Good Albert

Dressage Mom Archive on February 6, 2009, 2:36 am

I had limited time tonight to ride, and I started with Albert as usual. He is really doing much better with bending to the right and being more straight at the canter on the right lead. It's hard for him to unlock that side, but now he knows what he's supposed to do so when he slips back into the old habit all I have to do is shift my weight to the left, bump him with my right leg, and close my right hand. Then he gives on the right and gets softer.He's also getting better with the leg yields. He
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Good Sunday, Scary Monday, Hopeful for Tuesday

Dressage Mom Archive on February 3, 2009, 1:00 am

Sunday I spent most of my time at the barn doing arena work instead of riding. I watered the arena, then dragged it. But before I could drag it I had to dig out the door to the arena. There was a ton of snow piled up in front of the door, and since the temperature was nearing 40 the snow was nice and heavy. After I got all that snow moved so I could get my truck into the arena, I had to dig the drag out of the snow as well. It's kept leaning up against the barn and had about three feet of snow locking
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Not so sure about March

Dressage Mom Archive on January 30, 2009, 12:53 pm

Yesterday I rode both the boys. After I picked a whole wheelbarrow full of poop out of the arena. It only took twenty minutes, but still, it's annoying. I was also able to break up and move the dumped bucket ice and the icy snow in front of the door. That made everything more safe and ridable.Albert was first up and he was a bit cheeky. Distracted and hyper, I had to insist that he focused on work. He was doing pretty well until we came across the diagonal at the canter. I was planning on working
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Dressage Mom Archive on January 28, 2009, 5:27 pm

I'm happy to report that the pony chiropractor came out on Monday even though it was really really cold. She checked Kaswyn all over and adjusted him, asking at one point about the spot in the middle of his back. She explained that he was reactive and hurting at the place where the thoracic vertebrae end and the lumbar vertebrae meet, but that this wasn't because anything was wrong in that area. Instead, she said that his pelvis was twisted a little bit and that was putting pressure on the middle
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Dressage Mom Archive on January 25, 2009, 10:40 pm

Today, I am happy.I went to the barn and took a ride on Albert. It's still really frackin cold here, like 22 degrees in the barn, so I just rode for about ten minutes. He didn't get sweaty or anything, but I was nervous about stressing him at all. It's going to stay pretty cold here for the next week at least, and I feel pressure that I have to get these horses working if I'm going to be able to get to that show in March. I need to get myself back in shape too, or I'll my legs will be noodles at
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Wait, what?

Dressage Mom Archive on January 23, 2009, 3:43 pm

The other night just after dinner Lily decided she needed to sing. She picked a Christmas carol - Deck the Halls. She began -"Deck the halls with balls of hollyFa la la la la, la la la laTis the season to be jollyFa la la la la, la la la laTom the bar room shore aganzy..."I said "Wait, wait. What was that last line?"She said "I'll sing it again!""Deck the halls with balls of hollyFa la la la la, la la la laTis the season to be jollyFa la la la la, la la la laTom the bar room shore aganzy..."Trying
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Finally, a ride

Dressage Mom Archive on January 22, 2009, 4:00 pm

Last night I went out and actually rode my pony. I decided that I wanted to hop on and just walk him around because Dr. B said it would be better to make sure he did some light work to keep his joints from getting stiff in this freezing cold weather. Besides that, I really needed to get on him after four weeks of constant pain and obnoxious drug side effects. When I got to the barn and my horse was in the arena, and they were about to feed dinner. I didn't let him go in his stall, but just threw
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He's just not that into working

Dressage Mom Archive on January 21, 2009, 4:26 pm

Following Dr. B's instructions, I went out to the feed store and bought some alfalfa cubes. Kaswyn has been getting them since Sunday afternoon, but I thought that they might be running low at the barn so I picked up three bags. He'll be getting more than the other horses who get the cubes, so I want to chip in and buy some just to be fair. I also picked up a weight tape.I know the weight tapes are not as accurate as a scale, but last night Kaswyn taped at 988 pounds. Last spring when he was at
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Two hands

Dressage Mom Archive on January 20, 2009, 4:22 pm

On one hand, not much has been going on.It's been so freezing cold that I've not been working either Kaswyn or Albert. Kaswyn has just not been up to working, and Albert has so much hair that I'm very afraid to get him a little sweaty. That would not be good in these arctic temperatures. So both boys have been getting turned out, either in the arena or outside (both with nice warm blankets). I'm sure they will not be happy when this little vacation in the snow comes to an end.On the other hand,
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Freezing much?

Dressage Mom Archive on January 14, 2009, 1:22 pm

Forecast in Cleveland for the next few days -Today - High 13, Low 7Thursday - High 9, Low -3Friday - High 4, Low 3Saturday - High 17, Low 17Last night in the barn it was still 30 degrees, so I lunged both horses. Albert was his typical self, but he's in decent enough shape now that I can lunge him for ten minutes without him getting soaking wet. Kaswyn is still in good shape too, and I also put him on the lunge line for ten minutes. I just wanted to make sure that he wasn't able to work out of his
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Three things

Dressage Mom Archive on January 13, 2009, 2:26 am

1) I am not cut out for taking medicationsIn the past 6 weeks I have taken tons of medication. While each medication has done it's intended action, either pain relief, reduction of anxiety, or anti-inflammatory, they have also provided me with a delightful list of side effects. For example, the Vicodin knocked the pain out. However, it made me constipated, and no amount of stool softeners and prune products (dried or juice) could keep my poop from being rock hard. And let me tell you, that is the
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Dressage Mom Archive on January 8, 2009, 4:07 am

Hi.Well, I can't guarantee the quality of this post. The simple fact is, I drank a little bit of bourbon this evening. Perhaps it was more than a little bit. Anyhow, I'm now drinking water like crazy in a vain attempt to avoid a killer hangover tomorrow. Considering I have to work and all, not being useless would be a good thing. However I'm still just a bit too alchololated to go to bed, and so this is what you get. Feeling lucky? :)Okay, so today I went to the barn and worked Albert. Stuck him
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Too much

Dressage Mom Archive on January 5, 2009, 9:59 pm

I went to work today, but went home after half the day. I had planned on working a full day and then going out to clean up Mr. Stinky McMudderson. However, my butt hurt me so badly that I had to go home, get off of my feet, and take pain meds.I''ll have to try again tomorrow. I certainly don't want to spend too many days away from my feisty Arabian boy, or I'll get another nasty look and coat tug!
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Dressage Mom Archive on January 4, 2009, 9:14 pm

Today the whole family headed out to the barn, because the girls wanted to ride Albert. I told Susan we were coming, and when we got there Albert was all tacked up and her friend was walking him around while Susan got ready. Susan was planning to ride for a few minutes before the girls got on him. I said hello to Kaswyn really quickly then I headed out to the arena.Susan rode for a few minutes, and then Macey was itching to get on. We got her helmet on, bucking strap set, and stirrups adjusted.
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Improvement, at last

Dressage Mom Archive on January 3, 2009, 5:59 pm

The past two days have been much better for me pain wise. I actually think things are healing down there, and I'm able to get up and around a little bit more. In fact this morning Craig let me sleep in, then when I got up he went back to bed for three hours. I did laundry, cleaned the kitchen, and fed the girls lunch without being in intense pain. Now that's progress!Tomorrow I want to go to the barn. I know this will be met with some opposition from Craig, but if I'm planning to go back to work
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Still healing

Dressage Mom Archive on December 30, 2008, 11:19 pm

Well, it's been a week since my surgery. I'm still healing, even though I thought I'd be out of bed and back to work by now. This sucks. I was able to see Dr. Colon this morning about what I thought was a re-emergence of blueberry butt. She said that she could see the skin tag I was talking about, but that it didn't look filled with blood or hard. I said that a few days ago it was. She seemed skeptical. She said the skin tag she could see was considerably larger now than when she did the surgery,
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The Actual Surgery and Aftermath

Dressage Mom Archive on December 26, 2008, 4:10 pm

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9Part 10The night before the surgery I took two klonopin so I'd have a good night's sleep. The next morning we were up early and I took more klonopin (which was suggested by my anesthesiologist). I also took two enemas (which were required by Dr. Colon).If you ever have to give yourself an enema (or two), might I suggest heating it in a sink of warm water first. The first enema I took straight out of the box and when that cool water hit my bowels
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Fast update

Dressage Mom Archive on December 23, 2008, 11:30 pm

I'm home from surgery. I'm in a lot of pain but the drugs will kick in soon. I made it. The full story later.
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Fat Albert

Dressage Mom Archive on December 22, 2008, 3:13 pm

I guess I never gave the low down on Albert, my friend Susan's horse. Susan is the niece of Marge, the barn owner, and when Susan bought Albert Marge asked if I would have some time to help Susan out with him.Albert is a purebred Arabian gelding. I think he's 15 years old. Susan bought him as a five year old, and he was very broke. He had been used as a kids lesson horse but had never been shown. His registered name is Tariq el Kaiyoum, but he was so fat that they called him Fat Albert. When Susan
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Yes, I still have a horse

Dressage Mom Archive on December 22, 2008, 2:17 am

Lately I've been concentrating a lot on my surgery and my mental issues. But I do still have Kaswyn and have been trying to ride both him and Albert. However I've run into some problems there.A few weeks ago that damn left lead canter on Kaswyn didn't feel right. I finally scheduled a lesson night and my trainer came out to help. The first thing she noticed was the he was stabbing behind, especially with the left hind. That should not have been happening since he just got his hocks injected and
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