Tuesday, October 29, 2013

the return of the Winter Horse, and the Sunshine Award

UH OH, Winter Lucy may be on her way to a triumphant return.

Amanda's ride reports went from "Lucy was so perfect!!" to "Lucy was almost perfect except for one little blip and some attitude that went away after a few minutes!" to "Lucy didn't want to walk like a normal horse for most of the ride today." to something to the effect of "Lucy was quite hoppy today!"


First of all, Lucy can shove it if she thinks this kind of nonsense is going to get her anywhere. Second, why is she acting all high and mighty? Is she not enjoying her low-stress fall foliage forest tours?

Third, you can bet I won't be getting on her if she's carrying on like this! I am at 18 weeks today and am reaching the point where any fall is a bad fall. In fact this past weekend, I faceplanted in my house when I tripped over something in a room my husband is re-doing. My dad and Kenny's dad were also there and all three of them came running over. I got up and was totally fine except for a couple bruises, but yeah, it is kind of scary falling when you're home to another little human, too!

So it seems that a few things could be the issue with horsey. Either she is sore, despite not reacting to any palpation at all and looking perfectly sound, stretching in her paddock to get under the fence boards for grass, etc; or, she is bored off her rocker and these little outbursts are ways for her to entertain herself. I'm going to go with "B" since she would gallop all day if we let her, but I will poke and prod her one last time tonight. She also has her last acupuncture appt tomorrow so I'll see what the vet thinks.

If she is in fact bored, then I'm sure we can supply her with ample stuff to do instead of standing around eating. I can do some ground work with her, like what we were working on before she had to have time off. Amanda can start doing actual schooling rides and making Lucy work a bit more. Yes, if boredom is the issue, we can work with that.

Now time for the Sunshine Award! I got nominated by two bloggers, Kate at Grey Brook Eventing and Alanna at Pony Express. Thanks ladies!

The sunshine award is for people who 'positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere'. The nominee of this award must do the following, thank the person who nominated them, nominate 10 bloggers of their own, answer the 10 questions given to you, post them, and add the Sunshine Award Button to the blog.

1. Mares or Gelding? Before I got Lucy, I always liked geldings better. Now that I have Lucy, I still like geldings better. Hehe.
2. English or Western? English, but I do enjoy hacking out in my Western saddle every now and again.
3. Do you prefer younger or older horses? I like middle aged horses who have been around the block a few times but are still game to try new things.
4. Have you trained a horse from ground zero? No, and I can't say I would want to.
5. Do you prefer riding or groundwork? Riding, but Maddy has taught me the value of excellent groundwork, and working on the ground is never a waste of time because those skills will always help you in the saddle!
6. Do you board your horse or keep him at home? I rough board.
7. Do you use all natural things or just commercial stuff (the products you use)? I don't have criteria for products that I buy other than "It has to work well."
8. All tacked up or bareback? I do love to ride bareback, and Lucy is surprisingly good for it.
9. Equestrian role model? I am always impressed with Reed Kessler. She seems to be very genuine, smart, is obviously talented and successful, but handles her fame and fortune well.
10. What's your one main goal while being in the horse world? Just to enjoy what I'm doing, because goodness knows this is too expensive and time consuming to do if you really don't love it!

I nominate:

Kelly of Cracker Dog Farm- not overly horsey, but such an interesting blog full of ducks and geese and chickens (and a pony named Pony). I love this blog.
Capture the Light Photo- hasn't been updated in a while but still has very educational posts on horse photography
Comedic Eventing
Foxhunting Friesian
Dreadful Acres, of CoTH fame
I is Roxie
Life of Riley
Pam's Pony Place

Contest annoucements/shares:

Check out the giveaway over at The Sprinkler Bandit, sponsored by Dream Horse Studios. I had honestly never heard of Dream Horse Studios before (I must be living under a rock?!) but their products look sooo fancy and lush, and yet they do not have $$$$$ price tags. I'd love to try their Calypso Boots with hot pink lining (duh)!

Also check out the giveaway over at The Owls Approve, sponsored by Elite Horse Products. I'd love to try their hoof oil because I'm always on the search for products to help Lucy's feet be less horrible. She's on a supplement and my farrier has worked quite a bit of magic, but I'm almost out of Farrier's Secret hoof dressing so winning this product would be useful AND timely!

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