Varmints!

Dressage Mom Archive on July 15, 2009, 3:06 pm


I was itching to get back to the barn after taking a week off at my parents house with the girls. So of course Monday after work I went out there to ride everyone.I started with Skyy who was really quite good. He only had one bad canter depart, which caused him to get a little fussy when I made him trot and re-do it, but other than that it was a nice ride.I decided to do easy rides on Kaswyn in Albert and then plan to do training rides on Tuesday. So I got out the bareback pad and rode Kaswyn for
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Vacation

Dressage Mom Archive on July 10, 2009, 1:48 pm


I have no horse updates because the girls and I are at my parents house for a week's vacation. I know that taking a week off right before the show is not the best idea, but I made these plans back in February and there was no way I was canceling. I think Skyy will be okay at the show. Kaswyn could use the time off and I think Albert's been out and about doing parades and demonstration rides at a local large horse show.We've been having a great time at my parent's house in Maryland. There has been
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Day off for the boys, day on for the girls

Dressage Mom Archive on July 3, 2009, 8:56 pm


Today Craig and I took the girls to the barn to go riding.Here is Lily -And here is Macey. Even though she is younger she is much braver about horses.Cheers to Albert for being such a good sport! Fantastic little boy!Tomorrow all three boys will work. I'm looking forward to it.
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So I say, "My horse is so lame...."

Dressage Mom Archive on July 1, 2009, 12:03 am


...and the crowd responds,"How lame is he?"Then I say, "He's so lame that, um, well, he's not lame!"Wait, you didn't think was funny? Neither did I, when the vet came out today only to find my horse not lame anymore. Well, just a teensy bit off, hardly noticeable, and much more sound than he has been.Here is how it went down - as you recall, Dr. G saw a video last Friday (taken Thursday) of me riding Kaswyn that clearly showed the horse was off on his left front leg. I got specific instructions
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Another video session

Dressage Mom Archive on June 28, 2009, 1:31 am


After a week on Equioxx and Surpass I got Skyy's owner to video Kaswyn again for me. He still had not felt right and I knew he was in pain because he was not keen on working. Also when he was hurt before in the left front he would blow out through his nose when I was riding him, and he started doing that this last week. Not like he was blowing snot out, but a rhythmic blowing out as he worked. He didn't do it on the video but you can certainly see that he is off.When he saw the video he said "Now
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Ladies, let's talk...

Dressage Mom Archive on June 22, 2009, 6:11 pm


Men, you'll probably want nothing to do with this post. You have been warned.If you read my blog on a regular basis you know that I work in a fertility clinic. I do lots of embryo transfers, which involve a procedure that is very similar to a regular pelvic exam or pap smear. The patient is undressed from the waist down and is covered with a sheet. When we are ready to do the transfer the patient is instructed to scoot down to the end of the bed, lie on her back, and put her feet in the stirrups.
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Sunday show Videos

Dressage Mom Archive on June 22, 2009, 2:30 am


I didn't ride until the afternoon on Sunday, but I still came out early to watch the other people from our training barn ride, and to help out where I could. Truth be told I didn't do all that much. Everyone that was at the show is very self sufficient and everyone is capable of getting their own horse ready.Albert was first with First Level Test 4 again. He was feeling a bit tired, especially in the right hind. I think this could be from me insisting more than usual that he stay straighter at the
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Movie time with Dr. G

Dressage Mom Archive on June 21, 2009, 1:10 am


After a week of bute and some time off I rode Kaswyn three times. I had Susan video the third ride Friday morning because Dr. G wanted to see how the stifle treatment went. He also wanted to see if the Surpass on the left hind pastern had made any improvement.Before I headed over to the clinic I rode Mr. Skyy. That little boy is really getting the hang of the canter departs. I got three nice departs in a row each direction where he did not toss his head in the air. Very good boy.Here is the video
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Saturday Show Videos

Dressage Mom Archive on June 19, 2009, 2:16 pm


Saturday I had Skyy to ride first at Training Level Test 1 again. His warmup was even better on Saturday and I was anticipating another very nice ride from him.I personally think this ride was better than Friday's ride, but this judge was much tougher. I wouldn't say that she didn't give out high scores, because some of the horses who rode before her got high 60's. I think she has a clear idea of what she wants to see, and if she sees it you get a nice score. However, if she doesn't she's pretty
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Tuesday rides

Dressage Mom Archive on June 18, 2009, 11:12 am


Thank goodness the dcotor gave me antibiotics for my sinus infection. I feel better today, but I still have have some pain and pressure. Last night the pain got really bad so I took a Vicodin. Boy was that a bad idea. It gave me some pretty intense nightmares, so I didn't sleep well at all. At least I think I'm getting better.Since I'm at work, the plan is to ride today! I'm hoping to continue some of the work I did on Tuesday. I might not get through all three horses, but I'm going to try. On Tuesday
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Owiee!

Dressage Mom Archive on June 17, 2009, 12:47 pm


Last night as I was loading up the Friday test videos I started to get a bit of pain in my teeth on the upper left side of my mouth. Then I sneezed. That simple act blew something up in my head and now I have intense pain in my sinuses. I've had this before, so I know what it is. A sinus infection.I'm at work, and I have a doctor's appointment at 11:00. Hopefully I can get some antibiotics and some kind of pain medication. This is such strong pain that ibuprofen or Tylenol just is not going to cut
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The downloading has begun

Dressage Mom Archive on June 16, 2009, 12:15 am


I'm just now starting to download all the show videos. It's going to take quite a while. Also I need to figure out a way to scan the test sheets, since I broke my scanner after I scanned the test sheets from the last show. It was up on the filing cabinet and I was fussing with the computer connection and sort of pulled the scanner down. It fell on my back and the glass broke. I really don't want to buy a new scanner so I'm going to try and convince Craig to take the test sheets to work and scan
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Skipping over

Dressage Mom Archive on June 12, 2009, 2:13 pm


I know you all are expecting show videos and test sheets, but those posts are not even close to being done. I got the videos transferred from the camera to the computer but now they all need to be downloaded onto the blog and that takes a lot of time. And time, even a little extra time, is something I have had very little of since the show.I do have some time right now at work (amazing!) so I'm going to sum up the past two visits I've had at Dr. G's in the past week.Monday after the show I went
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Friday Show Videos and Tests

Dressage Mom Archive on June 9, 2009, 2:03 pm


My first ride on Friday was Skyy. He had been a bit of a booger on Thursday and I was worried that this behavior would continue into Friday. I was pleasantly surprised when he went into the warm-up and was a completely different horse. He was focused, calm, and ready to get down to work.He was really very good for his test (Training Level Test 1) and we got that qualifying score of 62%. I was thrilled and hoping this newfound work ethic and concentration would continue!My next ride was Kaswyn in
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Sunday Show

Dressage Mom Archive on June 8, 2009, 5:02 pm


I was going to write about the show on Sunday when I got home, but instead I played games with the girls and then watched a few episodes of The Office with Craig instead. So you're getting an abbreviated version today. I don't have the score sheets with me, so the percentages and placings are approximate.Albert was first to go yesterday, and he felt a little tired in his right hind. He was still willing and put down a very nice test for me. He got a 65% and was 4th in the class out of 9 I think.Skyy
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Saturday show

Dressage Mom Archive on June 7, 2009, 1:57 am


Another quick rundown, then shower and bed for me again. Skyy was even better today, but the judge we had was a bit more strict. He got a 59%, so I'll need to take him to another show this year to get him his qualifying score. Bert was SO good, I can't even tell you. Well, you'll see the video. He got a 67% and a 5th place out of 18! The only reason why he didn't place higher was totally, 100% my fault. I'll explain later, don't have the energy to get into it now. I just feel stupid. But at least
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Friday show

Dressage Mom Archive on June 5, 2009, 10:43 pm


I'm tired so this is all I can post today. I'm still sick and my asthma is acting up so I have had to manage my coughing with my asthma meds as well as my inhaler. Not having a clear airway is more tiring than you might think. So, Skyy was fantastic. He got a 62.1%, which is a qualifying score, and won his class. I'm thrilled! He just needs two more scores.Kaswyn didn't feel quite right, or look right to my trainer. He wasn't lame, just slightly off. We debated about scratching him, but he got a
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Pre-show

Dressage Mom Archive on June 4, 2009, 1:18 pm


Yesterday was hectic!I had a full schedule of things to do at work, and then I had a bunch of stuff to do at the barn. First I rode Kaswyn, and he felt very good. I didn't ask him to collect or anything since yesterday was supposed to be a light ride, but he didn't feel off anymore behind. Then he got clipped and got a bubble bath.Next was Skyy. I wasn't going to have time to ride him, so he got clipped and bathed. He was better about both than I had hoped. I thought maybe he'd be scared of the
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Flagh

Dressage Mom Archive on June 2, 2009, 11:54 pm


I am still sick. I think I might be getting worse. I have too much to do to be sick! Someone needs to stop this.Anyhow, I lunged Kas-Man today and boy did he feel good. Better yet, he looked good. I don't know if it was just my imagination but he seemed to be picking up that right hind better. I expected that he might bear weight on it better, but I didn't expect that the entire motion of the leg would improve. Kind of makes the left look a little lazy. Not bad though. I was very pleased. Tomorrow
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More lessons

Dressage Mom Archive on May 31, 2009, 12:59 am


So here is what I remember from my lessons on Thursday. I didn't come home and take notes so I'm sure I'm missing stuff.For Albert, him main problem is straightness. He has been carrying his haunches a bit to the inside, more to the right than to the left I think. So I just need to concentrate on making him straight without compromising the bend or quality of the trot. It's totally possible but I just need to work on it.Also I can improve the canter if I start riding him in a more uphill balance.
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