It's not getting what you want...it's wanting what you've got

Dressage Mom Archive on April 2, 2008, 12:38 am


I'm done. I decided that I'm no good to anyone that I love when I'm this way. So I'm going to stop this "feeling blue" nonsense and start being positive. I'm not just burying my feelings and saying "Everything is peachy! Wow, life is grand!", because I know that's not always the case. In fact, I realize that I can't change this thing that's got me down right now. Instead of trying to change it, I'm going to do my best to accept it.A very wise woman once said to me, "When I pray, I never ask God
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Blue

Dressage Mom Archive on March 27, 2008, 1:47 am


It's been a while since I've posted. I haven't really felt like writing. I'm a little sad about something, but I don't want to talk about it yet. No, there's nothing wrong with Craig, the girls, or Kaswyn. It's something else. Eventually it will all come out. Truthfully I feel like a bit of a jerk for feeling the way I feel, so it won't be easy to come clean about it. I know that's kind of cryptic, but that's all you get right now.Trust me, we'll talk later.
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Cooking for Kaswyn

Dressage Mom Archive on March 13, 2008, 2:57 am


Every Sunday I prepare Kaswyn's grain for the coming week. He's getting a different feed than everyone else because I wanted to try and keep him on the same program he was on at the other barn. Besides that, he gets supplements that he won't eat unless the grain is wet. At the last barn I had his supplements pre-measured in little containers. The barn owner would add the supplements to his grain and wet the whole mix with water (or applesauce if he was getting bute or aspirin) right before he was
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Three H's - The Last One

Dressage Mom Archive on March 11, 2008, 3:33 pm


Hay. Who knew it would be such an issue?I had enough hay to get through Friday evening, and maybe Saturday morning. However, I could not get in touch with the hay guy. I called and left messages and never got a call back. I was in a bit of a panic because I needed hay and I had to coordinate my schedule with Susan's schedule if I wanted to pick up more than the four bales that would fit in the back of my car.Tuesday I called another one of my trainer's students who I know gets the same hay for her
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Snowy horse photos

Dressage Mom Archive on March 10, 2008, 1:50 pm


We got tons of snow on Saturday, but it was so beautiful Sunday morning that we just had to put the horses outside. It was a little deep but they didn't seem to mind.Here is Albert, Susan's arabian gelding, in the deepest snow.This is Marge's arabian stallion, Delane. The snow is almost up to his you-know-what's.Lastly, here is Kaswyn. He's the only princess in the barn with a blanket on.Kaswyn had no hives yesterday and the more I can get him outside the better off he's going to be.The snow is
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Three H's - Two out of Three

Dressage Mom Archive on March 8, 2008, 9:32 pm


I wrote in this post about being vexed by three H's - Hives, Hydroxyzine, and Hay.The first one to ease my mind was the Hydroxyzine. It arrived on my doorstep on Tuesday. The first thing I did was take out 70 capsules to give back to my friend. As I haven't had a chance to get out to her barn again, I've been carrying them around, in a test tube, in my purse since then. I hope I don't have to have my purse searched by the cops because I'm sure they will think I'm some sort of drug dealer. I don't
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The Arena Project - Phase Three

Dressage Mom Archive on March 7, 2008, 4:12 pm


Phase OnePhase TwoPhase Three - EvaluationI let two full weeks pass before I called Mr. K to come out and look at our arena. When I got a hold of him on his cell phone he was at a horse show, but he said he could come by Tuesday afternoon. I let Marge know what time he'd be coming, and she said she'd be there.Tuesday afternoon Marge showed up about five minutes before Mr. K. They introduced themselves to each other and then Mr. K walked into the arena. He was all business, not being very talkative
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Arabian Halter and Ethics

Dressage Mom Archive on March 4, 2008, 4:43 pm


And now, a break from your regularly scheduled hive report.MiKael over at her blog has begun writing a piece about Arabian halter and the fact the many people see it as a bad thing. They watch some classes and what they see are abused, unhappy, spooky horses who give the Arabian breed a bad name. A recent post at MiKael's blog links to a video which shows some "abused" horses showing halter. I haven't seen the video, so I can't comment on it. Mikael is absolutely correct that there are all kinds
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Three H words giving me the blues

Dressage Mom Archive on March 3, 2008, 6:33 pm


It's been days since I've given an update on Kaswyn, but I just haven't had the heart to do it. I'm worried and stressed about the whole thing and didn't want to sit down and write it all out, but here goes.Turns out I spoke too soon when I said Kaswyn was free of hives. One pack of dex takes away about 95% of the hives and significantly shrinks the ones that do hang around, but in 48 hours they are back. I think the change in hay is helping because they aren't as bad as they were before, but I
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Footloose and hive free

Dressage Mom Archive on February 29, 2008, 2:44 am


Today Kaswyn's hives were gone. He had what I'd call hive corpses - places on his skin that looked like shadows where the hives had shriveled up and died. He looked great.He felt even better. He was such a spaz while I was grooming him that I decided to jump on him for 10 minutes for a light hack. He wanted to work! It was fantastic.Today I ordered more hydroxyzine and arranged for a potential pickup of more hay. Now that we've got the hives on the run all I have to do is get the footing in order
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Let the medicating begin!

Dressage Mom Archive on February 28, 2008, 1:43 am


I got a call yesterday from the OSU resident. She had spoken with the two dermatology vets and the conclusion was to get the hives under control ASAP. So she said to start him on an antihistamine call hydroxyzine in conjunction with the dex to get rid of the hives. As soon as the hives are gone I should start with the allergy shots again. Then we can try to back him off of the hydroxyzine and get him re-tested. She said when I make my appointment for the re-test that I should make sure that both
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Hives! Hay?

Dressage Mom Archive on February 26, 2008, 3:41 pm


Yesterday morning Susan called with the Hive Report. Kaswyn was bad again. I told her not to do anything but get him outside if possible and I'd start making phone calls.At 8:10 am I called Ohio State and tried to reach the dermatology specialist that my other friend with the hivey horse recommended. I left a message and then called Dr. B. I told him what was going on and updated him on Kaswyn's allergy testing and shot situation. He told me that the best thing to do would be to start eliminating
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Concern

Dressage Mom Archive on February 25, 2008, 1:47 am


Although Kaswyn's hives were better on Saturday, today they are back with a purpose. They are pretty severe on his neck, and have now spread to most of his body. I gave him more dexamethasone so hopefully they will be better tomorrow. I plan on calling the vet at Ohio State who saw Kaswyn when we had him tested all those years ago so I can get some direction.I'm hoping the problem is just that I've been lax about giving the allergy shots. It had been so long since he had an outbreak that I started
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Buzz about the hives

Dressage Mom Archive on February 23, 2008, 1:21 am


As you can see, Kaswyn's hives are not better today. In fact, they were worse on his neck and had spread to his whole body. A call to the vet, two packets of dexamethasone, and a good roll in the arena later and I think my horse will be feeling better soon. Susan is going to check on him later tonight just to be sure, but Dr. B thinks that his hives should be gone tomorrow. He also thinks that missing one allergy shot probably didn't make any difference in his hives so I can stop feeling guilty
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Pooping horses everywhere

Dressage Mom Archive on February 22, 2008, 1:43 pm


I took this lovely picture last night at the barn.He had those large hives all over both sides of his neck, but none on his body. As is usual with his hive outbreaks he didn't seem uncomfortable so I decided to hop on him bareback and do a little walking and trotting. When I was grooming him a mare across the aisle started kicking at her belly and rolling. Susan told me that she'd been in a mild colic all night and was still uncomfortable that afternoon. She needed to run out of the barn for 15
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Because the new look for spring is bumpy

Dressage Mom Archive on February 21, 2008, 9:04 pm


I got a call from Susan at the barn. Kaswyn has big hives all over his neck. She didn't take his blanket off, but assumes that he's got them all over. I told her not to do anything about it unless he looks like he's having problems breathing or his nose looks swollen. She said that all looked fine, so I told her it was okay to put him outside since that tends to make the hives better. Usually his hives don't seem to bother him much so I'm not all that worried about it.I guess I'll see how bad it
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The Arena Project - Phase Two

Dressage Mom Archive on February 19, 2008, 2:41 pm


Phase OnePhase Two - ConsultationOnce I got the green light from Marge to contact Mr. K about the status of our arena footing, I decided to drive over to his place to talk to him instead of calling him on the phone. Besides being more personal by meeting face to face, I thought that if I called him he might not remember who I was and that might be a bit uncomfortable for both of us.I stopped by the barn first, but he wasn't there. I had a brief visit with two ladies who had their horses at the barn
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The Arena Project - Phase One

Dressage Mom Archive on February 15, 2008, 5:09 pm


Phase One - PermissionA few years ago (maybe 5, I can't remember) when I was boarding at my current barn I was concerned that there wasn't enough footing in the ring. The footing that was there was very powdery and if it was watered then it got slippery because there wasn't enough footing on the base. So you could either ride in the dust or risk having your horse fall down on top of you. At that time I convinced Marge and the other boarders to all chip in and re-do the arena. After I did a little
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A Short Tag and Eight Horse Profiles

Dressage Mom Archive on February 10, 2008, 5:04 am


I got tagged by Equine Spirit. This is a new one for me, and I decided that I'd do it.The rules are...You must post the rules before you give your answers.After you've been tagged, you need to update your blog with your middle name and answers.You must list one fact about yourself for each letter of your middle name.Each fact must begin with that letter.If you don't have a middle name, just use your maiden name/last name.At the end of your post, you need to tag one person for each letter of your
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Than again, maybe not

Dressage Mom Archive on February 6, 2008, 7:01 pm


Unfortunately, watering and dragging the arena didn't solve the footing problem. It helped it a great deal, but Kaswyn was still struggling to trot through the deep spots, and there are a lot of them. Only one end, about a third, of the arena has decent depth of footing. The rest is too deep. Also, he was forced to change his length of stride depending on the footing, and that made it very difficult to tell if he was sound or not. Going off of his attitude and how the left lead canter felt when
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