Giving you the finger

Dressage Mom Archive on November 21, 2007, 5:28 pm

You know how you sometimes pull something out of the freezer, like steak, and it's all freezer burned and looks really icky? Well, that's sort of what I've done to my fingers. It was an accident, of course. I was at work and we had just received a shipment of embryos from a patient in Germany. Yes, people ship their embryos all over the world. I don't know what the situation is, so I don't know how the embryos ended up here. Anyway, when we got them we needed to unpack them, check all the paperwork
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Gimme a shout, would ya?

Dressage Mom Archive on November 21, 2007, 2:42 am

Since I had a bunch of questions regarding this splint bone injury in Kaswyn's left front leg, I decided to call Dr. B and ask if he would call me back to discuss other possible treatment options. He didn't call back. This makes me a little grumpy. I realize that he's busy, and I will admit that the last time I called him with a problem he called me back within 20 minutes. Also I know that this isn't any emergency, and we're currently treating Kaswyn in a way that I decided on. But I still think
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Too close on this one

Dressage Mom Archive on November 19, 2007, 5:50 pm

I talk with patients here at work every day. They are all trying to get pregnant, and it's hard not to sympathize with them. However we see so many patients that it's easy not to get too involved with any of them. Today a patient came in who is an exception. I didn't know her before she started coming to our fertility clinic, but now we're on a first name basis. She is really very nice and everyone loves her. However, we have yet to successfully get her pregnant. She keeps an upbeat attitude, and
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Fairly Decent

Dressage Mom Archive on November 19, 2007, 12:07 am

After a day off yesterday Kaswyn felt pretty good today. We worked at the walk and trot for about 15 minutes, no circles, with rounded corners. Before I got on I felt his leg and the injured one was cooler and less puffy than the other one, which is evidence to me that the Surpass cream is working. I did a little online research about the injury that Kaswyn has, and I read an article that said it's common in performance horses who experience an increase in work level. It's also caused by imperfect
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It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas

Dressage Mom Archive on November 18, 2007, 12:27 am

There is a tray full of gingerbread cookies baking in the oven as I type this. The house is filled with their delicious smell, and it reminds me being a kid and watching my grandmother gear up for the approaching holidays. (Had to stop right there and take those cookies out to cool) You see, my Nana used to make at least 40 dozen cookies every Christmas. Sometimes it was 50 or 60 dozen. She made chocolate chip (with and without nuts), oatmeal, sugar, ginger, peanut butter, peanut butter with chocolate
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Day after day

Dressage Mom Archive on November 17, 2007, 12:25 am

I think I've said before that I keep a daily calendar of what I do every day with Kaswyn. It's nothing special - it's just your standard twelve month calendar with boxes for each day. In fact I get one free every year from the local tack store - The Paddock Saddlery. It's great because the last page of the calendar has a place to record his worming schedule, farrier visits, and other things that are good to keep track of. I started keeping a calendar years ago at the urging of my first dressage
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Saddle Up - Part 9

Dressage Mom Archive on November 16, 2007, 1:28 am

Part 1Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8When I picked up my Freedom Holistic SemiFlex dressage saddle from the tack store I was surprised how light it was. I was happy about that too, because that meant there would be less leather and padding between me and my horse. Besides being light, it was beautiful. I went immediately to the barn to try it out. I tacked up, and got on Kaswyn. After riding in the UltraFlex for 6 weeks, this saddle felt like heaven. It really felt like it had been
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Dressage Mom Archive on November 14, 2007, 11:43 pm

Lily said she had a joke for me. LILY: What do you call a truck that runs over your foot?ME: I don't know, what do you call it?LILY: A lifesaver! It's a joke! HA HA HAA!I didn't get it, but I laughed. So she told another one. LILY: What happens when a glass bangs around and it makes you really angry?ME: I don't know, what happens?LILY: Another glass bangs around! HA HA HAA!Again I laughed, because it was so ridiculous, so she busted out with one more - LILY: What happens when your brain falls out
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Vet call - Part 2

Dressage Mom Archive on November 13, 2007, 5:47 pm

Part 1There are worse things than being presented with three options for fixing your horse. So I listened as Dr. B went down the list. #1 - Back the training program up to where I was two months ago for 30 days. During that time apply Surpass (anti-inflammatory cream) daily to the left front inside splint bone. If Kaswyn is not back where he was before this this new injury after 30 days, call Dr. B back out. #2 - Shock Wave Therapy. We had such success the first time, there is no reason to believe
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Vet call - Part 1

Dressage Mom Archive on November 12, 2007, 11:18 pm

Dr. B came out to see Kaswyn today and evaluate this latest round of "not quite right"ness. I gave him a history of what had been going on recently, and then he spent some time palpating both front legs. Then he did the standard exam including back soreness test, stifle evaluation, and flex tests. Finding nothing, he asked me to tack him up and ride him so he could watch.Luckily I wore my breeches, and my trainer's mom helped me tack up quickly, so we didn't lose much time. I rode at the walk for
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Saddle Up - Part 8

Dressage Mom Archive on November 11, 2007, 6:01 pm

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5Part 6Part 7I needed to figure out what to do for a saddle for three months while my custom saddle was being made. Using the Cobra was out of the question. I figured I could get by for a week or two bareback, but then I was going to want to start building Kaswyn back up into working shape again, since we had been off for 8 weeks for our shock wave therapy. I remembered that the gal who let me try her Freedom Holistic had to send her saddle back to have it re-made
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Dressage Mom Archive on November 10, 2007, 3:07 pm

Lily and I headed out early this morning to watch some friends of ours show at a horse show. This is not Lily's first show. She went to her first show at nine months old. This picture was taken at the last show I went to with Kaswyn in 2004, and Lily hitched a ride. I'm sure she was too young to remember anything about that show, but she really had a good time today. We didn't stay for long because it was cold and they didn't have donuts (They usually do! We got ripped off!). But we stayed long
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More sure today

Dressage Mom Archive on November 10, 2007, 12:33 am

I know for sure something is up with Kaswyn now. For the last 10 days or so Kaswyn's been getting daily alternating doses of bute and aspirin. Yesterday he got bute, and today he got aspirin, so I decided to ride him lightly today and see if there was a difference between the rides from yesterday to today. There certainly was a difference. Today he wasn't nearly as jazzed about working, but that may have been because he was ridden yesterday. However, the left lead canter felt really bad again today
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Regretful and Sad

Dressage Mom Archive on November 9, 2007, 1:29 am

Kaswyn still is just not right. I called the vet, but I don't know when he's coming out yet. Hopefully it will be in the next few days. I'm not sure exactly what's going on, so it's time to call in the professional. What I do know is that I had someone with a good eye watch him trot tonight and she said she wouldn't have noticed anything wrong unless I had said something. But now that she was looking at him critically he didn't seem to be straightening his left leg all the way before he put it down,
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Dressage Mom Archive on November 7, 2007, 6:42 pm

I'm not sure how Kaswyn was yesterday. He was so excited about being ridden that he felt 12 feet tall and 6 feet wide. He was all puffed up and was just running through my aids, so he felt uneven and hurried. When I slowed him down he felt much more cadenced, but it was like riding a bomb itching to go off. I asked my trainer how she thought he looked and she agreed that he was better when he was going with a nice slow tempo. However, I saw something I didn't like. I was looking in the mirrors and
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Deers am gonna get me!

Dressage Mom Archive on November 6, 2007, 6:17 pm

Yesterday marked the last day of hand walking for Kaswyn. When I got to the barn it was cloudy, but not too cold out so I decided on one last walk down the driveway. I know it could be months before we get a chance to get back outside. So we start walking down the driveway, and all is well. I'm enjoying the last hours of fall weather when we happened to startle three deer who were in the woods. Now usually it's hard to rattle my horse, but these deer gave no signs that they were there until they
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Saddle Up - Part 7

Dressage Mom Archive on November 5, 2007, 6:50 pm

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5Part 6While I wasn't really in love with my Cobra saddle, I didn't want to buy a new saddle either. But it was obvious that Kaswyn was bothered by the Cobra, so my decision was made. It was time for a new saddle. Something we both liked. The gal who has her horse next to Kaswyn had one of those Freedom Holistic saddles. She didn't have the UltraFlex, but what they call the SemiFlex. The SemiFlex has a tree, but it's a very flexible tree. While it flexes and moves
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Hoping for two more days of sun

Dressage Mom Archive on November 4, 2007, 5:24 pm

Yes, gentle readers, you get to read today another riveting story about how I must hand walk Kaswyn. Because that is all I am doing. Believe me, it's just as exciting to read about it as it is to do it. So suck it up, cause I'm sick of it too. Anyhow, I'd been avoiding walking him down to driveway because they had just filled in some potholes with rather large gravel and I didn't want to add a stone bruise to our list of issues. However the last two days have been cold, but incredibly sunny and
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Halloween '07

Dressage Mom Archive on November 3, 2007, 5:06 pm

So here is Lily and Macey.Lily is a chicken. And Macey is...well, what's your guess?
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That's enough out of you

Dressage Mom Archive on November 2, 2007, 2:36 pm

My horse is driving me crazy. I decided that since I wasn't really sure what was wrong with Kaswyn this time that I would really hand walk him instead of getting on him and walking him. This means that he spends way too much time trying to bite me. Now, he's not really trying to hurt me, or scare me, but he puts on this huge act because he wants to get a reaction out of me. And he usually does, because if I don't yank his head out of the way or jump out of the way myself he might accidentally bite
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