Thursday, March 30, 2017
Helmet: Charles Owen JR8
Sweater: Eddie Bauer
Belt: Mane Jane
Breeches: Smart Pak Pipers
Half Chaps and Paddock Boots: Caballo
Spurs: Color Tack
Spur straps: Stacie Originals
Ok, time for today's work outfit:
Shoes: Bob's by Skechers
And that's what I'm wearing today (and last Saturday). What do you have on? Any favorites from today? Have you ever tried Caballo boots or half chaps?
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The past week was pretty quiet other than all the Rio drama. But in a strange turn of events, I actually got to ride Jamp! Saturday it was kind of misting out and not a very nice day, but it was fairly warm. So I threw Jamp on the lunge line and then got on him. I have zero media, sorry... But he was pretty good for the first ride in quite awhile. Obviously we didn't do much, just walk. trot, canter each way. It sure was nice to be back in the saddle. Rio had a lunge too, but you saw that yesterday. I'm saving Romey's big return to work until hopefully this weekend, but I'm not sure the weather will cooperate. We shall see.
They all got shoes on Saturday.
Rio and Jamp weren't in bad shape. Romey however was kind of a mess. We had pulled his shoes when he popped a quarter crack at the beginning of winter. It grew right out which was great. The problem is that his left front grows very flat, sort of out instead of down. So his heel was too low and was getting sore. Now he has shoes back on and seems much happier. All of that is part of why I held off on starting him over the weekend. The other part is because I just didn't really want to. He's not going to be easy to get back to work.
I went out to the ring after their pedicures were done to pick up all the jumps that had blown over. And discovered my termite problem:
I was scheduled to complete week 5 day 2 of Couch to 5K on Saturday and I spent most of the day talking myself into putting it off until Sunday. But finally I made myself get on the treadmill. I found the perfect way to stay entertained for the duration though:
The last WEF grand prix obviously! It was an exciting grand prix and made the time on the treadmill nearly fly by. Too bad I can't watch horse shows when I run outdoors.
I spent all day (pretty literally) Sunday trying to pack for my trip. I think I had so much trouble because deep down I knew I wasn't going.
Monday I had gotten myself all worked up over Rio once again. But the mail gods must have known I could use a little pick me up because my orphan boots from La Mundial had finally arrived! The one blue pair had needed some alterations, and they took a bit longer than planned. No worries though, it's not like I needed them! The first two photos are the navy boots, and the bottom pair are the black ones with the navy patent tops. Please excuse my running tights...
The pugs are with me in waiting impatiently for some nice weather.
How was your week? Did you get to do anything fun? Go to a horse show? Run a race? Tell me all about it in the comments!
Monday, March 27, 2017
Well... This guy:
About a week ago, Rio started being really picky with his hay and just wasn't finishing it. I wasn't terribly worried because I was at the tail end of my last hay delivery (which came in the rain) and I was finding moldy bales. Obviously I didn't feed those, but if they're all hanging out together, even the good bales were probably a bit musty. And SOMEONE can be picky. Also he was due for his dental. So I was hopeful those two things were the cause of his being offended by the meal offerings.
For those of you who don't know the whole story about Rio's EPM, it started with a hay eating problem. He was spitting out hay for a bit before not eating it at all and then he quickly deteriorated landing him at Cornell for a two and a half week visit. I wasn't sure he'd come back from it. But he did.
He has chronic EPM though, and has to stay on Ponazuril for the rest of his life. And now maybe you're starting to understand the aforementioned public water works.... Since Rio is on Ponazuril already, there isn't a whole lot more we can do for him should he relapse. We can try him on Oroquin, but historically that hasn't worked for him.
My vet gets the Ponazuril compounded for him. I have always felt like Marquis is a bit more effective for him than the compound, but the small difference in him between the two didn't justify the price difference. (Marquis is about $900 per month, the compound is around $300.) I keep a tube of Marquis in the barn though in case we run out of the other so I decided to switch him and see if it helped. Next Spoiler: It didn't seem to be making a difference.
I threw him on the lunge line Saturday and he looked pretty impressive despite his refusal to eat hay.
Saturday he started eating hay again. Or so it seemed. But actually he was just chewing it up and spitting out. Not actually eating any of it. He was having no trouble eating his grain, or cookies, or carrots. But hay was a real problem. I keep a tub full of chopped hay in front of him all the time (just in case this sort of thing should arise) and he's been able to eat that. But I know he prefers actual hay. So he's getting nutrition and he's definitely not starving, but he's definitely frustrated about the hay. And I was fearing this was The Thing.
Monday morning arrived despite my best efforts. I figured I should wait until I got to work to call, because you know, not wanting to be THAT CLIENT. And then I realized I couldn't have that conversation out loud. I had already cried in public once this week, that COULD NOT happen at work. Nope. Not happening. So I took the super mature approach and texted instead. A pit forming in my stomach and the lump already in my throat as I hit send.
But you know what I love most about my vet? He loves my horse almost as much as I do. He never gives up on Rio. Not ever. Not when I thought we had to when he first got sick and definitely not now. He texted back with some other things to try. And that his office would get the meds to me tomorrow. And you know what happened later in the day? Rio started eating hay again. And drinking more water again (he also wasn't drinking as much as normal. He wasn't dehydrated, but it was a noticeable difference in fluid intake). So I will check in again tomorrow to see if I should keep him on the marquis a bit longer and see how that goes, or if I should make the switch.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Sweater: The Collection
Jeans: Early Jeans
Boots: Tommy Hilfiger
And that's all I have for you today. I slept past run time again, but I'm going to do it tonight after the ponies are tended to and the errands are run. Hopefully next week I'll have a riding outfit for you since I'll be hanging with the Badge!
What are you wearing today? How's the weather where you are? Any favorites from today?
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Well... This will be short. We had a warm day here on Tuesday. It almost reached 60! Almost. But today (a mere day later) the high was 30. Tomorrow doesn't look any better. I don't think I'll ever get these horses back to work. But just in case I do, the tall kids got their vaccinations and dentals done.
It's supposed to rain all weekend, so I guess the ponies can milk winter vacation a little bit longer. I'm heading back down to see Badger on Wednesday, so I guess it doesn't make much sense to put the horses back into a program for like 3 days and then leave. But when I get back, they best be ready to work!
Nothing really exciting to report from the last week other than the vet appointment. Everyone's been getting lots of groomies to get them looking shiny and short haired for spring. They're a little annoyed about that since it's currently 25 degrees out. Sorry guys...
What's up with you this Wednesday? Have anything exciting coming up?
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
I took an early and extended lunch break at 11:30 to meet the vet for spring vaccinations and tooth floating. And this is when things took a turn. My convenient lunch place closes at 2, so I didn't get done with the vet in time to stop there. Instead, I had to settle for the highway rest stop. Options are limited there: Dunkin Donuts (long line), Subway (holy crap, they ROB you there on the hightway. NOPE!), and McDonalds. If you know me at all, you know it was an easy choice. I got a filet o'fish, a medium fries, and medium coke. Yep. That right there is when the diving off the diet wagon started. But it gets worse.
I had big plans of eating healthy for dinner. I was going to groom the ponies and then head to the grocery store to restock the fridge with healthy food. Except I didn't do step 2. I imagine you can see where this is going....
For dinner I wound up eating a microwave pizza followed by binge eating chocolate. Someone please remind me of today when I complain about nothing fitting me and my being excessively... fluffy.
Can you commiserate with me on this? Please share your story below if so. Have anything else you need to confess today?
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Jeans: Twentyone Black
Belt: Mane Jane
Boots: Donald Pliner
Ahhhhh! Aren't they pretty?! They're hunter green with a bronze undertone, making them slightly metallic. I have an awesome hunter green leather jacket that goes really well, but it was too cold for it today. I have a confession about these boots... They're not exactly my size... By the time I discovered these, they were already closeouts. While I did find a pair in my size, it was a really expensive pair. I figured I could make the bigger pair work since they were $125 cheaper. So far so good. I may go get a nice thick inner sole for them, but I haven't fallen over my feet yet, so I don't think they're too bad.
And that's what I'm wearing today! What do you have on? Any favorites from today?