Here We Are

The hysteria that has been the past year seems to be finally coming to an end. I knew that things would work out. It’s just so hard when you’re in the midnight of a year-long storm that doesn’t seem to have an end in sight.

For the cliff notes version, the following has taken place in the past three weeks:

  • Star, my recently-gelded stallion, was laid to rest after a freak pasture accident that left him with a fractured T2 in his right hind.
  • My big grey mare, Sara, finally sold to a lovely home across the border in Canada. It seemed surreal until she was gone.
  • For the time being, my fiancé and I have agreed to try and keep Nibbles.

Oh and I got engaged! The now-fiancé proposed very romantically on the beach on July 3rd. I’ve been wedding planning in full flow and, so far, really enjoying the process. We have a date, church, reception site, caterer, photographer, wedding bands and my dress!

The Big Day is June 13, 2015.

The Big Day is June 13, 2015.

Now that I don’t feel pressured to sell four horses, I feel like I finally have a bit of my brain back. Which of course means I’m riding again.

nibs.9.13We have a brand new arena at the small property we board at which is immensely helpful when riding a super green horse. Nibbles has two rides back since… April? So far, so good! We have forward, steering and brakes! Good pony.

So maybe this blog will be something after all.

 

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Happy Easter!

 

Nibbles says Happy Easter!

Nibbles says Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from Nibbles! Not an actual Easter photo. This one was taken on Friday when I tried her new dress sheet on her. I couldn’t get her ears so enjoy the tongue action. I did, however, go to the barn this morning but not for a particularly good reason. Explanation to follow.

On Friday, following the first arena ride, I spent maybe 40 minutes clipping the poor beastie. I meant to just do the outside of her ears and she pulled and I slipped…and took out a chunk on the inside. So off it all came. She was not particularly thrilled about having her ears done but she really wasn’t that bad. I also did her face/nose and bridle path. After that, we tacked up and headed back to Our Tiny Indoor: hereafter, OTI. Because of how small her circles have to be in OTI, I only lunged her for maybe 5 minutes then hopped on.

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Leah walked next to us like the day before. Then with a little guidance from me, we sent her out on the circle while Leah stood in the center and “lunged” us. I use this term loosely because Nibbles doesn’t require much micro-management. She’s a pretty forward horse naturally so when you send her out, she goes until you change something, whether it’s speed, gait or direction. She felt good at the walk so after discussing with Leah what to do if Nibbles freezes, explodes, bolts, rears, or otherwise panics, she asked her to trot.

Baby’s first trot was…uneventful. Unlike many greenies I’ve been the first on, she didn’t need much encouragement to move out and after one circle, she seemed to have a relatively good feel for how to balance me (for a greenie, that is). I don’t have pictures or video because the humans were preoccupied but YAY! We got a few circles to the left, then a a few circles to the right. Asked for a couple laps then back to the walk and much praising. Very little tension, no blips – what a good girl! So we called it a day and pumped her with sugar cubes.

That’s not entirely true. Her show is a week from today so we washed her mane and tail out for the first time in…6 months? I don’t do it often. Oh, and before the ride, we snapped a couple of shots. I didn’t realize my trailer was in this until after the fact. Oops!

I can't decide which I like better. This one...

I can’t decide which I like better. This one…

Or this one?

Or this one?

Leah and I went to the barn again yesterday with the intent of getting some new photos and video of my other mare who is for sale. Perhaps I’ll do a post on her? Anyway, the plan was to groom and give Nibs the day off. I caught her (aka grabbed her from the gate where she was waiting) and saw that the slight puffiness in her LH was now slightly more than slight puffiness. How’s that technical jargon for ya? To me, it looks like minor edema in the suspensory. I’m wondering if the circles in OTI are too small and making her sore? But then she’s only coming-6 and I’m careful to keep them to a minimum and never more than a medium trot.

As you read in my Tack Haul, I just bought a new jar of Sore No-More so I slapped a poultice on both back legs and put standing wraps on. Nibbles isn’t off and this was the first time there was any heat whatsoever in that LH. I kept her in overnight and I went out at 5am this morning to rinse off the poultice. I don’t have before pictures (go me) but these are after the rinse. It looks pretty much the same as it did yesterday. It seems slightly tender (like yesterday) but again, she doesn’t seem off on it so I turned her back out for the day. Another boarder is checking her for me tonight. Anyone see anything that I don’t below? Just a little swelling on the outside above her fetlock.

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Tack Haul

In preparation for the show next weekend (!!), I did a little online shopping for some bits and bobs I needed. We all know how this goes – you go to order what you need and it up with a few, if not several, wants. It’s been a long time since I’ve bought more than grain for my girls so this was long overdue.

First up was a sale at Higher Standards. I’ve been coveting their products and several friends told me how great they were. They had a 20% off coupon so I ordered straight away. I got them in the mail yesterday and I can’t wait to try them. I didn’t clean my bridle all week in anticipation of using the new goodies. For starts, the soap sure smells good! I chose Woody’s Confidence blend (citrus-rosemary). I’ll let you know what I think after I try them tonight.

Higher Standards

So excited to try these!

With the weather we’ve been having in Kentucky, I’ve been really frustrated with not having a dress sheet or cooler to use on Nibbles after I bathe or hose her. The wind has been a monster and it really chills her. Plus, I wanted something to help keep her clean after her show bath next weekend. So my mom sent me a link to a braided dress sheet at Schneiders for a really great price.  I also needed some new show sheen, hoof polish and the like so I decided to make one relatively large order.

Dress Sheet

Better photos coming

For the price, the dress sheet is surprisingly nice! I’ll take photos when I put it on her. I opted for black before I really didn’t want BRIGHT red or neon green. I also bought two pairs of No Bows because I’ve actually never owned any. I’ve always just used cotton quilts underneath polos. I’m really excited to finally have a pair. Plus, after fifteen years, I lost one of my quilts and Nibbles has more than three legs.

No Bows

There’s more in there than just No Bows…

In addition to the Show Sheen (a staple) and clear hoof polish (black is illegal for sporthorse in-hand), I also picked up a couple tubes of Quietex. It IS her first show, even though she’s normally a very good girl. I picked up a cheapy sanding “sponge” to try. It was something like $2 and I don’t have my own power sander so I thought it’d give it a whirl on her hooves and see how it works.

Yay goodies!

Yay goodies!

I finally got my own supply of Sore No-More. Nibbles has been ever so slightly puffy in her hind suspensories – and I mean ever so slight. No heat, no pain, and she’s not off. But I want her legs to be as clean and tight as possible for show day. Plus, I was completely out of poultice and you never know when you’ll need it! Last was the spitfire paper, of course.