Thursday, January 4, 2018

I think he is as good as he is going to get!

I went out to see the horses today.  I drove myself - it is easier to drive than to ride in the car - go figure that one.  I took Sister with me.

Had to go to the bank and Sister got a treat.  She loved that.  Then out to the barn. I stopped to see Biscuit and gave him a little handful of alfalfa.  His hair is standing on end and looks great.  I walked over and checked his level of hay in his shed.  He has enough right now.  I walked all around him to make sure there was no problems.  He needs to grow hair over where he hurt his foot but it looks ok.

I then went down to see Red.  He was munching on hay and came to the fence.  I took these pictures. As soon as Lee Ann gets back to the ranch I will discuss with her moving Red back with Biscuit.  I am going to start teaching Kayden to ride Red.    He is such a sweet gentle boy I don't think it will be hard to teach Kayden so he can be my riding buddy when Barry can't or won't go.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

He looks wonderful

I have been out several times to see Biscuit and Red. A few times I couldn't get down to Red as it was drizzling rain.

Biscuit looks good and I gave him a little flake of alfalfa.  I only have one full flake left.  As soon as I can I will drive to Vinton to buy them alfalfa.

I actually drove myself to the barn yesterday to pay their board.  I drove down to see Red after visiting with Biscuit.  Jamie and Edgar were breaking up the ice from the water troughs.  Goodness - it was 2" thick.  Red came up to the gate to see me.  His back is almost flat!!!  Wow.  He looks amazing.  As soon as LeeAnn is back off of vacation I will discuss with her putting him back with Biscuit.  Biscuit looks like he dropped a few pounds but he certainly needed to!!!

I forgot my phone yesterday or I would have taken pictures.  I will take a picture of them tomorrow if I can.  I got busted when I got home for driving!!  Brandi and Jarrod were at the house when I arrived back and I got the evil eye from my DIL for driving!!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Saturday Evening

I went out to see Biscuit Thursday but not Friday.  I was too tired yesterday.  He was fine Thursday and from what I could see of Red he was fine also.  I gave Biscuit some treats.  His wound on his leg is tough skinned but it is red flesh looking.  Not ragged but I guess it will take awhile to grow strong hide and hair over it.  He whacked it pretty dang hard.

Last evening Debi posted that she would pull Red up for me so I could see him.

Barry and I went out there this afternoon and she and Bob were right ahead of us.  I got out of the car pretty wobbly.  My right leg feels very weak and is giving me fits.  I have taken 3 hot baths today to massage it which is helping.  Anyway, she walked from Biscuit's pasture down to Red to bring him back up.

I gave Biscuit cookies while Barry and Bob were talking.  I opened Biscuit's corral and got my curry comb and brushed all of the mud off of my boy.  He was a little bit on the dirty side.  I brushed all over him and his face.  His shoe boil is almost absorbed.  Thank Goodness!!

Debi finally made it back with Red and OMG he is looking absolutely fantastic.  Butt is filling in, top line is pulling up.  He needs to be groomed and I brushed him a bit.  He wanted to be friends with Val but she let him know with a squeal that that was not happening.

I showed Debi his racing Tatoo - it is still pretty clear.  I told Barry I think by the first day of summer his mane  and tail will look much better.  When he sheds out in Spring he will look like polished copper!!!

Debi walked him back down and she said she could come get me next week and we could bring Red over to where Biscuit is.

I will talk to Lee-Ann about how much he is getting per feeding.  I want him to get to the right weight and then back off of the feed.  I don't want him to colic or founder.  I will need to go over to Vinton and get him and Biscuit some alfalfa.  Alfalfa keeps those bowels moving.

With some work, he is going to look like a million bucks!!!  Way to go Dashing Big Red!!!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Wednesday - doing ok.

I went out to the barn yesterday to check on Biscuit...I can't get to Red as there has been too much rain to take my car down the row to his pasture :-(

Biscuit came up slowly from the back of the pasture. It looks like the little flap from his cut on his foot fell off so I won't need to have it cut off.  I gave him carrots and could see that he didn't eat all of his food.  It had salt in it!!  He was glad for the carrots and I petted and kissed him up.

I went into the office and Miss Jean and Linda were very impressed with my progress and that I was getting around well.

I did physical therapy Monday and the nurse came out and took the bandage off of my leg.  Todd thought it looked really good.  It looks like a bruised banana to me.  Lots of staples and blood blisters.  Ugh.  He redid the bandage and talked to Brandi on the phone about changing it for me.  So glad Brandi is trained in this!!!

Danielle, the PT, said I was doing well and was at a normal place in progression.  I did tell her the white stockings were driving me insane.    Miss Jean said she wore her's during the day and not at night.  I went home and liberally dosed my legs with Monkey Butt Powder, dumped MBP in the stockings and slid them on.  They weren't as bad.

I was so tired Monday and Tuesday.  I got back in bed Tuesday after going to the barn and slept finally.  I haven't been able to sleep because of these hose.  Ugh.  They are the Devil's Spawn.

During PT today I was able to get to a little more than 110°!  That is really good Danielle said.  I went through the paces with her and she was able to see my balance issue.  I think she was surprised even though I have told her...people have to see it to believe it.  I told her today because of that I had worked hard for the past 5 years to compensate at all kinds of things.  I was able to get on the recumbent bike in the middle of the night and peddle it!  We will work on that tomorrow she said.

It is still swollen and was hotter than dammit last night.  So today I have iced and iced that rascal with broccoli.  I took the stocking off before Danielle got here and left them off till this evening - the bandage had also came off.

Ava was just fascinated this evening and was so concerned that her Gimmie was hurting.  She wants to go hold my hand when they take them off so I may get Brandi to take me and let Ava go.  Sweet girl!!

I have the stockings on right now on Wednesday night but am going to take them off to go to sleep after while.  Hoping to be able to sleep without these torture devices on!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Out to see the horses - first trip out of the house

Today was the first day I left the house since my total knee replacement this past Monday.  I was able to get in the car much easier than I did Wednesday - the leg is bending better.  I took so carrots for the horses.  Biscuit was standing in his little corral.  I was surprised he didn't walk off when we drove up.  His internal calendar and time piece works very well.  His face was a little dirty but I kissed him up anyway.  He was more than happy to have some carrots while I hugged him and kissed his face.  We just stayed for a few minutes and then drove down to where Red was.  I couldn't go down there and it was too wet to drive so Barry walked down there as I hollered Dashing Big Red.  Red made his way to the fence like he always did before.  He wouldn't eat the carrots but Barry petted him and took a few pictures for me.  He is looking great.  I am very pleased at how he looks.    We drove back to where Biscuit was and gave him the other carrot.  I asked Jamie to give Biscuit some hay...he didn't have any.  

It did me good to see my horses.  They are always a great panacea for whatever troubles you!  

My knee is coming along nicely.  The stockings drive me insane.  The soreness is a PITA.  The knee is hot and that is just to be expected.  I have rubbed and massaged the lower leg constantly and it is helping relieve some of the tightness and pain.  I took a hot bath at the end of the day with my leg up out of the water but massaged the back of the knee with the hot water which felt nice.

My daughter in law, Brandi, came today and fixed us hotdogs for lunch - went shopping for me - cleaned up - put some of my decorations out and then fixed us a killer dinner like she did last night.  She is a blessing to Barry and me.  She thinks the leg looks good and that I am moving good.  As she used to be a PT tech and a wound care tech she knows what she is talking about.  

I am able to get in and out of my deep tub quite easily so I am hoping to translate that into getting on Biscuit in 4 weeks.  I am thinking if I can get on and take a little ride around the arena with The Lee-Ann's watching over me that will be a good thing.  Maybe do that several times a week until I am able to actually ride for a while.  We shall is good to have goals!!!  My goal is to be riding in February with ease.  :-)

Friday, December 15, 2017

Semi-rough night

Last night was a little rough.  I started out trying to sleep in my bed that lowers/raises feet and Head.  I raised both the feet and the head.  It took a long time to go to sleep.  I finally fell asleep and woke up around 2:30.  Meds is at 3:00.

My leg felt swollen and stiff as all get out.  I lowered the bed and tottled to the bathroom.  I decided to go sleep in the living room but forgot my glasses in the bedroom.  I decided to stay up till Barry got up.  I watched a Hallmark Movie.  When Barry woke up at 4:15 he got my glasses for me.

I stayed up till 5 watching a movie and then slept till 9:00.  Jarrod came over and then left.  He came back and helped me move stuff in the house and make my bed.

He made me lunch of eggs, tuna and avocado.  PT Danielle came over and messaged my leg which really helped.  We did all kinds of flexes and walked.  It was hurting but nothing I couldn't stand.  I want to get better.    The drain will come out Monday along with the bandage.  I have another bandage to go on it.  If all is good she can message it better.  It really did help.

Jarrod washed the leggings and my lounging outfit.

So, I am now tired!  Going to take a nap.  Planning on going out to see my horses tomorrow.  Hoping to be riding them soon.  As soon as this knee flexes in a good way that I could get it over the saddle I will give it a go.  I think my riding had definitely helped!!!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Knee Replacement Surgery

Barry and I were in a roll over accident on August 11.  I fractured my L5 with tiny little fractures all around.  Ugh...the pain was horrible when it would catch.  I couldn't put the foot down or move when it happened.  I didn't ride for 3 months - I started back with slow rides on November 5.  Biscuit cut his foot in the trailer so I had to haul him to the vet and he had stitches and stayed 3 days at the vet.

I had to have bone scans and bone density tests - which showed the fracture was due to trauma not bone weakness.  I scheduled surgery for Monday December 11 at Baptist.

I made a solo ride all around the back bog at Tyrrell Park Sunday.  It was a fun ride with Biscuit and Sister.

The surgery went well and I came home on Wednesday December 13th.  I had to walk and to some therapy at the hospital which went well.

Home health came to my home today and we did a little therapy and will continue.  I am able to walk and cooked my own lunch today.

I will blog about the journey to get back on my horse!!!  Hoping to be back on by mid-February.  Going out to see Biscuit either tomorrow or Saturday!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Catching up on a year of not posting!!!

I am going to just hit the highlights of what went on the in the past year.  It was so much!

I did go to North Carolina for a month in late July - August to be there when Aurora Fae Smith was born.  I painted an old Hoosier Cabinet for her.  Christie, Kelsie and I found it at a shop in Groves.  Kelsie was pregnant with Daisy and said she'd LOVE it.  It was cute.  I painted it with a little purple Biscuit Unicorn on the side. :-)  I missed my dog and my horses like crazy.  Barry was making sure that Sarge got his DEX while I was gone and that he had his purple lick bucket.

I rode September 15, 2016 at Sam Houston State Forest with Tammy Simon and Cheri Reddick.  It is about as far as Ebenezer.  I did like the forest but I think I like Ebenezer better as they have a bathroom and shower house and water for the horses that is available.  But, I so understand why they ride there - it is only 20 miles from Cherie!  I'd ride there every week too!!  I did have severe back pain on the way there - my back started hurting in NC.  I went to the doctor to make sure I didn't have kidney stones again right after this.  Ugh.  My back hurt during the ride there and back but didn't hurt while I was riding.  Sister made that trip with me.  I went and had a massage and OMG that made it worse.  I got a pinched nerve that nearly dropped me to my knees.

I did ride with Kellie at Cattail Marsh on September.  It was super foggy when we got there but the fog finally lifted.  It was hot and humid as all get out!  We had a good time but we always do.  I had started on a diet in August and I could see I had already lost some weight!

At the end of September, Kellie, Randy, Beverly, James, Barry and I all drove to Yellowstone.  The pinched nerve had just started and was pretty severe when it hit.  When we got to Pueblo, Kellie called Dr. Osman and he said to take pain pills and a muscle relaxer.  I did that for several days and with all the walking, it finally let up.  We had a great time in Yellowstone.  Very very very long drive. 2 days of hard driving to get there.  The east side of Wyoming is a waste land of the same - mile after mile after mile.  Yellowstone itself is pure magic.  I want to go back.  I can't seem to get enough of Yellowstone.  We didn't ride this time though.  I did walk about 10 miles.  Got down and up to places I didn't last year.  It wasn't easy but I made it.  SLOW as Christmas but I made it.

We did go camping in October for a week.  We had a great time.  It started out with Biscuit giving me a fit over catching him.  Lee Ann Potter and I chased him with the Gater until he decided to join up with me and walk into the corral.  What a pill!!!  Geno was our horn...barking like crazy at Biscuit.  :-) Whatever it takes.

We headed up for Ebenezer to camp from Monday to Saturday.  I posted this on Face Book:

We spent 6 days at Ebenezer riding about 36 miles all together on 4 rides. Sarge did fantastic. Absolutely no wheezing or rasping. He was a little fireball wanting to GO GO GO. Ears forward if he was in front. Ears down and back if Biscuit got ahead of him. Lol he is so funny. Rode a trail I had never been on and went down one it had been a long time since we had been there. Sister was complimented several times on her good behavior. She had a blast. 

Sarge was a pleasure on this trip.  We did canter once and Sarge coughed a little (about 3 times) so we stopped.  He wasn't happy about that but listened to us all the same.  I did a whole bunch of tracking on my Garmin.  I totally enjoy that!  There are no good maps of Ebenezer side so I am making them.  

On October 25, I started a page on Face Book called Ebenezer Trail Maps.  I put maps I had made of the Ebenezer and Double Heart side on it.  It immediately had so many likes/shares!  It has 231 likes and has been shared so many times!  The last time I went to Ebenezer in late June, I made individual maps of individual trails.  I have shared the maps to the Waterfall and to the Beaver Pond.  Shared GPS coordinates.  I enjoy sharing my Garmin is so much fun for me.  It is at on Face Book.  Check it out.

Kellie and I rode on Oct 30 out at Cattail Marsh.  It was really foggy and we could hear the water dripping off of the trees.  Sister chased a hog.  I gave a little girl a pony ride when we got back to the parking lot.

On October 31, Sarge got into Halloween Mode and gave himself a WHOPPER of a black eye.  Scared the snot out of me.  I hauled him to the small animal clinic for Doc to look at.  Two medications later and about $140 later, I took him home.

This is what I posted on Face Book :

This is Sarge's Halloween mask. Wish it was just a mask! Doc Said he gave himself a black eye. Shot in the jugular, one under the eye plus meds put in the lid. Yep Sarge had a scary Halloween and my bill scared me.

Yeah...that was ugly.  Sarge wasn't too thrilled with the shots in the eye area but it helped so much!
Not to be outdone in the costume division was this

Biscuit the Camel...Looking for a treat with HorseLic all over his pretty little face!

In early November I went to NC to see Rori, Morgan and Stuart.  The election was on like Donkey Kong.  Morgan and I went to a Trump rally the night before the election.  Wow!  It was amazing.  I stayed up all night and watched the election.  What fun!!! Enjoyed my time getting to know my little granddaughter.

On November 13, I rode out in the back of Tyrrell Park with Kellie, and Lee Ann Brown.  After that I rode 1/2 through the woods with Jimmy Zinn and Melissa.  We encountered a dead hog up near the stables.  Jimmy said someone had shot it.  Sister investigated!

On November 18, 2016, Barry brought Sarge home to the house to visit.  He had the backyard to move around in.  :-). Rhys and Mazlynn went for rides.

We had a fabulous Thanksgiving out on our porch!  Beautiful decorations, gorgeous table setting and good food.  Beautiful memories.  Happy Thanksgiving!

On November 25, 2016, Kellie and I went riding in Tyrrell Park.  We went down the other side of Willow Bayou and came upon what Kellie initially thought was a yearling horse.  I said that is no horse that is a dang deer.  And it was a big deer!  Big wide antler spread.  We watched him for a quit a few minutes until he took off.  Wow!!!  Just WOW!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Been Blocked out!

I have been blocked out and couldn't access this for ages.  I have sent emails etc.  Anywhoo....I was FINALLY able to access it again.!!

Much has happened since I last blogged.  Last year on a ride in Ebenezer in June of 2016, we were riding with Len and Barbara.  We rode over to the "other side" and came back to the back side of the Beaver Pond.  Barry went through the little creek with Sarge kind of popping up out of it.  Biscuit did the same.  I turned to watch Barbara come through with her little 5 year old mare, Weeks.  She popped up, too.  All of a sudden, Weeks was going all over the place.  I thought she was trying to bolt and was telling Barbara, "Grab your reins".  Anyway, she came off - she had broken her pelvis when Weeks popped up.  Just a freak accident.  Barry came off of Sarge in a flash and so did I off of Biscuit.  Len got off of his mare, Charm.

Barbara fell around high noon - in the direct sun.  OMG.  I called Kellie - she said call 911.  We called 911 and I gave them GPS coordinates.  Barry rode on Sarge to Letney Road to meet an EMS.  I gave coordinates about 4 times to different EMS members.

Barbara was in a lot of pain.  I took my fuzzy wool saddle cover off and rolled it up and tucked it between her legs.  I took my cool vest off, dipped it in water and wrung it out along with my "chilly pads". I put the vest over her arm so she wouldn't burn and put the chilly pads strung on the little plant over her face to shield her the best we could.  Barry came back about an hour and 45 minutes later doubling an EMT on Sarge.  Sarge was the hero of the day.  Poor baby!!

Shortly after that a bunch of EMT's arrived and got Barbara stabilized and on a stretcher.  It took them 45 minutes to get her to the shell road down the little tiny horse trail that had vegetation grown up saddle high.

Len ponied Weeks behind Charm and we made it back to the park.  They airlifted Barbara to Beaumont.  Len tried to load the horses and Weeks refused.  She knew something was wrong.  She wouldn't load even though her dam, Charm, did.  We told him to just go and we would look after the horses.

He came back later and the next day too.  The trainer came and Weeks loaded up nicely then.  We went home and I visited Barbara in the hospital.  She was operated on the next Tuesday.  Pelvis broke in the front and the back.  Barry and I visited her and Len in the hospital after surgery.  She recovered nicely - coming to Beaumont for doctor visits.  I would meet them for breakfast and lunch when they came.  They are now my good friends and we are looking forward to riding with them again.


The bottom pictures was just a few hours before the accident.  The top one is when the EMT's had finally arrived.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

January 10th

Kellie and I rode on January 10 out at Tyrrell Park.  We rode 7.5 miles - going around the bog.  Sister went with us and so did Barry.  We went counter clockwise around the bog.  We were on the right side and I spotted a hoof boot.  Barry got down and got it for me.  It was a Renegade.  I knew that Jimmy had Renegades and had rode there the previous weekend.  I called Jimmy and yep - it was  his hoof boot.  I tied it to my saddle and told Jimmy I would bring it to our ride at Rustic Sky in 2 weeks.

It was a fun ride - so good to get out on my horse!

Rustic Sky Trip

The Lee-Ann's and I decided on a trip to McKinney Roughs and I made reservations back in October.  Unfortunatedly, the park was closed when it was time to go - and not going to be open for a few months so we chose to go to the new Rustic Sky (the former Lucky 4B).  Kellie decided to go with us.

We left on Thursday December 10.  Kellie and I went in her rig and rented a cabin.  The drive was much easier than last time we went.  Better road!

New owners have made many changes so it was much nicer.  We made a short trip down the high lines the first day riding about 5 miles.  I didn't have my Garmin with me on that ride.  It was overcast so we made sure to stay on the highline so we could get back before it got dark.  Elan and Biscuit were in the "fancy" stalls.  Kellie checked on him and he was soaking wet with sweat.  We think he was pacing and not happy with the mats on the stall.  Lee Ann salted him with the applesauce mix she uses and we moved them over to where Rogue and Legato were.  He seemed to be a little happier then.  They were further away from us but that was ok.

On Friday we rode with Lee Weatherford and Jim - such nice gentlemen!!!  We rode down the Dead Horse Trail and to the Bluffs.  We rode past the Tree of Souls and saw the former owner of the Lucky  4B's boots that they nailed to the tree.  Sam passed away about 5 months ago, bless her heart...she was only 45 years old.

The weather was a little warm during the day and Biscuit was sweating.  We went do go down a little ravine and all of a sudden, Biscuit jumped straight in the air like someone popped him out of a jack in the box.  OMG I slammed back down into my saddle but never felt like I was coming out of it.  Jim later said Biscuit jumped about waist high....I couldn't see anything that he spooked at and neither did Jim.  Jim's horse Tonto is really nice!!!!

On Saturday  Biscuit was tripping constantly and I thought he was going to face plant if he tripped again.  I got off on the Clock Trail and removed his hoof boots.  He seemed to go along much better after that.  He was catching his boots on things and then tripping.  Ugh.    Mr  Weber led us to the cemetery he had told Lee Ann Potter about the last time they had rode there.  OMG how cool was that?  I got off and looked at the graves and then later did genealogy on the Smiley family that I shared with everyone at the pot luck on Saturday night.  We had rode 11.2 miles that day.  I had to find a log to get back on.  Had a little problem as when I got off the trail it was full of holes.  Ugh.  Got just past the vest nailed to a tree and dropped my Garmin.  I had to get off and get that!!  It poured down raining on Saturday night and was cold.

Really like the new owners.  Super nice people.  We heard all about improvements they had planned and issues with getting insurances/licenses, etc.  Some rules are just crazy.  Mr. Weber made ribs and fried chicken that was simply amazing on Sunday night.

On Sunday we rode 8 miles.  It was a little sloppy in places.   Biscuit was tripping constantly and I thought he was going to face plant if he tripped again.  I got off on the Clock Trail and removed his hoof boots.   Biscuit hit a canter once that was so smooth - so wish I could get that boy to canter nicely!!

We drove home Monday morning.  We had a great time.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Biscuit had a sore foot

About a month ago, Kellie and I hauled out to Tyrrell Park.  I thought Biscuit looked a little tender when I put him in the trailer.

I got him out to park and tacked him up...I thought he'd be ok but nope!  He was LAME  - I told Kellie I couldn't ride him like that - that would be mean!

I took him back and to the barn and soaked his hoof.  I couldn't see an abscess.  A few days later Craig Williams was at the barn and used the hoof testers on him.  It took a bit of pressure before Biscuit really reacted so not sure if it is an abscess or a stone bruise.  I was soaking his hoof everyday and putting Epson Salt Poutice LeeAnn P had.  I ordered some of my own.

In the mean time, I rode Lady Dollar for 2 weekends in a row.  OMG - she was a handful but sweet as she can be.  She was afraid of the water in the ditches - poor girl.  She hasn't been out to ride in 4 years and was pretty upset that first ride when we got to the bayou.  She kept trying to turn around and turning her head so she couldn't see the water.  I finally got off of her and led her thinking that would calm her down.  I remounted up by the road and we took her back.  No sense and upsetting her.

The following week I was so proud of her - still not liking water on the ground, spooked a few times but went down the bayou like a good girl.  Got a little nervous out in the back so I brought her back.  I would love to learn to ride her faster gaits!  What a good girl she is!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Sarge is swollen again

Went to the barn with doughnuts for my favorite barn guys.  .  Biscuit came in with Sarge but stood at the entrance to the small corral.  He turned and hauled his big butt out at a gallop - who knows what goes through  a horses mind?

I was taking Sarge up front when I noticed his sheath was swollen.  He was full of piss and vinegar!!!  He was cantering beside the Rav!

Got him on the wash rack and pulled out a big ol' chunk of gunk out of his sheath - the size of a prune and two smaller pieces.  I stopped to asked Lee Ann some questions and we yakked and then I went back to clean out Sarge.  I hosed him off - trimmed the dead ends on his mane and cleaned out his sheath the best I could.

They are going to be moved to a different pasture while they hot wire their pasture.  Lee Ann let me choose which one.  I took Sarge back and he was blowing and going.  He has started to cough again so I upped his Dex to 3cc.  Biscuit came to me with no problem...running into the little corral whinnying for Sarge.

Barry and I went back this afternoon and they were in their new pasture with their little corral moved. My ranch hand buddies did that!!!  Woot!!!

Seemed like Sarge's sheath wasn't so swollen so I will check it out each day.  Biscuit had no problem coming to me then.  What a toot!

Riding in Tyrrell Park with new friends

Tuesday after I came back from Ebenezer I rode at Tyrrell Park with Carla, Rhonda and Crystal.  We met at 10:00 AM and rode out  through the woods and all the way around  the back.  It was a great ride - I had a wonderful time and Biscuit was a total sweetheart!!!  Rode 8.5 miles.

Haven't rode since then outside of the arena due to bad weather.  So sick of the rain.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

Our Ebenezer Trip

Monday morning I got the last of my things together, stuff for Sister, called and added minutes to my Verizon phone.  I called Jaimie and asked him to lock up my horses.  Called the vet for more Dex
I got to the barn and loaded feed and hay into my Rav, went down to get my horses and hook up the trailer.  Away we went; stopped at the vet’s to get Dex.
It took me 2 hours to get to Ebenezer.  Sister was a good girl on the drive except she wants to get on the console.  That is dangerous so it is a no go.
Sarge coughed a little right after I unloaded him.  Not bad but I wasn’t happy with that.  Spoke to Geri – she and Diane were going to hit the trails – I will ride with them later.  Got the horses settled in and I put the ground meat in the crock pot to make dinner and then we ran to town to get spinach.  I had spinach but it was already going bad.  OMG spinach is so delicate.  Barry stayed in the car with Sister. 
We got back and I rested a little and then we saddled up to go for a little ride.  My new saddle is the freaking bomb.  Biscuit was acting like a goober – he always does when I ride with Barry – he is always having a hissy if Sarge gets ahead of him.  James called me and he and Bev are coming!  Woot!!!!!!
We went to the washed out culvert and Barry said Mr. Short and Raymond went through it.  It was about knee deep of a sharp drop off.  Barry dismounted and said he would go through but he didn’t think I would.  I said yes I would if it was solid. 
Barry went through with no trouble so I dismounted.  He tied Sarge up and helped me down the drop off.  He led Biscuit through and we walked down the road to a log and I mounted up.  My saddle doesn’t slip in the least.  I had it fairly loose too.  Woot.  Geri, Judy and Diane were coming down the road – they had been to Double Heart  and wanted to know the way back.  We told them and said they could also follow us so off we went and we cut back through the woods.  OMG Biscuit was being such a goober he nearly fell going over a log.  He got a little tangled up because he was rushing because Sarge was getting too far ahead of us.  One log he refused so I got off and he refused to go even by leading.  Barry got off and led him and then I mounted up on a slope.  That saddle is easy to get on and off! 
Sister was very good on the trail.  She stays with us.  Diane’s horse doesn’t like dogs and Sister lagged back from me to wait on Barry.  Diane called out to call Sister up because her horse took a swipe at her.  LOL  I called her to heel and she followed right behind Biscuit.  He was good with her.
We got back and hosed them off after taking their tack off.  There was a slight rub where his girth was – I may have it too loose.  Hosed him off and Sister enjoyed the spray – leaping and jumping through it.  I got out their feed and fed them while they were out.  Sister got close to Biscuit’s feed and he gave her the serious evil eye.  Cleaned their pens and put them up.
I made hot dogs with the crock pot chili – so good – Sister got some of the chili on her food.  The ladies stopped by to visit and asked if I had nippers – one of their horses threw a shoe.  I brought mine.  We visited and Sister played with the little Wiener Dog.  She is never cranky with other dogs…she just wants to play. 
I got the nippers and loaned them out.  We put Sister in the crate and watched part of Old Yeller.  Took Sister out for a walk and let her tee tee and put her back.  She isn’t fussing but she needs a slightly larger crate now.  It works ok but I told Barry she needs room to turn around.  I put a cushion in there for her. 

Looking forward to riding tomorrow.

Tuesday ride – rode out with the 3 ladies and Barry.  We went down the front trail to the culvert and crossed that.  Across to Letney road and went around Letney Road.  Sister was a good girl!  Went quiet a ways around and picked up T trail to come across the park.  Got to the 4 way and doubled back and headed for the split; Geri had to turn around and go back to camp – her horse came up lame…we kept going and took the right and then left to go to the waterfall…noticed that the saddle pad kept slipping – it is not long enough so I said I had to go back and get another pad.  We were going to rest and then hit the trail again.  We rode 7.5 miles this morning and got back around 1:00. 

I got back to the trailer and rested.  My knee was hurting.  Diane and Judy came over and I got up and saddled up and off we went to the 4 way and then to the right to go to the waterfall.  I marked the best I could and we got to the waterfall.  We came back and hit the diagonal trail  (love that one) and we saw a deer…crossed creeks.  Great fun.  Saw a bow hunter and then a small jeep/Mitsubishi truck coming down the dirt trail road.  Ugh…hunters need to go somewhere else. 

Second ride was 9.1 miles for me….woot…no coughing for Biscuit.  Geri pulled out and left…her horse was lame.  Diane and Judy are leaving in the morning.  Barry and I will be the only people here til Thursday.  More mapping for me.  J

Wednesday – I went over to say goodbye to Diane and Judy.  I showed them the trails we had gone on yesterday.  We visited awhile and they want to start coming every month – I said that I can certainly drive up here and meet them, especially if it is on a Monday-Wednesday type of deal. Diane  said I could stay in her trailer with her.  Woot.  That has always been the biggest drawback for me – no LQ.  Maybe one of these days I will have one.  Diane has health issues with balance too.  I can so relate to her problems…she rides by herself and I think I am going to start riding by myself again too.  Just in Tyrrell Park – I can always let Ricky know I am there.  Maybe Rita will want to go with me. 
Came back and started tacking up Biscuit.  I mounted up without Barry’s assistance.  Biscuit is being a good boy.  We went down the 2 trail off the road – the “guywire” trail.  It meshes with the first trail and the trail from the front  - and there is a little trail that veers to the left – I have never gone down that trail EVER.  It is little bitty.  Barry and I followed that – it is the trail that ends up going between the two humps from the front trail and if you keep going it is the trail I ride on all the time.  Why we have never taken it I don’t know.  Every time I come up the other side – we turn and go over the little hill to go to the 4 way.  We went straight and headed to the bottom land where we stopped and let Sister play in the water and we got off and rested our butts – and loosed the girths on the saddles.  Sister was running in  and out of the water – the water certainly revived her – she had a blast.  We mounted back up and took off and crossed Letney Road.  We got over to the water tanks/transformers and there had been a fire.  A bulldozer had been used to make a fire brake.  We rode over that and down to where you turn to go to the black hole.  We crossed the black hole and Sister just joined right in.  Over to the turn to go to the little Sandy Creek.  Crossed the two creeks before it and they were dry as a bone.  We got to the Sandy Creek and thank Goodness it still had running water.  We loosened the girths on the horses and we sat down and drank a bottle of water and ate crackers and tuna.  I shared mine with Sister.  Barry went to the other side of the creek and Sister stayed with me.  Barry called her and she jumped off of a 3 foot bank and sank completely under the water.  Barry just is amazed at my Sister.  I called her and she repeated the jump.  She ran and played with Barry – barking and growling at him, digging the sand frantically.  Hahahahah…..I took off my sock and shoes and got in the creek before all of that started happening.  Felt so good. 
We mounted up and headed back.  We went around the back of the beaver pond and stopped for a second.  I went back to the black hole and mapped that.  Sister went with me.  Barry filmed me coming across the hole.  We got back to Letney road and took a right  and went down to the culvert.  I managed to cross it by myself…he led Biscuit though.  We got between the two hump hills and went right down the new to us trail. 
We rode 9 miles today.  Hosed the horses off and gave them hay.  We ran to Dollar Store and picked up a few things.  Played with Sister.   

Thursday – Lynn and Tammy came to Ebenezer – visited with Lynn here.   I wasn’t able to ride with them as I didn’t want to ride any hilly area with Biscuit.  I tacked Biscuit up – I am as slow as Christmas.  I mounted up and Barry and I rode inside trails…back and forth.  Loads of fun.  We then rode to the outside and down the gate trail and back to the 4 way, down to the center and back up the other trail that leads to the gate.  We then headed down the road to the lake trail by the road and down to the lake.  I didn’t want to ride all of the hill part but this wasn’t too back…just down the trail and that wasn’t that long. 
I got Biscuit in the water and yep…he dropped in it.  What a hoot.  Barry took pictures of me on the bluff….been riding at Ebenezer for 6 years and have never been on that bluff.  We dismounted and played with Sister in the water.  We mounted back up and went down the beach a little and went up the area we used to go up.  Biscuit powered up it…ugh…that is why I was being so careful with him not to over do – and yet up he goes.  He never coughed once…neither did Sarge. 
We rode down the road back away from the park.  Down to the trail that goes to the 4 way and back to the park.  Sister was just a going  - that little chick is amazing.  

Friday – we didn’t ride on Friday – but I did meet Dawn from Magnolia and the 2 Kim’s from Cleveland.  I had rode with them evidently that day at the Preserve.  I called Garmin Friday morning and the young man talked me through adding my tracks/adventures to one single map.  He talked me through how to print it.  When I get home I will see what I come up with.  Still have quiet a bit of tracking to do.  I may be able to pull my files from EveryTrail.  I want to complete the trails over the coming year from new tracks. 
Kellie, Randy and Kent arrived.  We all visited and later went to visit Bev and James at Double Heart. 
Saturday – Got up and fixed breakfast.  Horses fed.  I started tacking up around 8:15 because it takes me forever.  I had to brush Biscuit.  Got him tacked up and met everyone else to start our ride.  Down the trail to the 4 way, up to lake trail – back over to the gate and down the road to the lake.  We rode the lake trail backwards.  Got down to the steep part and Biscuit LEAPED JUMPED Olympic Style – up a hill after jumping a little tiny bit of water.  Dang…he nearly unseated me.  I was a little pissed at him.  We went around the trails and we lost Kent…Jericho went down on a trail – we couldn’t even see Kent but neither was hurt and we kept riding.  Got to eagles nest hill and I insisted on going first.  Biscuit doesn’t act the fool if he is first.  We went down to the water – lots of white caps.  I made Biscuit walk back up Eagle’s Nest hill.  He would have gladly powered up but I held him to a walk.  We went to the 4 way and back to the park. 
We went to lunch at the Stump and to the Dollar General.  Came back and rested.  Sister came into the trailer with me and I made her lay on the mat in front of the door.  Good girl.

We tacked back up and went down the front tiny trail and over to Letney Road.   On the way back, Bev’s new little gelding bucked twice with her and off she came – she landed on a log.  Poor thing!  I was leading and we all stopped.  Sister started barking and ran down there.  I got off of Biscuit and called her.  She came to me and was still barking.  I popped her on the rear and told her to hush.  Thank God Bev wasn’t seriously injured.  I had to walk a ways to get the right log to mount up on. 
All in all, I have road 53 miles since Sunday  when Kellie and I rode at Tyrreell Park.  Sister has been on every one of those miles. 
She came in the trailer tonight as we watched Hildalgo.  She layed on the front mat and rested.

Sunday we decided to go for a ride with Dawn, her husband Tom and her friends, Gail, Mary and Tim.    We rode to the Beaver Pond.  Biscuit and I went through the Black Hole.  Dawn was on her green mare ponying her palomino mare - she did great.  We came back on the culvert road.  It iwas a 5.5 mile ride...all in all I rode 59 miles with Sister going every mile with me.

We started packing up to go home and a couple pulled in to site #12...loved their Exiss trailer with a slideout.  Just perfect for me.  One of these days!

Sister slept all the way home.  Good girl....I will add pictures tomorrow.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Going Riding on Sunday October 11

Kellie and I made plans to FINALLY ride in Tyrrell Park the Sunday before I left for a week in Ebenezer.  Barry and I went out Saturday afternoon and loaded my trailer with tack so I was ready to go Sunday morning.

I went out to the barn at 8:00 and Biscuit looked at his watch and his calender and said "oh no...this is Sunday...she is here at 8:00 is a riding day" even though the little snot hadn't been ridden really in 9 weeks.  He REFUSED to come into the little corral.  I went and got Jaime to come down and offer him alfalfa...he refused to come in.  I was hooking up my trailer to the RAV4 when Jaime came back in the Gator.  I asked to borrow the Gator and went down to the other side of the pasture, opened that Gate - went in with the Gator with Sister riding shotgun.  She actually hopped out and was just hanging around.  I went after Biscuit and basically team penned the little snot into the little corral...back and forth he went with me hot after him with the Gator.  He gave up pretty quick and went into the little corral - I hopped off and shut him in.  I went out the other gate, came down to the little corral and put his halter on.  He was calm as a cucumber.  I walked him down to the front of the barn and tied him to the trailer while I put the Gator up.

Off to the park.  I tacked him up with my new saddle and Kellie and I rode around the woods twice and down the right of way.  So very nice to be back in the saddle.  Biscuit behaved like an absolute doll - you would never have known he hadn't been rode in so long!!

I rode 5.5 miles.

The next morning I asked Jamie to lock up my boys so I could pick them up to go to Ebenezer for the week.

So much to tell

I haven't posted in quiet a while.  I had my hands full and it was sad to post.  On August 31st.  I went out to see the horses and LeeAnn B went down there with me.  Sarge was pretty bad off - heaving with each breath.  Biscuit was ok.

I talked with Miss Jean (she had just returned from her summer home and hadn't seen my horses), LeeAnn P, LeeAnn B and Linda.  They suggested I call Vinton Equine so I did but they couldn't see the horses til tomorrow at 2:30.  I had 3 wedding cakes to make and Betty was already at my house so I went home to start baking a bazillion cakes...needed to pay those vet bills.

I got a call from Miss Jean...she and LeeAnn P had gone down to see Sarge and Biscuit and Miss Jean called Vinton and used her clout to get me in that day.  She called me and said come get ' can take them now.  She was so worried and upset when she saw Sarge.

Betty said she would bake the cakes by herself so I went to the barn and picked up my horses.  Lee Ann P hooked my trailer to the ranch truck and she and LeeAnn B went with me.

It was raining a little - got over to Vinton and they were terrific.  Dr. Appleton examined them both, pulled blood panels, did ultra sounds of their lungs and scoped them.  Biscuit was still full of edema around his ribs - he has a huge varicose vein in his throat but other than that - both of their lungs were without scars, panels were ok, scoped area ok.

The difference was Dr. Appleton and Dr. Findley said to give them Dex 3cc's a day and then start backing down to 2cc's, 1.5cc's, 1cc, then a .5cc.  Some horses maintain on .5cc a day.  He also said to give it to the orally - that they have had much better results with that.

That is good news - Biscuit had a HUGE area on his right neck from the heavy shots I had to give my poor boy.  They also said they didn'est really see any benefit from Benedryl.  All in all, a $492 vet bill.  But, I appreciated the 2nd opinion and their expertise.  I had tears in my eyes talking to the doctor.  He pretty much said the same thing about how long Sarge had.  He said that moving him up north wouldn't necessarily help - he'd find something else to be allergic to.  Ugh.

So, I brought them home and put them upfront where they weren't exposed to the seedheads of the hay.  They stayed up there for a month - I gave them their medication every single day.

Barry and I went to Yellowstone in September for a week.  LeeAnn P made sure they got their meds.  The horses were better before I left and when we were gone they improved 100%.  I came home to a non heaving Sarge.  :-)  Biscuit still had a lump on his neck but it was going away.

A week and a half after coming home from Yellowstone I went to Florida.  That morning Lee Ann P helped me put them down in their own pasture.  I know they were so glad to get there...the little paddock, eating alfalfa sure put Biscuit on rocket statis.

I brought Biscuit up one day and he coughed a little on the wash rack and while taking him his meds were upped again and then I worked on weaning him from it.

In the meantime, I got my Sharon Saare Saddle in the first week of September before we left for Yellowstone.  I rode Biscuit in it in the arena for about 20 minutes.  I LOVED IT!!!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Not a good week

I took the horses back to see Doc for a check up last Friday.  Biscuit got a good report.  No fluid on his lungs.  I had given him his shots and the pulmonary dialator every day.

I was thrilled that he was better.  The blood report showed an infection.  Doc said that was good news.

I went to the barn Sunday evening and he was coughing again.  I called Doc on Monday and he returned my call and said to put him on some more antibiotics.  I had some already.  I asked him if he had time to spay Sister as the other vet said they couldn't until September 5th.  He said yes and I set it up for Tuesday.

I doled out the meds for Biscuit in baggies and gave to Edgar.  Tuesday I took Sister to the small animal clinic - wow - Doc's new clinic in Hampshire-Fannett is pretty amazing.  Very nice.  She did great and was a little drugged up when we went to pick her up that evening.

Wednesday evening Barry and I went to the barn at sunset.  There were a bunch of cars down at the end of the ranch road and I said I saw Phil's car so it was them not the new boarders.  I gave Biscuit some carrots and he started coughing.  I told Barry maybe he is allergic to carrots or his throat is sore.
A truck came towards us from the back of the ranch and lo and behold, it was Doc.  He stopped and I said "just the man I wanted to see" and told him Biscuit was coughing.  He listened to him and and said he was wheezing and he knew that is not what I wanted to hear.  OMG I know I must have looked like a deer caught in the headlights.

My face started leaking on the way home.  I went on the back porch with Sister.  My heart is just hurting for my horses.

Friday evening I went out there and poor Biscuit choked on his little bit of feed I gave him with his medication of the Benedryl.  Poor baby.  He is such a sweet horse and to have this is doubly cruel.

Kellie and I went to the vet clinic today to talk to Doc.  Vickie Warner happened to be there with her horse that is roaring.  OMG that sounds bad.  Doc said he'd recover.

As for Biscuit and Sarge, Doc said to take them up to Margaret's to check to see if they improve off of the Bahaia.  If they do, I will have to move them from Plum Nearly as there is nothing but Bahaia there.  That makes me sad just thinking about moving my horses.  I love Plum Nearly.

Margaret has agreed to take the boys for a week to see if they improve.  If they do, I will have to find a place to put them at least during the hot summer months.  :-(

Doc didn't offer any good news about COPD - sounds like in 4 or 5 years I will have very sick horses - what could be sadder than that?

Friday, August 21, 2015

A Horses Prayer

I saw this on Justice for Dual Peppy.  Thank God he has sad that someone would starve horses to death.

(Author Unknown) The Horses Prayer

Feed me, water and care for me, and when the days work is done, provide me with shelter, a clean dry bed and a stall wide enough for me to lie down in comfort.

Always be kind to me. Talk to me. Your voice often means as much to me as the reins. Pet me sometimes, that I may serve you the more gladly and learn to love you.

Do not jerk the reins, and do not whip me when going uphill. Never strike, beat or kick me when I do not understand what you want, but give me a chance to understand you.

Watch me; and if I fail to do your bidding, see if something is wrong with my harness or feet.

I cannot tell you when I am thirsty so give me clean, cool water often. I cannot tell you in words when I am sick, so watch me, that by signs you may know my condition.

Give me all possible shelter from the hot sun, and put a blanket on me, not when I am working, but when standing in the cold. Never put a frosty bit in my mouth; first warm it by holding it a moment in your hands.

I try to carry you and your burdens without a murmur, and wait patiently for you long hours of the day or night. Without the power to choose my shoes or path, I sometimes fall on the hard pavements which I have often prayed might be of such a nature as to give me a safe and sure footing.

Remember that I must be ready at any moment to lose my life in your service.

And finally, O Master, when my useful strength is gone, do not turn me out to starve or freeze, or sell me to some cruel owner to be slowly tortured or starved to death; but do thou, my Master, take my life in the kindest way. And your God will reward you here and hereafter. You will not consider me irreverent if I ask this in the name of HIM, who was born in a stable.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sarge is better

Sarge is better - wheezing is better.

Biscuit didn't want to walk on the rocks at the front of his pen - so today I was raking them up and I will get Kayden to pick them up tomorrow.

I took Biscuit out this afternoon and walked him and let him eat grass.  I gave him his shot.  I bought them carrots today and they happily munching away on them.