Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fred Is A Dink

I'd rather have a dink than a lame horse though.

There were good moments too but he was obviously feeling good enough to misbehave.
Here he is behaving. 

HOW in the world can a toed out horse paddle like that?

Mandy of course was a complete angel. She's almost always good.(except for Giraffe moments)

She was giving kisses before going out.
It didn't help. More dinky moments.

About 300' from home he decided to behave.

The Brown Dog Club

Left to Right: Gypsy, Mico, Honey

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

You know, it was so long since I was last here that I ...

had to go and check to see what I last wrote. For SHAME.

Anyhow, there have been many things happening here all at once and also in succession. a tropical storm,

a hurricane, equine injuries, human injuries, and, finally, a bit of riding.

Lessee if I can fit it all into one post.

Just a funny, If you look close, you'll see that it's a Mennonite taking PVC pipes home with his horse.

Human injury, Juan put the disc grinder into his leg just above the knee. 5 stitches and a near heart attack for me later he's fine.
 Fred did something we're NOT sure about, but somehow panicked, ripped a door(that he wasn't tied to) off it's hinges and fell back into the *tack room* straining a deep hip muscle. The only person present quit right after and we never made sense of his *story*

I have delved into neon tack.
 I tried yucca flowers with scrambled eggs. They're GOOD.(flor de isote)
 I got a Heartrate monitor for the horses. IT has GPS and everything. sodarncool
 The day Fred was supposed to be ok'd by the vet(pictured) we woke up to his hind leg blown up like a balloon.

 Hurricane Richard wreaked havoc on our property and in our lives.(a friend died as a result from events during the hurricane)

 This is 100% grapfruit crop loss. Three weeks before harvest was to start.(a friends farm)

 This was just a very dark storm front moving through. I love that colour.

 Miss Bree had her very first ever official ride. She was a complete star. No fuss, no spook, no buck.

 and...I hennaed my hair.
 Then I went riding with saran wrap on my head. I thing Fred and Mandy were discussing how silly I looked.

He seemed pretty comfortable riding yesterday. We did a one mile, walking only ride yesterday afternoon. He thought we should trot.

 Fred has been coughing a lot lately, we seem to have gotten it under control with 24/7 turnout and Slippery Elm Bark in his feed 2 x/ day.
 All the ridicule was worth it though. :) Loving to way the colour took.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Vet was out this afternoon to assess Mandy...

he thinks she's very close to fully healed. Her tendon has softened and really increased in flexibility. He said about 95% good now. We got the go ahead to increase trotting times, so we go to 6 minutes tomorrow and next week so long as she's still comfortable she'll go up to 8 minute. Once we hit the 10 minute mark we'll be able to increase 5 minutes/week.

She's been telling us she's ready for quite a while.

Here's a short video of her trotting.

and walking AFTER trotting.  The farther we go, the better her walk looks. She's usually a little stiff as we first head out, but loosens up considerably after trotting.

I'm just so SO happy about how well she's doing.

and here's me on Fred just starting out this morning.

and what he looks like right now:

Shall we recap?

How he looked the day I tried him out before buying him.
(yes, I felt a little bit guilty sitting on that but was impressed that he didn't fall over)

Amazing what a little bit of consistent care can do for a body.
In other adventures. We went to Spanish Lookout the other day. The water was over the bridge.
I was little skeered.

While there we dropped TWO broken washing machines off with the Maytag Man.

and brought home a working one

I was smart on the way home and took video to record my death if we went over.
(me being a melodramatic chickenshit and all)

Hello, my name is CheekyMare and I'll be your friendly washerwoman this week

Yes, the washing machine broke on Saturday and we already had this much backlog.
(restaurant, hotel, 10 dogs, mom, me, etc etc etc.)


So, that was my last couple of days. How was yours?