Sunday, March 20, 2011

now that is a fun trick!

Alright, I'm getting a bit tired of all the excitement. Let's have a nice quiet week where no one faceplants, nothing gets broken, no horse is running loose around the barn, people learn what a leash is, and I don't want to bang my head on the wall every time I go to the barn.

I had basically decided not to ride today before I even got to the barn. It was a beautiful day, bright and sunny and warm in the sun, but I am exhausted from this week. I did all the barn chores, put grain together for the upcoming week, and then brought Lucy in. I noticed she was moving a bit slowly, and when I got her in the barn and looked her over closely, I discovered abrasions on the front of both hocks. Looks like Miss Sassypants has been kicking through the fence again. Lucy, you bad horse. Stop trying to kill all the geldings! Upon further inspection, it became clear that she was in heat, too. GREAT.

I got to work and gave her a thorough grooming. I was finishing up with some coat conditioner when out of the blue, she freaked out on the crossties and flew backward. For once, she wasn't wearing her easy-break halter that has the little piece of leather on the side of it that is about $1 to replace if it breaks, and instead she had on the really nice 1" wide leather halter that I won in a photo contest a couple years ago. She flailed around until she broke the crownpiece and then trotted around the barn a bit. That was a blast, let me tell you! I had to grab a random halter off of a hook and catch her. I have no idea what spooked her, but then the conversation around the barn turned to the Super Moon that we had last night, and how all the horses have been off their rockers today.

Lucy's broken halter hanging in the crossties after she busted out of it. I'm not sure what I'm more annoyed about: the fact that the halter broke (though I know that was really a good thing), or the fact that the crossties didn't break.

Anyway, I took the opportunity to de-worm her and then take her around the outdoor, where another boarder had set up a course of jumps, and show her each fence to explain that none of them ate ponies for breakfast.

Inspecting the jumps.

Then I took her down to her paddock for some photos:

Still looking butt-high, but I am pleased with her condition overall.

Dapples coming through


  1. What a gorgeous coat she has! Wow!
    Sorry about your halter.

  2. She has got a butter-wouldn't-melt expression on her face! So sweet!

  3. She looks great!!! Sorry about all the incidents! Maybe your just getting them over with early for the entire year :) ;)

  4. She looks amazing.

    And I don't want to sound like a broken record, but you are having her checked for ulcers soon, right?

  5. She is getting scoped on April 1.

  6. She looks HOT, love love love dapples. How does she have such a nice coat right now?? My TB looks like a bear still.
    I HATE cross ties for that very reason. I think its so claustrophobic and I try to use it as little as possible. I prefer a free standing horse who if they want to spook, they can move and be done and back to standing still. UGH. Of course you had on a nice halter that day...Murphy's law.
    She looks pretty next to those jumps....any future in that for her?

  7. She does look amazing. Dapples are supposedly a sign of a very healthy horse. Maybe it's not ulcers after all. Who knows? Can't wait for the scope results. I'm dying of curiosity, so I can imagine you are too.

    I have my fingers and toes crossed for dapples this summer...I just don't know if it's going to happen :(

  8. Kristen - she started shedding out on January 1 (I kid you not) and she didn't even have much of a winter coat to begin with. I trace clipped her in November but that was it.

    I hope to get her over some little courses this summer...we'll see! :)

    Promise - I am trying to be patient but now that I booked the appointment, I want April 1 to be here NOW :) People are legitimately taking bets on whether or not she has ulcers. As for me, I'm hoping she has them and that she magically turns into a nice quiet, patient, and forgiving mare who loves the curry comb....

    Hahahahahahahaha, well, a girl can dream!


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