Dressage Mom Archive on July 10, 2008, 1:05 pm

No Boot Camp update right now. I had a huge asthma attack after I got home last night. I'll give details on that plus my last day and lesson at Boot Camp in my next post. Hopefully I can get that up tonight, or tomorrow at the latest.Right now I'm at work and still struggling to breathe. Not so much so that I need to go to the hospital or anything, but just enough to make it annoying.Anyhow, check back later!
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Boot Camp Session One - Day 6

Dressage Mom Archive on July 9, 2008, 2:39 am

Today my plan was to work on connection and try to be more correct with my right hand/arm/shoulder. Since we have a lesson tomorrow I only wanted to ride for about twenty minutes. As I was warming up at the walk I asked my trainer how Kaswyn was in turnout today. She said they put him in a different place today and that he was much better. For the first five minutes he did run and scream, but she decided to let him work it out. He eventually settled down and ate some grass and was quiet for the
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Boot Camp Session One - Day 5

Dressage Mom Archive on July 8, 2008, 3:30 am

Today was lesson day, so I took 600 mg ibuprofen about an hour before my ride. I try not to take ibuprofen too often because if I take it regularly it starts to hurt my tummy. But once in awhile seems to be okay, and I really needed to be able to not only get through the lesson but be able to work to my full potential.By the time I got to the barn my abs were feeling better. I tacked up and headed to the arena. It was hot, hot, hot today, but for the most part heat doesn't bother me. I'm not saying
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Boot Camp Session One - Days 3 and 4

Dressage Mom Archive on July 7, 2008, 2:43 am

I've been a bit busy this weekend so I'm just getting a chance to write about Saturday's ride. It wasn't much different than Friday's ride. We worked on the same exercises from our lesson on Thursday, and Kaswyn felt really very good. I decided to see what his half passes felt like so I did two lines each direction of trot and canter half pass. The first line I did was just a short diagonal (corner to centerline) and the second was a full diagonal. He really felt good and doing the half passes made
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Boot Camp Session One - Day 2

Dressage Mom Archive on July 5, 2008, 2:52 am

When I got out ot the barn today and started grooming Kaswyn, I saw the gal who works at the barn and I asked her if he did well with turnout that morning. She shook her head and said that he was only out long enough for her to clean his stall because all he did was run and scream. He was alone in his paddock but was next to another horse. I was afraid of that. I spoke with my trainer and she said she would put him in a different paddock tomorrow, and that she hoped that he'd settle down by then.
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Boot Camp Session One - Day 1

Dressage Mom Archive on July 4, 2008, 12:19 am

Today was my first of three lessons at boot camp. I was going to take some pictures of the barn and the arena but the weather was gray and depressing and the photos would not have come out very well. I'll be there for a week so I hope to have a nice day to get some good images.Kaswyn didn't get turned out this morning because of my lesson, and because they aren't sure where to put him for turnout if he's only going to be there for a week. They don't want to mess with the turnout groups as they are,
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Boot Camp Session One - Arrival

Dressage Mom Archive on July 3, 2008, 3:40 am

Today is the day that Kaswyn was scheduled to head over to my trainer's new barn for a week long intensive training session. I hurried to the barn after work and packed all of my equipment. I tried to only take what I thought I needed, but it was still a lot of stuff. Saddle, girth, pads, polos, etc,. I know he's only going for a week but I didn't want to leave anything behind. I had some extra time after I finished making up grain, loading my truck, and taking hay out to the driveway, so I decided
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Poked and prodded

Dressage Mom Archive on July 2, 2008, 3:58 pm

Today Kaswyn will get picked up for his week long Boot Camp. I thought he was going to go Thursday but my trailer ride changed plans and it's going to be today. Yay! However, something has happened that is totally out of character for me. I'm completely unprepared. I don't have my stuff packed, I still have grain containers to make, and I didn't clip him. I'm trying to be calm about it, because I know I can get it all done before they roll in with the trailer, but I'm usually ready the day before.I
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So today? Did the arena work get started?

Dressage Mom Archive on June 30, 2008, 12:06 am

Nope. That's just about all I can say.Since Mr. K told me that the arena would be easier to work on if the footing wasn't wet, I haven't been watering the arena. So the footing was super dry today and there's no way I wanted to ride in that dust storm. I decided to ride him down the road instead. Susan was already out with Albert and another friend at one of the Metroparks so this would be a solo ride.Not like it matters. Kaswyn really doesn't care if we go out alone. He's a little more cautious,
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Did the arena footing get fixed today?

Dressage Mom Archive on June 28, 2008, 10:41 pm

No, it did not.
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Looking up

Dressage Mom Archive on June 28, 2008, 4:57 am

Things seem to be falling into place. My blacksmith reset Kaswyn yesterday. He always talks a lot while he works on horses, and yesterday was no exception. I asked his opinion about the fact that when Kaswyn puts weight on his left front leg at the walk that the pastern doesn't flex nearly as much as the right front. I wanted to know if he thought it was because his feet grow so differently or from something else. He looked at me, and in his typical way, said "What I think is that you're lookin'
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A hope dashed, then lifted

Dressage Mom Archive on June 25, 2008, 2:29 am

Mr F came out and evaluated the arena footing situation. Then he gave a price. Ouch!Even though I am certain that this guy knows what he's doing and would do a fabulous job, there's no way we can afford him. I told him so ,and he said that it was actually a pretty cheap price. I said I'm sure it is, but I know that the barn owner is not going to agree to pay that much. I thanked him for the estimate, and told him that I'd contact him again if, by some miracle, we were able to use his services.Out
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A new hope, on two fronts

Dressage Mom Archive on June 22, 2008, 11:26 pm

A comment from my last post by Jester Jigger got me thinking about the possibility of doing a week long boot camp at my trainer's barn. I know I can't afford the monthly board, but I think I could swing a week at a time. I started thinking that I could bring my own hay and grain over to minimize my cost, since I won't ask Marge to discount my current board. If I'm there for a week and I know what week it is ahead of time then I could schedule two lessons. I think I could afford that every 4 or 6
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Spilling over

Dressage Mom Archive on June 18, 2008, 3:43 am

I drove home from the barn tonight, trying not to think about the situation as is stood. I took deep breaths, convincing myself that I was just being selfish and that crying would just confirm what I'd been thinking for weeks - that I was acting spoiled. I needed to just get over it already and accept that just because I wanted something didn't mean that I was entitled to have it. My situation wasn't that bad, right?Despite giving myself a stern talking-to, a tear brimmed in my eye and fell on my
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He popped a WHAT?

Dressage Mom Archive on June 10, 2008, 6:48 pm

A few years ago I was grooming Kaswyn before my ride and I saw a small wound on his coronet band. I said "Oh no!" and my friend Linda heard me. She said "What?" And I said "My horse has a puncture wound!"She came over to take a look, and said "That's not a puncture wound! He popped a gravel."I said "What's a gravel?"She explained that a gravel was a small abcess that worked it's way up the hoof wall and came out at the coronet band instead of out the bottom of the foot. I asked if I should call
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More adventures with hay

Dressage Mom Archive on June 6, 2008, 1:43 pm

I don't know what it is, but picking up hay with Susan has made me laugh every time. I have laughed so hard that I fell down and peed my pants. Just a little. Yesterday was no exception.Yes it was time to pick up more hay for Kaswyn. I bought 90 bales in April for him, and my friend S. bought the rest of the load. She has a barn with a hay loft and said that I could store the rest of my hay there, since I only have room at Kaswyn's barn for a stall full. I was down to one bale and was lucky enough
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OSU Trip 2008 - Part 5

Dressage Mom Archive on June 6, 2008, 4:10 am

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4The results are in!To read the test each injection site was compared with two controls - a negative control of saline which should give no response and a positive control of histamine which should give the biggest response - meaning a big ass hive. Those sites which were larger than the saline were given a reading of 1 to 4, with 4 being the biggest reaction equal to the histamine.After 15 minutes he was scoring 1 or 2 for five different molds, only one of which was positive
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OSU trip 2008 - Part 4

Dressage Mom Archive on May 30, 2008, 10:00 pm

Part 1Part 2Part 3After we came back to the hospital after lunch we walked around, looking at the llamas, cows, and other horses. There are four aisles of stalls that open on both ends into two large main hallways. The one large hallway is reception, while the other one has exam rooms, procedure rooms, and the entrance to the surgical suite. We just wandered around, and I was taking pictures of things I thought were interesting. Such as, this picture of the treadmill room, which I'm assuming is
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OSU trip 2008 - Part 3

Dressage Mom Archive on May 22, 2008, 4:00 pm

Part 1Part 2We left the horse stalls and followed Dr. Med to the triage area. Dr. Med introduced us to another doctor (who I think was an intern) that would be doing the surgery with Senior Student. Dr. Intern told me to lead Kaswyn into the stocks for the surgery. He'd never been in stocks before and he was a little hesitant but obediently followed me into the stocks. As soon as Dr. Intern started to close the gate behind him, Kaswyn got a little scared and calmly but deliberately backed out of
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OSU trip 2008 - Part 2

Dressage Mom Archive on May 17, 2008, 3:15 am

Part 1We put Kaswyn in the stall and soon were met by two students. One of them, a senior, took Kaswyn's vital signs. The other had a clipboard of info. After a few minutes Dr. Derm returned with a dermatology technician (she might have been a vet too, but I'm not sure) and two or three more students. We all stood in the hallway while I gave Kaswyn's history of hives, medications, and the ingredient lists for all the feeds and supplements that he is getting. While we were discussing Kaswyn another
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