In the dog house. Part 2

Dressage Mom Archive on November 18, 2010, 2:09 pm

Part 1Macey has been throwing a lot of fits lately. And tending to be lax about listening to me. Both girls, in fact, are a little too casual about blowing me off the first time I tell them to do something. When Craig tells them, they tend to listen a bit better, mostly because he'll put them in time out or give them a butt swat faster than I will.This weekend Craig was out of town all day on Saturday, and I had to work in the morning. After I was home and the babysitter left, the plan was for my
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In the dog house - Part 1

Dressage Mom Archive on November 16, 2010, 1:46 am

This past week both Macey and I have gotten into trouble. Her more so than me, but she got more of a reward for changing her behavior (since I didn't change mine or even agree to).Here's how I got busted.My back can only take so much twisting before it starts to hurt. It's mainly the motion you make while sweeping, or raking. I don't particularly like doing either, but there are times when it's necessary. Like this time of year.Craig usually rakes all the leaves because he hates it when I hurt my
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The Move. Part 5.

Dressage Mom Archive on November 9, 2010, 1:00 pm

Part 1Part 2 Part 3 Part 4Kaswyn was choking. Now, I had never seen a choke before, but I thought Albert was choking once (I wrote about that here). Based on what the vet has told me, this time Kaswyn was certainly choking. For reals.He had gobs of stringy, foamy spit coming out of his nose, and every now and then he'd cough up a big glob of it. He also was trying to swallow but would just make a weird little strangling noise instead of actually swallowing. Then occasionally his whole body would
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The Move. Part 4.

Dressage Mom Archive on November 7, 2010, 1:00 pm

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3I told Susan I was moving Kaswyn, and I don't think she was happy about it. I can understand that. She liked having me around to talk to, and she had just gotten that trailer so that we could go out trail rides together. We hadn't been able to go much lately due to our work schedules, and I suppose we could still go, but then she'd have to come and get me. Possible, I know, but not as easy.Then I told Marge. I was straight with her and told her that I was tired of working on
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The Move. Part 3.

Dressage Mom Archive on November 5, 2010, 11:00 am

Part 1Part 2 I showed up at the new barn and the trainer (we'll call her AM) got the little buckskin half-Arab ready to ride. He was only three, but had spent two semesters at a local equestrian college learning how to be a reining horse. He wasn't cut out for that, so his owner sent him to AM to be a dressage horse. It was a good decision, since this horse moves much more like a dressage horse than a reiner.I watched AM lunge and ride him, and he seemed sane enough so I got on him. He's really
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The Move. Part 2.

Dressage Mom Archive on November 3, 2010, 1:00 pm

Part 1One evening weeks ago I went to my trainer's barn to drop something off before I went to ride. We ended up chatting and I found myself not wanting to leave her place and go deal with the arena, which I knew was dry, dusty, and in need of a dragging. and pooped needed to be picked out of there and holes needed to be filled. I know that it's bad when I don't want to go ride. I told her what was going on in my head, and she and I started to brainstorm to find solutions.Eventually I asked about
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The Move. Part 1.

Dressage Mom Archive on November 1, 2010, 7:13 pm

I'm moving Kaswyn to a new barn today.I hate moving my horse, even when it's to a better situation. I hate moving all my crap. Why do I have so much stuff anyway? Every time I move him, more stuff ends up at home in my basement but I never seem to have less to move the next time.I also hate moving him because I'm always afraid he'll be unhappy or at least stressed for the first few weeks. I'm sure it's like being the new kid in school for him, since he'll have to make new friends for turnout and
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Happy Place

Dressage Mom Archive on October 29, 2010, 3:12 pm

My job is pretty stressful. I'm an embryologist, which means I work in an IVF lab and I am responsible for the embryos of people hoping to have babies. It's a very expensive and emotional process, so even small errors are magnified. Needless to say I'm careful, vigilant, and very paranoid.Yesterday I was involved in a very tense procedure that lasted about 45 minutes. When it was over I realized I had been clenching my jaw tightly the whole time. This resulted in a hummin' headache later that night.So
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Oh, my aching head...

Dressage Mom Archive on October 25, 2010, 9:08 pm

I know I've not been posting, but I've got so much going on, and some things have happened very fast, I just haven't had time to get it all written down. Some quick facts -1) I'm moving Kaswyn to a new barn November 1st.2) He's also scheduled for a surgery (hopefully the last one we'll have to do) in November at OSU.3) I've got this project going on in the SCA that's keeping me busy and really forcing me to work outside of my comfort zone. It's great fun though.4) There are some exciting horse opportunities
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What's this all about?

Dressage Mom Archive on October 13, 2010, 11:46 am

Lately I've been thinking about this blog and what it's all about. And if I want that to change.I started this blog for a couple of reasons. First, I thought it would be fun to write all my horsey exploits down as they go along so that later I could read about things that I had forgotten. That got me thinking about the things that had happened to me around horses years ago, and prompted me to write some stories. That was a lot of fun to do and to read, and I'm glad I got some of those memories down
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Why I missed my kids

Dressage Mom Archive on October 7, 2010, 8:00 pm

Yesterday I had this conversation with Lily, my soon-to-be seven-year-old daughter. We were in the car driving home from school, and it was lightly raining. Lily: I like the rain.Me: I do too. Plants and all the trees need rain to grow.Lily: Yeah, and you know what else is great about rain?Me: What's that?Lily: It's the only water that animals get to drink that doesn't have fish poop in it!
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Returning to life after WEG

Dressage Mom Archive on October 6, 2010, 8:35 pm

It's been challenging coming back to work after having ten days filled with horses. I missed my family and my own horse, of course, but I could do without having to work. I like my job, but playing with horses and horse people is much more fun.I have made some progress on the Kaswyn front. I asked Susan to put him on the lunge line while I was at WEG to do a lameness check and she said he looked weird to her. So on Monday I went out and lunged him and I could see it. He's not lame, but he's being
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WEG Day 9

Dressage Mom Archive on October 3, 2010, 9:18 pm

Today all that was really going on was the stadium jumping for the eventing. It didn't start until 1:00 pm, so we took our time getting to the park. It was supposed to be like 50 degrees and sprinkling rain, so I put on three shirts and two pairs of jeans. It was a bit tight but it was the only way I was going to be warm and not have to buy more clothes. Sure I still had my nice blanket but I hate being cold!We got to the park early and went to see the Alltech Experience. It was interesting, but
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WEG Day 8

Dressage Mom Archive on October 2, 2010, 11:23 pm

I woke up this morning and thought I wasn't going to be able to get out of bed. I felt like CRAP. But there was no way I was going to miss cross country. So we got me some cold meds and headed out to the park.We spent most of the morning on the cross country course. In this case video would have been best, but photos were the best I could do (since my camera sucks it for video...well it takes good video but getting that video off the camera is painful...anyway..).So here are lots of photos from
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WEG Day 7

Dressage Mom Archive on October 2, 2010, 5:13 am

Day 7 - Eventing Dressage and Dressage Musical FreestylesThis morning we didn't have any tickets to the eventing dressage, so we took the morning off and went to Woodford Reserve and got a tour of the bourbon distillery. I love bourbon, and their's is one of the good ones. I'm a bit of a bourbon snot, and people often say to me “Oh you like bourbon? You know what I love? Maker's Mark!” Ugh. Maker's Mark, in my opinion, is not good bourbon. It's harsh and isn't especially flavorful. Woodford
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WEG Day 6

Dressage Mom Archive on October 1, 2010, 4:55 am

Today at WEG the dressage for eventing went on all day. I didn't have tickets for any of that. So instead of hanging out at WEG, Cindy and I went out to Kentucky Equine Research farm where the para-dressage horses are being stabled. Laura and the rest of the para-dressage team was out at the farm doing a mock show where they all dressed in show clothes and rode their tests. They warmed up with the Chef d'equipe Missy Ransehousen, and then rode their tests for Janet Foy. Then Janet came out and gave
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WEG Day 5

Dressage Mom Archive on September 30, 2010, 1:53 pm

Dressage Individual FinalsToday was all about dressage. It was the individual finals, and the top 30 riders from the team competition rode again for the bronze, silver and gold. I'll run down the rides for you, so if you're not into dressage this is going to be booooring!The format is county, rider's last name, and commentary.Sweden – Telde - piaffe problems but had a nice passage.Great Britain – Eilberg - nice steady testPoland – Milczarek – sticky piaffe, cantered in piaffe/passage transitionGermany
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WEG - Day 4

Dressage Mom Archive on September 29, 2010, 1:17 am

Dressage Team Rides Sessions 3 and 4After some very frustrating computer problems the night before, Cindy and I headed over to the games and on our way over on the shuttle we talked to a nice lady who had this little radio thing that she bought. It was an official WEG radio that you buy for $45 and you can get live broadcast on one of two channels. The broadcast is live commentary about what's going on in the ring at any time. It sounds like a really cool thing for people who might not be familiar
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Falling Behind

Dressage Mom Archive on September 28, 2010, 4:16 am

So, yeah, tomorrow is Day 3 of WEG and I don't even have a post about Day 2 up yet.It's almost 1 am and I need to get some sleep. And no Dad, I'm not partying, I'm working on blog things but it's just not working out.Like I said before, I hope you friended me on Facebook. I've been sending pictures there during the day with my cell phone. They are kinda crappy but it's something!Ok I need sleep. Sorry folks, it's the best I can manage tonight!
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WEG - Day 3

Dressage Mom Archive on September 28, 2010, 2:00 am

Dressage Team Competition – Sessions 1 and 2.We woke up to drizzle. Ugh. And it was supposed to be fairly chilly all day. Luckily we had seats under the cover (again, thanks Purina!) so the only thing I was really worried about was being too cold. I always overpack when I go anywhere, so I decided this time I didn't need a sweatshirt or a warm vest. Now I was regretting my decision.We weren't sure when the ride times were, and we didn't want to miss any of the USA rides, so we bought a Day Sheet
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