My mare Jewel is 20 this year. That is hard to believe. And for the first time this spring, she really showed her age coming out of the winter. She wasn’t thin, but she really lost her topline. While you could never see ribs, her loin muscles definitely vanished. Sigh. It is hard to admit… Continue reading Building the Topline
Ok, so the new year was a while ago. Heck, its actually daylight savings today, which means we’ve been in this new year for a while now. But that’s ok. I am excited (to the point of being a bit sick to my stomach about it) to officially say that I really want to earn… Continue reading New Year. New Goals.
I’ve had my horse for nearly 12 years. Its one of the longest relationships of my life. I’m so excited about where we are compared to where we were just a year ago. But in looking further back, I’ve been here before…right on the edge of (in this case) being a *real* dressage horse (schooling… Continue reading What a Journey
So that left hind just wasn’t healing. Due to the location of this cut, it kept getting irritated and opening every time Jewel would step down on it. In fact, proud flesh (seen in the photo below) was starting to take over. Boo. Part of the problem is that we’ve had a really wet fall. … Continue reading The Adventures of Proud Flesh and Egg Bar Shoes
Silly pony. I no more than get Jewel back on a good supplement regimen where she is really looking fabulous and WHAM! she does something to herself. In this case, she sliced the bulb of her left hind heel, all the way into the frog. YOUCH! Poor girly. She’s not lame (no head bobbing), just… Continue reading Ouchy Foot
So a couple weeks ago, I shared a photo of my mare working on the lunge line as part of our warmup. I was thrilled with her topline development and how much it is improving. My trainer suggested that I find a photo from earlier to see if I can really visualize how much her… Continue reading Developing the Topline
Jewel and I have been working really hard and her topline is really starting show some excellent development. I’m really excited. Here is a photo of her on the lunge line today.