was just the smart thing to do. Now I gently question people who don't wear helmets just because I think it's a good idea to wear a helmet, even on a horse you consider to be "bomb proof."Well, here's another good idea. Riders 4 Helmets. It's a great organization, and they are giving away some great prizes in this contest.From their website -"The popular helmet awareness
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Home again

Dressage Mom Archive on April 24, 2011, 10:40 pm


We made it home from the show. It was only a three day show but I'm really super tired. I'll give all the details when I have the energy to write them down. Macey took a nap on the way home from the show, so right now she's in "play with me!" mode. Luckily Daddy has the energy not only to unload the car (major points there) and is playing Crazy 8's with Macey. For me it's a shower and bed. But overall it was a great weekend. She wants to go to more shows, so I think I'm going to have to start teaching
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On the road

Dressage Mom Archive on April 22, 2011, 12:51 pm


I haven't really talked about this yet, but today I'm leaving to go to a horse show. It's an all Arabian show that has Sport Horse Under Saddle classes, but no dressage. I'll be showing Lee in the Half-Arabian Sport Horse Under Saddle Amateur class, as well as April in the Purebred Arabian Sport Horse Under Saddle Amateur class. It's going to be a lot of fun, since I haven't shown at an Arabian show in a non-dressage class since Kaswyn was five!It gets even better though. Macey is coming with me.
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Searching for the feel

Dressage Mom Archive on April 19, 2011, 2:54 pm


Kaswyn and I have been working really hard with the things that the biomechanical/massotherapy horse lady has been helping me with. She's not telling me anything that I shouldn't already know, but I'll admit that I'm not as good as I should be about being able to recognize when a horse is crooked or not. I can tell of they are totally whacked out in one direction or other, but I miss the subtle things.I know it's just a matter of practicing and getting used to evaluating the straightness of a horse.
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Biomechanics and Lavender Oil

Dressage Mom Archive on April 13, 2011, 12:18 pm


Last Friday the equine massotherapist/biomechanics lady came out to see Kaswyn. I gave her a quick rundown of his past injury history, and that's really all I told her. She got to work first by checking his neck, shoulders, back, and haunches, and didn't really find any significant soreness. Then she went to the left front leg, and when she got down to the pastern of course Kaswyn picked up the foot suddenly, as if it was painful. She gently palpated the area, and then began rubbing it. She started
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Always in a rush...

Dressage Mom Archive on April 11, 2011, 7:08 pm


Lately I just don't know where my times goes! I'm super busy and don't have time to do a full update, but I'll give you a hint. I think this whole thing with Kaswyn is going to work out. I'm trying a new thing that has worked on other horses at our barn and I'm hopeful. I want this to work! More details later. I have to run to the barn right now - Kaswyn's getting his shoes back on and I don't want to be late! (Not like my blacksmith has EVER been late... haha!)
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New things to try

Dressage Mom Archive on April 6, 2011, 10:08 pm


I haven't posted in awhile because I don't have good things to report and I hate being a whiner. I wish I could say that Kaswyn has been getting better and better. But that is not the case. He's not getting worse, but he's just not consistently sound.On his good days he has no swelling behind the pastern, but he still flinches slightly when I touch it. He is hardly able to contain himself when I hop on him (always bareback, and usually in a halter). But he is a bit off in the corners by short striding
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March Show - Sunday

Dressage Mom Archive on March 22, 2011, 9:00 pm


I watched the video of Saturday's ride, and although it was a nice test I thought I could improve his gaits by allowing him to be more free and asking for more impulsion. So For Training Level test two I pushed him a little bit. Here's the test.He got a little wild and wooly after that first canter, but other than that he did a great job for me. He scored a 68.929% and out of twelve horses he came in first place! The only other Arabian horse in the class was Pip, who scored a 63.571% and came in
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March Show - Saturday

Dressage Mom Archive on March 21, 2011, 12:12 pm


I wasn't feeling 100% when I got to the show but I was going to ride anyway. I read a test for a friend of mine who was also showing, braided Lee, helped prep Pip for her first class. She was scared of one of the corners by the judge and spooked and carried on a bit, so during the lunch break I spent an hour with the gal riding her and we walked Pip around that end of the arena. I was hoping she'd relax and realize that nothing was going to eat her, but she still spooked in the same place in her
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March Show - The week before

Dressage Mom Archive on March 20, 2011, 11:46 am


Before I get to updating on what happened at the show, let me back up and tell what happened the week before the show. Macey had been coughing for about a week with a cold. We didn't do anything about it (because if you take them to the doctor like that they will tell you "It's a virus." and do nothing for you anyway), but then on Wednesday morning she started running a fever. So I took her to the doctor and they did a throat swab because she said her throat hurt.The rapid strep test came back negative,
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Happy boy

Dressage Mom Archive on March 9, 2011, 2:58 am


Kaswyn is happy. Right now he's sound. And so happy that I was riding him (I didn't work him hard, I just wanted to see if he was sound on a straight line instead of on a circle on the lunge line) that I could hardly keep him from cantering.But he was sound and happy. So am I. Let's keep this up, huh?
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An observation and a plan

Dressage Mom Archive on March 2, 2011, 12:56 pm


Observation: not wrapping Kaswyn's leg for one night increased the inflammation.Not a lot, really. But the pastern was thicker than it was when it got wrapped every night. I did call the vet but he hasn't gotten back to me, so when he does I'm going to tell him about this and hopefully he'll suggest a plan to lower the bute.I'm hoping my horse massotherapy lady can get out really soon to see Kaswyn. She's just amazing and she said she can do some lymphatic drainage that will help a lot with the
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Looking up

Dressage Mom Archive on February 26, 2011, 11:25 pm


Things are improving in my little horse world.First, Kaswyn's leg has pretty much stopped swelling. It's cool and non-puffy pretty much all the time now. So the question is - what do I stop first and how do I stop it? Do I wean him off the bute and keep wrapping? Or do I stop wrapping and keep him on the bute, then wean him off the bute? I need to call Dr. G and find out what he thinks, but I think it's time to wean him off of something.Also, his wound is just a small scab now. It's scabbed over
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I took a fall

Dressage Mom Archive on February 21, 2011, 5:28 pm


Yup. That's a picture of my back and the big honkin' bruise and road rash I got from falling last Friday. And I wasn't wearing my helmet! But I have a really good excuse!See, I didn't fall off a horse. I didn't even fall AT the barn. I fell getting out of the shower. Here is how it all went down -I got out of the shower and, as usual, dried of as much as I could while I was still inside the shower - you know, cause inside the shower is still toasty warm. When only my feet were still wet I stepped
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Laura says...

Dressage Mom Archive on February 17, 2011, 5:16 pm


Laura Goldman wants to give a big thank-you to everyone who sent her a card. She doesn't have internet access at the medical center so if you sent her an email she won't get it until she gets released some time in March.She said it made her day and she was really floored. So thanks a lot. You guys are awesome.
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Laura Goldman injury

Dressage Mom Archive on February 9, 2011, 11:02 pm


I got a call from Laura Goldman on Tuesday. We talk once a week or so, usually about horses and riding. This time Laura had some bad news for me. She took a bad fall and broke her hip.She wasn't riding a horse - she fell in her kitchen, of all things! She had surgery and will be recovering in a medical center for six weeks. Well, her doctors say six weeks but she is working hard to get out of there ahead of shedule. I visited her yesterday and despite just having surgery and doing hours of physical
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Pictures of Lee

Dressage Mom Archive on February 8, 2011, 3:56 pm


I've been talking about Lee for months, and promising pictures and video. Well, here are two pictures.These were taken at his first show, a dressage schooling show on November 28, 2010. He is a buckskin registered Half-Arabian gelding, and in these pictures he is three years old.Isn't he cute? He's for sale!I'll be posting video from that show soon.On the Kaswyn wound front, the healing is slowly progressing. It's just taking forever to completely close up. The swelling is down and the wound looks
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