WEG - Day 2

Dressage Mom Archive on September 27, 2010, 2:00 pm

On day two the plan was to get up early and head over to see the reining which started at 7:30.Well, that did not happen.We didn't make it to the venue until about 8:30, and then found out that the breakfast place, the fantastic Maker's Mark Bourbon Village wouldn't open until 9:00. So we waited until 9, ate breakfast, and watched the reining on the TV monitors in the hospitality tent. We saw the last rides as we were just finishing up. So we completely missed Session 3 of reining.We still had tickets
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WEG - Day 1

Dressage Mom Archive on September 27, 2010, 12:17 am

There's a lot going on here at WEG. I hope you decided to friend me on my Facebook account because I've been sending pictures there by mobile uploads. If you're not my buddy you're missing it!I'm here with my friend Cindy, and we weren't able to make it here until Saturday at 4:00. Which means we missed both reining sessions for the day. Sucks. Anyhow we opted for on site parking for $20 a day. I wasn't going to go with this option since the lot is a far walk to the main gate, but just a few weeks
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WEG and three cool things that got me there

Dressage Mom Archive on September 22, 2010, 1:11 am

I'm sure you're all aware that I entered the Purina contest to win a chance to blog for Purina at WEG. If you know that, then you most likely know that I lost that contest. You may also know that my family banded together to pool some money to send me to WEG. So generous of them, and completely unexpected!That was cool thing #1.So I roped my trainer into going with me, and I bought tickets to four events on the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th days of the competition. I was super stoked when they came in
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Meet us at WEG

Dressage Mom Archive on September 21, 2010, 4:29 pm

Jackie from Regarding Horses and I will both be at WEG and are trying to plan a time to meet up. Anyone else interested? We're thinking maybe Wednesday September 29th after the afternoon dressage session. I don't know where yet ... we'll have to decide that once we know who is in on it!Send me a facebook message, shoot me an email at dressagemomblog{at}yahoo{dot}com, or comment here to let me know!Wow, I have so much to do. Ack!
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Don't miss anything...

Dressage Mom Archive on September 20, 2010, 12:43 pm

Right now my Facebook page - www.facebook.com/dressagemom - is public. However, before WEG I'm going to change it to friends only. I'll be posting WEG updates there, so if you want to see it all send me a friend request!Also make sure you like Equestrian Collections on Facebook - www.facebook.com/equestriancollections. I'll be blogging for them from WEG in exchange for them sponsoring Laura Goldman, member of the US Para Equestrian Team for WEG.I'll be at WEG on Saturday the 25th! Yay!
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Kaswyn and the Lawyer

Dressage Mom Archive on September 15, 2010, 12:07 am

Okay, so I'm pretty happy right now. I took a video of Kaswyn on Monday.I think that sometimes he looks just a pinch weird on his left front, but that is mainly when I got him going slow and he's a little on the forehand. I also think he looks a bit weird at the left lead canter. It kind of looks like he's dropping that shoulder a bit more than he should, but I can't see how his foot would effect that. Could simply be habit of way of going? Regardless, there is no doubt that it's better than it
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Catching Up - Part 3

Dressage Mom Archive on September 12, 2010, 2:00 pm

So it came down to this. My horse wasn't quite right. He wasn't lame, but he wasn't right. I present to you a series of videos to further explain what went on.(The first three videos are all short, just me lunging him. )Here is Kaswyn the day I decided he needed to go to the vet.You can see the left front leg has a shorter, choppier, more stabbing stride than the left front. So that became -A horse went to the vet.When I got to the vet I sat down with Dr. G and I asked about doing a "long term block"
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WEG happenings

Dressage Mom Archive on September 10, 2010, 2:29 pm

So, lots of things happening right now as far as WEG goes.First, the horse blogging community has banded together to help raise money for Laura Goldman! Check out Behind the Bit blog -http://www.behindthebitblog.com/2010/09/lg-giveaway-donate-to-feel-great-and.htmlSo if you donate to Laura and leave a comment on the blog, you could win a prize! This post also lists the horse bloggers who are participating in the fundraising effort. Pretty cool huh?Oh, and if you're a horse blogger and want to join
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Catching Up - Part 2

Dressage Mom Archive on September 9, 2010, 8:39 pm

Now that you're all caught up with the trail riding and trailer business (and future opportunities to have lessons at my trainer's barn - yay!), I'll update on this one -A horse possibly choked. So I get to the barn Saturday afternoon and I walk by Albert's stall to say hi. This is not unusual, since he's in the first stall. What is unusual is that he's got his lips on his door and is making a huge mess with gummy, brown spit. I open his stall and take a good look at him. He wasn't eating, or even
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Catching Up - Part 1

Dressage Mom Archive on September 7, 2010, 4:42 pm

Ok, lets get started!On my last post I listed a bunch of things that were going on that I didn't have time to write about yet. Well, here are three things I'll catch up on today.Two horses went on a trail ride.We have no outdoor arena, and no access to trails at our barn. After nearly two years of only riding in the small indoor arena, I got Susan to go out on trail with me. We took a "trail ride" by walking down the street, like this.When Susan's dad heard this he said "That's not very safe." And
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No time to write, however....

Dressage Mom Archive on September 4, 2010, 6:29 pm

So I'm really busy right now, and I don't have time to write what's been happening the last three days with Kaswyn and Albert. Here's a quick summary -Two horses went on a trail ride.A horse is more out of shape than he should be.A horse went to the vet.A horse is fat.A horse got injected.A horse is sound.A horse possibly choked.More details later! Oh, and thanks for all of your comments on the last post. I really would like to comment back on all of them, and I will eventually, but, well I have
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Pain, or not?

Dressage Mom Archive on September 2, 2010, 1:17 am

Here is a video I shot of Kaswyn in Tuesday. I can certrainly see the uneven strides in the left front leg, but the question is - is it pain, or mechanics?
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Lots to cover

Dressage Mom Archive on August 29, 2010, 8:04 pm

I've got lots to say. Lets just break this down into manageable chunks.1) When I made the appointment for my horse to the the vet, I spoke to my vet about Kaswyn going barefoot to alleviate his navicular symptoms. My vets opinion on that is this - navicular syndrome encompasses not just the navicular bone, but can include adjacent structures like the surrounding ligaments and the heel itself. It is a fact that there are horses that have radiographic evidence of navicular bone changes that have no
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Fearing the worst

Dressage Mom Archive on August 24, 2010, 3:53 pm

Well, I was afraid this would happen. Kaswyn is lame again.He's not like three legged lame, but he's certainly off. Not a lot, but enough that I can see it. I recently took him off of the isoxuprine, and he just doesn't look right on that left front leg. That's the foot with the navicular changes.Here is the deal. Kaswyn pulled his lateral collateral ligament in that foot as well as had those naviclar changes. Dr. G said that if he stayed sound after the healing period for the ligament, then we
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More about donating for Laura Goldman

Dressage Mom Archive on August 22, 2010, 4:06 pm

Well I've had a great response from my last blog post about getting some support and donation money for Laura Goldman. Thank you to everyone who has donated! It's really wonderful to see the horse community come together. I've also gotten some really great ideas for sponsors, and I'm following them all. Mostly I'm not getting responses back, which is expected but disappointing. So also a big thank you to everyone who has emailed or posted comments for ideas. I haven't given up yet, and those of
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Help me make lemonade

Dressage Mom Archive on August 18, 2010, 1:23 am

While I was a semi-finalist in Purina's Live From Lexington contest, I met Laura Goldman (here is my blog entry including her). She is a para equestrian for dressage and will be competing at the World Equestrian Games. Here is an article about the Para-Dressage WEG Selection Trials, featuring a great picture of Laura in competition (below), from Phelps Media Group - http://www.phelpsmediagroup.com/viewarticle.php?id=5144.Photo © 2010 Lindsay McCall/PMGLaura is a super lady and I feel blessed to
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Sport Horse Nationals Images

Dressage Mom Archive on August 16, 2010, 6:00 pm

My trainer Lauren on Skyy, and me on Albert with our Top Ten ribbons. Good ponies!Arabian Sport Horse Nationals, 2009.
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Sport Horse Nationals Images

Dressage Mom Archive on August 15, 2010, 6:00 pm

My trainer Lauren waits with Skyy to receive their Top Ten at the awards ceremony.Arabian Sport Horse Nationals, 2009.
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Sport Horse Nationals Images

Dressage Mom Archive on August 14, 2010, 6:00 pm

My trainer schooling Skyy while it's raining. Amazingly the footing was still awesome (thanks Otto Sport!)Arabian Sport Horse Nationals, 2009.
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Sport Horse Nationals Images

Dressage Mom Archive on August 13, 2010, 6:00 pm

Are you taking my picture?Arabian Sport Horse Nationals, 2009.
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