How to save $100

Dressage Mom Archive on October 28, 2008, 12:46 am

I went to my vet's office today and bought a one dose vial of Legend, which is 4 ml. It was $92. If I go through Smart Pak and buy a multi dose vial with five doses it works out to $70 a shot even with the shipping costs. Of course buying five doses at once sucks, but if I save $20 a dose over five doses that's $100. So my advice? Order Legend in bulk from Smart Pak if your credit card can handle it.Oh, and I went to the barn right afterwards and injected my boy with it. He stood perfectly still
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It's Legend time

Dressage Mom Archive on October 26, 2008, 10:17 pm

Today I decided to lunge Kaswyn instead of riding him. Almost every time I go to the barn to work him I ride him, but today I wanted to watch him go just to make sure everything looks like it should. Unfortunately, I think Kaswyn looks stiff and a bit uncomfortable. He's not lame, and he certainly willing to work, but he just doesn't look as loose and flowing as he should.So I think it's time to start him back on Legend shots. Legend is a monthy IV injectable joint supplement that increases the
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Bad connection

Dressage Mom Archive on October 21, 2008, 12:06 am

My training with Kaswyn has been coming along slowly but surely. I've been careful not to push too hard because I don't want to have an injury or make him sore. Everything was going as expected until a few weeks ago. He warmed up very nicely, but then after the warm up he would not make a good connection at the trot. He would pick up the trot fine, but after two or three strides he would back off the bit and jiggle his nose in an out, making it impossible for me to establish a connection. Since
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Everything old is new again

Dressage Mom Archive on October 8, 2008, 3:17 am

I tend to use horse realted equipment well past it's functional life. This stems from the fact that I have always had to operate my horse activities on a tight budget, and why buy new things if the old ones still work? However, since I got some gift certificates for my birthday, and found a gift card that I didn't know I had, I decided that three of the items that I use every time I ride needed replacing.Here is a picture of my old boots. Believe it or not, this is as clean as I can get them. I've
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The one where I own up to something - Part 2

Dressage Mom Archive on October 8, 2008, 2:43 am

Part 1On Saturday Z picked up Kaswyn and I and we went to the SCA event. We parked our horses in stalls and went to check in. Then we got our ponies ready and headed over to the arena. I got Kaswyn used to me carrying a weapon and swinging it around while I was on his back. I let him see and sniff all the equipment and then we were ready to go.Here is Z on Henry.And here is me on Kaswyn! Dig his funny pony clothes!The games that we would play in the SCA with our horses that day were -*Behead the
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The one where I own up to something - Part 1

Dressage Mom Archive on October 6, 2008, 2:42 am

Everyone who reads this site who actually knows me in person knows that I'm a science geek. I dig science, and while I'm certainly not the smartest scientist there ever was, I really dig things like bugs and molecular biology and zoology and anatomy. I also like geeky men. Craig is a real geek, and has gotten me into comic books and other geektastic things.There is one very geeky thing that I do I have not admitted to, because it's really dorky and is something that many people make fun of. So I
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Dr. Tooth

Dressage Mom Archive on October 3, 2008, 7:50 pm

On Tuesday Kaswyn saw a new pony dentist. He had been having hand floats all his life, but in April had his first "power float" with sedatives and power tools. I wasn't around to see it, so I wasn't really sure what all it entailed. I had seen pictures but never seen it in person.I definitely wanted to be there for this tooth visit, considering all the eating and tooth issues he has been having. I ended up calling a new pony dentist who is a vet and does only teeth. He has a website and the bio
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When work keeps me from riding I get grumpy.

Dressage Mom Archive on September 30, 2008, 1:50 am

I have much to write, but I've been really busy. Work kept me from being able to ride my horse for an entire week, and then the one day I was able to ride I found Kaswyn had pulled off one of his front shoes. I was already pretty frustrated that I hadn't been able to ride because of work, but then to finally get out there and only be able to groom my horse really made me want to bang my head against the wall. However, I saw something in his stall that day that made me pretty happy.Looks like Kaswyn
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Wonder Cream

Dressage Mom Archive on September 24, 2008, 3:04 am

My spider bites were itching intensely and looking very inflamed so I went to my doc to make sure they weren't getting infected. While my doc didn't say if he thought they were spider bites, he said they were certainly insect bites of some kind. He prescribed me a cream to put on the bites twice a day.I saw a distinguishable improvement after just one night of applying the cream. The itching was greatly reduced as was the redness and swelling. The cream is betamethasone, which is almost identical
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Apparently, I'm delicious

Dressage Mom Archive on September 21, 2008, 5:47 pm

This is a current picture of my stomach.You will notice a few small moles, but mainly you can see four huge red splotches. I think these are spider bites (at least that's what I've had two people tell me). I haven't been to a doctor, but I'm pretty sure that's what they are. This is not the first time this had happened to me. A few weeks ago I had them on my legs, and about a month before that I had some on my stomach and two big ones on my back.Craig is not convinced that these are spider bites.
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Dip and Sip

Dressage Mom Archive on September 20, 2008, 3:19 pm

Dip and Sip (verb) Coined by either Blair or Cheryl in the 1980's. The action by a horse of plunging dry hay into a water bucket before eating, therefore wetting the hay and fouling the bucket.I've known many a horse to Dip and Sip. The first one was Blair's (and later Cheryl's) horse Llano. I can't remember if he did it a lot, or even all the time, but I do remember that he'd get his mouth all wet by doing the Dip and Sip and then, outside of his mouth covered in little fragments of alfalfa hay,
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You're not funny.

Dressage Mom Archive on September 19, 2008, 3:19 pm

I've written here before that I work in an In Vitro Fertilization lab. Due to the nature of the work, we are extremely careful about labeling everything correctly so that the eggs get fertilized with the correct sperm. We are also very careful that the embryos get put into the correct patient. There is tons of paperwork and every sample and piece of paperwork has at least two patient identifiers on it, usually name and Social Security number or name and birthday. In the lab we prefer to use Social
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End of summer clinic trip

Dressage Mom Archive on September 13, 2008, 11:57 pm

I went to work on Wednesday and waited for a call from the clinic. They called to say that Dr. R would be late getting there so he might not even see Kaswyn until 2:00 or so. This would be an issue because Trailer Man had to be back at his place at 3:00. I told them that I would call Trailer Man and tell him just to drop Kaswyn off there and if Kaswyn didn't need surgery that he'd come back and get him later. When I told Trailer Man the plan he said that would work for him.Then I waited for another
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Short on time

Dressage Mom Archive on September 12, 2008, 11:55 pm

I got busy with work yesterday and today I had a kid full of pink-eye at home with me, so I haven't had time to sit and write the outcome of our trip to the clinic. I'm trying to get it done!
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Complete change of plans

Dressage Mom Archive on September 10, 2008, 12:09 pm

Going on the assumption that Dr. Dentist at OSU was going to want to see Kaswyn, I started making some calls to see if I could get someone to take Kaswyn down to Columbus soon. Susan couldn't do it because she was scheduled to work every other day, and if the tooth was pulled I already knew that he might have to spend the night there. I called my friend Z, but she was on her way to an event with her horse. She suggested that I call Dr. G and see if he could take a look at him, since his place is
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Waiting by the phone again

Dressage Mom Archive on September 9, 2008, 3:43 pm

Yesterday afternoon I got a call back from the OSU vet. I explained the situation to her, and at one point I said "I hope you don't get offended by this question, but do you have a lot of experience with dental cases? Because my vets haven't seen many dental cases and I really want someone with some experience to look at my horse."Dr. Dentist was very nice, and said "Oh I'm not offended at all! It's a perfectly reasonable question, and of course you want the best care for your horse!" She went on
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Getting antsy

Dressage Mom Archive on September 8, 2008, 7:50 pm

After one week and three calls to my vets office, I still haven't heard what the dentist had to say about Kaswyn's x-rays. I'm more than a little frustrated in their cavalier attitude towards my horse's problem. I can't even get anyone to give me the name of the dentist that they sent the images to. I'm fairly certain that it's still bothering him, since I missed a banamine dose on Saturday and when I got there Sunday afternoon he was just nosing his hay around. I gave him the last dose of banamine
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Progress, but till in the dark

Dressage Mom Archive on September 6, 2008, 9:15 pm

I've been trying to ride both Kaswyn and Albert four times a week. I thought this tooth issue was going to slow everything down, but riding Kaswyn in a halter has gone very well. Amazingly I'm getting much less resistance from him when I use the halter. It makes me suspicious that this tooth thing has been causing problems for a while. Maybe I'm just imagining it, but Kaswyn seems much more willing to go to the "bit" when in a halter. Most everything I ask him to do has not been a problem at all.
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Dressage Mom Archive on September 3, 2008, 7:58 pm

The new vet headed out yesterday to take x-rays of Kaswyn's teeth. The firs thing she did was give him a handful of hay and he ate it perfectly fine. She said that was probably because he was getting banamine for the pain and swelling, and also because the doxycycline might have kicked in too. She asked if I thought Kaswyn needed to be sedated, and I said no, he'd be fine.Well the first time she came at him with the x-ray machine he took two steps back and gave a little snort. The vet tech was holding
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Just when I thought I was going to pay off my vet bill...

Dressage Mom Archive on September 2, 2008, 2:54 am

Craig, the girls and I went away for the weekend, and when we got back I got a call from Susan asking if I could come out and take a look at Kaswyn's mouth. Kaswyn was acting like he had something stuck in the back of his mouth or his throat, like a stick or big wad of hay. I was planning on heading out there anyway, so I left ASAP, flashlight in hand. When I got there Susan and I took turns holding his tongue and feeling around in the back of his mouth. Neither one of us could see or feel anything.
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