Tuesday, November 7, 2017


The pellet stove is Ty's favorite thing.
Things have still been incredibly busy these past two weeks - last minute Winter prep at the barn one last clean-out of my tack room (I bring most, if not all, of my tack home for the Winter), dreadfully long hours at work, accumulation of snow after a bit of a cold snap, and a purge of useless/old things from our two back bedrooms. I feel less cluttered and more organized, which is a nice feeling, especially since the Winter months are when I spend more time indoors/at home and having a less cluttered home feels so... comforting.

There was a brief period last week wherein I convinced myself Annie was colicking, since she refused to touch her mash. I ended up temping her, hand-grazing her, and ultimately realizing mare didn't like the oil I had been adding to her mash. I've tried to trick her by adding small amounts but it doesn't seem to matter - she tastes any kind of the oil and she turns her nose up at it. I managed to get away with leaving the mash in a strung up bucket (away from the Hoover... aka Spud), but a few days ago she completely left the bucket untouched. So... I forfeited and excluded the oil. It's not like she really needs it, but the extra fat in her diet would've been nice.


"Get rid of the ew, pls human." - Annie
Last Thursday I took some time off work in the afternoon to haul Annie and AJ to Barn C to be adjusted by Amanda. I opted for an afternoon appointment, simply because I didn't want to haul in the dark. It worked out well tho, because Nicole was able to meet me there after her work (she works and lives part time in the town) and hold her own horse and stuff. She wasn't sure she'd be able to make it initially, but I was glad she could, since she had questions she wanted to ask Amanda.

The appointment went really well - Amanda said that she held a lot of her previous adjustments, but with her body growing and changing shape, she had some new (and old) places that needed some help. Her pelvis was rotated and sunken down on the right side like before, two spinal discs (I think that was the word she used) were raised (remember her inflammation?), two ribs on her left side were out, and her pelvis needed to be "widened". I don't know that I used all the technical information, but it was pretty cool to come to the barn and walk my horse up and down the aisle and have Amanda point out the problem area in her back without even hearing about our vet appointment or anything.

I mean, obviously the lady is well trained in her job and has a keen eye - it just amazes me every time when they point out things like that. I explained about the vet appointment and Amanda agreed about keeping her on the myoplast. Since a lot of her adjustments were quite large, Amanda opted to have me give Annie 4-5 days off to let her marinate.

The dip behind her withers has resurfaced, but her haunches have expanded
exponentially! Her back "loading" surface has almost doubled in size as well.
It'll be interesting to see everything "even out" as she continues the supplement.
Note: We are on week 3 of 9.
Also lol at knock-kneed Spud lurking.
I was pretty happy with Annie in this visit - AJ was completely infatuated with her but she listened very well and didn't even care when he was walked up and down the barn aisles away from her when it was his turn (AJ did not enjoy when Annie had her turn lol). Lots of licking, chewing, and yawning occurred while we waited for AJ to finish.

All in all, it was an uneventful trip, save for when I dropped AJ off and Annie thought it'd be a cool idea to pull back and shake the trailer back and forth. The trailer tie I use on her as a velcro strap, so it came undone, which was good. I hooked her back up and when I got into the trailer I had to do a few "brake checks" to get her to stand on her feet vs shuffling and carrying on in the back. Once she realized "Oh shit, maybe I should stand instead of trying to paw and be a fucking dingus" I carried on driving and unloaded her without issue at home.

As a weird sidenote, I am loving how she is starting to stretch her neck vs
being so retracted into her throat latch. Lots of long and low is in store for us next year!
Now that we can, yanno, steer.
With Annie having some time off, it ended up working out really well - the ground varied from being too slippery (rain) and too hard (ice) so any kind of lunging was off the table. On my only day off (Sunday), I ended up doing a bit of a Spring Cleaning at the barn.

I tossed garbage (old feed bags, baling twine) into the back of the pick up, reorganized my medical cabinet and made a list of things I needed to replace, piled most of my tack into the truck, organized polos and bonnets into piles for washing, scrubbed and filled the water tank and put the deicer in, scooped manure (before the snow came!), did a fencing check, and organized where we would put the round-bales in the barn.

It was a productive day, despite not riding. I feel like Annie doesn't mind this mini/seasonal vacation and in the end, I think she deserves a break.


  1. What a change in her hind end. I have ordered some lysine to see if that makes a difference for Irish.

    1. It's been so interesting to see how it's changing her!!

      I hope it works for Irish

  2. "Fucking Dingus" I read this while settling in at my office and nearly snorted hot chocolate out my nose. I love seeing the changes in Annie. Thank you for posting them - I'm learning quite a bit!

    1. She was being a fucking dingus, lol! Glad you are enjoying the posts :)

  3. awesome that the chiro visit was so positive! it makes me really really reassured too when various professionals come to the same conclusions and ideas about treatments for my horse despite not having known the other said the same thing. good luck!

    also, color me confused but what does it mean to "brake check" a horse in the trailer? it sounds.... not safe haha

    1. It is pretty neat when they come to the same conclusions, esp when you don't give a history about a problem beforehand.

      Basically, when I "brake check" in the trailer, I pull forwards slightly and apply the brakes to remind the horse to stand in the trailer before I continue to drive. I don't slam on the brakes and I don't do it harshly - it is just something I do with a horse that is stomping around/unwilling to stand quietly/pawing/etc to make them aware that we are no longer parked and we are moving. I maybe should've explained it a bit better, because it does sound kind of malicious, but it really isn't. I've found success in having a horse basically say, "Oh right, I have to pay attention to where my feet are." and prepare themselves for turns and such.

  4. she is looking good. And lol on her being a dingus. They all do that one time or nother :) I love her color too. Glad the adjustments were good and she seems to be building up where you want her to:)

    1. Thank you!!

      Yes... she was quite the dingus >_>

      Thank you :)

  5. Hahaha, dingus. Yup, I do the 'brake checks' too. So far Shiraz is a total moron in the trailer. My last time on the highway with her I ended up driving 60 in a 100 zone just because all her moving around was freaking me out. Annie is looking so good and really filling out!

    1. lol, glad to see a fellow "brake checker"!

      Annie has been pretty good in the trailer until that point. After she had her fit, she settled down and with the reminder to "stand up", she was quiet and was well behaved. Horses >_>