Monday, March 27, 2017


I have grounded (mostly) myself from riding.  I realized that my stress levels are just too high and it is making my horse nuts.  So our new approach is I am going to try to walk him for 15 minutes as a warm and to get him loose.  If at any point he starts feeding off me and getting anxious I will hop off and lunge him.

He still needs to tuck his belly and release the under neck, but I like this shot

Then to finish things off, I plan on popping him on the lunge line and doing work with transitions.  So far it has been interesting to see.  I filmed one down transition where he totally flopped from the canter into the trot.  I found it interesting that when he popped his head straight up in the air he finally stepped up underneath himself.  I am still puzzling over how what I am noticing on the lunge translates into what I need to do to get his body working correctly.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pictorial Update

Things have been pretty quiet on the horse front.  Every other front seems to have blown up and been slamming me from all sides.  On the plus side his leg is looking much better.  There is a lump where the cut is, but all the swelling has disappeared.

I have even ridden him a couple times and that has been interesting.  He starts off really hot, but the settles and decides he can't bend either direction.  Eventually I can convince him that yes he can bend, and yes he can walk like a normal horse.  It is frustrating and my patience is in shorter supply than normal.  So far I have managed not to pick a fight out of frustration, so I am counting it as a win.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Luck Of The Irish

Despite my red hair and pale skin I am actually not Irish, but I will take the luck of the Irish when I get it.  Stinker is kind of a brat and likes to chew on his pasture mate.  He probably should get his butt kicked more than he does, but he is pretty nimble and tends to avoid the worst of the kicks.

Unfortunately, his luck ran out this week and it looked like he caught a kick on the outside of his right front leg.  I was pretty worried because it had heat and was swollen.  Stinker typically doesn't swell.  He was still sound (again I don't really trust him there because he has to be hurting really badly before he starts gimping), so I was trying to keep my worries in check.

After getting cold hosed twice a day without making any difference yesterday we tried doing standing wraps.  I had been hesitant to wrap him because he tends to pull things off his feet/legs and was worried he would cause more damage if he got hung up in the wraps.  He actually left them on all morning, which is longer than I expected.  In the afternoon he got bored and pulled them off, but was very considerate and left them in neat little piles.

Last night I turned him out with poultice on and this morning there was less heat finally and some of the swelling had gone down.  Hopefully, it will continue to look better this evening and maybe just maybe he won't do anything else to make me crazy.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Eventing Bingo: Adventures at Rolex

In case you somehow have found my blog without following Emma, which I believe gives you true cave troll status. She is running a contest and this is my entry for it. (PS Emma, I am using Card G column N).

Anyone that knows me knows, I adore Michael Jung and probably have a weird obsession with his horses, especially FischerRocana FST.  Sadly, she looks nothing like Stinker, so I had to make due with FischerTakinou.  Armed with some red face paint to fix his blaze I came up with a scheme to swap Stinker and Takinou at Rolex.  What can go wrong with that plan?

Totally the same thing

Per usual, it was pouring down the rain at Rolex, but it provided a nice cover to sneak into the stabling and make the swap while the groom was busy with Rocana.  Unfortunately, my luck didn't last long and the alarm was sounded.  I tried to casually trot him towards the cross country course, but we soon had police in pursuit.

The golf carts were rapidly closing in on us, so I decided to try and jump the smallest fence I could find.  He refused it and took off in a gallop.  As we tore around the course, I couldn't see because of the down pouring rain, but I finally got him back to a trot.  Unfortunately, we were headed straight towards the head of the lake at a trot.

via GIPHY (like this, but without the excuse of a second jump)

Takinou was beautiful over the fence, I was not so lucky and ended up in the water.  He took off for the stabling, and some how everyone missed me laying in the water.  Thankfully, I was able to sneak away and avoid being arrested, because I am a true tack ho at heart.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Boarding Hunt

I am struggling to find a suitable place to board Stinker.  Not for a lack of nice places, but because I want my horse to have a brain.  I am discovering the area, is much like California in the sense that they don't do turnout.  And the places that have turnout, only do it for a few hours and it is in small paddocks.  I have found one place that has pasture board, but they won't allow him to have hind shoes so that won't work.

Wanted:  Place to be sassy

I don't think my wishlist is unreasonable.  Right now it is basically do you take care of the horses?  Will my horse have room to self exercise?  Are the people sane/nice?

What is the best way to find the smaller not advertised barns in an area you are unfamiliar with?

So far, I have contacted numerous trainer.  Pestered any bloggers I could think of that might have contacts in that area.  Called feed stores/tack shops.  My next step is to ask on Facebook, but I am struggling to find local horse groups in that area.  Googled extensively.

Not amused

This is my first time shopping for a place to board and I am doing it from a very far distance.  I will make a trip out there to visit places, so I am not going totally blind.  But so far I am not having any luck finding a large paddock, pasture board, or all day turnout.

Friday, March 10, 2017

High On Moxa

Stinker has been really tight in his right poll lately.  He wants to twist his nose and not actually let the poll release, so when the acupuncture vet was coming back to the barn I jumped on the chance to have her look at him.


She didn't even do any needles this time around.  She started off with some adjustments and he regarded her very suspiciously.  Then she moved onto the moxa.  I actually remembered to take some pictures/video so enjoy the Friday GIFs of my horse acting like a horse instead of a caffeinated deer.

Still suspicious

So relaxed

I thought he was going to be sassy

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


I am officially moving out west, which is exciting and terrifying all at once.  As far as work is concerned it is an excellent move.  As far as Stinker is concerned, it is completely and totally terrifying.

Stolen from the internet

The possibility of him having an EPM relapse is a real concern.  The face my vet pulled when I told him was not confidence boosting.  Stinker is going to have to be hauled nearly 3,000 miles which is less than ideal.  His boarding situation is going to change, which is another stressor for him.  We are working on a plan to lessen the risk, but it is stressful at best.

No stress from this one

If anyone has tips for a long distance move I would love to hear them.  While I have moved multiple states three times now, this will be the first time with a horse in tow.  I am currently working on some other posts about this whole process, but I would greatly appreciate any and all input.