Thursday after work, I boogied home to ride Jampy quick and hand walk Rio before heading out to braid my first horse of the weekend. There's a relatively new show barn that opened up about 7 miles from my house, so that's where I was headed. The owner's mom actually has a lesson barn right down the road from me. This horse was the sweetest and pretty much just napped while I worked on him.
I had two manes at the first barn, both chestnuts! So funny to have so many chestnuts to start out. I think normally I braid mostly black manes. Anyway, both horses were good and was done there by around 10.
I got home around 1 am but wasn't worried about it since I could sleep in a bit on Saturday. It was a relatively nice day, overcast, but not too cold. As you already know, I had a fun little shopping spree after I got up. Then rode Jampy who was lazy and spooky all at the same time. No one died though, so that's always good. Both boys got hosed off and enjoyed some hand grazing too since it was fairly nice out.
I had a bunch of horses to braid Saturday night, plus one very early on Sunday. Oye. Who needs sleep anyway?
Saturday I headed back to barn #1 from Friday night. They were having a pizza party when I arrived and was handed a glass of wine. My kind of job right there! I had like a horse and half to do there. (Seriously, the pony was so tiny! But so much mane...).
And the last one was the one I had done on Thursday. He came out beautifully. I like his mane, and he's just the sweetest thing ever.
They didn't! I went out to the barn around 10 to let them out and clean stalls. It wasn't really raining any more just cloudy and cool. After barn chores I treated myself to a delicious sandwich from a deli in town before taking care of the boys.
Rio and Jampy both had their manes shortened. They really had gotten out of control. Then Rio enjoyed a snack outside before I rode Jampy. He got some grass after too. Not that he earned it. Eyeroll.
Monday was my birthday! I had the vet coming at 10, so I had decided last week to just take the day off. Silly to go in at like 2. Anyway, the vet didn't actually get to the barn until 10:45. Which was fine because it was absolutely freezing cold in the morning. It was cloudy, damp, and windy. And never got above 49 the entire day. What a disappointing day off! But I digress...
We pulled Rio out first. I figured he would probably be quick and we could stay indoors with him. As I've mentioned before, he's been pretty lame left front and eventually presented with a decent size lump in the tendon area. But I wasn't really sure which tendon/ligament was the issue. I'd been treating him as you would with any such injury: keeping it wrapped and only turning him out in a small medical sized paddock. The lump has been getting smaller, but he's still pretty unsound. I mostly just wanted a professional opinion. My vet says it's a bowed tendon and he sees it fairly often in horses his age. Prognosis is unknown, but likely he'll recover just fine. He said to stay the course for now and we'll see how things progress. I also asked him about his muscle loss. Doc thinks he's looking pretty good despite that, and suggested we put him back on the Winstrol. I probably should have kept up with it all year. Lesson learned. Winstrol is a steroid if you haven't heard of it. Helps with muscle gain/retention in my elderly, handicapped boy.
Jampy was next (obviously, I only have the two at home...). I got on and rode him a bit so doc could see him go and then we did a bunch of flexions. Jamp was all kinds of worked up from the drop in temp, wind, and who knows what else. I had warned my vet that Jamp had been pretty ridiculous lately, but Doc was surprised at how spooky he was. Especially the time he dropped, reared, and spun.
We decided after the flexions to do his hocks like we did last year. But he's actually looking pretty good this year, so we aren't going to do much else unless a problem arises.
|sleepy pony, finally not spooking...|
It took awhile for Jampy to wake up from getting his hocks done. When he finally did, I headed out to find a couple more things for my nieces for their birthdays and had some lunch. A friend stopped over with cupcakes (seriously though, my friends are the best!) and then I hung with the Pugs until bed time.
Last night, after cold hosing and hand walking Jampy,
Hopefully this weekend I'll get some riding media to share. And it would also be nice if said media involved a nice calm forward moving Jampy rather than one spinning and running away... But like, either is entertaining? We'll just have to see what we get!
How was your week? Do anything fun and exciting? Are you starting to horse show on the weekends? Tell me about it in the comments!