It’s been 5 weeks since Alfie hasn’t been ridden, and it’s been the longest 5 weeks ever. Ok, slight exaggeration there but still, 5 weeks, it’s a long time. Alfie had a wonderful session with his massage therapist during the week, and she agreed with my plan of ground work before I get on himContinue reading “Sunday afternoon diary – almost ready to ride!”
My drive home from the barn on Saturdays is when I start to gather my thoughts on what my diary entry is going to focus on. Instead of giving you the play by play of my fabulous lesson with Maestro, or how great Alfie is doing with his new shoe, I wanted to focus onContinue reading “Saturday Evening Diary – trainers, they are not all cut from the same cloth.”
Driving to the barn today was very surreal. My logical brain believed what my farrier Bill & barn manager Regina thought – that something had changed in Alfie’s foot which required a new type of shoe. But as I’m sure many of you have experienced in life, sometimes the emotional aspect gets in the wayContinue reading “Monday Evening Diary – it’s time for a new shoe Alfie”
So, I’m not even sure if I spelled that correctly but it’s what I say to all the horses I ride when I feel that they are moving to sluggish. It makes me laugh and it gives me a boost of confidence right before I ask them for a little more effort. 😊 I wantContinue reading “Saturday Evening Diary – Wakee Wakee Eggs & Bakee!”
I arrive at the barn today and it’s still just as cold as it was yesterday, except – no sunshine today, so the bitter cold is sincerely in force. The horses have all been turned out except for Alfie, he is enjoying the entire arena all to himself. He hears my voice as I’m chattingContinue reading “Sunday Evening Diary – kaboom!!”
Saturday Evening Diary – Brrrr, it’s cold – a chaperoned “date” and a patient still in the medical ward.
Winter. It is winter. Yes, I know it’s supposed to be cold. But this is like Alaska cold. Ok, maybe I’m slightly exaggerating but when you wake up and it’s 10 degrees outside but a real feel of 1, it becomes Alaska cold lol. Because of the blast of extreme cold, the horses haven’t beenContinue reading “Saturday Evening Diary – Brrrr, it’s cold – a chaperoned “date” and a patient still in the medical ward.”
After 7 days, Alfie’s hoof is doing better. There is no evidence of a popped abscess, and his foot is less sore. The farrier came back today to put his shoe back on. Alfie isn’t 100% sound yet but he also isn’t lame. The farrier is now convinced that Alfie most likely stepped on hisContinue reading “Wednesday Evening Diary – shoe is back on!”
You all know that expression – a watched pot never boils. Well I can officially tell you the same is true for a hoof with an abscess. Today, I stared at Alfie’s hoof whenever I walked by him, trying to will the abscess to break open. I was excited to have the dressing changed toContinue reading “Sunday Afternoon Diary – cleaning tack and waiting for an abscess to pop”
Saturday Evening Diary – a scandalous 3rd date, a walk around the arena and a diaper filled with Epsom salts…
It’s Saturday. As I pull into the driveway of the barn, I glance over at Alfie’s paddock, he sadly isn’t in it. It’s been 3 days, the abscess on his foot hasn’t blown out yet. Wait, I didn’t tell you about the abscess! On Wednesday I went to the barn for our groundwork session. I’mContinue reading “Saturday Evening Diary – a scandalous 3rd date, a walk around the arena and a diaper filled with Epsom salts…”
Tonight was my official 2nd date with Maestro. Riding to me is all about forming relationships with the horse. After all, these animals have the power and ability to seriously injure you if they truly wanted to. To put it in perspective – Alfie and I are like an old married couple. Martini and I,Continue reading “Tuesday Evening Diary – the beginning of a flirtatious relationship.”
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