Monday, March 19, 2018

Getting the team back together again

I gathered a proverbial shit ton of pros around me last year while dealing with Bobby's leg and hoof issues. Farriers, body workers, vets, trainers, close confidants--you get money, and you get money, everyone gets money!

The Team worked well together, and while there were disagreements here and there about how to best proceed as everyone was essentially playing a guessing game with Bobby's one in ten katrillion disease (actually seen in a whopping .4% of horses, so basically it's everywhere), everyone communicated and I was able to bounce ideas off of ALL THE PEOPLE.

I think it's imperative to build up a network of trusted professionals. It took me a few years to pick and choose who I was going to use when, and I dropped one of those team members after I put Bobby down--not because of the work she does which is fantastic, but because of more personal reasons--but I feel like I now have a solid list of people to run through whenever I hit a problem with my horse.

Bitches, it's time to start checking them off one by one.

listen, donkey. put the side eye away already.

As planned, I started off my conversation with BM on Friday morning before my lesson about the persistent bald spot on Opie's right side. He's still showing no signs of soreness along his back. I, however, have been having screaming pain from my right hip to my knee lately. Are they tied together? Is my saddle causing both of those things, or is it bad riding on my part?

BM readily jumped aboard to see what we were working with.

As soon as I got on, I told her I felt like my right stirrup was shorter because my ankle felt like it was being jammed down more when I flexed and I instantly started feeling the cramping crawling up my leg. BM watched me for a minute and said it actually looked like the right stirrup was longer. Well, fuck.

I stopped so she could get right in front of us which worked better once Opie got his cookie and put his head back on straight because Opies deserve cookies for standing still for eternity while his rider flops around on his back. (I've also maybe just created a monster that expects cookies for anything and everything. Not even sorry.)

needs a cookie for being a penguin. 

With some shifting around and standing in my stirrups, I sat back down and BM and I both felt my stirrups were even. BM thought what was going is that Opie's bigger right shoulder pushes the saddle to the left and I'm unknowingly compensating by stepping more into my right stirrup and using it to keep the saddle centered. My Mattes pad is shimmable so sticking a shim on the left side to lift it a titch for the time being is an option.

We got sent out on a circle to start our lesson which immediately devolved into "What the fuck are you doing with your hips, Opie?"

It started with him dropping his right hip lower than the left as he went around both directions, and then he was like, "JK, now it's my left." BM stopped us again and dug under his quarter sheet to see if she could feel anything. On his left hip he had a huge band of knotted muscle, and then she later discovered a big knot ball on his right butt.

walks in the sun seem like a good remedy even if it's only 25*

We worked through a little of this and a little of that to see if anything changed his way of going. He didn't feel off to me at all, and BM said he didn't even look off--it was noticeable only if you were standing behind him trying to find a problem.

I ended up jumping off and BM flexed his hocks as a hip drop could be a precursor to issues there. He trotted off sound though, so once I got home I scheduled an appointment with a new massage lady for Wednesday evening.

Opie is only five, but the kid raced thirty one times in his career before going right to the hard work of being a dressage horse. I've had body work done on my horses for less of an excuse. Hopefully she can get his muscles some relief and get him a hundred percent comfortable. I don't want him to have any excuse to not do his best under saddle.

would prefer to just not be under saddle at all, thx.

If the massage doesn't get the results I'm looking for, I'll move on to Farrier to talk to her about hind shoes. Also still on the docket is the mother fucking dentist who rescheduled on me an hour before he was supposed to be there and still hasn't been heard from. To me, the teeth issue is at the top of my list of things to be addressed so not being able to get Dentist here again has been extremely frustrating.

We did get our vet appointment out of the way. Of course it was the day before the lesson so when she asked if I wanted her to check anything specific on him I was all, nope! He's perfect! #false

Vet loved him though and couldn't stop gushing over So Smol, Such Cute, Much Manners (ground tying party trick ftw). She said he officially has a dorsal stripe which I was curious about whether it would get classified as that. #adorbs

He also has mild aural plaques in his left ear which I got a prescription for--along with an added note on the end to remind me he was SO CUTE OMG in case I'd forgotten.

i should just shove twenties down your throat instead of carrots.

I've officially hit the Over It stage of this winter and going out to the barn to ride has been more along the lines of crawling and whining and throwing a tantrum. Hence the jump saddle above. Sometimes you've gotta crash through some crossrails for variety. Opie was on board. He was also on top of a pile of poles at one point when he literally jumped into the crossrail instead of over it, but...well, he'll get there.

Probably.

37 comments:

  1. I'm super, duper ready for spring. But I will miss Opie's penguin suit, ahahahahahaha

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    1. I'd rather be penguin-less and have warmth!

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  2. I am totally there about winter - we don't get the snow you have we just get an ark's worth of rain. I love the penguin blankie!! Too cute!

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    1. We had the rain before which turned everything to mud then the snow came and insulated the mud so when you sink through the snow you hit endless mud. SO FUN.

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  3. I'm curious, what are you getting to treat the aural plaques? Jetta just started to develop some and I wanted to stay on top of them, but I've heard mixed things about the treatment.

    And he is the cutest penguin obvi

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    1. Imiquimod 5% for three treatments. She said it would probably make his skin really inflamed and irritated as it got rid of them.

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  4. Ditto Tracy -- super ready for spring but need my Opie penguin fix. Doesn't that pattern come in a cooler as well? You need to acquire 😂

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    1. The freaking cooler is almost as much as the blanket was!

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  5. Damn that's a lotta starts! I need to get Bast another massage to see if it has been effect. But first... I think I need one so I'm more symmetrical. Lol

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    1. What is this self treatment you speak of?

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    2. It's what you get when your dumb baby horse hurts himself so you end up saving time not riding...

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  6. OMG that penguin blanket! Where the hell did you find that?! And I. Hate. Winter. If I can move out of PA I will not pass that up. I am so over the cold and snow. I'd rather melt.

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    1. It's a Weatherbeeta! I think I bought it off Amazon.

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  7. love all the opieness. :) I hope you figure him out but he is so stinking cute it doesnt really matter. (Well to me obviously it matters to you) That is annoying about the dentist. Glad you have a network or an army of whatever to help you with Opie. You might need it :) And i am done with winter too. But I am at least moving South so need to shut up LOL:)

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    1. Now you'll get to complain about how hot it is in the summer!

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  8. Spring keeps peeking its head out here, but every day it gets cold again, I basically throw a giant tantrum #NoShame. Hopefully the team can get the penguin feeling 100% again!

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    1. Tantrums are where it's at at this point.

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  9. I am so ready for Spring. The ground is thawing but the wind is so cold and bitter that it's making me the same....

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    1. Yes, if it would warm up some it might be bearable!

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  10. I hit the over it stage today. Another 10" of snowing coming Wednesday? Eff you weather man. Eff you mother nature. EFF EVERYONE! Also, my baby truck is at the truck hospital for a code they've never seen before. They're trying to tell me it's probably rodent damage so they don't have to pay for it. So eff them too.
    But I digress.... I hope you get things worked out for Opie, cause I definitely agree with your vet. So cute, much adorbs! What's the deal with the dentist?! Eff him too.
    Your team is pretty impressive, and seems to work well together (other than dentist apparently) so I'm optimistic for you guys!

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    1. Eff all those people! The weather guy on the news this morning pointed to CT and was like, "They're probably going to get a foot of snow from this storm." and I cried a little for you. Thank fuck this is the first one we're missing and it's just supposed to be cold.

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  11. I'm ready to just quit riding until winter is over. I'm sick of this crap. Hopefully you can get those equine professionals out to the barn sometimes soon.

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    1. I am so close to quitting until winter is officially gone too.

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  12. But he is the cutest!

    Yeah...this is the first time in ages I've really wanted winter to end and, in true form, it isn't. My resolve to "make the best of it" is also thin. Much harder to motivate to go to the barn when the ground squelches with every footstep.

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    1. Right?? If the footing was at least nice enough to do SOMETHING on it might not be so shitty.

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  13. Oh man I had no idea he raced so much! Definitely get that sweet snoot some tlc!! Lol.... But yea I also had my own little "list of things to do for Charlie" as he acclimated to life post track. It felt like a never ending process but that's life I guess. Now if only I could figure out how to be less crooked as a rider so I stop introducing new problems....

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    1. Plus spring is when I usually start crossing all the vet shit off the list, so it seems like his introduction to maintenance work has been never-ending since I bought him when really it's all been mostly routine. Minus the removal of shark teeth because that was just weird.

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  14. 80 and sunny here today. You should move to Texas for the winter. However, then the penguins wouldn't get used much.

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  15. yaas that penguin blanket is amazing! I am also way past winter, it is literally the first day of spring!! Sunday it was sunny and 50 and I rode - from this evening until tomorrow afternoon we now have a winter weather advisory for snow. nope nope nope.

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    1. It's like a mother nature bitch slap!

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  16. That penguin blanket is adorable. Opie's side eye is on point as well.

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  17. I have the penguin sheet for Scout and I think of you guys every time he wears it! Winter can fuck right off. I'm done.

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    1. I can't believe you can resist just making him wear it all the time!

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  18. Hope the massage helps him feeling like his best self!

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    1. Me too! I really don't want to have to explore further diagnostics. I'm not ready for being full time besties with the vet again.

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