Wednesday, May 30, 2018

What's Up Wednesday: Laminitis & Lobster Rolls

Life's been carrying on around here, despite all the not riding in my life. It was a lovely three day weekend. We had one rainy day, but the other two were nice enough. I had a couple highlights, the first of which was probably this:
Fear not, more fries were coming!
My first lobster roll of the season at the lake! I'm SO HAPPY that lake season has arrived. Mostly for the lobster rolls since I don't really use the lake itself much. I had this bad boy on Saturday evening, but I may or may not have gotten a grilled cheese and more fries there on Sunday.

I didn't really make any plans for the long weekend, and it was nice to actually get stuff done at home. I put a few new bracelets together:
Got some basil started from seeds:
And finally fixed the tail gate on the Gator!
 Though the pieces of hose they gave me for stoppers were way too small. I got creative with Gorilla tape though. Hey, it works!
Saturday was pretty hot.
I checked in with the vet to find out if Jampy's feet could get wet. He said it was fine, so both boys had much needed soapy baths. That was pretty much the highlight of their day. I think Jamp's just happy whenever I take him out of his stall these days. Even if it's for a bath. I tried out some new bath mitts that I got from Riding Warehouse which I half liked and half didn't.
I did Rio first, and rather liked the mitts. I didn't have any water running down my arms which was nice. I'm starting to really prefer grooming tools that work like gloves because you can get into all the nooks and crannies. The only complaint I had was the one I used on Jampy was shedding all over him. It rinsed off, but I didn't really like the shedding. I didn't notice it on Rio, so maybe it was just a bad glove? Hard to say. I'll still be using them again but so I guess it's not a deal breaker yet.
Sunday was rainy and not hot.
 I was able to get the boys out for their walks in between the rain though, so that was nice for everyone.
But the BEST part of my weekend came on Monday. I got to RIDE! My awesome friend Katie (as I mentioned yesterday) offered to share her horse Bradley with me. She's going to be traveling some, and said she'd love it if I could ride him while she's away. Works out great for both of us, but mostly for me because I REALLY miss being in the saddle. I thought it was a bummer the last couple of years not being able to show, but as it turns out, not riding at all is a whole lot harder. We decided to meet up Monday so I could ride him with her there the first time. That way I could find all her stuff, and make sure I'm doing things the way she likes with her horse.
Bradley is a 17.3 hand Danish Warmblood. It's quite a stretch for me to get his saddle on! And you know... get on. But once you're up there, he doesn't feel THAT big. He's definitely long, but he's not overly round, so I can get my leg around him kind of.
You guys. I had SO MUCH FUN! I had a little bit of a tough time with my asthma so had to take a few walk breaks, and it wasn't a very long ride. But it was amazing in every way. PLUS, Katie took a bunch of photos.

 AND she even let me pop over some cross rails!

Well actually she said I could jump whatever I want. She shows Bradley in the high adult jumpers and he's definitely scopey enough for more. But as I haven't been on a horse in almost a month and haven't jumped really since last fall, I opted to stick to the cross rails for now. Another time we'll jump bigger though. I'm ridiculously sore from that little ride, and loving every ache of it.

Yesterday I was finally able to get the vet out to do x-rays for Jampy. The news was ok. Not exactly what I had hoped for, but not terrible news either.

He unfortunately did both rotate and drop some. The right foot has about a 10% rotation and the left about a 7%. The good news is, he has more than adequate sole depth left, and the rotation is pretty minor. As long as we keep it from progressing any further, he should be able to get back to more or less a normal life after this. As in, I'll be able to ride him again and he'll be able to have turnout. He'll have the same boring diet forever though. Sorry buddy. On the bright side, I was told he could eat celery, and he loves it!
At least for now. He loved peanuts the first time too, and then changed his mind.
He is not quite done with this episode yet though, which is not the best news. So we have to keep up with the Banamine and the icing for a while longer. My vet is feeling very positive with how he's walking though, and thinks we're on the right path. More waiting until we're out of the woods, but I think we're approaching the edge of the forest at least.

That's what's up this Wednesday! What's up with you? How are your horses doing? Any shows coming up? Do any fun things for the long weekend?


  1. Sorry the news wasn't better on Jamp's feet, but also glad it wasn't worse news! Fingers crossed he is all the way out of the woods soon.

    1. Thank you! That's exactly how I felt. It wasn't perfect news, but it wasn't so bad either.

  2. totally jealous of that lobster roll! hopefully Jamp will be able to return to normal life (boring diet notwithstanding) soon!

  3. Sorry to hear the xrays weren't as good as they could be, but glad he'll be able to be a riding pony again! Your friend's horse is giant... I'm 6 feet tall and my horses are all in the 16hh-16.2hh range which feels plenty big for me haha! Glad you are able to get some saddle time :)

    1. He's enormous. And I'm 5'2" so I make him look extra big. Fortunately, he's the sweetest guy. No spook or anything crazy in him at all.

  4. I'm glad the feet weren't worse. I need more lobster rolls in my life.

  5. I'm glad the long term outlook for him sounds good at least! And so jelly of that lobster roll omg.

    1. Thank you! I liked hearing that too.
      The first one of the year is always the best. Can't wait to get number 2 stuffed in my face!

  6. you look like a pea on the mountain on that horse but yay riding! And I hope Jampy continues to improve. UGH.

    And dare i tell you all I dont like lobster at all? Yeah i know i am weird okay :)

    1. I like the giant horse, he makes my butt look smaller!
      Lol, yes you are weird. But on the bright side, I'll never have to share my lobster with you!

  7. Bradley is HUUUUGE! So glad you got some saddle time :D