Snow Ponies

Dec
2013
10

posted by on Barn tales, Life with Circe, Life with Jezebel

Jezebel and Michelle In the snow!

Jezebel and Michelle In the snow!

It doesn’t snow a lot out here but it does snow. Certainly more then my Southern California born and raised self is used to. This is also the first winter I’ve had horses out here when I don’t have an indoor ring to ride in. Lets just say I’ve invested in some better cold weather horse gear and clothes. Blizzard boots, under armor, a awesome cold weather jack from REI (on sale.. score!) and for the ponies, quarter sheets and warmer blankets. We are as prepared as we can be this year.

For the last few days we’ve had some on and off again snow. Sunday is our regular day with our trainer she usually rides both girls and teaches them a thing or two Both are coming along really nicely. We decided since the snow was light to brave the weather and my trainer made the track to the barn. Of course just as she drove on to the property the snow really started to fall. I had Jez all tacked up for her and ready to go, go, go!

photo(7)Michelle took Jezebel out for her lesson and  Jez’s first ride in the snow. She did great, I mean amazingly great. She actually seemed to like being covered in cold wet snow. Good thing cuz it really started to come down in the middle of the ride. Jez was comfortable enough to even give her trainer trouble about throwing her shoulder out and put in a few bucks for good measure. My trainer wasn’t phased with her antics and rode though it until Jez decided to comply and hold her body right. She even picked up both her leads… correctly and on the first try. Woot! I was so proud of my girl I could barely contain my happiness. The snow really started in earnest as a result we decided that one was enough and that Circe’s ride would have to be moved to another day. The ground was hard and I like to take it easy on her newly bare feet. I did buy her some Easy Care Glove boots that will hopefully be here soon. I think they will help make a difference with the redhead on the harder surfaces.

Oh Hai

Oh Hai

Today there was snow again and my better half and I went down to the barn (since he had a work snow day) as soon as the sun came out and the roads were plowed in the afternoon to check on the girls. They had been in all day and I turned them out in the ring together so they could stretch and run a little before their dinner feeding. They were adorable in the ring running together, jumping, flagging their tails and having fun in the snow. The ground (a sand ring) wasn’t frozen under the fluffy 4 inches of snow, so the footing wasn’t bad, though its supposed to get down into the low teens tonight so I might have to cancel tomorrows training session because of frozen footing. When that ring freezes there no use in trying to ride in it. I’m hoping i wont have to but i don’t know. It’s one of the drawbacks of not having an indoor ring in the winter. Its a an adjustment and when the weather is good you get your ass out to ride cuz it might not last. After about 20 min we took the girls in and dinner was waiting for them. Lucky, lucky little ponies…

I love her goofy smile!

I love her goofy smile!

All In A Days Work

Dec
2013
06

posted by on Barn tales, Life with Circe, Life with Jezebel

Always happy to see me!

Always happy to see me!

My two girls are opposites. Though both are fun and beautiful they are very different. Jez likes to throw her shoulder out, Circe throws it in. Circe runs away from me in the field (new fun habit) Jezebel comes running to me when i whistle for her. When ones good the other is bad, when one is calm the other is wild. They are night and day, ying and yang Kate and Bianca at the same time. Its hilarious and it keeps me entertained.

A friend and i decided to take my two girls out on the trail, together. Tina tacked up Jezebel in her full on dressage gear and she looked amazing. Tina has a OTTB of her own who is a handful in her own right. So we decided she would ride Jez who hadn’t been out on the trail yet since moving to the new farm and i would get up on Circe who had been out but not into the woods. Jez was a rock-star,  ears perked forward, happy to be out, she didnt spook once at the alpacas right by the fences on the neighbors farm. solid as a rock. Circe, not so much. Head tossing, nervous, prancie. The calm one was being the wild one! We went out along the fence line and up the hill where you couldn’t see our farm and then on to the woods. Jez has been in woods before but not these woods, Circe I have no idea where shes been. We didn’t stay long in the woods, but we made it in and both horses were doing pretty good with it. On the way home Circe as again nervous and jig joggy. She’s been in a bit of a snit for a few days. The other day on the lunge my normally compliant girl just wanted to run and run and run. Might be the weather were having a bit of a heat wave for winter out here.. yanno 65 degrees (heat wave.. ha!) So we took them both into the ring and rode around for a bit, Jez was great for Tina who trotted her around and even got her into a canter and was having a blast on my happy willing mare. Circe was much better in the ring not tossing her head so much but i think she needs a lot more trail miles. I’m going to work on that with her. More trails!

The view from on top of Circe

The view from on top of Circe

When we were done Tina and I Tacked up. She was riding her OTTB, Wasabi and i tacked up my farm owners new trail horse a little dun quarter horse named Diva. Shes got her on a trial basis and she needs to be exposed to things to see how she is and if she really would make a good trail horse for beginners or more timid riders so I’ve volunteered to help her out by putting some miles on her and seeing what she can do. This was the first time she was gonna go out on the trail. Tina, Mary (who owns Willa)  and i went up to the neighbors indoor and Diva was rock solid a little nervous but you really couldn’t ask for more for her first time out. we encountered and indoor, mud, dogs, a tractor, scary branches. Not a bad start.

When i was done my back was pretty much killing me. Three horses to ride has made my back revolt a touch. Thats what Advil was made for! Today its raining so i have a day off riding to give my back a break. I will however head on down with treats for my babies. Cuz a day with out treats is like a day with out sunshine or so the ponies keep telling me.

The Girls

Nov
2013
29

posted by on Life with Circe, Life with Jezebel, OTTB, Training

photoThings are going well. Having two horses two ride is a big adjustment from having one, then two broken horses to rehab and not ride. My trainer Michelle comes out twice a week, Sundays and Wednesdays. On Wednesdays its just Jezebel. On Sunday she works with both horses. Jezebel is improving a lot and my trainer (who is just about the best thing since slice bread) does great with her. We have my 7 month stall rested horse working like a champ. She’s happy enough to work. She likes to throw her shoulder out and had trouble with the left lead canter. Both are improving with each session. Last session Jezebel picked up the left leap canter first try… Twice! Shes totally getting it. When I ride her she is asking me to canter but I’m refusing her until she A. Is sure on the cues and B. My medical insurance comes though. The last thing I need is another trip to the ER sans insurance. Mine is coming first of the year (thanks Obamacare!) I’ll be risk taking soon enough.

photo(1)Circe is coming along too, her issue is she is throwing her head all over the place AND she doesn’t want to hold her body right. She throws her shoulders in and turns like a motorcycle. Were working on the shoulder and just letting her toss her head around for now. We can fix the head later. Some of the head tossing is shes not really keen on the contact and pressure on her pol. Some things just take time it will all even out soon enough. Her feet are coming along well, shes barefoot but her feet are in much better shape then expected with just 6 weeks in since pulling her shoes. Shes a little ouchey still on gravel and hard surfaces so in a couple weeks she will get measured for boots. I’m not sure which ones I’m going to get her yet, I’m still looking into it. Circe did get a week off because of a scratch on the top of her back (rolling?) that was beginning to get infected. Lucky for me there was a vet I like out for other boarders and she took a gander at her and prescribed me some antibiotics for her. Also this vet so much cheaper then my “official” vet so now i have two vets! A week later Circe’s back is all better and i can ride her. Which i will do as soon as the ground isn’t frozen solid. ugh.

This is the first winter with horses i haven’t had an indoor to ride in so that will be an adjustment. I will ride in the cold, i’m all geared up for that with warm clothing for me and quarter sheets for the girls but this frozen ground thing will be an issue. I’ll have to see how it all plays out. Neither of my girls are trail ready yet so when the ring freezes over im outta luck for riding. Hopefully by spring i can get them out on the trail and then next winter I’ll have more options. Fingers crossed.

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Ready!

It was windy and cold, not crazy windy and not super cold but windy and cold enough. I decided since i had ridden Circe the day before that it was Jezebels turn under saddle. Her trainer is on vacation so its just us for a couple weeks. Both girls came over to me in the field and they both got their field treats, I should have known i was in for a day when Jez decide that she wasn’t putting her head in the halter. I told her in Spanish “mirar” (pronounced Me-da) and pointed to the halter. I’ve taken to talking to her in Spanish some, she knows commands in it and she’s really good for my stable manager Rolando who talks to her in Spanish all the time. So i’m giving it a whirl. After i told her mirar (Look) and pointed at the halter she lowered her head for it and i was able to lead her out of the field.

It was super quiet at the barn and I tacked her up, as soon as i walked her out to the ring for a little lunging before i jumped aboard it got crazy. A new storage shed was built and it was just at that time they decided to fill it with more stuff. Lots of strange loud unfamiliar noises. Horses hate that. Jez did okay but she was mentally off and i could tell. Then the heron caught her eye, it was standing on the edge of the pound with the fountain on the other side of the ring. I assume looking for fish. She kept watching it every time she had to lunge around that side. They are pretty big and they are weird looking birds. Ive seen them out int he field so i assume jez had seen one before. I lunged her some and then walked her over to the edge of the ring so she could see the heron. It ignored us but she was very interested in it.

Damn Bird!

Damn Bird!

Then it was time for the bridle, our routine is lunging with the saddle and a rope halter see where her head is at, then i bridle her and get on. I put the reins over her head removed the halter and went to bridle her and she flipped out! She jumped 3 feet in the air, knocked me into the fence, pulled away from me and thats when i saw it. The fucking heron had caught a fish and freaked my horse out. It had a giant orange fish (a koi from the pond) in its beak and Jez was  having none of it! She pulled away ran down the ring with the reins over her had and my bridle dragging on the ground in front of her. She stopped and i was able to catch her the bridle didn’t seem to have broken, phew! But she was still freaked out. Damn bird! At this time more cars were coming and going outside the ring and of course storage shed activities. All this was making my once quiet little ring time to be not so quiet and much more chaotic. Jez didn’t want the bridle and it was a struggle put i prevailed and then …. i lunged her some more. Her head was all screwy and i’m not really into taking chances, not until my medical insurance kicks in Jan 1 anyways. I cant afford another out of pocket medical fiasco like the one in April. So i lunged her but not until we walked over to the edge of that ring and i scared off that fucking bird. It was defiant and not exactly worried about me and my 1200 lbs horse. I tried to shoo it, yeah that didn’t work. So i threw a rock at it and almost hit it. That did the trick, it flew away.

I went back to lunging my pony full tack bridle and all. She was never 100% calm, she spooked a lot, that stupid bird got to her. They do look weird i cant really blame her too much. I got her to listen to me, did some up and down transitions then decided i could get on her. My plan was to just walk. Jez’s plan was to spook and trot. I tried to force her into my plan she tried to get me to go along with hers. It was exhausting. eventually she just walked for me, a nice strong working walk. Then i dismounted.

I was glad i got on her but i really wanted to do so much more with her. With Jez its always a challenge and i have to remember she hasn’t really been back in work that long, its only been a little over a month. I should learn to be more patient with her. Shes not a spooky horse in general so im cutting her some slack. That bird however… thats another story.

posted by on Life with Jezebel, OTTB

I'm on top of the world

I’m on top of the world

My horse is back. My lazy, half asleep “Are you sure we have to work?” horse has returned. When my trainer takes her out to work with her she always comments how Jez is half asleep. Yup, thats my girl. I really thought id never get her back and that she’d always be the wild one mare. Thats not to say she doesn’t have her moments but in general shes calm and happy. Turnout with the herd has made all the difference. My trainer who is great is walk, trotting and cantering her and she’s doing really well. Jez is having issues with the left lead canter. She doesn’t want to pick it up. She’s also cross cantering on that lead and being really stubborn when shes decided she’s cantered enough. Manifested by deciding not to move at all. My trainer Michelle is more stubborn then my horse and won that fight and Jez complies now though the left lead is still an issue but its getting better.

I am not cantering Jez yet, I have however started riding her. First time I just cooled her out and walked after Michelle worked with her. It felt good to be back on my pony after 7 long months. Yesterday I lunged her to see where her head was at, then rode her. We walked, we trotted, we used up the entire ring. That doesn’t seem like  big deal but it was. Our ring is beautiful but along one side is also the backyard to the house on the property. Its full of flowing fountains, gazebos and beautiful scenery. Its gorgeous, very storybook beautiful. Its also very scary for horses, lots of things for them to catch sight of out of the corners of their spooky eyes. Using the full ring and not spooking is a big deal. The far corner where the horses can hear the peacocks but cant see them in their peacock pen is the most challenging! So yeah big deal.

I’m happy to be back on my pony and i’m happy to be riding again in general. Every time I’m on horseback I’m less nervous and more at home. The fall I took when I broke my hand did a number on my head as well as my body. I think because I couldn’t get right back up on my horse. If I had been able to do that I wouldn’t have been as shaken. I think waiting 7 months because of your injury and your horses is a very long time to be not riding. Im happy that the rehab is behind us and now its a matter of getting both me and my pony back in shape. I’m looking forward to more time with the view atop Jezebel.

Unsafe at any speed

Oct
2013
16

posted by on Barn tales, Life with Jezebel, OTTB

Away we go!

Away we go!

It was the day, Jezebel’s first turnout with the full herd. It’s been 7 months and i needed to get her out and being a horse. Her little hospital paddock time was coming to an end. I had tried this once before a week or so back just getting her out into a field and basically she lost her mind and was charging fences and being an idiot. The plan was to Ace her which we did with 3.5 mils IM. Then to put her out with the ladies who are field boarded in that field, one of which is Lilly who she shared a paddock with at my last farm. Then once she got her Aced ya ya’s out the other mares would be brought down and by then it would just be a matter of politics and herd position. I was more afraid if her running and charging like an idiot then anything else. Its been a long 7 months and Jez needs to be a horse again she needs her herd, she needs her normal horse life back.

Hi Mom... im in the field!

Hi Mom… i’m in the field!

She was good walking down to the field. She was good when she was first turned out, she looked at the water trough. She trotted around with her tail flagged. And the other mares pretty much ignored her. Then it happened, she bolted, bolted like well… a racehorse coming out of the gate. Huge thundering hooves pounding the wet grass, full speed ahead, like she wanted to win and in that moment you could see her breeding her sire Point Given the strong thundering drive to win. It was all there in that moment. She then turned sharply and went down. I mean went down, hard. She slipped and lost her balance and landed on her side. She didn’t jump right back up and my heart was in my throat, I think I was frozen with fear. It took her a couple seconds to regain her composure and she was up. She ran again my worst fears were happening, she slipped again but this time just down to a knee. I tried to calm her with my voice, call to her let her know it was ok. I was thinking i needed to get her out of that field before she killed herself. Then she calmed some, the other mares continued to ignore her as if to say.. its wet out her why are you running like a fool. She was snorting and blowing but she wasn’t charging. She was trotting a floaty trot and flagged her tail. She didn’t appear to be hurt at all or worse for wear.

Happy Jez

Happy Jez

Then the rest of the heard was brought down and the politics began in earnest. The young mares all split off and went down to the far side of the field. Lilly, Gracie and my redheaded Circe. Lilly and Circe are peas in a pod and though Jez and Lilly were friends and shared a semi private turn out before now Jez was tossed over for the sexy redheaded Circe. Or as I was calling them Amanda Bynes and Lindsey Lohan (which i guess would make Jez the wild one, Miley Cyrus) Jez attached her self to Windere the 30+ year old ex broodmare who is allowed to wander the isle in the barn. Jez knows her but has never been turned out with her Jez wanted to be right next to her. Windy? Not so much, she was trying to get away but Jez was on her like white on rice. The other two old ladies Jess and Super Thing were not really interested in Jez being near them. Oh horses and their pecking orders. Jez wasn’t running though and thats a good thing I could finally take a breath. Just normal horse politics and not Jezebel being a lunatic racehorse even on a good dose of Ace. I stuck around until she started to graze and then walked back to the barn. Before I left I went into the field  Jezzie walked right over to me and I checked her to make sure she was really all right. I ran my hands down her legs and all over her side and there was no heat, no swelling, nothing. I think she just knocked the wind out of herself with that slip and fall. Disaster averted for now.  My farm owner texted me a couple times though the evening and into the night that everything was calm in the filed which really put my mind at ease.

Hopefully the politics and herd dynamics will all settle down quickly and all will be right in horse world. Hopefully my little 1966 of a Corvair horse wont flip over any more. I”m crossing my fingers, actually I’m crossing everything.

Appreciated

Oct
2013
15

posted by on Barn tales

SmartPak-LogoCustomer service matters and it’s something that is lacking in the horse world. Not just a little lacking, I mean wholly non existent in some cases. So when I come across someone who gets it right i’m always giddy and happy. Also I have a pretty deep and heavy advertising background having been on the client side of that coin for more years then I want to remember. When someone gets their marketing right that too brings a wide grin to my face. Put those two elements together and you get SmartPak. Not only are they the go to place for supplements for your horses but they assign you reps and those reps either remember all their clients and clients horses details month to month or they take really amazing detailed notes. In any case I appreciate their outstanding customer service AND their rather savvy marketing abilities.

I’ve had a couple different reps since i’ve been with them and never had a bad experience. When I first got  the call ” This is your rep from Smartπak hows Jezebel” I just about lost my shit. I was in awe of who ever their marketing director is, cuz that person gets is. All horse people want to do is talk about their horses. We didn’t just talk about Jez but we talked about her supplement plan moving forward through her injury rehab and I put together a plan for her along side my rep. It was a win/win. I felt like I was doing the best I could by my horse and SmartPak won a loyal customer because they showed me they cared about my business. This call wasn’t a one off, this is how Smart Pak does business. When Circe entered my life I called SmartPak to get her supplements going, more specifically I wanted to get her colic care in process and make sure I was taking care of her gut since Circe is a cribber. It was easy as pie to accomplish and my Smartpaks were in my barn in a matter of days. When my vet suggested a thin line pad for Circe, I called SmartPak and ordered it over the phone and again it was at my barn in a matter of days. Exactly when I needed it. I love how they check in with you and I love how Whitney my rep is always so cheerful and pleasant.

Dealing with horse support services can be trying, trainers, saddle fitters, vets, barn managers, transpo and so on and so on. Many of them might be excellent at what their one skill is but they tend to suck when it comes to business practices and thats just how it is, you learn to deal.  Theres a running joke in my house. Whenever theres a frustrating experience with someone when trying to take care of my horse my better half and i just look at each other and say “horse people” cuz they are their own special kind of crazy. (No I’m not excluded from that last comment) So its refreshing when someone gets it right and maybe cuz of all the bad experiences and loosy goosey customer service experiences I have encountered with other horse support services makes me really happy about the folks at SmartPak and how they chose to interact with me. It warms my cold bitter crazy horse person heart.

Ed Note: This is not a sponsored post. This is really how I feel about SmartPak. They make me feel appreciated

Barefoot?

Oct
2013
07

posted by on Life with Circe, OTTB

Feets

Brand New Barefoot

Cire’s feet are not in the best shape. She came to me front shod, with long toes and over under on the right front. Id love to get her barefoot but its not clear yet if that can happen or not. Unfortunately its kinda an experiment. Her feet will eventually tell me what they need and luckily I have the best farrier in Maryland so eventually I will get her balanced and in our out of whatever is best for her. I’m a fan of having a horse barefoot, Jezebel is barefoot and has been since i got her.  I’m also a realist and not every horse can handle not having shoes, some just need them.

So step one, we pulled Circe’s shoes, took off some of that long toe and rebalanced her with a proper barefoot trim. My farrier pointed out that there were nail holes in the backs about six months old. She had back shoes and they were pulled some weeks back, so the question begs… Did they pull the backs because of her back pain or did she have back pain because the backs were pulled? I don’t know, I sent the question off to the After The Races farm  and they are going to see what they can find out. Circe also has some pretty clear back hoof bruising on both feet. Its older bruising but it was a lot. In looking at her shoes once they were pulled its clear that that were not shaped for her, her front feet are not exactly the same shape but the front shoes are… exactly. Oy Vey! I was left with instructions to Durasole her feet every day and to keep my awesome farrier informed of how it was going. I was to expect some soreness while her feet toughen up the degree of which was unknown.

Day two and Circe was pretty foot sore, the right more then the left and she really gave me trouble about lifting the backs. She was very ouchy on the pavement and a little less so on the gravel but even on soft surfaces she was tender. After consulting with my farrier we decided to boot her for turn out and I gave her some Bute to help ease the pain a little. This is the hardest part for me, waiting to see if the feet toughen up. You cant really do too much about it, its a bit of a waiting game.

Day Three and Circe came in from the field missing a boot. Motherfucker! She’s less foot sore which is good news. She let me pick up all 4 with ease and Durasole them. She walked less ouchy on the pavement and even less so on the gravel but a boot is missing. Bonus they are borrowed boots, ugh. I searched all over the field but to no avail, the boot is missing. Theres a small side pasture that belongs to the two cows who are turned out with the group Circe is with, the horses have access to it and it has some mud in it, though i looked there im going to look again cuz its possible the missing boot stuck in the mud somewhere in there. Meanwhile, I will need to replace the borrowed boots. I gave Circe some Bute with her evening meal to help with the pain of ouchy feet.

Not sure what today will bring, im not the most patient of people but i will just have to suck it up and wait a bit to see what Circe’s feet tell me. They will tell me what they need and all i have to do is listen.

 

 

Cleared

Oct
2013
04

posted by on Life with Jezebel, OTTB, Vet

Trotted at the vet check

Trotted at the vet check

Its been 6 long months. Six very long months since i was tossed off Jez and taken to the ER, Six very long months since Jez was diagnosed with a suspensory injury. Stall rest, limited turnout restricted movement, ultra sounds and shock waves but finally my beautiful wonderful girl has been cleared by the vet. What that means is shes healed, and can go back into work and back with the herd for regular turn out. Back into work thats easy, all it costs is money. I hired a trainer to work with her and restart her. Remind her shes a riding horse and be the first on on the wild beasts back. The turn out, thats more of a challenge. She needs to get back on grass so i had the bright idea to put her in a smaller field a few hours a day and build up to a full day. I’d let her get her yaya’s out and had hoped that she would run and buck but then see the grass and calm down. Yeah that didn’t happen. She was beside herself with excitement. Even though she had just had an hour long session with her new trainer which included lots of work and lunging at the walk trot and canter she still was a total maniac when i turned her out in the field. I expect some craziness this was beyond the pale. She did come to me when i called so i was able to bring her in so she didn’t hurt herself running around like an idiot and screaming her head off.

Day two… Ace. I aced her a good strong oral dose, let her marinate and then i lead her out to the smaller paddock and walked her around, letting her see everything, munch on what ever grass she wanted and let her see its just a field and nothing too exciting. She snorted and blew but didn’t freak out. Of course i had her on a lead. I’ll do that again today and for however long i have to until the field is no so longer exciting. I will also introduce McTavish the halflinger who is a great baby sitter to the field and walk her around with him wandering around in it. In the hopes that i can let her lose with McT keeping her company and keeping her calm. She was rehabbing for 6 months it was silly of me to think getting her out and back to normal wouldn’t take time and be a process on its own.

In any event, im so happy shes cleared. It brought so much happiness to me when after her check the vet and i let her run around the ring and she was so happy running, doing airs above the ground and yelling like ive never seen her do. She was free and i was in tears. I love Jezebel so much, she is my special girl and though i knew i was doing what was best for her it was hard on me keeping her restricted even though she took it like a champ. Shes an amazing horse with so much personality and potential. I’m looking forward to the next phase with her.

Enter Circe

Sep
2013
30

posted by on Barn tales, Life with Circe, OTTB

photo(1)It happened so fast it kinda made my head spin. I saw the posting the Racehorse rehab farm I got miss Jezebel from was getting a couple horses back though no fault of their own and didn’t have room for them on the farm. They were looking for sponsors, or fosters or some way to accommodate for them. One of the things that i love about After The Races is how dedicated they are to they horses that go thought their farm on the way to new homes. I got in touch with the program director and we discussed the options, one of the horses coming back to them one a horse I had followed closely when I was laid up with a broken hand. A striking chestnut super fancy mare. I’m usually not bowled over by chestnuts but this one spoke to me, I was drawn to her. I was both happy and sad when she was adopted out about 5 months or so back. When I heard that it was her coming back to the farm and was told her story, I called my better half at work and explained “I might have accidentally agreed to foster a new horse” His response “Is that fostering like you have been fostering your dog for 9 years?” umm yeah sorta. I made arrangements with my farm owner and in a matter of days she was with me. A beautiful, glowing, chestnut mare about 16 hands and sweet as can be. Shes cautious, clam and has a very kind eye. In researching her it appears she has changed hands quite a bit so i’m slowly working to gain her trust.  Her new lodgings are right in the stall next door to big bossy AKA Jezebel who to my surprise is mostly really nice to the sweet red-headed mare.

C and J Meeting

C and J Meeting

My farrier was there they day she arrived and were going to work on fixing up her feet. I’m not thrilled with her long toes and front shoes. Were going to work out a plan for her to hopefully get her out of the shoes all together. I know she was barefoot at some point, so its possible she can be barefoot again.  Shes also comes to me with some back pain. The general thought is its a saddle fitting issue but my vet will check her out tomorrow and whatever it is we will work though it. I checked her yesterday and she wasn’t reactive at all to my prodding and poking. High hopes!

Officially she is my foster pony for a couple months and then we reassess but I already named her and any fool will tell you when you name something its pretty impossible to give it up. Were calling her Circe