You give me fever

Life with Circe, OTTB, Vet
[caption id="attachment_1488" align="alignleft" width="300"] I no feel well mom[/caption] I got the call from my friend Stacy who was doing evening feedings and turn out at my barn while Sammy was out of town. Circe was off her food. She hadn't really touched her hay, drank very little water and was picking at her grain aka ration balancer. She seemed really "mellow" and Stacy who knows Circe was concerned. I asked a ton of questions including. 1. How much poop? only 2.5. piles and she was in all day 2. Gut sounds?  low gurgling on both sides but faint I called the vet. Not something i wanted to do being as it was Saturday night (I could hear the money flying from my wallet as i made the call) I…
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Barn tales, Life with Circe, Life with Jezebel, OTTB
[caption id="attachment_1483" align="alignleft" width="200"] Not broken[/caption] Circe has a stone bruise. Shes getting some time off and I'm crossing my fingers it doesn't turn into an abscess. Time will tell. The redhead has thin soles and this isn't the first time shes had a bruise. I'm using Durasole her feets (i swear by the stuff), giving her some time off and crossing my fingers. Thats pretty much the plan. Oh I gave her some Bute first day just because i don't want her tootsies hurting her to bad. While she has time off Jezebel is being ridden everyday. Perfect example of why two horses is a good thing, when ones broken.... Jezebel is starting to look really good. Her excess weight is coming off and shes starting to muscle up.…
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Circe’s first show

Life with Circe, OTTB, Training
[caption id="attachment_1474" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jump 2, scary blue blocks![/caption] A short hack away from my barn is Covered Bridge Farm. A really nice private barn that has recently put up a nice ring with lights and everything. They have been putting on some casual schooling jumper shows and Sammy thought she'd take Circe to her first show as one was coming up. Awesome! The better half got off work early to watch (evening show) and i brought my camera, of course i did. The ring was really nice. Good footing, lights for night time riding, and a 2 story observation room! The ring was divided in two (cuz its huge) they had a course set up on one half and two warm up jumps on the opposite side. It looked…
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Plugging along

Barn tales, Training
[caption id="attachment_1466" align="alignleft" width="200"] The better half and the event horse[/caption] Everything is plugging along according to plan. The horses are doing well, progressing and thriving. Ive been getting plenty of ride time on both horses and my confidence on both improves daily. My better half is taking lessons every week on my trainers event horse (an un-raced TB) and getting better with each ride, its really nice to see him figuring the whole thing out. I on the other had need improvement. Besides being out of riding shape it seems i'm posting from my hands. Thats not something i've done before. I'm going to chalk it up to me having had too much time off regular riding and my unfitness. I'm using my hands for balance.. bad! Michelle was…
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Half week in review, the DERP edition

Barn tales, Life with Circe, Life with Jezebel
[caption id="attachment_1454" align="alignleft" width="300"] horse politics[/caption] Wednesday: Michelle's day to ride and it was a but of a hectic day for me. The better half needed a new helmet my Troxel which he had been riding in was not working anymore for him and my Tipperary didn't fit quite right so we went to Dover at 10am mind you and spent all the money. He got a One K (its pretty awesome) Then a mad dash to get to the barn by noon and meet up with Tina and Sammy. Tina is still thinking about selling Wasabi and i thought hooking her up with Sammy to this end was a good idea. So varoom the the barn we raced and Michelle was already riding Jez in the upper ring. I…
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Back in the saddle again

Barn tales, Life with Jezebel, OTTB
[caption id="attachment_1439" align="alignleft" width="225"] Riding Jezebel[/caption] I've been riding Circe but i haven't been riding Jezebel. After she out me  on the ground last Feb and was acting out so badly i gave her the rest of the winter off to figure out what her deal was. Ulcers.. hind and gastric was the diagnosis and since that time we've teated the ulcers and moved twice Jez is back in steady work with both Sammy and Michelle. Since i've moved to the fancy eventing barn I've been on her one time. After Michelle rode i cooled her out and was super nervous. Which pissed me off, i haven been nervous like THAT with her before. As a result i've been sticking with Circe working on building my stamina (which sucks) after…
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Life with Jezebel, OTTB, Vet
[caption id="attachment_1412" align="alignleft" width="225"] Lead rope fun waiting on the Doc[/caption] Since Miss Jezebel is back in work 4 days a week i wanted to have Dr Jim come out and give her the once over. Hes the chiro, acupuncture, vet, bio-mechanic guy i had come out and and who diagnosed her with the ulcers and all that jazz back in March. The idea is I want to be sure that any tude i get from Jez is in the mind and not the body. Its not fair to get after a horse too hard who's in pain. So i had Dr Jim come out. I was lucky he has other clients at my facility (of course he does its a high performance barn and hes the best) So I…
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Totally Thoroughbred horse show

Off Farm, OTTB
[caption id="attachment_1398" align="alignleft" width="200"] First place in hand geldings[/caption] It was going to be hot out but i was determined to go watch the Totally Thoroughbred horse show which is in its 3rd year and held at Plimlico Racetrack. Hundreds of OTTB's in classes from lead-line to jumpers held at a race track. What could go wrong? Heh. First off this is a big show with lots of entries, so many that they have to split the classes and they are still huge. Novice hunters over fences at 2'6" went on for 2 hours at least just to get though all the horses entered. Lots of really great looking OTTBs in all stages of retirement from the horses in their teens who have been in new careers for over 10…
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