Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Eventing bingo fun!

So as I mentioned a couple of posts ago, Emma is hosting Eventing Bingo.  Some of these ladies are on point and have come up with AMAZING stories.  TeresaA?  Hilarious.  Wendy?  AMAZING.  I am neither, just warning you haha!

Mia has been my special child, though not nearly as special as App.  Oh, the stories I have on that man.....  This year, though, we are going to kill it.  We have worked on dressage over the winter (well, I mean kinda, between being broken and it being bitter cold) and we have worked on stadium (well, not really that either, but we can pretend) so we are going to be awesome this year.  We go to our first HT of the season in May and we are prepared to KILL it.  In warm up Mia is responding very well, round, soft, things are looking up for this season, I tell ya.  We get in the ring and Mia goes from amazeballs to OMG LOOK!  I CAN'T HORSE RIGHT NOW!  Again.  This happened last fall, remember mare?  We talked about this, we weren't going to do this again.  She is suddenly very attentive towards a scraggly, wormy, skinny bay gelding who looks like he rolled in mud and was groomed only for a saddle pad.  Why is my mare being mareish all of a sudden??  It should be of no surprise that right as we go "near" this gelding (I hope to god he is gelded anyway, no one should be passing on that neck or hind end) Mia blatantly ignores my cue and leaps forward into a canter/gallop, on the wrong lead of course.

I pull her back, boot her in the ribs with my "encouragement nubs"and we at least pick up the correct lead.  Progress right?  For whatever reason, Mr. Ugly is walking behind the judge's booth as we finish and I have to literally pull Mia for her halt as she wants to go see him, so much for a good impression.  Mare, stop thinking with your ovaries!  We go back to the trailer and take the LONG way around to avoid Mr. Ugly and get ready for XC.  It's okay, we got this, XC is our strong point!  After a quick rest, we go to the start box... and you have got to be kidding me.  They are running out of order and Mr. Ugly is literally leaving now and there are only 2 of us to go next.  SMDH.  I am not even sure how Mr. Ugly makes it on course, he looks like a camel as he saunters along, at least he looks gelded, thank goodness for small miracles.  I have the other gal go next to put some space between Mia and Mr. Ugly and then go on course.  On the other side of the field, I can see Mr. Ugly about to finish the course.  Great!  I won't have to worry about him!  Uh oh, Mia saw him too.  Uh oh...Mia is accelerating.  Brakes are failing...  We fly over the first few fences before I am able to yank her back to a canter.  We go over a scary coop and I used leg to make sure we go over.  Oops, apparently that was the wrong solution we are now a runaway again.  Apparently, the gal in front of us has had issues at the water so I yell "HORSE INCOMING" as we FLY by her through the water at almost a gallop.  Uh, good to know Mia is okay with water still?

Mia doesn't care what I point her, we fly over everything.  At least I have steering, it just that pesky brake issue.  And then we came in one second under the speed fault time, way too fast mare.  Way too fast.  And no, we did not catch up with Mr. Ugly.  On the way back to the trailer, I swung by to check scoring, small miracles they have already scored dressage!  Wow already!  Oh geez....we got a 46%.  I mean, no real surprise but it IS a schooling show, that's a little rough for a schooling show where we DID actually do all of the movements.  Grrr.  But somehow we are still in the ribbons, 6th place!  At least the judge scored everyone equally poorly?

We retire to the trailer where we prep for stadium and I gave Mia a very stern talking to.  First, we do NOT lose our marbles over a man.  Secondly, we do NOT lose our marbles over a gelding who we will not see again.  She didn't seem interested in the mother/daughter talk and munched hay while looking for her lost love.  *Sigh*  We went to the stadium ring and went in right away.  Mia was on fire, in a good way finally.   When I sat up, she sat up and gave me the bouncy canter I wanted for stadium.  This is awesome!  As we came around jump 5....there he was.  Mr. Ugly hanging by the in-gate.  Mia started to accelerate so I gave her a very strong half halt.  I then very nearly came off as she slammed on the brakes and chipped in an extra stride instead of compressing her stride and jumping like a trained, experienced horse.  Like the horse I thought I had.  At least I stayed on?  Apparently, that half halt was too strong, consider that noted Mia, I heard your message.  The combo of 6/7 rode very nicely, as did 8 and 9.  10, however, was headed straight for where Mr. Ugly had just planted himself and Mia was having none of my opinions.  As we approached the last fence, she stumbled 2 strides out and I saw my life flash before my eyes.  I am going to die and it is all Mr. Ugly's fault because he made Mia lose her marbles!  Mia's nose hit the dirt before she popped up and LEAPT over the fence, easily clearing the jump and most likely the standards (if I dared to look at the official photographer's pictures).  OMG.  All I can say is thank goodness for my new saddle as it kept me in position and I didn't fall off and die in front of all of these people.  How embarrassing.  We finished the round double clear and walked out as Mr. Ugly took his turn.

I watched him go and while he looked like a camel when he moved, he did jump everything and was clear.  Go figure right?  They announced the placings right then and there and we moved up to 5th due to the gal before me on XC and the issues they had at the water.  Even with XC speed fault penalties we placed!  I can say, this is one show I am so glad to be over and I would not be upset if none of these people saw me again.  At least I got my satin, even if Mia didn't get her "man".

I had fun, I hope you had fun reading it.  Let's hope this DOESN'T actually happen, though I am sure a great story would come of it!  This was a fictional story, even if it started to sound VERY realistic in my head.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lesson cancelled, a blizzard hit and more shenanigans

Crap, I have been so bad.  Things have been insane here.  I have started a post 3 times.  THREE!!!  Alas, I have failed.  So let's try to mash some of this together.  I was supposed to have a lesson last weekend.  That was canceled due to super cold, they don't like to give lessons when it is 15 degrees out.  Hey, I ride until it is 10 out, they could have sucked it up..... hahaha!  In prep for the lesson, that was canceled, I actually did really good with riding.  Not that I can remember it all *sigh*.  Somewhere I have a short video too, maybe tomorrow I can upload it. I just don't have the energy to find and edit it right now.  Sorry.

We worked on shortening our reins (ahem....) and I even went so far as to tie a knot in my reins like a little fricken kid because for some reason I cannot stop giving them away.  And then I got to ride like that for all of 10 minutes before someone randomly showed up to the barn, scared me and needed someone to talk to.  Then the super freeze came and no riding.  Then the blizzard came and I have 30+ inches of snow and IT IS STILL SNOWING.  I spent almost 4 hours snow blowing today over 3 different time periods.  At 7a we had 10 inches of snow (?!) and it just kept piling up from there.  I am HOPEFUL that I don't have to snow blow yet again in the morning.  SO is out of state on business so it is just me and the damn snowblower is amazing but has broken 2 shear pins (at different times) and I didn't know where either was so it took longer than it should have (and a trip to YouTube) to diagnose and fix the issues.  Ugh.

Tomorrow I will try to head to the barn and see the horses for the last time before I go on vacation.  I hope to take a bunch of pictures as I am going to FL and will visit both Ocala AND Wellington. Woohoo!!  I don't expect to ride, I figure the arena will still be closed (storing the equipment in there so it isn't covered in, you know, 30+ inches of fricken snow) but I want to see their fuzzy faces.  Saturday I leave at 6a and won't be back until the following Sunday, I can't wait!  70-80 degrees here I fricken come!!

I have the Eventing Bingo story all written out and was even going to include it in this one but the post got really long and who wants to read that much text?  The story is posting in the morning, come back and see my submission!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Blog hop: What do you feed?

Eh, why not, I don't have a lot of stuff to write about (well, I do....I even have video! So let's say motivation to write about..) so let's do a quick blog hop.  Spotted Dressage asks What Do You Feed & Why?  I haven't read her much but I follow Amanda and it sounds like an interesting topic.  This has changed over the years, of course, but has stayed pretty consistent since we left Ohio.

App - 1994 App Gelding - Permanent retirement

  • 3 pounds Triple Crown Senior AM and PM
  • 1 tablet Equioxx/Previcox
  • 1 oz Buteless Pellets
  • 1oz MSM 
  • 1 scoop Cool Calories

Mia - 2007 App Mare - Competition horse/up and comer

  • 1.5 pounds Triple Crown Senior AM and PM
  • 1 oz Grand Hoof
  • 1 oz MSM

They also have a grass hay round bale in their turnout 24x7, which has kept App at a good weight and makes Mia pretty chunky.  Additional supplements?  App gets a monthly injection of Polyglycan ($$) and they both get bi monthly injections of Pentosan ($).  As the vet says, it's just money right?  Haha..Sobsobsob....  I do believe I see a difference so I keep them up.

Some things that change?  The brand of hoof supplement mostly, though I am really happy with Grand Hoof.  I have used several brands for Mia and her bad hoofs, the last being Uckele, and she has always had microcracks.  With the Grand Hoof, you can actually see all of the cracks stop in a line around her hooves from when I started her on Grand Hoof back in July.  I am going to stick with this one for another bucket!  I also add in a 2nd and 3rd weight supplement for App as needed, he got some Dumor Weight Builder and Max E Glo this past winter and beet pulp in Michigan.  Everything else has been pretty par for course for a while. What does everyone else feed?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Some fun - Eventing Bingo bad backstories

Emma is having a fun sounding contest over on her page.  Eventing bingo!  How fun is this going to be!  As I am looking through her mock cards, I am cringing bc I have had so many of these happen and I really don't want them again.  I thought it may be fun to share some of my flub.  Yes?  No?  Eh, let's go with yes.  The good part? Several I have NOT yet done.  The big one, fall off?  I have yet to fall off at a show, jumping/dressage/otherwise.  Score!!  The rest?  Well.....

Your horse was "that" horse in warmup:
This is reserved for App.  We went to a dressage show in OH, one of the "big" shows we went to.  It may even have been rated, I don't remember, but it was a multi ring, non-schooling show type of show.  We got there, I was tacking up at my trailer and I slipped the halter over App's head as I prepared to put the bridle on.  He stepped back/to the side as he went to grab some hay and suddenly his halter randomly slipped off his neck and head.  I reached for the reins as he looked at me, I swear he winked, ducked his head to slip the reins and took OFF.  Ran all over the (very extensive) grounds, disrupted the warmup ring, someone's dressage test, it took over 5 mins for people to catch him.  After that, the show secretary gave us a stall at no charge to contain him (not really needed at that point, but didn't pass it up) and  yes the judge recognized him (I mean, how many spotted dressage horses are there at any given show) as the loose horse of the day.  To top it off?  We got "inattentive" several times as App just did not want to play in the ring that day.

So many penalties but not, somehow, eliminated:
Long time readers got to read about this one as it happened, Mia's first ever horse trial.  She gave us 3 refusals going xc.  Yeah.... how I got her clear over the rest of the course and THEN over stadium, I have no idea.  That was not an enjoyable day haha!  We had a score of like 90 or something HA!

No brakes/WAY too fast:
This is also a throwback to App, I think it was the first derby with App in Michigan.  The instructor at the time suggested a waterford bit bc App was so heavy and strong going xc, it would stop him from pulling.  Great!  Something new to try over our slow twist snaffle!  I rode in the waterford the week prior the show, including a small run over xc type stuff at our farm with no issues.  We went to the show and had no pulling whatsoever!  But also no brakes whatsoever.  I ended up dragging him to a halt in front of the farm owner and TD and a ton of spectators so we could try to walk/trot down a big ass hill so he didn't kill us as the grass was still wet.  We also went faster than every other single horse at that show, including training level, and WE were the reason they implemented minimum times for their derbies. are welcome y'all?

Got a 4 on movement:
Not only did I get that (at 2 different shows), I even beat it with a 3!  This is reserved for TWH and his pacing, back when our canter/trot transition was not strong and he paced instead of trotting for his last transition/turn up the center line.  Yeah....they really don't like when you pace if you are not riding in a gaited class!

Jumped a fence with no stirrups:
Oh geez, that is reserved for TWH.  We were at a horse trial and were 2 jumps from the finish.  We jumped out of the water and cantering along, TWH had one of his random spooks and I lost my stirrup about 3 strides from the jump.  Thankfully we practiced no stirrup jumping regularly but not something I wanted to do in a competition!  We finished without issue and I know we placed, so it was good in the end but talk about an Oh Crap moment!

Competed in heavy rain/mud EVERYWHERE:
OMG do you remember Mia's show?  That was the coldest and wettest I have ever been in my life.  It was our first 1st place finish though!  It was in the high 30's/low 40's, windy and poured rain down all day and yet they still held all 3 phases.  I wore my raincoat for all phases and even posted video of the dressage test to show the rain.  It was also the show in which I really decided I had to focus on position bc I rode soooooo poorly in stadium, pics are on the blog somewhere.  Then Mia could not be stopped for the first 3 XC fences (another nominee for no brakes/too fast?) and over half of the competitors dropped out after dressage.  We ended up driving the trailer to the road and load the horses on the road bc people were getting stuck left and right and tractors were pulling people out.  I had to literally wash everything that was touched.  Inside and out of the entire trailer, there was either 3 or 4 loads of horse laundry, inside and out of the entire truck, it took forever to recover from that show.

Missed a jump on XC:
Wow that was also TWH.  We jumped the BN fence instead of the N fence, as they were literally side by side.  I yelled out to the jump judge I jumped the wrong one and jumped the correct fence, but she still eliminated me for jumping the fence twice.  I had to chat with the TD after scoring was posted (and I found out I had been eliminated) to explain and thankfully they accepted my excuse and removed the elimination.  That is one mistake I hope to NEVER do again!

And yes, I did find even more on her list that had stories, haha!!  Hopefully these won't happen again, once is enough in my lifetime for sure!  Is anyone else participating in Bingo?  Does anyone else have stories about how bad things can get, even if they are kind of funny later?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Back to sound. Again.

I went out on Saturday holding my breath, would Mia be sound?  Who knows!  The barn was BUSY when I got there, 4 other people were getting ready to ride.  I hurried up and got in the arena first and I was glad I did.  Mia was LIT UP and had zero desire to consider any of my suggestions, like, you know, walk.  Haha.  After trying to get a decent trot out of her for 5 minutes and failing miserably, I kicked her into a canter (which she translated to hand gallop) and we cruised around for about 4 minutes before someone wanted to come in.  I was able to bring Mia to a walk and we worked on basics while people filed in.  After the arena was full of 5 horses, we tried to trot and Mia was still having none of this polite trot crap so we stuck to walk.  But it was very obvious Mia was sound, sound, sound!   And wired to explode.

Sunday I went back out in hopes to get a better ride.  My plan was to go on a 40-ish minute road ride and then come back into the arena and do some real work.  That should give Mia plenty of time to get her energy level down while staying low key, plus we hadn't been outside since November-ish.  When I got to the barn, another boarder was there and wanted to join but also wanted to wait for yet another boarder to arrive so we could all go.  Thankfully I am fairly flexible in plans and went into the arena to see the kind of mare I had while I waited for the others to be ready.  Mia was totally back to normal.  No head flinging, no ball of energy, no bolting, she was totally her normal self.  Normal enough I even put her over a couple of the jumps that were in the arena and she was sane!  We did a bending line and then jumped the 2 fences on angles and Mia was totally chill and relaxed.  Oh mare, you silly, silly thing.  One day you are a freak, the next you are normal.  Stop trying to imitate App in his younger years!

Our trail/road ride was awesome, though uneventful.  Mia balked at a huge puddle, though there was a ditch and rock wall and sign behind it so she may have been balking at that instead.  I pushed her through and she was totally fine to go through the puddle after that.  I had such a fun time chatting with the ladies and being outside in the great weather, high 40's!  Woohoo!  (yeah, that is warm for here right now, it's in the 60's this week!!!).

Monday I rode and Mia was NOT awesome anymore, she was very insistent that I was not authorized to move her haunches and she was not able to slow her trot nor get off her forehand.  I ended up picking up Mr Spanky (named appropriately thanks to Carly) and applied said spanks until Mia's mood shifted considerably.  She was also really lagging off of my left leg so I helped remind her to quicken her response time.  Monday was not a fun ride.

Tuesday I went with some barn ladies and saw the Harry and Snowman movie.  How cool of a movie.  I read the book several years ago and wanted to see the movie, I was impressed at how much footage they had from back in the day.  It focused a lot on Harry's business and not much of Snowman after his retirement ceremony, and it ended on a real downer of his death, but it was a good movie and I would recommend it.  Mia also had her teeth done and had a couple of sharp points, but no issues.

Last night I rode again and Mia was AMAZING.  She was a little heavy and fast at times but she really made up for her attitude from Monday.  Around and round we went and Mia was consistent in the bridle, stayed fairly stretched down and didn't flop on her forehand.  We even did some canter and got some decent canter work!  Her right lead needs to strengthen back up again, but with some clicker work, she tried much harder at the end of the ride lol.  My mare will do anything for treats.

I ride this weekend, go to a horse expo next weekend, possibly a lesson on the 5th, a lesson on the 11th and then I am headed to Florida for a week of beach and racecars (alas, no horses planned).  We need to kick it up a notch, our first show is in a month and a half!  If Mia will stay sound, I think we can do it!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

My PSA for the month - REBATES!!!!

So App has been on Previcox/Equioxx since last May.  $2 a per pill (through the vet), it gets pricey fast.  Why do I just NOW find out about this?  Apparently, there is a rebate program through Merial and I just found out about it.  Here is a list of the applicable meds:

CYSTORELIN® (gonadorelin diacetate tetrahydrate)
EPRINEX® (eprinomectin) Pour-On
EQUIOXX® (firocoxib)
EQUIOXX® (firocoxib) Injection
GASTROGARD® (omeprazole)
IVOMEC® (ivermectin) 1% Injection
IVOMEC® Plus (ivermectin/clorsulon)
LEGEND® (hyaluronate sodium) Injection
LONGRANGE® (eprinomectin)
MARQUIS® (15% w/w ponazuril) Paste
SYNCHSURE™ (cloprostenal sodium)
ULCERGARD® (omeprazole)
ZACTRAN (gamithromycin)
ZIMECTERIN® Gold (ivermectin/praziquantel)

If you use any of these, submit a rebate form online at  I got $90 back for my last Equioxx bottle!  The only catch is that it has to be distributed by a vet or official Merial distributor, online places like FarmVet, Valley Vet, etc DO qualify.  Hope it helps someone else, feel free to share!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentines day update

Last Saturday the farrier was out and we were successful in immediately finding a small blow out hole in Mia's outer bar from an abscess.  So she definitely had an abscess.  Unfortunately, she was still quite sore in the outer hind quarter of her hoof, from the bar back.  So she has something else still in there.  She got Sunday and Monday off and I didn't go to the barn because we got a crap ton of snow and then freezing mix and then 30-50 MPH winds which caused massive drifting.  I fully intended on going to the barn Monday but a message from the barn owner said that unless you have 4WD, don't bother.  There were snow drifts reaching almost 2 feet in parts of the driveway OMG.

As someone that doesn't really celebrate Valentines day, I wasn't expecting anything big.  I told SO that if he was looking for hints, the bluetooth shutter remote for your phone was certainly something I would like.  Emma was kind enough to post about it and it was something I decided I had to have and low and behold, it is now mine.  SO told me he hadn't gotten me anything so if I wanted it, get it.  AND I got the flexible tripod to attach to jump standards.  Here's to hoping it works well when the mare is sound ha!  Yes, of course I have tried it out already and yes it does work!  I can't get it to record video, I think I need to download a camera/video app but I haven't played with it much yet.

Spending Valentines with this guy
I went out to see the horses last night, to make sure they were all alive after the snowpocalypse, and loved on App for a bit first.  He seemed to appreciate the attention, even more so when he got an apple AND a banana for dessert.  Mia got attention as well, she sounded like she might be off when walking in the aisle but when I threw her in the arena, she looked fine almost all of the time. I made her trot and canter around for a bit, she hasn't been moving much in over a week, I didn't want to have a big fight on my hands when I got on.  I tacked up and low and behold, Mia was still lame :(

Another boarder was there and said she couldn't really see anything, save for the few times when I called out when she felt really off.  Mia just felt like she wasn't pushing off evenly, and it was pretty obvious under saddle.  Boo.  On the plus side, her hoof is no longer warm and she had no heat/swelling that we could find. AND she is about 85% better.  We cantered a little bit and she feels normal to the left but certainly wasn't comfortable to the right so we trotted off and on for about 20 minutes.  At this point, make it better or make it worse right?  She isn't really bad enough to call the vet out, if it gets worse at least we can find something.

Also with these guys
I then ended my valentines day by having to put a deer down, about a quarter of a mile from my house there was a deer laying in the ditch, watching cars drive by.  I slowed down to look at it, in case it was going to jump out in front of my car, and it was obvious it had already been hit and was paralyzed from the shoulders back.  It could move its front legs and was trying to scramble away, but couldn't do more than throwing its head and neck around.  So I went home and got my little pistol and put it down.  I hate having to kill something, but it obviously wasn't going to be able to survive and it was better than freezing to death, moving enough to get into the road and being hit again or letting some of the coyotes around find it.  :(  What a great end to Valentine's day lol.

I will give Mia until this weekend, if she is still off then I will call the vet out.  I have a tentative lesson (AGAIN!!!!) on March 11 and I need her sound by then!