|The rain. If it wasn't obvious.|
Annie was very naughty when I brought her out and proceeded to do her best impression of the Hokey Pokey. I went on to clean up around the barn and ignored her while she continued to paw, shuffle, and flail. Once she got most of her shit together, I tacked up and questioned my sanity since the last time I had hacked out was over two weeks ago and the last time Annie had anything done with her was a week ago. Spring has come and Annie was feeling GOOD - having limited room in her paddock due to snow didn't help matters.
|You put your right hoof in, you put your |
right hoof out... you put your right hoof in and
you - OH MY GOD SHE JUST THREW A BRUSH AT ME.
The rest of the ride went well. I alternated between a loose long rein and asking for some connection, leg yielding, shoulders in, and sporadic halting. She spooked at a few noises, but didn't seem bothered by much until we went to pass a home that had a woman and man in the front splitting wood with an electric log splitter. The sound of the wood cracking under pressure caused Annie to flinch and just as she did, the people's two dogs literally exploded out from under a bush and caused Annie to slam on the brakes and refuse to move.
I got her going again, but she was on high alert and did a pretty decent (and unrequested) shoulder in past a large semi-truck that was parked along the road. I patted her and she returned to her mellow state.
|There is still a lot of snow... Ugh.|
We continued on and down the dirt road we rolled into a canter - she came down to a trot and I cued for the canter again and she did. I gave her the reins and hovered in the saddle as we went, concentrating hard on keeping my legs under me and engaging my abs to keep myself poised and secure in two-point.
The rest of the ride went well and I popped off after having her stand and wait for nearly a minute. When we got back to the barn, I tied her with a fleece cooler on in an attempt to dry her off before reblanketing her and leaving for the night. She continued to flail her head and paw, which I ignored as I did chores.
|Post-ride. Before her cooler was put on.|
Not looking... great. But not looking awful?
The walk was good - the first 10 minutes Annie was blowing and snorty. She didn't want to stand and kept moving her head and tentatively trying to step forwards. I reprimanded her sharply and worked on some ground-work, as well as standing, before continuing. The rest of the walk went well save for a moment when someone's garbage can lid went skittering across the asphalt from the wind. After that, I showed Annie the garbage cans and even rubbed the windblown lid on her.
|I touch dis.|
We got back to the barn and I tossed them back out, sans blankets, and came back later in the afternoon after running some errands. Annie tied to a tree and was good while I cleaned up manure. I even hopped up and did a bareback ride weaving through the trees in the paddock and wandered through the snow in the back paddock to check the electric fencing. We even walked into the creepy lean-to in the back paddock and I did "all around the world" because I am 12. All in all, I was pretty happy with her.
|Scoping out the back paddock - it's melted a lot|
but still quite a bit to go!
Since being off the myoplast and being in training, Annie's weight has fluctuated again. I am trying very hard to not panic and to not beat myself up. She isn't awful, but it certainly has changed and I am kind of kicking myself for not putting her on the supplement the vet mentioned back in October.
In retrospect, the vet didn't really feel Annie was a very ulcery horse, but again, we couldn't really scope her so it was based off of personal opinion vs fact.
So, I've reached out to the Vet as well as a few friends and have some things in the works. Fingers crossed we can get to the bottom of the weight fluctuation issues and we find something that works. If anything, I'm learning that ulcers are some of the most difficult things to diagnose and treat: ulcergaurd only, no ulcergaurd; use nexium, no nexium; use blue pop rocks, don't use pop rocks; only alfalfa, angel wings and fairy dust... coconut oil and a priest's prayer.
|She really is a good girl.|
Fingers crossed we can find something that helps, because there is something not quite right about Annie and her weight fluctuations. I think I've done more than enough in trying to dot my i's and cross my t's and now it's time to get more aggressive. She finally looked great coming out of Winter, but now it's time to start looking at a different path. I just can't help feeling bad - and I truly wish we had a Vet around us that wasn't 6hrs away to scope her and get some definitive answers! It also doesn't help I'm in Canada and literally 98% of drugs I've been trying to get are not able to be shipped to me. So, that's been frustrating.
Anyways, whine fest is over. We'll get there, I just feel like a poop owner and am trying to do the best with the very limited resources we have available. I do have a game plan in mind, and should it mean having to haul her 6+hrs when the weather (and roads) clear, then that's what I'll do. For now, we'll work with what our mobile vet gives us and if we can't get anywhere, it'll be time to dig deeper.
|Can't wait for the sun to peek through in all aspects.|