OSU trip 2008 - Part 1

Dressage Mom Archive on May 16, 2008, 2:40 pm

I got out of bed Thursday morning and I was beat. Macey decided to wake up at 3:30 and didn't want to go back to sleep. So I brought her into bed with us and tried to sleep myself. Unfortunately she spent the next 45 minutes crawling over Craig and I, poking us in the face, and whispering. Craig took her back to bed but I was unable to sleep after that.But I had a horse to get ready for a trip to The Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital, so I dragged myself out of bed and got on the road by
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Meet Molly

Dressage Mom Archive on May 13, 2008, 1:04 pm

It's kind of a cheater post, I know, but I got this story from my buddy Cheryl and I have to share it. It turns out that this story is from a book called "Molly the Pony" written by Pam Kaster. For ordering information on the book, you can click here. A portion of the sales price will go toward Molly's fund.Meet Molly. She's a gray speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Katrina hit southern Louisiana , USA . She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm
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Out of breath

Dressage Mom Archive on May 11, 2008, 2:23 am

Things have been crazy lately. Nothing bad (well except one thing but it's all okay now) but I just haven't had time to sit down and write about it. I've got things to talk about, just no time to type it out. I also don't have time to sit and read all the blogs I usually read, so I'm not up on what everyone else has been doing. Riding, I hope, since winter has finally decided to go away (around here anyway).So everything's cool, just super busy. I'll update when I get time. Have fun!
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Playing catch up

Dressage Mom Archive on May 9, 2008, 4:33 pm

By now this is old news, but here's what's been going on at the barn...I had a few great rides on my horse, so it was inevitable that something would happen to slow our progress. On Tuesday of last week I had just started to groom Kaswyn when I noticed a large swelling on his neck that wasn't there on Monday. Upon closer inspection I saw that he had a little hole in the swelling, and that he also had a few small splinters in random spots on his neck. I squeezed the area and pus came out. Great.
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Funny horse pictures

Dressage Mom Archive on May 2, 2008, 5:44 pm

I found these pics here.This horse is not fooling around. That dog better get out of the way!I tried to walk up to a drive-thru and they wouldn't serve me. I guess ride up is okay in Russia.
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Back to the original plan

Dressage Mom Archive on May 2, 2008, 1:38 pm

Susan decided to check out the cost of renting a Bobcat, just in case we could convince Marge to let us give it a go. Turns out that the cost of renting one and getting it delivered would be 60% of the cost that Mr. K would charge us to come over with his equipment and do all the work himself.So I think we just need to wait for Mr. K. Better to have it done right, I guess. But I'm ready to train again NOW!Yeah, I'm whining. It's been two and a half years since my horse has been sound, and now that
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Dressage Mom Archive on May 1, 2008, 12:37 am

Holy crap! Have you seen this video? It's amazing.http://canecorso.com/lorenzo.htmGo. Look. Now. You won't be disappointed.
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Trying to be patient

Dressage Mom Archive on April 30, 2008, 2:45 pm

Kaswyn got shots on Monday, and I expected him to have a huge swollen neck like he usually gets. I ask for Banamine to be given at the same time as his shots, but this is the first time that it's actually worked to help with the swelling. His neck looked great so I decided that I'd ride since the arena was not dry and dusty yet.He felt really good except he was stiff to the left. I worked some trot serpentines and he had no problem giving me a nice right bend, but when I'd switch the bend to the
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The Arena Project - Modification

Dressage Mom Archive on April 28, 2008, 5:23 pm

This is not Part Four of the Arena Project.The plans have changed, possibly. It's kind of up in the air because circumstances beyond his control are preventing Mr. K from getting over to our barn to do the work. It's nothing personal, which is good. I just don't know when he will be available, and I'm afraid to ride my horse in there any longer. So we're on to Plan B.We're going to rent a Bobcat and have Marge's younger son (not the one with the equipment) help us at least move some of the footing
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The best laid plans

Dressage Mom Archive on April 25, 2008, 1:12 am

I had a great ride on Tuesday with the ring freshly watered and dragged. I had noticed the last few rides that Kaswyn was either lazy or weak with the left hind, or he had something else going on. It was obvious to the left that he just wasn't reaching with the left hind, but I didn't want to push it. The footing was pretty decent on Tuesday so I decided to get after him and see how much he was capable of using himself.He was certainly stiff to the left, as always, so we spent some time suppling
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A dust free ride today

Dressage Mom Archive on April 22, 2008, 2:58 pm

I finally gave up and watered and dragged the arena yesterday. I know Mr. K said it would be easier to work with if it were dry, but I can't stand not riding almost as much as I hate riding in the dust. He hasn't called me back anyway, so I wonder if he's too busy for us now or if he has changed his mind about coming to fix our arena. Either way it would be nice to hear something from him.I'm toying with the idea of taking Kaswyn to a local unrated show in hunter pleasure on June 1. The show is
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Less pills, more dust.

Dressage Mom Archive on April 18, 2008, 5:16 pm

I gave Kaswyn an allergy shot on Tuesday. It was the first one he's had since this whole hive debacle started in February, and I'll continue with them once a week. Then I will begin decreasing his hydroxyzine by half 72 hours after the allergy shot if he doesn't get any hives. So far he's been hive free, so on Saturday he'll only get 500 mg of hydroxyzine one time a day. Then I'll wait 72 hours, and if he has no hives then he'll get 250 mg once a day, wait 72 hours, then go to 125 mg once a day.
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Make it Work - Part 2 - The Girls

Dressage Mom Archive on April 17, 2008, 8:57 pm

Part 1Regardless of my issues with Craig and horses, everything changed when I got pregnant. I stopped riding for both of my entire pregnancies because my doctor told me that if I fell off I could risk detaching the placenta from the uterus, and if that were to happen the baby could not be saved. That was scary enough for me, so I didn't take any chances and just didn't ride.I was bummed because I had never gone so long without riding, not to mention having 6 weeks of bed rest at the end of Lily's
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Loose Ends

Dressage Mom Archive on April 15, 2008, 12:46 pm

I've been a bit busy and scattered lately, and I realize that there are things that I've started to talk about that I haven't finished with. So I'll tidy things up a bit around here today.First, this patient that I talked about here. I've been afraid to write anything, but she is indeed pregnant with one baby, due in early October. We're all really happy about this, and hoping that she has a smooth pregnancy and easy delivery. Luckily she still has some embryos frozen, so hopefully they'll be able
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A colic question

Dressage Mom Archive on April 12, 2008, 12:39 am

The little mare at our barn coliced again this week. She was quieter and calmer when she was in the arena with her buddy, so we were keeping an eye on them from the arena gate. At one point she laid down, but didn't roll. I looked at Marge and said "I'm thinking if she's going to lie there quietly that she'll be okay. Do you agree or should we get her up?"Marge said "Well I've had vets say two different things to me. Dr. W used to say that they could lie down between pains if they didn't roll, while
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What was THAT?!

Dressage Mom Archive on April 11, 2008, 1:27 am

When my horse spooked and bolted, I have to admit that I laughed. I really didn't take Kaswyn seriously and figured he was just being a boob. He was really agitated but I was able to get him slowed down and under control. Albert was freaking out too.Susan and I had a quick discussion and we decided that there might indeed be a bear nearby and we should probably get the hell out of the woods. Kaswyn took the lead and I think that paniced poor Albert because instead of hopping over this one log he
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Come on, it will be fun!

Dressage Mom Archive on April 10, 2008, 1:53 am

Famous last words.After my potentially scary (but in reality not scary at all) dental appointment I headed out to the barn to see my boy. I was finally able to make it out there on a nice day and decided that I just couldn't face riding in the arena. I asked Susan if she wanted to ride down the road with me. There are no trails but both of our horses are great by the road. Kaswyn is so level headed and Albert is a trained and deputized police horse who has seen just about everything, so I thought
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Another dentist = Another diagnosis

Dressage Mom Archive on April 9, 2008, 3:08 am

I was pretty freaked out going to see the endodonist this afternoon. Luckily I didn't have to wait very long in the waiting room. This very nice lady (a dental assistant or hygenist? not sure since she never told me) ushered me into a patient bay with a chair. I took a seat and she donned gloves, a face shield, and put a bib on me. As she prepared to take yet more x-rays of the tooth in question, I looked around and saw a syringe already loaded up with some clear liquid.Oh Lord. Everyone had assured
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Scared silly

Dressage Mom Archive on April 8, 2008, 3:14 am

Tomorrow I have to go to an endodontist about one of my teeth - #30 to be exact. I didn't even know what an endodontist was until a few weeks ago, when I was told that I should go see one by an oral surgeon. This was the first oral surgeon that I had ever seen either.You see, my teeth are great. I have only had one cavity in my entire life. It was in a baby tooth, and after they filled it the tooth cracked and fell out the next day. My dental checkups are always glowing, with the dentist and hygenist
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Make it work - Part 1 - My Husband

Dressage Mom Archive on April 4, 2008, 2:26 pm

I've been contacted by more than one person asking how I manage husband, kids, work, and still find time to train and ride dressage, so I thought I'd dedicate a series to the subject. It's got to be a series because it's far too complicated to fit into one post.I thought I'd start the series by talking about my human partner - my husband. He's not my first husband - in fact he's my third. My other two marriages didn't end because of issues with my horse, but my riding addiction contributed to many
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