Friday, March 16, 2018

Feeding Changes: Going Green

Dottie has continued to have issues with diarreha, so Mom made an appointment for a phone consult with Joyce Harman. She asked for a picture, a list of medications, supplements and food.
Going Green :)

Since Dottie's issues are in her gastrointestinal system, Joyce wanted to change her diet somewhat.
So alfafa cubes were changed to timothy pellets.
We took everyone off of beet pulp (can't afford the advertised nonGMO brand)
Stopped the Metabolic Mineral, began Kelp
Horses only need a tablespoon a day. The 50lb bag plus shipping was about $80.

Dotties, Definitely contains Cinnamon
Dottie was put on Hilton Herbs Digest Support
Slippery elm, Marshmallow, Meadowsweet, Cramp bark, Milk thistle, Liquorice, Gotu kola.

She did two containers, but we did not see significant changes. So Joyce put her on a Chinese Remedy. It is made at the same company that made the remedy that helped Rosemary's sarcoid. She has had one container already and we have begun to see a difference.

As we changed Dottie's food, it is no surprise that changes happened to the others.
DaVinci also is on a Chinese remedy to help with fluid retention. 3 containers for him.

 The biggest was Roscoe. We have been trying to find the right program for giving him energy, keeping weight on especially during breeding season and not require pounds to be fed. We had him on the senior glow the old guys eat. What we did not know is that it is formulated to work with the slower metabolism of older horses. Roscoe was getting none of the energy because he processed it too fast. Plus she thinks he is out of alignment from as far back as his phantom training.

His changes are:

He will be on a Chinese Remedy too. Time to get him ready for show/breeding season.

The Senior changed to Triple Crown Natural
This food has a lot of good stuff in it and you don't have to feed a ton.

He will go off the Metabolic 33%, we can add oats or barley later if anyone needs more oomph.

Superfine, green powder
Funny Face with Green Lips
And last but not least, Comrade and Rosemary are going green.

This year to help with their allergies Mom ordered algae, Spirulina. They get 2tb twice a day. It stinks and turns their food green. We worried they would not eat the stuff, but they have no issue. Even Roscoe and Ember think the stuff is good.

Kelp, flax, bran and Spirulina

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Trailer Update: The "T" Word

Well, my poor trailer is still pinned beneath the tree. Hopefully tomorrow... The truck has been moved and seems to have literally bounced back. It did try to take the trailer with it for a couple of inches before the hitch slipped free.
My Atlas trailer

The tree guy came on Sunday to give an estimate. He said it is a slightly complicated job due to the other surrounding trees. It will run $500- $600.

The adjuster came on Monday. I think I took more pictures than he did. He noticed the front panels are bowing under the weight. As he looked at the roof, he dared to utter the "T" word. I was not even thinking that word and was surprised. I told him that trailer was worth more than my car, so I did not think it possible. Seriously, if my car was not totaled in September, there is no way my trailer is. He had to go do some research for parts before sending me the estimate. The estimate covers the roof and front panels at about $3800. That does not take in account the jack or the paint scratches. I see supplemental in my future.
At least none of these boys was on the trailer

Cheer up, We have Time!

So once the tree is off, we will contact our trailer place who does our inspections and repairs. Taylor Boyz can do collision repair too. They will deal directly with my adjuster to assess the damage and cost of repairs. Of course we have to figure out how to get it rehitched to get it there first, sigh.

Good news/ Bad news, my show got canceled this Sunday due to an EHV occurrence at the barn I rode at during college. I am bummed Roscoe and I have to wait to try Training 2, but with no reliable wheels it is a blessing.
Roscoe's Westfalen auction ended on Monday with three bidders for him. This auction was one that you could place a max bid. It turned out that the person who bid first earlier in the week, had a high enough max bid that the other two did not outbid. I am excited to see who won. I did have someone ask if she could buy a breeding outside the auction if she did not win who has a grey warmblood mare. Bonus being she is in VA, so I could see the foal. These auctions have done what I wanted and allowed him to be visible to people I cannot get him in front of. Someone bid on him for the NEDA auction. I think I know who, but I have not received confirmation. If your keeping count that is at least 3 dates for Roscoe and probably one more with a mare that lives with Tawe (mare in foal to Roscoe for 2018). He may actually have to work this year.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Crack Heard 'Round The Barn

Friday morning I did not want to wake up, so I glanced at Facebook to wipe away the sleep. My eyes bugged when a post from the base I work on showed Code Red, ie closed. I texted my boss and asked if it was real. It was due to high winds already causing issues. Paid day off, YAY!
Well I told mom to stay home since she is recovering from my sister flipping her Fit with both of them in it Monday. Mom is bruised and has a swollen hand. My sister came away with a knock on the head and a glass cut on her hand. Overall a super end to a wreck. With Mom at home, Peggy decided to help with the chores. She was out picking while I worked on water and hay. Then we heard the CRACK.
It sounded close and it sounded from the direction of the trailer and chicken coop. We both circled the house to see. Sadly I saw what I did not want to see.
My view
Peggy's view

The dang tree crunched my trailer!!!! I just about cried. Except for my education, my trailer is my biggest purchase. This hurts big time. We had the truck hitched since I had a lesson scheduled at Sprieser on Sunday. Canceled now :(
Stabilizer bars on the ground

 The tree drove my jack foot through the plastic rest and into the ground. The jack is tipped slightly back. The hitch and trailer tongue nearly touch the ground. We worry about the truck suspension. You can see where the hitch initially hit the ground and came up a little.

Approx 16 inch diameter tree

The big ass tree landed across the roof right at the front most point. At the front the fiber glass is busted outside and inside the dressing room. The roof is pushed down. We won't know how bad everything is until the tree comes off. That will be Monday since the tree guy is backed up getting trees off houses.

Dressing Room
Broken branch
 And some shots from different angles. None make me feel any better, except that the truck did not get hit.
Very top hangs over Peggy's trailer

With all the wind and power outages I could not call home or Dad or anyone. Luckily I could use Peggy's land line to call my insurance and start that process. The adjuster will be out Monday too. I was a bit worried when he asked if it was a mobile home. Ugh, I hate claims and repairs. As a friend said "Your not fixing that with duct tape and baling twine."

Thursday, February 22, 2018

2017 Year in Review

2017 was one for the history books with the requisite highs and lows. I am still in awe of what we all accomplished.

January: So by now most of you know that this is my hell month at work and very little horse stuff happens. Sadly what did was Winston having colic one of my days off.

February: This was the beginning of an amazing year with my decision to participate in Adult Camp at Sprieser Sporthorse with Roscoe. Lisa and Natasha each worked with us and helped me figure out it was time to take the kid gloves off and move Roscoe forward. Although Roscoe showed his green, he also showed his class during a group cavaletti lesson. From that high we fell hard when we lost Winston the end of the month. I still get teary even thinking about him.

March: Roscoe and I had our battles as we both continued to grow and we had some jumping fun. Then I took Comrade to Adult Camp. We worked our butts off and had some really nice rides. The biggest win of the month was that Natasha offered to come to our barn for lessons. Motivation was activated.

April: Lesson Time! For the quality Sprieser trainers provide, the price of lessons is really reasonable. Plus I was able to have Natasha ride Roscoe for no additional charge.

May: Show Time! Roscoe and I survived our first dressage show kicking off a big year. We took in an old friend from the last barn we boarded at. And the month ended with the birth of Roscoe's second filly.

June: Roscoe's birthday month, his second show, breeding, lessons and finding out our trainer was leaving. June was a roller coaster. I also apparently have training level goals.

July: The month we did not take a breath. First was the USEA Jump Chute clinic, then another dressage show and finally the month ended with the Westfalen NA inspection. Roscoe was a superstar and expanded his fan club.

August: Roscoe took a break after the hard work of July and creating foal 2018. He did go to the Welsh show with Ember though. Comrade and Rosemary braved a dressage show with air traffic. We capped off the month by finding an affordable equine dentist.

September: This was a rough month with Dottie battling gastro problems, my sister in law getting in a head on collision and my car getting rear ended which was the beginning of gastro problems for me. And that was just before Roscoe and I made our training level debut.

October: Ember and Roscoe went to the VA Welsh show and then Ember went through a long gelding. Then Roscoe had a great training level test and Comrade was eliminated at the last summer show.

November: This was the month I was determined to get Roscoe moving off my leg and working harder than me.

December: Although we did not have a completely successful show, we did win the ugly sweater contest. Then we had a great Blogger Gift Exchange getting an awesome photo of Roscoe jumping at his inspection.

2018 will probably be less exciting just because I am poorer thanks to my other horsepower, but there will be more breeding. Which means more foals! I have 12 prepaid dressage tests and hopefully I can get some jumping in this year.

Sunday, February 18, 2018


I have not ridden much with weather and work over the last couple months, but the rides  I have had were good. Roscoe is maintaining the the energy we worked to find in November. Now I can ask for canter and get and an active gait. That means I can actually work on his canter and not just work at keeping him going.

We still have to work on our balance and straightness. I tend to lose my center when he turns into a motorcycle.
Ugh, what can I say

 Not sure how to fix that, but I am looking forward to working on it. We had a super warm day and I managed to get a little video of Roscoe.

I was pleased to see that though Roscoe lifts his head into the canter, he also lifts his shoulders.

He steps under just a bit

 Plus I am getting better about sitting taller. It is amazing what a year does for progress. I had hoped to take him back to Sprieser for camp again, but my other horse power required $1200 in repair leaving me too broke to play.
Now I have to decide what to ride for the next show in March. I am sorely tempted to do two tests and make one Training 2. I think Roscoe is a bit bored with Training 1 and that leaves him time to be stupid. So I may do T2 first and then try to be competitive for T1 after he gets his hijinks out of the way. Ah, the gamble.