Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The pineapple express has brought me full circle. I have two more leaking skylights and two more water stains on my ceiling. I noticed them almost immediately. I spent Friday doing research because I was not about to call the company that had replaced the first skylight. On Friday afternoon I had 3 people come out and give me their opinions on what needed to be done. The consensus was replace the skylights. After talking it over with the DH and having the integrity of the remaining two skylights checked, we decided to replace all the old skylights with new energy efficient ones. I'd much rather be putting in new flooring, counter tops, or having my cabinets refaced, but I'm not. I'm doing the expedient thing and saving the structural integrity of my humble abode. Drats!!!!!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
After the camp out he continued to act out with plenty of bucking. We called out our chiropractor, but for the first time even this didn't help. The DH and I decided to have a lameness work up done on him. It turns out Bay was having some arthritis issues with his hocks, and he was in pain. We were asking him to use those hocks and he was trying to tell us that he was uncomfortable. It would have been much easier if our horse could talk.
We ended up having his hocks injected. We gave him some time off. He is back in work now and moving beautifully. Our vet tells us the best thing for him is to keep moving. So we will keep showing as long as he seems comfortable.
Sarah already has a list of shows she is interested in for this year, and they will be doing OHSET again too.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Our barn owner has been wonderful about taking on the brunt of the work from this. She gives Boo his soaked senior feed and hay cubes. She has hung a water bucket in his stall so that we can better monitor his fluid intake. She gives him his bute morning and night. Yesterday I was down in Salem visiting some dear friends and she sent me a text to say she had hand-grazed Boo and he was chewing on both sides of his mouth. Previously he had been using only the right side.
We started turning him out in the round pen for a few hours every day. He's still not able to join the other horses in the pasture. When I went out today he was anxious to graze and was acting very much like his old self. I fed him a few hay cubes that hadn't been soaked and noted that he was indeed chewing on both sides. I could clearly hear him grinding on the left side and he didn't appear to be nearly as sensitive. We will continue to give him slop for the rest of the week. On Saturday it will be 2 weeks since his injury, and we may try soaked hay at that point. I'll give him another week and then I'll longe him to see how he is in the halter. Finally, if he does well with the longeing, I will see how he does in the bridle. All in all, I am planning to give him about 3 weeks time from the injury date before I try to do anything at all with him. I'm hoping I won't need a followup visit with the vet.
So I would say things are looking up even though Boo is in horsey jail.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
I also needed to apologize to him for the family dynamic that has cropped up between the animals in the family. Now, I don't take the dogs out to the barn much. Quite frankly, they live with me full time and when I'm out there I want the horses to have my attention without the distraction of the dogs...but Baythoven is out there 24/7 and sometimes he sucks up all the attention in the vicinity. You all recognize that dynamic right? The kid who is always into something whether it's trouble or illness or just a lot of time consuming activities? The one who sucks up all the energy in the house? The often times problem child that everyone obsesses over leaving the quiet, self-reliant, competent kids to fend for themselves? Well, that's what Baythoven is like, and sometimes that leaves Boo on his own while we try to deal with Baythoven's next crisis, illness, or show...
So, I needed to give Boo some undivided attention and yesterday he got it. I didn't even look at Baythoven. Boo and I had the barn to ourselves and it was all about our partnership. I must say even without my doting attention Boo is looking good. We groomed and tacked up and headed to the indoor to start our warm up. He was a little to snorty for the outdoor if no one else was going to be around. Somebody needs to remind him that he's 21.
We did our usual warm up, and I already knew that the work out was going to be about lateral movement. We started in the walk and worked up to the trot. At first he was a bit lazy so I gave him more leg...then he started to speed up. He'd give me a nice working trot down the center line and when I'd ask for the leg yield he would get FASTER and FASTER and FASTER not listening to anything I had to say on the subject.
I don't know his motivation because he can't tell me, but I suspect it could be
1. He is ticked off at me.
2. He is trying to get the leg yield over with as quickly as possible.
3. It is easier for him to do at a faster pace.
Whatever!!!! I immediately changed the focus of the lesson to one of listening to my cues. We headed down the center line at a working trot, and then I would tighten my tummy muscles and slow my seat to get the slowest trot I could get without him stopping completely. We would go a few strides and I would push him forward into a lengthening then bring him back to working and push to lengthening then bring him back to jog, etc. Once I established that he was listening I sent him down the center line and started to leg yield. I used the same cues to adjust to the tempo I wanted and he was much better.
Our canter work was short but sweet. No hesitation, just stepped into a nice smooth canter and kept the pace. I suspect he was actually happy to finish with the lateral work and do a nice easy canter ;)
All in all I spent a good 2 hours with Boo giving him my undivided attention. I talked to him the entire time, and I don't know if he feels better but I sure do.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I have been home since Sunday evening. Spent Monday doing laundry and sleeping. Spent Tuesday afternoon at the barn. I went to my line dance class this morning, and I spent the afternoon and evening with hubby and my oldest grandson. The grandson went swimming while I tried to get a little color on my legs. The three of us had dinner out (artichoke and spinach thin crust pizza) and then went to see Eclipse. While we were having dinner on the outdoor patio a young woman stopped at the table next to us to visit with someone she knew. She had just come from the movie and told the woman it was awful just as she had expected. Hmmm....I'm thinking....do I take my movie critiques from a teenager wearing jeans and a lime green tutu or do I go ahead and see the movie for myself? Oh, and why would someone spend the money to see a movie they EXPECTED would be awful? Oh well, we liked the movie. Thought it was much better than the 2nd one (New Moon). I guess when it comes to Twilight your in one camp or the other. I enjoyed the books. I'm enjoying the movies. Not everything has to be highbrow.
As I pulled in at the barn yesterday afternoon I noticed trainer Tracey giving a lesson in the outdoor arena. She was sitting on a horse herself at the time. In the arena was a beautiful Bay horse who looked nice and floaty and buff and collected. I thought to myself. I wonder who that is? Imagine my surprise when the horse started down the short side towards me and I recognized our Baythoven. Sometimes he just takes my breath away. Sarah is doing and awesome job with him (although yesterday he was being a bit of a brat). Tracey has done wonders with the both of them. They are so much more polished. They look like they belong in a dressage arena.
I had a short ride on Boo. Probably about 40 minutes. We were a little rough around the edges. It's been awhile since I've ridden regularly. I guess we've lost our groove. I don't think it will take long to get it back once I can ride consistently. I'm going out again tomorrow morning and hope to get in a ride and a bath. He got his shoes on yesterday, so a nice trail ride will be in order one of these weekends. Not this weekend though. This weekend is all about the 4th of July and cowboy Christmas. We'll be at Molalla on Friday night and St. Paul on Saturday and Sunday. Last Saturday night we went to the Crooked River Roundup in Prineville Oregon. I'd never been to that one before.
Monday I will head back over to Central Oregon and let hubby and the my oldest daughter and grandsons hold down the fort around here. I don't know how long I'll stay. Maybe just a couple of days...maybe longer. My mom is doing much better but my step dad is facing some serious health issues. He's hospitalized right now and facing a surgery in a few weeks that will change life as he knows it. I tell ya people when it rains it pours! Be grateful for your good health and live your life to the fullest. It can all change in an instant.
Friday, June 25, 2010
need to see her much, but I am looking forward to the OC today and hope the PT gets here soon. She's been home a week and hadn't seen anyone until yesterday. It will be interesting to see if OC can help her organize things in the home to make herself better able to function safely. I think I've done a pretty good job, but I know there will be things I've missed and little tips I know nothing about. I expect in another week or so I will be able to make shorter less frequent visits. Maybe come every other week and spend 2-3 days doing the things she can't do. I can do that through the summer. I'm being very careful not to get to attached to those plans cuz I know God laughs at people who make plans ;)
I got to go home late Monday afternoon. My grandson had his PAMTA awards ceremony to attend. This was his 2nd year to be nominated and his 2nd year to lose out...Pinocchio won it all! I wish I'd seen it because it must have been a fantastic show! I've got to get out to more from now on. It was a lovely evening. I even put on a skirt. I only own one skirt and one dress so you can see from that bit of trivia how often I go somewhere where pants are not the norm. Grandsons next play is a rock musical! That should be interesting!!!!
On Tuesday I headed for the barn and halfway there I realized I'd forgotten my riding boots. It was warm out and I was wearing sandles...oh well, that's what muck boots are for isn't it? Luckily mine were still in the tack room, so I put them on, tacked up, and rode in the outdoor arena for a bit. I have to say I think Boo missed me as it was feeding time, and rather than eat his hay he hung his head over the stall door and nickered at me. We tried the new flysheets on both horses and they fit, so they've been going out in style all week long. If all goes well I plan to be home again the first part of this week. The farrier is coming on Tuesday and I want Boo shoed for trail rides. He needs a bath too so I hope the weather holds. My next stay at home will be almost a week long. Ah! Heaven!!! :)
Finally, haying is going great guns here and for the very first time I am having an allergy reaction. I'm not sure what is actually causing it. Never had hay affect me like this before. Popping over-the-counter allergy meds and hoping it passes. Last night I went to a weight watchers weigh in, and low and behold I have reached my goal weight! Gained a bit last week, but lost it and more this week. Wouldn't ya know I'd reach my goal here where I don't know anyone rather than back at my own meeting where everyone has watched the progress. That's okay, they'll celebrate with me on Tuesday night. They gave me a little gold star charm for reaching the goal. I think I might make a little bracelet out of it to wear to meetings and when I go anyplace where I'm going to be sorely tempted to over eat. It would make a nice reminder.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
On Tuesday I intend to be at the barn for quite awhile for ridng and if weather permits for a marathon grooming session. A bath for Boo would be nice! I think the farrier is coming later in the month and it will be time to shoe in hopes that I can go for a few trail rides this year. Boo has done really well barefoot this year. He spends most of his winter that way. At this rate neither Boo or I will be getting into great riding shape anytime soon...but we will keep plugging away at it.
Mom came home from rehab on Thursday and seems to be doing alright. They still need help here, but I have high hopes that in another week or two I will be able to come home full time. She hasn't heard from her physical and occupational therapists yet, but if we don't hear by Monday we'll let the doc put the heat on them to get busy.
All in all, I am hanging in there. I am sleep deprived but no more so than anyone else in this house. I found a weight watchers meeting and went to it Thursday night. I gained 0.2 pounds. Arrggghhh! First weight gain since I started. Not much of a gain though so it could have been any number of things. Just makes my resolve to stick to healthy eating and tracking EVERYTHING that much stronger.
I'm hoping to get back to blogging about things far more interesting very soon...until then I'm reading all of your blogs and getting my horsey fix that way :)
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Worse case scenario is she will be coming home next Thursday to a hospital bed. Best case is she will get out much sooner and be able to get in and out of bed on her own. She needs to work on her upper body strength and I need the time to find whatever tools she can use to help her help herself. Tomorrow I am going home for the first time since Monday. I can't wait to sleep in my own bed for a few days and to see my husband and Poko and my pony. I have Miley with me and that has been comforting.
I had to miss my own physical therapy appointment today, but have rescheduled it for tomorrow so all should work out fine. I will say it's been stressful and very very difficult to maintain on Weight Watchers through it all. I had to miss my weigh-in for the first time since I started too. I'm going to look for a meeting over here since I suspect I will need to be here for a couple of weeks.
Mom cried when she realized she was going to need to go to rehab. That was the hardest thing for today.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
of those white plastic chairs she has and climbed up onto it. The chair tipped over. I don't know how long she had been there before my stepdad found her. My mom is 75 and she broke her hip. The doctors did a partial hip replacement surgery on her Monday afternoon. When I left her in the hospital Monday night she still was feeling the effects of the anesthesia. It was a long day for everyone. Most especially my mom.
Now, I am sitting up at 3:52 a.m. unable to sleep. My mind is filled to overflowing with questions. What does this mean to her? Will she recover? What will her life be like? What will my life be like? I guess these next few days will tell a lot. They said they will be getting her out
of bed today to walk. Walk mom...so I can stop holding my breath.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
I go downstairs and pull my breakfast out of this
I might spend some time watching this