Dressage Mom Archive on February 5, 2008, 5:11 pm

I'm happy to say that a good watering and dragging has improved the footing in the arena. It's still deep in spots but it's much more even. Last night after working on it Susan and I jumped on our horses bareback and in halters to check it out.As I've said before, Kaswyn will "go on the bit" in a halter and I'm able to ride him at the trot and canter without a problem. I can even do half-pass and flying changes. It's really very cool and I love being able to ride him and feel his back as he's working.
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Difficult Transitions

Dressage Mom Archive on February 4, 2008, 5:05 pm

I'm just getting around to writing about moving Kaswyn back to his old barn 5 days after the fact. It all went down just like I expected it to. The gal who agreed to move me showed up with her trailer and Kaswyn jumped on. We drove to the old barn, which was less than ten miles from the other place, and I unloaded my horse. I walked into the barn and went to put him in the stall that they told me he'd be living in.The stall had mats in it, but there were 5 mats of various sizes in the stall, overlapped
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Make it or Break it

Dressage Mom Archive on January 31, 2008, 6:51 pm

Dr. B came out yesterday to ultrasound Kaswyn's leg. He started by watching him walk, then trot on the lunge line. He agreed that he could see some anomalies in his walking strides, but he thought he looked great at the trot. I agreed, but kept telling him how concerned I was about the walk. He came up to me, put his arm around my shoulders, and said,"Listen, I don't deny that we can see something in the walk, and we're going to ultrasound the leg to rule out the suspensory, but the horse looks
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Hello, Dr. G?

Dressage Mom Archive on January 25, 2008, 2:20 am

I had been trying to remember when Kaswyn had his last ultrasound of that left front suspensory, and I figured I could just call the clinic and see when they had done it last. I called this morning and Dr. G actually answered the phone himself. He's the best lameness doctor for hundreds of miles and he's been seeing Kaswyn from the beginning. My trainer had taken Kaswyn for the ultrasound the day it was done, but I could not be there because of work.Dr. G told me that the last ultrasound was December
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Suspensory Suspect

Dressage Mom Archive on January 23, 2008, 12:43 am

Tomorrow I'm supposed to be able to ride Kaswyn. However, just walking on the lunge line today he looked off. When his right front foot hit the ground, the fetlock flexed the correct amount and looked like it absorbed the shock and weight of his body during the stride. When the left front foot hit the ground there were two problems. The one that was immediately apparent was that the fetlock hardly flexed at all to absorb his weight. He kept it rather straight most of the time, even sometimes not
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This is for you

Dressage Mom Archive on January 21, 2008, 5:11 pm

Thank you.I just wanted to say that to everyone who has either commented or sent me an email of support. I do appreciate your kind words and affirmation that I'm not crazy, that special once-in-a-lifetime relationships with horses do exist, and that I'm doing the right thing.I know you're reading, but I'm also listening...
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Hello, Dr. B? - Part 2

Dressage Mom Archive on January 18, 2008, 1:40 pm

Part 1Dr. B and his assistant arrived about 35 minutes later. I knew what doc was going to do when he got there, because he told me what his plan had been the last time he came out and found my horse to be sound. He first had me lunge him, and confirmed that he was off. He didn't want to say lame, just a little off. Then we took him out and get him scrubbed up for a nerve block.He wanted to block the leg to be sure he was correct about what area was the problem. First he blocked out just above the
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Hello, Dr.B? - Part 1

Dressage Mom Archive on January 18, 2008, 1:20 pm

Kaswyn was not sound last night.As soon as I started trotting him I could feel it. I gave it about five minutes because I just wasn't sure, and with nobody there to confirm and the mirrors all frosted from the cold I couldn't get confirmation. But then he started to blow through his nose with every stride like he does when he's hurt, and then I knew for certain.I jumped off of him and called the vet's office right away. It was only 4:15 and there was a slim chance that I could get Dr. B out that
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Hope is the thing with feathers

Dressage Mom Archive on January 17, 2008, 6:07 pm

The patient I talked about here and here is coming in tomorrow for another embryo transfer. This will be her seventh time. She'll be having a frozen embryo transfer, which means that she'll be getting embryos that were frozen during her fresh cycle. Here is how it works. On fresh cycles the patient gets their ovaries stimulated with drugs so that they produce more than one egg. Then they have an egg retrieval where we aspirate the eggs out of the ovaries, then fertilize them. Three days later they
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A post about my boobs - you have been warned.

Dressage Mom Archive on January 14, 2008, 5:53 pm

I love my OB/GYN.Last month I felt a lump in my left breast. It was right before my period, and since I have fibrous breasts I thought that maybe I just had hormonal changes in the tissue. It sort of went away for two week, but now it's back.I became very familiar with how my boobs felt when I was breastfeeding Lily. I was plagued with plugged milk ducts, which is very painful to the mother and frustrating to the baby because they don't get the milk they should when feeding. It took six weeks, lots
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Preparing to move

Dressage Mom Archive on January 11, 2008, 3:21 pm

I really hate moving to a new barn.There is so much crap to move. Every time I move I try and think of what I can do without, but really I need to have all of the stuff I cart around with my horse. Brushes, blankets, bandages, all the first aid stuff, supplements, shampoo, buckets... the list just goes on and on. With every move I take more junk home to be stored in the basement. This time I'm sure I'll have lots to take home, considering the tack room situation at the new barn.See, the last few
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The Breakup - Part 10

Dressage Mom Archive on January 9, 2008, 6:11 pm

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9I got of of my car a the Upper Barn with my heart racing and a ball of bricks in the pit of my stomach. I really wasn't looking forward to telling Paula that I wanted to work with Justine, especially since Paula already knew about it and had the opportunity to stew about it overnight. But like anything unpleasant that you have to do it's best to just get it over with and stop stressing about it, so I forced my feet to walk into the barn.I
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The Breakup - Part 9

Dressage Mom Archive on January 8, 2008, 4:34 pm

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7Part 8Besides deciding that I needed to end my trainer-student relationship with Paula, I also decided that I would not do it over the phone. I wanted to meet her at the barn and try to break it to her as softly as I could. I called her and she didn't pick up her phone, so I left a message saying that I wanted to talk to her at the barn. That afternoon I went to the barn and talked to the barn manager.The situation at the barn was that there was no
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The Breakup - Part 8

Dressage Mom Archive on January 6, 2008, 12:28 am

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7The gal that Paula had suggested I sell Kaswyn to had ridden him unsupervised 3 or 4 times. Before I let her ride him on her own I had gone over how I do everything for him, like grooming, tacking, warming him up, cooling him down, and putting him and the tack away. She seemed competent, so I put my worries aside and let her have a shot. One day after she had ridden him I began grooming him and saw a sore on his withers. I checked the saddle pad and
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Wanting to stay, but needing to go

Dressage Mom Archive on January 4, 2008, 1:29 am

Today, with regret, I gave my 30 days notice at the barn.After finding out that the girls tuition was going up, plus the cost of my health insurance was increasing, I just knew that financially I could not stay at the training barn any more. We had been on the edge (and over it sometimes) of being able to pay all of our bills for months now, but this new increase in our expenses is going to be too much for us to overcome. I don't see our situation changing in the near future, so it's not something
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The Breakup - Part 7

Dressage Mom Archive on January 2, 2008, 1:47 am

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6I was at my first open dressage show, hanging around the board where they posted the scores, waiting for them to put up the scores from my Training Level test 4 class. The runner came up with a clipboard and wrote in the scores. My jaw dropped. Not only had I gotten a qualifying score of 62.8%, but I won the class! He was the only Arabian horse in the class, and beat some very nice horses. I was stunned, but elated with my blue ribbon.I picked up my test,
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The Breakup - Part 6

Dressage Mom Archive on December 27, 2007, 9:33 pm

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5As I prepared to go to our first open dressage show, I asked Paula what it was like. Did people hang stall curtains like they did at Arabian shows? Did she think we could survive without a grooming stall? I wanted to save money and since I was her only student going to the show I wasn't going to be able to split the grooming stall or feed/tack stall with anyone. She laughed a little, saying that most people don't get extra stalls, since the show is only Saturday
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Dressage Mom Archive on December 26, 2007, 2:31 pm

This post was going to be about how our Christmas was marred by rampant sickness. I was going to bitch about fevers, sinuses clogged with goo, and frequent unpleasant trips to the bathroom. Then I got to thinking, and I changed my tune. Here are some things that I'm grateful for.The main focus of this blog is, of course, Kaswyn. Even though I do a fair amount of whining about his lameness, the cost, and frustration of everything, I'm lucky to have a horse at all. I'm also luckier beyond compare
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Paging Dr. Macey

Dressage Mom Archive on December 19, 2007, 3:39 pm

Last night I got a call from the alarm system at work. All of the incubators that house the fresh embryos and the tanks that hold the frozen embryos are hooked up to an alarm system that calls the lab personnel if the temperatures or gas levels are above or below normal. With the incubators it's an emergency situation because fluctuations in temperature or gas levels can kill the embryos quite rapidly. So when the incubators are in alarm it doesn't matter if it's 3:00 in the morning - someone has
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In hock

Dressage Mom Archive on December 17, 2007, 11:06 pm

With all the Deleted Post drama I neglected to write that Kaswyn was very short on his left front when I rode on Thursday. Dr. B already had an appointment to see another horse at our barn yesterday, so we added Kaswyn to the list.In a rare turn of events, Dr. B came to the barn hours early because of many cancellations in his schedule due to the weather. My trainer called me to tell me he'd be there early, so I finished my work as soon as I could and headed out to the barn. He had already examined
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