Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Placed in a Holding Pattern

Red just gave himself 2 weeks off by puncturing the upper inside of his forearm. I have no clue what he could have done it on. He is in a 4-board white vinyl fence pasture that might as well be a padded cell. No sharp objects, debris, or random metal in the pasture. But he's that type of horse. Give him a stick of butter and he's slice himself open with it somehow. Regardless, he's got the next 2 weeks off until it heals. It's deep enough, very swollen, and he was in pain. The only good thing is he did it in the night before the vet was scheduled to show up at 8:30am for spring shots. So, no extra vet trip fees, yay! Either way, it's coming out of Red's allowance.

Pics were taken about 8 hours after the vet was there and cleaned it up.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Spring is Here!

Ahhh, the warm weather has finally arrived, but so has the rain! We need the moisture, but muddy sloppy arenas make it hard to ride. Either way, I've been bringing Red back from our time off this winter as possible and he's coming along nicely! I have a not-so-short unedited uncut video here (~9 min) of him hacking around. He's come a long way in his dressage since last year, but obviously we still have a lot to work on and many improvements that need to be made, including for myself, for the love of God SIT UP STRAIGHT!

More updates, pics, and videos to come!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Is Spring here yet?

What a fun winter it has been. Red has been relaxing and taking the winter off. As soon as it warms up, it's back to work for us!

Since August, not much has happened. Red has his shoes pulled in September and he was tender for about 2 months. Once he was 100% sound again, the temps dropped and that's where they have been ever since. We see 4" of snow here, 6" of snow there, but the cold has been the real story. -12°F, -22°F, wind chills approaching -40°F; it's getting old.

Otherwise, Red did God-knows-what to his eye in January and had it swell up nice and big. The vet was called, he was checked and medicated, and was back to normal within 48 hours. Whew! See the pic below, it wasn't pretty!

The good news is that slowly but surely, winter will come to an end and warmer temperatures will be here, which means lots of riding, schooling, and eventing! Until next time...