Monday, October 17, 2016

When You Suck at Blogging

There hasn't been much going on that warrants a special blog post, so I'm going to do my best to cram a bunch of pictures and random subjects into one. #sorrynotsorry

My sister made me join her on a painting lesson/night thing.
As you maybe can tell, I was out of my element and
was pretty frustrated for the most part.
For those who expressed concern re: Suzie-mare from my last post, be assured that she isn't going anywhere just yet. The post was generated simply because it is a subject that has been on my mind for the last few months - truthfully, it had been floating around in my brain after the navicular diagnosis in March.

You see, I struggle with anxiety on a daily basis and things like death and the finality it involves do not bode well with me. I prefer to have a very calculated life, with structure and expectations clearly outlined. But sometimes, life isn't a straight shot into a basketball hoop.

To not prepare for something as final and gut-wrenching as death is ignorant at best, especially when there are many factors stacked against Suzie in this particular case (age, disease). But, in weighing out my options and how she is feeling each and every day, I can begin to plan and craft pieces together to make her life easier and comfortable.

Mare says, "Don't worry, I'm good."
Perhaps I did not outline my previous post very well - I do not intend to have her suffer even for a day. Yes, she is old and sore. I am not hiding that fact or ignoring it, but damnit, she is happy. And that is enough for me, and most important, that is enough for her. When that happiness or glint in her eye shows the slightest change, it will be time to listen to what she is trying to say.

Now that I have successfully upset not only myself, but a handful of friends who regularly visit and comment on this blog, I apologize on behalf of my awkward-potato-self.

Onto some happier, and much nicer subject matter!

Some of the photos from the wedding have finally surfaced (you may have noticed the one of me and Suzie in the previous post). Spud was hamming it up with the flower girl, who fell head over heels in love with him (who wouldn't?).

As the weather changes, both horses have been outfitted with some blankets. I found this particular photo hilarious, because they are seriously #twinning, right down to the cocked leg. Also yes, Spud wears a grazing muzzle like 24/7 because ponies literally get fat off of air. HOW.


Suzie, on a particularly good day, taking my nephew for a hand walk and ponying Spud. Being a responsible momma horse is hard work. My nephew had the right idea in carrying a box of Timbits with him. Snacking and riding - he's got it figured out.

A friend of mine let me know that a photo of Spud and I is featured in this month's "Saddle Up" magazine! The picture was snapped during one of our rounds at the BVX horse show. If that's not fame, I don't know what is. 

Suzie looking sleepy after a particularly thorough and relaxing massage and kinsio taping session. 

And for those who are interested; Suzie's knee before and after her taping session. Pretty amazing, huh?



I do have a few more exciting things, but that will be kept under wraps until I can get my greedy paws on them!

19 comments:

  1. Did you guys have to do anything special to get the tape to stick? How long did you leave it on? I really liked the results I got on Bobby when he had that massive knot in his back after being a tool on a pace, but I found it barely stayed on overnight and he was freshly clipped. I'd really like to use it again on his legs, but I don't want to waste it if it's just going to peel right off.

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    1. A friend of mine is the one who does it all - I'll ask her what kind of kinsio tape she uses and where she buys it from.

      The tape on her neck only stayed on overnight - it got rubbed off by her blanket sometime during the evening, but the tape on her leg stayed until I peeled it off yesterday. Some portions of it were starting to peel off, so I just clipped the loose bits and kept the tighter tape on. So the tape lasted about 5 days.

      I find that it is pretty good at staying on - the previous time my friend taped her, the tape stayed on for about a week.

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    2. When we taped Dee's back the vet basically washed her back with rubbing alcohol. And it stuck for 3 days!

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    3. Oooh, good to know! I'll pass that info along to my friend to try in her practices. Thank you :)

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  2. Very cool you and spud were featured

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  3. Amazing results with the taping - wow! I love your painting too, I totally LOL'ed. Navicular is such a tricky diagnosis, all you can do is chip away at symptoms and listen to your horse... and it sounds like you're doing a great job :)

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    1. The taping is SO cool. I was pretty pleased with the results it garnered last year, so I wanted to give it another shot given my friend is in another province and she was only up here for a limited time. :)

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  4. ha that painting is awesome! also Spud is such a ham in that wedding pic :)

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    1. The naughty word on the painting was meant to be a joke, but after becoming increasingly agitated with the whole ordeal, I added the little "footsteps" and such...

      And isn't he!?

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  5. Spud always looks so adorable.
    No worries about your post- I totally understood what you meant.

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    1. I don't think he could ever look bad... must be a pony thing!!

      :)

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  6. Love the wedding photo. What a cute ham. The tape seems to work really well. I've never tried it but will look into it for the future. Very cool to be featured in the magazine. You and Spud are now officially famous!

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    1. Thank you - I really like the wedding photo of him as well. He seems to know when the camera is on him, haha.

      Yes, the tape has really worked well! It actually really amazes me.

      Hooray for being famous!

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  7. I did not think your post was awkward at all and totally understood where you are coming from. But your girl is looking fantastic, especially with her little matching mini man!

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  8. Such cute wedding pics. The effects of the taping are pretty cool. I've been skeptical of taping, but those pictures make a pretty good argument for it.

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    1. The taping is REALLY cool. I was pretty skeptical about it in the beginning, but the results are just too clear to ignore.

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  9. I must read about this taping! I've seen athletes do it, but not horses!

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