Month: April 2011

The trip is back on!

Okay, so I’m a little beside myself.  🙂  We have decided to go on the trip, even though I can’t take my horse.  It will be a grand adventure anyway – 8 weeks away from the world, from school, job, even family, just me and hubby, and 70 of our closest friends, lol…  You know what I mean.  We’re going to help out wherever we can, and maybe I’ll get to catch ride a day or two.

I’m going to take my digital camera, and film camera, as well as lots of drawing paper, charcoal, pastels, colored pencils, and such.  Oh, and BOOKS!  It’s going to be the best vacay ever.  And we’ll see parts of the U.S. we haven’t seen, and likely wouldn’t be able to see any other way.  I know it’s going to be really good for my priority list. 

We leave in just a few weeks – I’M SO EXCITED!!

Darn darn darn…

Well… the big trip is canceled.  Sigh.  Flirt has refractured her right hind lateral sesamoid.  The good news is that the vet is confident she will heal completely and return to full work.  Also, it should only take about 90 days to heal. 
The bad news is that he strongly recommends that she should only be ridden in an arena from now on.  No hills, no uneven footing, no jumps.  I’m bummed about that because she is really fun to ride on the trail.  But I’ll take what I can get, she’s also fun working on dressage.

Wait a minute… 90 days?  That’s the 90 days I’m going to be out of school and have lots of time to ride.  Sigh.

Today one of my choir buddies offered one of her horses for me to ride whenever I want.  He’s a 4 year old App/Qtr Horse gelding that’s quiet but needs trail miles.  TRAIL MILES!!!  Perfect!  A silver lining.

The chiropractor…

We went to see the vet/chiropractor today.  Flirt was indeed quite uneven in her hips.  The vet checked her thoroughly though, did fetlock and hock flexion tests and some lunging.  Then he did the chiro adjustments.  Sheesh, I could not do that for a living – it takes a lot of strength!  Flirt was a good girl.  She had funny expressions but seemed to like what he was doing.  Not a lot of licking and chewing, but a little so we got at least a little accomplished.  The vet said her hips have been out for a while, probably compensating since she fractured a sesamoid bone in her right hind 2 years ago.  Yes, same leg, and yes that has me worried.  We’re going to put her back in light work Monday and see how it goes.  If she’s better, then continue with slow work and go back for another adjustment in 2 weeks.  If she’s not better then we need to get more diagnostic tests on that right hind.

I’m trying not to freak out.  We leave in 7 weeks for a long and exciting camping/riding vacation and I don’t really want to start with a lame horse.  I don’t want to buy another horse, and can’t really afford it anyway.  But I can’t not go on this trip either.  We have too much invested in it now.  Sigh.

Keep your fingers crossed.  Maybe she’ll be better Monday…

Oh… I hopped on bareback for a few minutes after we got back to the barn.  The late afternoon light was great and I had my film camera with me.  I’m taking a photography class this semester and this week our assignment is self-portraits.  I got what I hope are some good shots of Flirt and my shadow.  I also got some of my reflection in her eye.  I hope they turn out.
I might be getting hooked on this bareback thing.  😀