Monday, December 25, 2017

That Yule Tide Season

The equestrian in me is glad there hasn't been more snow, but the
child in me is sad there hasn't been a new dump before Christmas.
 Last week I kicked off the Christmas holidays with a solo-hack on Annie - I hadn't hacked her out alone in months. Typically we are met by N and AJ or I am ponying Spud; this time I wanted to attempt to canter her down the dirt road if it was safe to do so, so opted not to bring the pony along (and N was out of town).

Annie surprised me by being a very, very good girl. The work I've been putting in during her mounting and standing has been paying off - she walked off completely quiet and halted when I asked and walked off without trying to run down the driveway like usual.

Look at that super sedated walk!
Our usual hacks were hair straight back lmao.
If anything, she was certainly a little backed off at first, especially when we passed our usual meeting spot for AJ, but it didn't escalate past a little hesitance at the walk. She didn't stop or falter, just kind of felt sucked back a bit.

We were able to canter down the dirt road a few times - the first time we went up it, I asked for her right lead (which is notoriously her bad lead) and she willingly stepped into it and cantered off without any kind of theatrics. I haven't cantered her since her vet appointment in October and part of me was making the whole cantering thing to be more of a demon in my head. Her usual reaction when asked to canter would be to snake her head up and swish her tail, which she did none of on this ride.

Wondering why I'm not getting off and why
there are no cookies in my boots.
At one point, after hopping over a puddle, she switched her hind end and cantered disunited for a few moments before I brought her back down. She settled after the canter and walked the remainder of the way home, which was nice. We did some walk-trot-walk on the road back home but not much, as I don't like trotting on pavement much so we tried to stick to the sides where the dirt was.

Other than a few hand-walks and in hand work, I haven't been able to do much with her. The weather has hovered around -25 for the past few days so any adventure outside is kept very short. Despite this, we were able to do some fun stuff.

Like Ty getting his wheelchair on Thursday afternoon! After a Vet appointment on Saturday morning we discussed further options for keeping him mobile and happy - he can walk, albeit it very "drunk", but struggles to keep up and gets frustrated his back legs won't really work that well. Thus, enters the cart. It allows him to continue to walk with me and helps him balance. Think of it like training wheels for dogs. The wheelchair also raises his hind end a wee bit so he doesn't drag his toes on the ground, which is so nice.

We weren't sure what he'd do when he got hooked up, as he
can be kinda neurotic about things touching him, but he instantly
knew it was there to help and his eyes lit up <3

His second day in the cart - ready to roll!

^ His first time hooked up - acting like he's done it his whole life! Also, this is the first time in a long time he's walked ahead of me with any gusto!

Christmas Eve dinner at Grandmas house!

Forcibly entangling the dogs in lights is my kind of a Tuesday evening.

This weirdo kinda enjoyed it.

Trying to get onto the Nice List.

Out for a stroll, before the wheelchair came in. I usually have to wrap
his hind paws to protect them from being scraped on the pavement. He doesn't wear
them outside of walks since being on grass in the backyard it isn't that bad.

Attempting photos in -24C was not a good idea. We got some
silly outtake photos since we weren't very concerned about placement
or facial expressions.

The mistletoe headband Spud is wearing was $1.99. Best money I ever spent.

Bannie, mooching for treats!

Of course it isn't a Christmas photo without a picture of Roxy riding Spud.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings to all of my readers!


  1. Oh my gosh, Ty!! Bless his heart walking along like a pro in that cart. Love all the pics, especially the dogs in lights - beautiful! Merry Christmas :)

    1. Isn't he just the cutest?! Heheh. Merry Christmas to you as well!

  2. Aww, good for Ty! It looks like it's really helping him. Great ride on Annie too. Nice pictures even if it was freezing cold out. Merry Christmas!

  3. awww so many sweet photos <3 wishing you all a wonderful christmas and new year!

    1. Thanks so much Emma!! Hope you had a great Christmas and all teh best in the new year!

  4. Happy Holidays! Ty looks super stoked!

    1. To you as well :)
      And he really does love it!

  5. So many adorable pictures! Ty looks so happy in his cart.

  6. Your pup looks SO HAPPY! I'm glad he likes his cart. Happy Holidays!

  7. Merry xmas! That cart is so cool and it doesn't look like he minds it at all ;)

    1. Merry Christmas to you as well :)
      And surprisingly, he took to it quite well!

  8. Awww, great photos! Ty looks so comfortable and confident in his cart!