Thursday, August 16, 2018

Trailer vs Mack Truck ... Nightmare

Thank you all for your thoughts on my last post. Unfortunately, things got worse today. DaVinci's eye was acting up again. He rubbed it like crazy Wednesday. Our vet could not come due to a family death and no other vet was available to come. So today they said to bring him to the hospital which is almost 2hrs away.

The time of the appointment meant that I could not make it. Mom and my sister loaded him up and headed out. The area was one we are not familiar with. So when I got a text from my Mom saying she killed my trailer I was worried. It turned out that what Mom thought was a four way stop was only a two way stop. When she pulled through the intersection the Mack Truck hit the passenger side of the horse trailer just behind the escape door. Mom said the stabilizer system helped keep the trailer upright.

Since they were only a couple miles from the vet's, the vet came and picked up DaVinci. Our poor boy who stresses at the vet was almost unmanageable. Mom was stuck with the trailer until the tow came. When they made it to see him, the vet said he fractured his eye socket.
DaVinci's guardian angel was working overtime

Considering the center divider curled around him, I think he did it in the trailer. He was fighting even with sedation. They did manage to xray him and the break is not fixable and there are fragments. They are managing his pain, giving him antibiotics and waiting for an opthemology consult. We had to leave him there tonight, which worries us deeply. Mom stressed to them that he is a worrier. They gave him ulcerguard and a small turn out. Hopefully he will settle tonight and not colic.

Please keep him in your thoughts! I will take a one-eyed DaVinci over losing him. Now I have to deal with the trailer claim and hope I get enough to buy another soon. With two shows and a clinic coming up this month, we are lucky Peggy has a trailer.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Summer Depression

Did you miss me? I have had a bit of summer depression from too much negative. I took a break to regroup and remember this will pass. It is tough when we did so much last year to have rain and money slow this year down. My car is very old and has a ton of mileage. Sadly this year it has needed $3000 worth of work. Hopefully it can last a little longer while I pay off the horse trailer. While I was stressing about the cost of car repairs, I still wanted to push forward with some show plans.

I prepaid again for tests and hoped to have Lauren ride Roscoe at another show. I wanted it not because I cannot ride him, but because she is sharper and cleaner and can maybe work on some of the stuff he pulls at shows. I expected a simple yes or no she could ride and a reasonable number of rides beforehand. Well, she pulled the "you should be doing lessons rather than showing" card. Yes I would love more lessons, but even at $45 that is hard to do more than once a month. These shows run me $40 if I ride two tests.

Then she said that "you should show a level below you train." Agree, if you are doing rated shows. These are schooling shows, emphasis on SCHOOLING. Roscoe's scores have been solid and I have been happy with his progress. She definitely made me feel like we are not improving.
She said that for her to ride, she would have to have 10 rides the two weeks before the show. Ugh... I don't even ride that much before a show.
Finally she said that without those rides she would not ride any better than I would. Seriously I literally told her not to compare me with her other clients. I am the only one who can say how well the ride did or did not go. I am at an age now that can appreciate the small wins. I told her if  her reputation could not handle not winning at a small schooling show, then I would put Roscoe's training aside for her.

So sadly I won't be able to have her show Roscoe. I have lost a little faith in her training me too. I really need someone who can work on long term growth. Sprieser has another trainer I may try to get more rides with. Lauren may be relegated to training rides.
The only one riding right now

To top off dealing with that situation, the rain and humidity have killed riding and shows. My prepaid tests are too many to be used for the last two shows. It will be a marathon couple of shows. When the July show was canceled, the organizer offered to roll over the fees to a working equitation play day or a dressage clinic. I asked to do that and she worked it so I would use four prepaid dressage tests and only have to pay $5.  I am looking forward to going.
Then later this month Ember is going to the jump chute clinic Roscoe went to earlier this year. Time for the baby to see what he thinks of jumping. The clinician will actually have to work with him. Now I need to watch that braiding a long mane into single braids again. Mom does not want him looking scruffy.
Oh and Draco goes to his inspection this month. He is at that funny shedding phase, but man he looks good. His sister won big at a Welsh show in Canada.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Worth Being Fried

I am way behind on horse news, so I will start on the last couple Sundays. The first was the show I lazily only shared pictures and video of. Roscoe was an absolute shit the day before. It was magnified because DaVinci coliced that afternoon. Fortunately banamine and walking got him past the episode without a vet coming out. This heat and humidity are so hard on him. Mom and I nearly cancelled the show since we did not know what DaVinci would be like in the morning. We carried on though and were washing uncooperative ponies at 9pm. For all the drama, the show went well. The judge was tough and did not talk at all. Mom and Rosemary had an okay test. The biggest thing is Mom doing the show at all and building her confidence.

 Roscoe was actually not a dodo. And since I did not have to ride out any stupid, I could use the time to get him off my inside leg. I ended up opting to do T2 first due to a paperwork error. I knew it would cost me points, but it also was when he had more energy. T1 was smoother and was just off the high score for the day. He still wants to lean left and I still have to figure out how to fix it.
Our Navy and Cream ensemble

Fast forward to this past Sunday and the jumping clinic Roscoe and I attended. Even at 9am the arena was hot. We were sweaty just walking. Budi is not someone I had heard of, but decided he was worth trying. He immediately asked if he could ride. What followed was a show of quiet skill.

He had no spurs or whip. Just soft hands and strong legs. He is all about more leg, less hand. Budi felt all Roscoe's leaning and asked for lateral movement. Other than one crow hopping statement, Roscoe really responded well to his riding. My riding once back on did not match Budi's ease. Budi said with more dressage Roscoe will learn to sit and push, giving him a confident stallion strut.
My favorite screen shot

Asking for lateral

 At this point Roscoe had flated for 30min and I was thinking if he did not get to jump I would be disowned. At the same time Budi began setting the grid down to poles. This would be a first for Roscoe. He did not have a problem with the poles, though I needed more leg. Then half an x to poles. By time the first x went up, Roscoe found more energy. The bounce went well especially once I got out of his way.

When Budi added a one stride to a vertical, Roscoe went too long and knocked it down. Now Budi said he is coming forward to the jump, so be careful about too much leg. We did have an awesome pass that felt just right. Budi moved on to a jump with boxes and planks. First we jumped the boxes and promptly dived left. Dang inside leg. Then we cantered the jump and found the right spot.
Three feet up :)
(unedited video, jumping towards the middle)

  That was absolutely worth being fried. Budi said we were doing well with Roscoe which is always comforting.
Poor Roscoe has to do his other job this week too. So hopefully he is up for it in this continuing heat wave.

And more pictures of Draco! He has some great presence.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Foal Pool Winner 2018

How about this, instead of closing the foal pool to begin the wait, I get to announce the winner.

Little man has been fun to watch on camera. I can't wait to see him unfold and fill out.
Using Mom as a scratching post

Tawe before with big belly

Tawe after, amazing huh
So here is how the scoring worked:
The pool started with 20 points
The number of days away from the actual birth date were subtracted from the 20
Correct Gender was +1 point
Incorrect Gender was -1 point
Correct Chrome/Color Bonus +1 each
No points were lost for incorrect chrome/color guesses
Stockings/Socks were counted as the same

And here are the results:

In a year with so many mares going longer, Tawe bucked the trend and definitely threw off the pool. Congrats to Betsy! Please email me at 3 photos we can choose from for your cross stitch and your info I can forward to Two Horse Tack.
And here is a coupon for everyone!

And that is it for 2018. Hopefully we will have a bigger Pool next year!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Impatient Foal, It's a Boy!

Well before the pool could close, the foal is here. Tawe looked like she would go earlier than 340 days so the breeder gave me the camera information to prep for foal watch. Wednesday before bed I checked her and she was munching hay.

Yesterday when I checked her she was circling her stall. I wish I had kept watching because 2hrs later she had a boy. And of course my phone was still on vibrate from when I was training at work, so I missed the birth announcement. Little man is just like his dad, impatient to come out.

As soon as I saw the message, I looked at the camera and saw him up and moving. He is a big boy with good bone and angles. Plus he has chrome, blaze, 2 front socks and 2 hind stockings. At first his color was thought to be buckskin, but we think he will end up smokey black like his sister.

He is super friendly. It will be fun to watch him develop. I will post the foal pool results soon. The early arrival definitely hit the scores hard.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Foal Pool Entry Extension

Okay, technically the pool closed on the 5th, but I am extending it because Two Horse Tack may be providing a prize this year too.  I will let you all know the details when I know. So entries are accepted until the 17th.

In other news, we have a positive pregnancy for one of the mares bred last month. Unfortunately the older mare did not take. She will try again this week and hopefully the third mare will be ready too.

And now I can say that Roscoe did not do what Lauren wanted during the lesson because I made Comrade do the exercise and it felt really different. Comrade volunteered to give me my birthday ride and it was great. He has no problem moving his hind end and the exercise began to loosen his pole where he holds  his tension. I seriously have to remember to let go of the inside rein and we will improve. He ended the ride with a long, floppy neck. For Comrade that is always an achievement.

The Castleberry Boys

Roscoe and Rosemary have the make up show in a couple weeks and then I plan on handing the reins to Lauren for the July show. Now I just need to get the mystery problem figured out in my CRV so I know how much I have to pay to the mechanic and what I have left to pay for training rides. Between rain and car bills it is putting a kink in my horse riding plans.