Barn Party

Equine Mine Archive on September 11, 2007, 7:52 pm

Maddy is so depressed about her coffin bone fracture, she has taken to drinking as you can see by these photos:-) No really, the barn threw a little party on Saturday night. They had plenty to drink and a big spread. Even a pretty decent band. Lots of people set up tents and just spent the weekend there. It was a lot of fun. The whole thing was set up in the arena. All the horses were outside except for Maddy, so she got to rock out in her stall and get all the attention from the party goers. I
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The "Contraption"

Equine Mine Archive on September 5, 2007, 6:32 am

This is what Maddy's foot looks like these days. Basically there is a plate over top a round shoe that has a mold of her foot inside. I have to take the plate off twice a week and pull out her foot mold. I check for thrush and make sure everything looks and "smells" ok. There are four bolts on the bottom of the plate which seems a bit strange, but she is standing in a matted stall and they don't seem to be a problem. My farrier, Andrew Maris, has fixed 18 broken coffin bone wings with success and
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Life in a Stall

Equine Mine Archive on August 27, 2007, 12:05 am

Maddy is pretty content. I am really surprised. So far, she seems to be dealing with the stall rest better than me:) She got her expensive shoes on last week. I need to post some photos, because it is an interesting contraption. It is a circular shoe with clips and there is a mold piece of rubber that is fitted to her foot and on top of that is a flat piece of metal that I can remove once a week for cleaning. Summer is slipping away and my goal of getting out on the trails this Fall is on hold.
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Equine Mine Archive on August 18, 2007, 11:13 pm

This shows what Maddy's injury looks like. Her wing bone is not completely broken away, but instead cracks half way down. The prognosis is good. This is a fracture that usually heals quite well. My vet has told me many horses have had this same injury and gone on to do great things. At this point, I just have to try to stay positive and hope for the best. I was out at the barn yesterday and she was quite content in her stall. They put the pony next door and the window is open in the next stall so
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Equine Mine Archive on August 14, 2007, 10:36 pm

I am still in a bit of a fog. Maddy went to the see Dr. Mark Revenaugh today and we discovered that she fractured her left front coffin bone wing and also has a bone cyst on her phalanx bone. She was going through the surface tests and Mark kept telling me he was liking what he was seeing. We got to her flex test and she hopped a 3 on her left front. It was not pretty. I opted to get that leg x-rayed as long as we were there. When her coffin bone came up on the screen, I saw it immediately. A big,
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Head Bumper

Equine Mine Archive on August 8, 2007, 11:44 pm

Maddy is doing well. The bump on her tendon has gone down, but I am still not working her for the week. Lots of "sweats" and quality time together. We are still planning to take her next Tuesday to the "Leg Doctor." Just because this guy gives a full diagnostic and recommends how to trim/shoe/pad them effectively. On Friday I have a trailer loading session with her to see how she deals with them before our Tuesday trip. I will have to work with her accordingly over the weekend. Just in case, I
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Equine Mine Archive on August 2, 2007, 9:27 pm

The consensus is that I need to have a vet take a look at Maddy's left front tendon. My trainer, Michelle Merkin noticed a small rise on her tendon just below the knee. My gut tells me she is just heel sore and just needs pads and shoes, but I would rather be safe than sorry. Unfortunately our "leg" vet is gone and I will not be able to get in until the 14th. I have to take her to the vet where he has three different surfaces to watch her move on. I feel pretty drained. What started out to seem
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Deadly Collapse

Equine Mine Archive on August 2, 2007, 6:38 am

I really try to keep posts on my blog about horses, but tonight my heart goes out to the families in Minnesota that are dealing with the tragedy of the 35W bridge collapse. I grew up a half hour west of Minneapolis and my whole family is there. I was standing in the newsroom where I work and I saw the video on Fox News and I was just in shock. I stood there and just kept saying "Oh my gosh, oh my gosh." I got on the phone right away because my boyfriend flew to Minnesota this morning to do some
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Mailbox Surprise

Equine Mine Archive on July 31, 2007, 2:42 am

So I got something exciting in the mail today. My certificate for passing Level One Parelli came today. I got a nice red savvy string and a level one pin. I am really excited about this little package. I am proud of my girl, she worked very hard to get this and I think she is a solid Level One horse. I am new to the natural horsemanship thing, and I know not everyone who reads my blog buys into it. I choose to take bits of everything and see what gets results, and I am finding great results with
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My own cartoon!

Equine Mine Archive on July 30, 2007, 6:34 am

A friend of mine made this cartoon for me. Very cool! The things you can do with a Mac! The horse in the picture is "Blue." He is a great guy, an old retired reining horse. I used to lease a horse from his owner and I always made time to brush and give him treats. He is the type of horse that takes care of people. Anyone would be lucky to know a horse like this in their lifetime. Good old Blue.
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Maddy gets a float

Equine Mine Archive on July 27, 2007, 1:19 am

I am getting close to using a bit on Maddy, so I wanted to get her teeth floated and wolf teeth checked before starting. We had Dr. Alan Blanke from Epona Sporthorses out this morning to do three horses. Queenie the draft mare was up first. She is such a sweet mare, I just love her. If I could afford two horses, she would be mine. Queenie has had a tough week. She got kicked in the shoulder and chipped a flare on her front hoof. Her owner told me it has been an expensive week. I was not sure of
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Equine Mine Archive on July 25, 2007, 6:41 am

I am in a rut. I have let my barn dilema spiral into this huge stress. I board at a barn that is about 30 miles from my house and is $475 a month. It is full of good people and I love my trainer, but it lacks the "tools" I feel I need to take Maddy to the next level. There is no round pen, no outdoor arena, and no "honey-comb," all things the other barn has. My new barn would be 3 miles from this beautiful equestrian park that inspired me to get back into horses. I can't wait to ride there again
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Equine Mine Archive on July 20, 2007, 9:24 pm

So this week has been very stressful. Monday, Maddy starting limping on her left front. On Wednesday, she looked like she was limping on both front feet. My farrier was coming on Thursday, so I wanted him to take a look before I called a vet. Her feet were pretty long, so I was hoping it was just the "tilt." You all ask..."Why are her feet long?" Well Andrew, the farrier, has been very timid around Maddy. He has never "nipped" her feet and has only used a rasp. He has given me all sorts of "assignments"
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Mini Maddy!

Equine Mine Archive on July 18, 2007, 8:28 am

This is what Maddy would look like if she were a pony! I went to the Country Classic this weekend down in Wilsonville, Oregon. It is a big Hunter/Jumper event. When I go to Hunter/Jumper shows, I have no idea what I am watching. I don't understand the scores, the patterns, or the divisions. All I know is they are not supposed to knock down a pole. I go because there are just lots of beautiful horses, good vendors, and the tickets are usually free from my work. This little pony caught my eye, because
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Billy to the Rescue

Equine Mine Archive on July 12, 2007, 3:38 am

I have been melting the last two days in Oregon with 100 degree temperatures. I came back from California expecting to get some nice breezy days, but it has been so hot. On my first trail ride down in Yreka, we braved the elements and headed out behind the property to explore the cave. Laura was on a young paint she is starting named "Billy the Kid." I was on good old "Buddy." We took all the dogs which range from "Benny" the Corgi, all the way up to a Rhodesian Ridgeback named "Annie." The cave
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Maddy's Dad

Equine Mine Archive on July 10, 2007, 7:06 am

So Mikael asked for some shots of Maddy's dad, Smoken Now. His nickname is "Pokey." He really is a stunning boy. You would never know he is a stallion, he is so checked in and well-behaved. He is down the road from the Rockin Maddy Ranch, getting in some training. Ray is working cows with him and just putting some miles on him to get him back in shape. He is listed on Dreamhorse for a mere $65,000 if any of my horse friends are looking for a nice stud that always throws color. When my boyfriend
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Equine Mine Archive on July 8, 2007, 12:20 am

I left Thursday for sunny Yreka, California. When I bought Maddy last Fall, I agreed to come back and help the Rockin Maddy Ranch with a promotional video for their equine tourism business. They do all sorts of equine adventures, from trail and beach rides, to pony parties. It is beautiful country down here. Imagine sweeping vistas of conglomerate rock all within sight of majestic Mt. Shasta. It is very dry and hot but we are managing to get the video shot. and squeeze in some trail rides. I worked
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Happy Fourth!

Equine Mine Archive on July 4, 2007, 9:03 pm

Happy Fourth everybody. I headed out early to the barn to beat the heat wave. 80 degrees by noon, yikes! The girls were all modelling their fly masks down in the pasture, so I had to get some pictures. The barn was busy today. We had lessons going on in the arena, a new boarder moving in, and horses getting their first "soapy" bath of the summer. Maddy was in a goofy mood today. She was very soft and silly. She just wanted scratches and treats. There were lots of people in the arena, so I decided
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Advanced Level Two

Equine Mine Archive on July 1, 2007, 11:56 pm

I went to another Ann Kiser Clinic this weekend up in Ridgefield, Washington. I learned a lot about working with your horse at liberty. Liberty just means without a lead rope. I have gotten her to lunge and play the seven games at liberty, but she has drifted a few times and I haven't really known what to do except follow her. Ann gave us plenty of strategies. The one I thought was effective was if they drift, immediately ask them to yield their hindquarters and start walking away....amazingly,
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