They gave me a horse!

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  1. billz

    billz Full Member

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    I went to the barn yesterday afternoon and horsed around some. We completed a little ground work and everything was perfect. Actually, I was just checking to verify that all Sierra's yields and leg movement was correct. She responded perfectly so we didn't spend any extra time on these elementary exercises.

    After grooming I tacked up and used the mounting block for our next training exercise. I was able to ask Sierra to come to the mounting block with me but she wasn't interested in standing. Each time I "popped" the stirrups or leaned over the saddle, she rotated her body away from the block, 90° from me to prevent me from mounting. We worked on this for about ten minutes and she presented herself much more willingly. I feel that we'll need to continue to work on this concept a few more times to cement it into her training, but she has the idea.

    I mounted from the block and we worked on a loose line (no reins/bridle) allowing her to walk where ever she wanted. I maintained contact with the lead rope from the saddle relying on the lead rope for my "emergency brake" if needed. We didn't have any issues and she carried me for almost thirty minutes. At one point, she took me back to the block and "suggested" that I dismount, so I did. I remounted from the ground, uneventfully and we continued. All went well until the facility manager showed up at 4:00 pm for evening feeding. I lost her attention because she was thinking about dinner so I decided to call it a day.

    Very light weight work again on this day, just verifying that she's had all these lessons before and is ready for just about anything. I found a very nice full cheek snaffle bit that I dug out of the tack box and have attached it to a bridle that I'll use next time and we'll do some work on walk/jog transitions working our way up to lope.

    The new boarding facilities include over 700 acres upon which boarders are allowed to ride so our goal is going to be to get outside and get some saddle time.

    Hope y'all had a great weekend. Ride em'
     
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    Tip her nose away, to the off side when you go to mount; she'll get the message.
     
  3. billz

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    Thanx, M
     
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    I went out to the barn this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday. I rode for almost an hour on Saturday but we took a day off on Sunday to just "be." Sunday was an alternate day in which I just sat in the round pen or we walked around together. Another boarder came out to ride in the area, around the outside of the round pen, and we all talked, the four of us; her horse and Sierra and she and I. The premise is to teach that grooming doesn't always mean riding and my presence isn't always about work. So, we sat, and talked and just enjoyed a few hours of being together.

    On Saturday my wife Laura joined me and we cleaned the stall as well as chatted with the farm owner as well as one of the other boarders. It was really nice just to meet people without pretense and enjoy the company. I've never experienced that level of community without competitive edginess in the horse barn before. I was awed with both the owner and the other boarder offered my wife a horse to ride, "whenever" you would like to ride. I my opinion, there's no great vote of confidence or compliment than to have someone offer you their horse. Wow! Just,...wow!

    Thanks for stopping by to read my ramblings. Let's ride!
     
  5. billz

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    Well, I've been absent, but healing.

    On December 30 I reported to the emergency room with an abscess on my shin. After attempting to drain the infection and sent home with antibiotics, I returned on January 1st (not a fun New Year) and was admitted to the hospital with a Staph infection.

    It has taken me over three weeks to heal up and return to my normal day job but it'll be another few weeks before I can ride again. The infection was pretty severe and I have been tending to myself under the care of a specialist to whom I am returning for weekly visits.

    My surgeon reports that some patients have lost toes, feet and legs to this type of infection. Whereas, I will only have a pretty good scar from the incision. The pain has been minimal and the care has been superb. I am very lucky to have caught the infection early in the process and to have such a great team of medical professionals.

    My Doctor has said repeatedly that he has never had such a "healthy" patient and we may never know where/why the infection occurred. My online research suggests that it is possible to have this type of infection populate your body for months or years and not display any outward signs. Not riding has been hard but I'm glad to say that I am still walking, unlike some others that have suffered from similar infections, and my prognosis is to return to 100% in short order.

    I have been checking in here during my convalescence and have been to the barn once when I employed a "special bandage" to prevent any further infection of my wound. My incision has completely closed and I am anxious to get back into the saddle but I am pleased to say that I'm looking forward to visiting the barn again tomorrow to renew my efforts with Sierra from the ground, just spending time together.

    Let's ride! (not really, just my salutation)
     
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    Well, that sucked~!!
    There's all kinds of high powered germs populating the atmosphere nowadays. That flesh eating bacteria one has kept me out of the Ocean as we have had numerous reports in our local news of bathers coming down with it.

    Best wishes for a fast return to the saddle.
     
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    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    That's a nasty bacteria you're talking about, a friend's husband had it destroy tissue on his arm/chest. Caused terrible pain after the fact also. I think it's necrotizing fascitis or something like that. Vicious, fast spreading bug.
     
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    That's bad. I had a antibiotic resistant staff infection once, scary. Heal up there-!!
     
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    My leg is almost completely healed. I'm functioning at 100% but I'm still wearing a bandage to keep the infection site clean. The incision has completely scabbed over and it won't be long now and that scab will slough off too. I'm being exceptionally careful with this issue and the Dr has released me to go to the barn IF I used plastic wrap to completely cover my bandage for extended protection. The hard part now is that I'm not able to take a shower and I hate taking a bath, but, that's what I have available to me, so...

    Laura and I visited Sierra this weekend and I was able to spend some time with her in the round pen. Just "hangin'" out but at least it was horsin' around time. I'm anxious to get back in the saddle but won't be rushing this process. Until then, I'll continue to spend time with my horse just being. I like "laying hands on her" regularly to continue extending our relationship as well as checking her body/feet condition. Sierra is doing fine: we've switched her feed over to a senior blend and she seems to be picking up a few pounds to help her fill in a little. It just occurred to me and next visit I'm going to take her for a walk, just to get out of the round pen and show here some of the farm land around place. I feel like this will extend her by showing her some of the lay of the land. This will prevent her from being completely "new" when we go out there riding later.

    Hope y'all had a great weekend!

    Let's ride.
     
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    I have figured out that the last three months have cost an average of $500/month for my "free horse."
     

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