Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday I ride again

I had to go to the cardiologist today - I haven't seen Dr. Bransford in 15 years...and he remembered me.  LOL I guess I had a somewhat weird case - but I enjoyed a doctor's visit instead of dreading it.  :-)  After that I visited with Kellie...omg her new trailer was leaking too...it went back.  They are building a new one AGAIN.  Hope that it is a good one. 

I went out to the barn after that.  I got Biscuit and brought him up to the wash rack.  Lee Ann P and Lee Ann B were both there and Legato was soaking in the bath.  That soaking bath is nice!  I brought Jamie and Edgar Dunkin' Donuts today for making it.  Actually Jamie made it but Edgar is such a sweetie to me.  I brushed Biscuit and he is still shedding like crazy - cleaned his hooves too.  I got out my saddle and bridle and saddled Biscuit up and asked the Lee Anne's their opinion on the fit.  It is too tight in the withers.  I got Lee Ann B to hold him while I mounted up.  OMG I scraped my side on the horn and it freaking hurt like dammit.  I had a hard time getting my leg over the cantle.  Lee Ann adjusted the stirrups several times.  I walked him around, backed him up, leg yielded across the arena.  He is still being a little bit of a guy that wants to go where he wants to go but he isn't being difficult...just needs to be ridden. 

I noticed that this saddle was riding LOW on his withers.  Not a good sign.  It is really tight on his shoulders.  I am done with this.  I can't afford the shipping back and forth of this saddle.  I know that Biscuit has a dip behind his shoulders and that is complicating things.  I only want the best for my boy.  I took the saddle off and went and got my little Aussie - I have only rode in a few times.  I got it while waiting on the last Allegany.  It is very light.  I put it on with one of the Aussie pads and then changed to my purple Equipedic pad.  The Lee Ann's thought that it fit way better than the Steele.  It has the padded underside so it won't be squishing my boy.  I had Lee Ann B hold him and I mounted up.  She readjusted the stirrups and I rode him round and round.  He seemed more comfortable and I was too.  The Steele is not comfortable (it is just the tree) to me. 

So, I am going to send it back and tell Eric thanks but it isn't working.  I rode Biscuit in an Aussie saddle for 5 months after I got him.  So sorry I sold my nice Aussie.  I have regretted it every since I sold it. 

I am going to get a sheepskin for this Aussie as it is a cheap saddle so it isn't as comfy as my Allegany was.  I am going to let Cherie try the Allegany.  I hope it works for her.  It doesn't work for Biscuit.

After I rode Biscuit I soaked his feet for more than an hour.  I am hoping to get ride of this dang thrush soon. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Finally got to ride

I finally got to ride Sunday!!!  I did a large wedding cake Saturday and was too tired to go out there.  I did go out there Friday with Jarrod to see them and give them a carrot!

I got Barry to go out there with me Sunday - he had rode Sarge out at Tyrrell Saturday  while I was working.  He brought both horses up Sunday and we brushed them.  Biscuit's hair is just coming out like crazy.  He is shedding out nicely.  Sarge hasn't really started to shed yet.  He looks like a scruffy Teddy Bear. 

I saddled Biscuit with the Steele saddle.  I had to go get a different girth out of the tack room.  I left the neoprene one at home.  Took a few minutes to get it set up.  Barry stepped in the saddle first and sat on Biscuit.   He walked him around and Biscuit was just fine with that.  I had Barry hold Biscuit while I mounted up.  I had a little trouble getting in the saddle.  My legs are weak and wobbly.   I walked him around and around.  Biscuit wasn't bad but he definitely needs to be rode because he wanted to go where he wanted not where I wanted!  LOL  I told him not happenin'!

Barry returned Sarge to his pasture.  I dismounted and got him to take pictures of me and Biscuit.   I soaked Biscuit's hooves.  I noted that the saddle is still too tight on his shoulders.  I am disheartened over that. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Thursday Surcingle work

Barry and Kayden went to barn with me and I worked with both Sarge and Biscuit.  Sarge was a bit of a little toot but it was ok.  Biscuit did a great job.

I had tried to make a reservation for June at Ebenezer and they were all booked.  Gaaaaaa...I had forgot in January to make them as I had so much on my mind.

Our Posse all met Saturday at Lupe Tortilla - OMG it was pouring rain and while that bites we would have really been pissed had it been sunshinning.  It rained hard up at the lakes.

Stacie got us darling hats with our horses painted on the brims!  Mine is pink!!!  Love love love them.

I got to hear about Christy's new horse Rooster.  I can't wait to ride with her and her new pony!

Saturday night I was checking to see if there were any cancellations for June and woo hoo - this time there were 3 - one being 11.  I made reservations for June, July and September.  I am going to book a week in October but I won't be able to do that until April 1.  I made a reminder for myself on my calender so I won't ever forget again!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tuesday and Wednesday Surcingle Work

On Tuesday I went out and got Biscuit.  It was a nice sun shiny day and a little warm.  I brush Biscuit and hair is going everywhere.  I got out the headstall, cavason, lunge line, lunge whip and surcingle and side reins.  Woot.  We were ready to go.

I tacked Biscuit up and we went into the arena.  I haven't worked him since just before my surgery but my boy walked on like a champ.  Slow and easy.  He trotted when asked.  I put the side reins on and off he went.  Realized they were shortened so I loosed them to where they were as long as they can be.  Starting off slow.  Asked him to walk and he walked on soft and smooth.  We eased up into trotting.  He did fantastic.  Dropping that nose and rounding up.  Lee Ann saw part of it and he was doing great she said.  Changed sides and did the other side.  I didn't have my phone so I think we did about 10 minutes on each side.

He had some sweat but not that much but he doesn't have the t heavy coat Sarge does.  So I just rinsed off his hooves and let him munch a little clover.  He then went back down to the pasture.

Wednesday I didn't have very long to work with Sarge but I got out there for 10 minutes on each side.  This time he walked on softly and correctly.  I put the side reins on and off he went.  Walk, trot, canter.  Sometimes his nose was near his knees...good boy Sarge.  I am going to get my beautiful boy back in shape.  I could hear Biscuit whinneying to us the entire time I was working with Sarge.  I got down to the pasture and he was all sweaty.  Hahahah he had worked himself running all over the pasture.  I think Biscuit is ready to go riding.  This 4 months of pasture is getting old.

I was going to take Barry out to show him what I was doing but we got side tracked in the store parking lot talking to his sweet cousin, Cindy.  We had time to take the carrots out to my boys though.  Barry said he wanted to see what I was doing to "mess up his horse".  bwahahahah I told him I was correcting all of his crap.  Sarge is a sweet horse but he can be a handful.  After working with him I may start riding him.  I have owned this horse for 6 years and only been on him twice.  I have loped him around the small arena and I think Sarge and I are going to be buddies.

We had to cancel our camping trip due to bad weather all weekend.  Dang.  We are all so disappointed.  Kellie has her new trailer - omg her other trailer was leaking somewhere and rotted the entire floor so she now has a 4 horse LQ.

After I took the horses to the vet I left the ramp down as it is too heavy for me to lift now.  OMG - the dogs got my hoofboots.  Ranger brought one up and was using it as a chew toy.  I looked to see if the other was in the trailer but it was gone.  I told Jamie and Lee Ann told  Edgar and they found the other.  Whewwwwww!  Chewed my new gators but that is my fault.  DUH  won't let that happen again.

Soaking hooves and surcingle.

Sunday I went to the barn and brought Biscuit up.  I brushed and groomed him and soaked his feet.  He was good about soaking his feet which was a blessing.  I brushed him again - hair was flying
 everywhere.  Before and after pictures.

Monday I went to the barn and brought up both horses.  I brushed both of them and  soaked Biscuit's hooves.  Sometimes he is good about it and others he is a toot.

Lee Ann said she would help me with a surcingle so I got out Red's old cavason and his old one ear headstall.  We had to operate on it a little bit to take the Les Vogt bit off and put in the chunky snaffle.  It had the little leather tongs on each side - we both said we prefer buckles!  My endurance tack has buckles - so much easier!!!

 We put it on Sarge and took him in the arena.  He gave Lee Ann some trash - throwing a few little fits - taking off fast - hollowing out.   Lee Ann finally got him to relax and he slowed down.  She put the side reins on him and he started dropping his head and rounding up.  He had foam between his butt cheeks when she was done but he had a good workout.  I gave him a bath and rinsed all the sweat off.  He is so curly in the winter time and he seriously needs to shed out.  I am hoping the exercise helps that along.  I am going to try to work him 2 or 3 times a week and get Sarge back in shape.  He has lost muscle tone and that is not acceptable.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

To the vet and to the Royal Horse show

I was released from the doctor last Wednesday to ride!!!  Woo hoooooooo!!!

I went to the barn and loaded up my horses to take them to the vet.  I hauled them out to Doc's and Kassie got up in the trailer and gave them their shots, added tetanus and pulled a Coggin's on Sarge.
It was right at $180.  I paid cash for it.   I hauled them back and unloaded them.  I left the ramp down.
Biscuit's chest muscles later looked swollen and distorted.  Lee Ann P asked me about it and I said I had noticed.  It was gone today though but I took them a week ago.  I am not sure whether Kassie gave him his shots in his chest or neck.  She generally does it in the neck.

Barry and I went to the Royal show and it was nice.  Amazing to see the horses leap up and kick out.  The horses looked gorgeous with flowing manes and tails.

Royal Horses at Plum Nearly and Farrier work

The Royal Horses were coming to Beaumont and we planned on going.  The day Barry worked Sarge in the arena Miss Jean told him the were stabling at the barn.

The day I fell and we went out to the barn is the day they arrived.  We just missed them by 30 minutes.  The next day we saw them at the barn on Monday.  Lovely horses.  Craig was trying to put a shoe back on one and he was giving him a fit - pulling away and hopping around.  LOL  I am sure Craig was used to that though.

On Tuesday stopped out at the barn and they were riding the black Freisan in the mare paddock wile the local news filmed.  Beautiful horses.  I met some of thse staff and they were very nice.  They needed some meds from Doc Schneider and I went and got it as I was going to Beaumont.  I stopped at the doughnut shop and got eclairs for Jamie and Edgar.  r th

I got back in time to bring the horses up because Mike was coming to trim their hooves.  Biscuit's hooves are getting more concavity.  Mike said that they used to be at 0 and now they at 3/4".  (I think that is right)  He did dig out the little divit in 3 of Biscuits hooves so that the Lysol soaking will get to the bad part.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Bull Run at Plum Nearly

Barry and I were going see "Sniper" today.  I was getting ready - coming down the hall about to iron my purple shirt.  I caught my left foot on the loose baseboard that runs down to the kitchen.  OMG  Down I went - I remember yelling as I hit the ground.  Barry came running.  I was mortified.  I rarely cry - it gives me a dang headache so I hate crying - but there I was crying...not loud boo hoos but tears were flooding out of my eyes.  Ugh...I hate being crippled - yep I said it.  Cripple.  I know it could be worse but my big fear is falling and hurting myself where I couldn't walk or ride again.

I didn't want to go to the movies after that.  I told Barry I just  wanted to go out to see my horses.  They always make me feel better.  It was lightly raining when we pulled in.  I could see flashes of the little bulls moving close to the mares barn.

We came around the turn by the stallion barn and I could see the little bulls running and there stood Rogue at attention and all the other horses that were out up there were watching and I am sure thinking those were some funny looking horses!  Rogue walked closer to his fence - ears erect - and looking like he'd seen a Martian.

My horses were in their shed - I am sure they have seen the little bulls by now but I know he would have been at attention too had he seen them.

I rolled my window down so I could see them better - they put a smile on my face even thought I didn't get out.  I didn't want them out in the rain - better under their little shed.

I have to call and make an appointment for them to go to the vet this week.  They are also having their hooves done Tuesday so a busy horse week this week.  Hoping to soak their feet again Tuesday before Mike gets there.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Barry works Sarge in the arena

Barry got up this morning and went to the barn.  He brought the horses both up and called me to come out there.

I got out to the barn, gave Brutis a dog biscuit, then went to the arena.  Biscuit was on the washrack.  I took him and went over to the arena.  He munch grass while I talked to Barry.  Barry had worked with Sarge in the little arena - he was making him stand while he walked off.  LOL  Sarge is such at sweet fellow.

I ran to The Dollar General to get Lysol - I was out and wanted to soak Biscuit's hooves.  I got us lunch at Subway.  I cleaned Biscuit's hooves and set his feet in the buckets.  He wanted some of what I was eating as he always does.  LOL I gave him a TINY bit of my tuna flatbreat sandwich.  Bwahahahahaha Biscuit doesn't like tuna sandwiches.  He spit it out and I think he would have liked to have wiped his tongue off.  He kept winding his mouth around  -  it was funny.

He gave me grief with the buckets for awhile.  I moved him to the side closer to the arena and he did a little better.  He stood finally - I brushed him and and cleared out his tail.

Barry rode Sarge and worked with him.  I later brushed out his tail while soaking his front hooves.  His feet look great except frog on front hoof and it isn't bad but getting a jump on it.

Biscuit's hooves look pretty dang good.  Going to keep working at it!

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Barry and  went to the HLSR.  We walked around and looked at the vendors - checkeu the new horse trailers...OMG gorgous.

Walked around and looked at the cattle - the cows were so pretty.  We watche d part of the cow show...a little bitty girl was showing a calf that was as tall as herself.  So cute!

We watched the clinician Craig Cameron.  He touched on NOT cutting off  horses whiskers - LOL I told Barry  TOLD YOU SO!!!

We watched the ranch rodeo competition.  Oh My Stars there was a rodeo staff guy riding a very nice liver chestnut horse that was so well trained.  OMG he kept yanking on its face, making it work way harder than was called for - kept rounding up and scattering the calfs - what a dippy doodle.  Hep couldn't ride worth doody - kept bouncing around in the saddle - not in rhythm with the horse AT ALL.  Poor horse ended up lathered up and the other horses weren't even sweating.  The horse wasn't anxious or crazy - it was trying to do what the goober on his back was asking.  I told Barry he looked like someone with a poop load of money that bought a very nice horse and didn't even know how to ride.  Later he was in the way of the people entered in the ranch competitions.  What a goober - I felt sorry for the horse.  The lady behind us agreed...dipshit that couldn't ride was ruining a good horse.

We enjoyed the ranch competition - woo hooo!!!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Soaking feet of the Biscuit

I went to the barn and paid my board and visited with Lee Ann P and Miss Jean for a moment.  I went down and here comes The Biscuit.

He is such an easy boy to catch now - there is no "catching".  He is more than ready to put his head into the halter and follow me out.  Good boy Biscuit - it is a miracle.

I brought him up to the wash rack and poured Lysol into the pans.  After I cleaned his hooves out I put his front feet in the pans.  He stood there so patiently today - last Friday it was a CHORE to keep his feet in the pans.  I fed him several carrots and he liked that.

I brushed him off - he is shedding but mostly because he was filthy with mud.  I also brushed out his mane.  As soon as we have nice warm consistant weather (it is 38° with a wind chill of 21° with rain and windy as all get out today) I will soak his mane and tail to get the dirt out and the yellowing it has caused.  Biscuit would have a snow white mane and tail if he was stalled but I don't want my baby stuck up in a stall.

I soaked his front hooves for 40 minutes and the back ones probably about 20 minutes or so.  His hooves and frogs are looking nice.  Going to get rid of this dang thrush if I can.

I gave a dog biscuit to Brutis - he is such a big ol' sweetie.  Passed out a carrot to Legato and Rogue.  Lee Ann B had joined us out on the washrack.  We were talking about trails in the Ebenezer/Letney area.

 I certainly hope I am able to ride in 2 weeks.  I am taking it easy and hoping the doctor releases me to ride next week.  If I am able to ride - it will most likely be on the flatter areas of Ebenzer not the hilly area of the lake.  No bushwhacking either.

Later I took Kayden to the  barn while we waited on Barry's truck to have the oil changed.  We took them both out to graze.  The bulls have now been placed in the pasture across from my horses.  They belong to Mr. Hebert and I counted 11 - they are supposed to have 22 bulls.  I saw Black Angus looking cattle but they were all the way on the other side so it was hard to see exactly what they were!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Thursday was a soaking day

I went Thursday to soak Biscuit's hooves.  It was COLD out there.  It was because of such a brisk wind that was blowing.  I had on my line heavy duty shirt PLUS my freaking coat and when in the wind was cold.  Gaaaa it was 50 degrees but felt like it was in the 30's because of the wind.

Biscuit gave me a little bit of fuss over standing in the buckets but I think we got them soaked good enough.   He munch on carrots and a handful of alfalfa.  I took more carrots down to Sarge.  I had also went a bought Brutis' favorite dog biscuits and handed one to him.  He is such a big ol' sweetie.

I did call Eric at Steele and left a message.  I wanted to make sure the refit was here when we go to Ebenezer.  I haven't heard from him yet but hopefully by Wednesday.  If not, I will call back!

I seemed to have had a surgical setback today so I will be taking it easy the rest of the week.  Don't even know if I will be soaking feet - maybe on Wednesday - I hate not to, but I have got to heal so I can start riding again!

I do need to make an appointment to take the horses to the vet this week though.  They need shots, Sarge has to have his Coggins and I believe teeth need to be floated.  I will call Monday.  I will need help hooking up the trailer and raising the ramp.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Soaking feet and brushing Biscuit

I went out to the barn Wednesday and pulled Biscuit up.  I visited with The Lee Ann's and soaked Biscuit's hooves.  His frogs have sloughed off chunks - got to get them grown back in.

Biscuit gave me a few hissies over standing in the water - he was fussed at by me and both Lee Ann's.  I brushed him too - a ton of hair came off - enough to have made a dang sweater!!!

I enjoyed brushing him and hugging him up.  He is such a sweetheart.  I soaked his feet for 30 minutes.  Got to start doing it every other day or so to get rid of the trush he is prone to.

I went out Thursday to see him and Sarge.  Biscuit comes right to me and can't wait to put his head in his halter so we can go eat grass.  I let him eat the green stuff right by the gate while I put Sarge's halter on and so I had both of them out eating grass.  I only had 15 minutes today to let them graze.  I had to get home to watch Kayden after school.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Biscuit goes for a walk with me

I was only able to get out to the barn for 20 minutes Sunday.  I had been so busy with wedding cakes and when people are helping you because of surgery your time is not your own.  I went to the stable and Biscuit came to the corral and I haltered him and took him out.  Barry was behind me and he took Sarge and saddled him up.  I walked Biscuit down the road a bit letting him graze.  It is so nice to go out to the barn and my horse not run from me or walk off from me.

I had to go back to the house for a cake consulation so to put Biscuit in the pasture and kissed him up.  I turned him loose and turned to go out and heard him take off.  This is what I saw...

He was running down the fence whinneying to Sarge.  Biscuit was running/bucking and calling to Sarge. Devin had come out there with Mazlynn and Lesly.  Maz got to take a ride on Sarge!!!

I went to my doctor today and received a clean bill of health - there was nothing in the pathology to be concerned about and I was so grateful.  I have to go back in 4 weeks to be released and then we will be riding!!!  Woo hooo.  Until that time I will be taking it easy - making sure I don't cause anything to keep her from saying "go ride - have a great time".  

Biscuit and I will start working in the arena and walking down the road.  He is such a good boy and hope that when we start riding again it won't take us long to get back in shape!!

Out to see my Biscuit and Sarge

It was a week from the last time I saw the horses until I was able to get back out to the barn.  I stayed home after surgery to make sure I heal.

We went out and gave the horses alfalfa.  It was so good to hug them up.  Biscuit is starting to shed.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

January 25 ride

I finally was given the ok to ride my horse.  Kellie and I planned a ride on Saturday January 25.  I promised the doctor it would be a shorter ride.

I hauled Biscuit out to Tyrrell Park and used the Steele Saddle.  It still doesn't fit Biscuit and I could  still feel it on the back of my legs.  James and Beverly joined us for the ride and my horse was such a good boy.  No problems from not riding for 2 months and 3 days.  He was EXCELLENT.

We rode a little more than 5.5 miles.

Mike had came out to the barn and trimmed their feet - Biscuit now has 3/8" concavity when he used to be at 0.  Quite a bit of improvement.

I did go out and soak his feet and he did great.

The horses were moved aroud in January after  the explosion - they weren't happy campers.

I need to have surgery again so that was on February5th - 2 days ago.  I won't be able to ride for 6 weeks so by the time I can ride I will have been off for 4 months except for the little 5.5 mile ride.

Going to work on soaking feet and walking.  Biscuit has been doing great.  Love  my boy.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Brrrrr....it is cold in southeast Texas

Wednesday night through Thursday morning was COLD.  The windchill in Nederland was 14° .and it was 23° .  When I went out to the barn it was 29° with a real feel of 23°.  My horses were fluffy and warm to the touch!  The barn had put out a round bale for my boys for they were happy campers.  They love to get their carrots and I have no problem catching the Biscuit now.  Woo Hoo!!!  He thought he was coming outside the other day and was trying to get out of the gate!  LOL that is a change from running from me.

I went to the doctor Wednesday and the wound is now 50% smaller than it was originally.  Hopefully, when I go back in 2 weeks it will be close and I can ride.  Mr. Braur said  I would need to pad that area so that it was protected when I can start to ride again.

I so miss my riding!!!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Alfalfa is on its way

I went to Lake Charles, LA with Barry today to buy wood for his shop.   On the way back we stopped at The Vinton Feed Store to buy alfalfa for my boys.  They are going to love it.  They just adore alfalfa and Vinton Feed Store always has the best alfalfa.  I have been buying it there for 6 years.  I also picked up a bale for Legato - Lee Ann P had asked me to get some next time I went and it has been awhile since I went.

It was very foggy going over there and coming  back.  Gaaaaa...couldn't see the tops of the
 bridges or the river!  We got back just fine though.

I went out to see my horses - just had little nubs of carrots...only about 2" pieces for each one.  LOL  not a good thing for my boys.  Barry will have to bring the alfalfa tomorrow.  I couldn't see the heave line on Sarge today.  Hoping his allergies is a thing of the past.

I hope to spend more time with them Saturday.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!!!

It is now 2015.  I bought Red almost 6 years ago so I have been on this journey of horse ownership for 6 years.  I truly love and treasure my horses.  They bring peace and joy to me - even if I am not riding!!

I didn't get to ride for the past 9 weeks due to the open sore my falling off of Biscuit in late October caused.  I go back to the doctor on January 7th and I hope that it will be healed - I am not counting on it but hoping!!

I added up my miles for 2014 - I know it is not accurate to the mile - I was without a Garmin for quiet a while and was going on known distances of each ride.  I had to go on HorseForum.com to our How Far Did You Go thread to pull up my miles or the description of the ride so I could estimate it.  It was 365.5 miles.  More than I thought it would be but I did smake a number of day rides up at Ebenezer with my Hag on Nags friends, plus we rode 30 miles in Mississippi and then the week we spent at Ebenezer I rode 52 miles.

In the 4 years I have owned Biscuit, I have rode him 1,477 miles.  That gives me approximately 369 miles per year.  Biscuit has been a treasure to me...sometimes he had made me want to pull hair out but most of the time he is pretty dang adorable.

I am hoping that I get to ride on a regular basis this year.  We are going to Ebenezer in March  with our posse and then we are going back to Brushy Creek in Mississippi in May.  Cherie and I are planning days to ride as soon as I can.

Hoping this year if not the years of the past 2 that have been filled with sorrow, illness, loss and grief.  It is a new year - Jesus will be my co-pilot as always and I am praying for peace and joy.

Happy New Year and Happy Trails!!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Walking with the Biscuit

Biscuit and I have gone for a number  of walks down the ranch road this month.  He is just being a doll.  Lee Ann said we had to give him a reset on being caught.  LOL  Kenny used to chase him with a 4 wheeler and he would run circles around me like it was a game.

I had taken him out to eat grass before but now we go for walks.  He let me halter him again in the pasture but I can't get out of the car and into the pasture fast enough now...he makes a bee line for me and can't wait to get his halter on.

The Wednesday before Christmas I had doctors appointments in the morning and got to the barn around 11:30 am.  Windy weather but I took him out.  We only got halfway down and he turned into a giraffe and was spooking all over the place - there was something in the air that was  bothering him.  He spooked around the front of me like something was going to eat him.  I put him up!!!

We left that day for Fredericksburg and stayed there til Friday night.  I bought these from an artisan while we were there and got one for Kellie too!!!

We had a good time.  I came back and walked Biscuit on Saturday - he is doing just fabulous.

I got a new Contour Roam camera for Christmas.  My old Roam bit the dust and no longer worked.  I have missed some great pictures from rides because he no longer worked so thanks Honey Darling Precious!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Monday was a Red Letter Day

Monday was a red letter day!!!  I went out to the barn and Biscuit was on the backside of his pasture.  I got carrots and opened the gate - I took his halter and leadrope and headed out into the pasture.  He was coming to me. 

When he saw the lead rope/halter I could see he sucked back a little but took the carrot.  He drew in his nose a little but let me halter him with no fuss!!!  Woo Hoo.  It has been about 20 months since he let me halter him in the pasture.

Good Biscuit!!!  We walked down the road with him munching on grasses and all kinds of green stuff.  So very proud of him.

Eric called from Steele this morning.  Saddle will be shipping out tomorrrow or so.  Can't wait.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Allegany Saddle for Sale

Allegany Mountain Trail Saddle Renegade Endurance purchased July 2012. It doesn't fit my horse so it is sadly for sale. It fits me wonderfully and the seat and stirrups are very comfortable. It is their D Bar tree with a 7" spread in the gullet. In the 28 months I have owned it I have rode in it about 18 months due to surgery and then no longer fitting my horse. It has pretty much every option offered.
17" Supracor Ultra Padded Seat
Curvy Slim Fenders
Drop Ring Rigging
Horse Shoe Stainless Hardware
Two sets of stirrups - the endurance ones have only been used for one
hour - they are brand spankin' new
Barb Wire Stamp
Two sets of ties on each corner, rings and brackets on the pommel and cantle for extra things to tote along.

Always kept inside - non smoking area. Brand new it would be a around $1600 without the extra stirrups. Asking $1000.00 My horse has a roach back and is causing the saddle to slide forward and pinch him. I hate selling it but it is just decorating my living room at this moment.
Call or Text me at 409-454-1931

Working on Biscuit coming to me

When I got the injection in my leg I was able to walk and needed to retrain myself to walk without limping.   So, I went out to the barn and Biscuit and Sarge came in and I shut the corral.  I gave them carrots and haltered Biscuit without a problem. 

I took him for a 45 minute smorgasbord walk down the ranch road.  It was exactly 1/2 mile.  He grazed and stuffed himself with fresh green grass.   It is getting thinner in the pasture but still nice outside by the road. 

I was going almost everyday and Biscuit would come to me as soon as I drove up.  No problems haltering - no shutting the corral either.  We walk down the road while he grazes - it is working.

He still is a little leery of me coming to him in the pasture.  He was sucking back and a little cautious but I would give him a carrot and pet him and he'd follow me to the corral.

He is getting a little more relaxed about me meeting him in the pasture.  He has been so difficult to catch but this is working.  We have been at it for 5 and a half weeks and he comes to me EVERY time - no matter what time I go out there.  We have made rides to so it isn't like we are just walking

He has been getting a little pushy on when he wants to stop to graze - since that has been the exercise.  Today we worked on walking til I stopped - patted his face and gave him the command to graze.  He pulled at the halter a little bit that is why I started that today.  By the end of the walk he was getting that he needed to walk without pulling, turn his face to me for a forehead rub and a command to graze.  He is so freaking smart. 

I hadn't been out there in two days due to cakes and having to go to Archie's visitation.  My darling cousin passed away.  He is who helped me buy Dashing Big Red.  It was up in Woodville so I couldn't go Thursday and then Friday I had cakes to make so I missed two days of seeing him.

Biscuit is being 100% Biscuit!!

catch up post

I haven't posted in a while.  I was trying to catch up but just haven't.

Cherie came to ride with me 5 weeks ago Tuesday.  I was having trouble with m y blood pressure meds.  We met at Abbie's and had lunch and then went to Tyrrell Park.  When we got there I started feeling bad.  I was seeing spots.  Upset stomach.  I sat for more than an hour til I felt better. 

Cherie saddled Biscuit and held him while I mounted.  I felt better.  She was lunging BG and Biscuit startled and flinched hard.  Next thing I new I was fall over backwards and hit the ground.  Ugh.  I had a huge hematoma on my right calf.  I know I didn't pass out because I can remember thinking "I hope my feet come out of my stirrups". 
Scrapped my left elbow and hit on my back left ribs.  My head fell back after I hit the ground and bonked on the ground.  I had my helmet on. I had Barry come take me home and then he dropped Biscuit off. 

I went to the doctor the next day over the blood pressure.  I had a tetanus shot and asked about getting injections in my knee.  I went for an exray.  I  saw Dr. Hays the next day and started the first of 3 injections that WORKED.  

I did ride with Cherie the next week for 11 miles.  Kellie and I have rode twice - once behind the golf course and once all around the back.  So much fun but my leg was sore. 

I only had a tiny scrap on my leg that got cellutis - Dr. Hays gave me antibiotics.  Had to go to a wound care specialist.   He said no riding.  Gaaaa.  Hoping it gets better soon.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Trimming hooves and Scrubbing Legs

Lee Ann P said that she thought it was Harvest Mites that chewed Sarge to pieces and that b I should scrub off the scabs/drainage.  I read up on Harvest Mites.  They are the larva stage of Chiggars.  LeesAnn helped me scrub Sarge's legs with Betadine.  They started to clear up immediately.

The Tuesday after coming back from Ebenezer Mike came to do their hooves.  Biscuit was being a PILL while Mike was doing his hooves.  OMG twisting all over the place - back and setting back - Mike and I couldn't figure out what was wrong with him.

He finally finished them and started on Sarge.  Biscuit lifted up his tail poop and Mike said was what was wrong with him - he needed to poop.   The last little one EXPLODED out and flew about 3 feet.  LOL  no wonder he was fidgety!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

A week at Ebenezer

Barry and I planned a week up at Ebenezer starting on Monday October 13.  It was POURING down rain til 3:00 PM.  I had spent quiet a bit of time getting the trailer ready and stocked.  Barry left a little before I did.  I went to the barn to get the horses and it started sprinkling.  The horses were terrific and didn't give me a minutes trouble.

I loaded them up and slowly drove up to Ebenezer.  Unfortunately, my Steele tree form still wasn't ready so I will still be riding in Kellie's Circle Y.

It stopped raining near Parkdale Mall.  Barry already had the trailer set up when I got there.  The pens  were wet.  We set up the electric tape corral - we got it at Tractor Supply.  They were a little scared of it.  Sarge quickly realized it wasn't on.  Biscuit always respected it.

I fell down by tripping over a dang hose.  Ugh.  It was dark and I hit the ground.  I didn't realize it but I twisted my glasses when they fell off of my head.  Barry found them later that night after I had looked all over for them.

It was a little cool that first night so we were a little cold!!  We watched a movie and ate sandwiches.  We put the horses in one pen as it was the only one dry.

The next morning I went to town to get a few items and the horses ran out of the electric tape corral when Barry dropped on side.  Sarge escaped and Biscuit ran with him.  They ran all over the park and then into #10's pen!  LOL

We rode that afternoon but just about 4 miles.  Sarge started coughing so we went back. 

Wednesday Cherie and Tammie came up to ride with me.  We rode over to Double Heart and a couple from Jasper rode with us.  I rode 15 miles.  We looped around the pond and decided to go check out the Black Hole.  We hung to the right like the Lee Ann's said to do and woo hooo we went right through.  Biscuit was tall enough it was just below his chest.  :-)  have wanted to do that for 5 years. 

Thursday Kent came up and we rode to Double Heart side.  We went through the Black Hole and Sarge is a little short so Barry's boots got a little wet.  We rode to the right at number #8 and all the way around to Double Heart.  I rode ahead of Kent and Barry put Biscuit at a jog and worked on my posting!  woo hooo...I was doing pretty dang good!!! 
Met two nice ladies at Double Heart - Janet and Kay.  Kay is freaking 80 years old.  I want to be like her!!!  I cooked fajita's for Kent and us that night. 

Sarge kept trying to get out - what a little pill.

Friday Kent had to go to the ER for kidney stones so I took out a group of ladies.  what an adventure.  We went through the black hole - but before that one fellow's Paso Fino got away from him and took a while to catch her - another lady was stung by a hornet...later another horse went lame and when we got to Double Heart we asked Tammy to take her back.

Kellie and Randy got up there Friday and the next day Reagan was bit by a snake.

Kent and I took a group to the waterfall.  So much fun.  My friend Cherie came up again and we made new friends too.

I made Gumbo for our group for Saturday night and we all hard a great time.
Biscuit enjoyed the little corral - Sarge was in the pen most of the time as he kept pushing the tape.

On Saturday he popped out with spots that were weeping.  Ugh. 

Sunday we packed up and went home.  Best Vacation EVER.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Riding at Tyrrell Park

Kellie and I rode at Tyrrell Park on Oct 5 with James.  We rode out to the back and had a great time.  Saw a man out in the back that shouldn't be there - he was fishing.  We went through an area in the back that had James coughing and gagging with his allergies poor guy!!!

Elan stopped on the trail for a rest.  Kellie is worried about him as he is not behaving in his normal way.  We waited until he was ready to go before taking off again.

It was a fun ride - slow and easy but fun.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

September 26 Beach Ride

Kellie and I met at Tyrrell Park to go to the beach for a ride.  We loaded up The Biscuit, transferred my tack and stuff and off we went.

We got down to the beach and the grass was HIGH at the fire station and OMG the mosquitoes were swarming.  I got Biscuit out of the trailer and poor fellow had cut above his eye.

Poor guy!  It was cut at an angle but it didn't seem to bother him.  Not head shy at all.  I put Neosporin on it and cleaned his face up. 

We went for a terrific ride about 4 miles down the beach.  Tried a little canter but it was so lumpy I pulled him back.

Kellie gave me some human spray cleanser that really helped heal his eye!!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Riding on Friday Saturday and Sunday

We had a nice ride that Friday.  The horses were all rearing to go.  I lead the way for part of the ride.  We crossed the first creek and went to the left and over to that side.  We only rode about 6 miles that day.  Biscuit charged up a hill after Kellie and Randy cantered up it.  OMG Biscuit was busting out in a gallop running towards them shaking his head.  UGH.  Like someone wants to see that flying up towards you.

Some of the area had slick clay.  One area we had to cross was WET and sloppy.  Biscuit went through it with mud flying all over the place.  Another time he felt like he bucked when going up a incline through mud.  Kellie said he wasn't bucking - just getting his hindquarters up under himself. 

Jimmy's girlfriend, Christy, was riding a very nice forward mare that was a very seasoned trail horse.  She was a pleasure.  We all enjoyed the ride.  Biscuit was a little charged up and I said no more alfalfa for him. 

That afternoon Barry got in the creek - everyone came down and wanted in too.  Randy and Kent went to town and got swim suits for the next day.  LOL  I had walked out onto the rocks with bare feet...omg won't do that again.  I made it down to the creek down a sharp slope but was ok.

That night Kellie heated up her spaghetti at the cabin.  We all laughed and talked and had a great time.  Food was great - company was terrific.

Saturday we rode about 10 miles.  We rode back behind Brushy Creek, over in the middle section and past that tall hill I went up 2 years ago.  The horses did great crossing the bridges.  OMG we came upon the bra tree.  Last time there was ONE brand new red bra hanging in the trees.  This time there were tons of bras and panties.  The guys all wanted their pictures taken with the tree.  Freaks :-)

We enjoyed that ride so much.  The horses were a little better behaved.  Reagan did spook really hard when he sank down in the creek edge.  I don't know how Randy managed to stay on. 

On the way back Reagan started kinda hopping and threw his face down to the ground...Kellie jumped off.  Hornets/ground bees - but we don't think he was actually stung.   Always a rodeo!!!

Back into the creek for hours of cooling off.  But dang, these little "no see 'ems" were about to eat me to pieces.  I could see they were like a little speck of pepper and bit like a son of a gun.  Ugh.  Kent made friends with Patty and Peter and they came down to the creek with us.  Peter knows the way to the caves and said he would take us Sunday.  We really enjoyed their company.

It was Kent's turn to cook so he made grilled/fried chicken, hamburgers and OMG fabulous fried onion rings.  The guys all helped him cook and we ladies just chilled out. 

Sunday I got ready to go and felt like a dang UTI was coming on again.   I had to get off to try to go!!!  Not too much success.  We had rode down the road to the cemetery road.  I would have never found that with the map they gave us.  We passed the lone grave and kept going.  We rode out in some open area and then back into the forest.  We came to a point and Peter said we could go up the hill that was STEEP or go around an area that was pretty boggy.  Barry and Kent went up the steep, the rest of us on the boggy.  Biscuit did terrific considering he is not a fan of mud!!!  We finally arrived at the caves.  How cool was that! 

We started back and went a different way - bushwacking in some places and back tracking some too.  Over the boggy spot again. 

We went down one area to the creek and Biscuit was slipping on a cap rock area...Patty took her horse up the other side and mud flew on me from about 15 feet away!!  I went over and Kellie came behind me but when I turned around she was leading Elan.  He has slipped and fell on her leg.  OMG that was stunning.  She was ok and worried about Elan.  He seemed ok.   Off we went again.  We had to go down a slough to a creek, across and up the other side.  Biscuit went straight up on the other side through the little trees instead of the exit area the other horses went through.  LOL he can be a pill but he was pretty dang good that day. 

We had a great ride and enjoyed Peter and Patty.  Hope to ride with them again. 

We hit the creek again to just relax.  Barry and James rearranged the stones to rearrange the flow of the creek.  LOL they  worked hard on that!!!

It was Bev's turn to cook and we had Chicken and dressing and green bean casserole.  YUM. 

We all had such a great time and are ready to go back.  Randy topped out coming over the hills leaving and tore the sewer lines.  We stopped at the paved road while they got it tied up for the trip home. 

We had an uneventful drive home.  We are already planning our next trip in May.  From a Thursday through a Tuesday.  Brushy Creek...our posse will return!!