Category: Horses (Page 1 of 2)

Too Overwhelmed to Write

So a lot of things have changed around here since I have been regularly posting. So much, that I eventually gave up posting. I was/am overwhelmed. I want to share everything but there is so much I can’t get myself to do it. It seems impossible. So I will use bullets to share highlights of what I can remember. And then, if anyone still reads here, you can all PIPE UP in the comments and tell me which teaser you would like more information on first and that will be my next post! Sounds fun. (probably won’t work because no one reads anymore, but perhaps all this will be out-of-the-way and I will be free to begin blogging again? One can hope?)

  • RolyPoly is getting a baby sister! MacD and Funsize are having a scheduled c-section on Aug 30th. The baby needs a super-secret-internet name. You all should get on that right NOW.
  • Bear and Fishboy became engaged just before Christmas.
  • We got a second horse at Christmas. Miss Bonnie Blue (reg. Pushin Little Princess) is a curious, intelligent, trouble making sweetheart TN Walking Horse. She and Calypso adore each other. It was a gift from me to Mr. Vixen so we could start riding together.
  • Mr. Vixen got a new knee!
  • In February, at the beginning of my first ever trail ride a motorcycle came up on a side road and scared Calypso. He spun and took off, along with the two horses that were being ponied by my friends. I did not make the spin. I instead launched off, rolled down an embankment and landed under a pasture fence. I broke 7 bones throughout my body, needed surgical repair (pins) placed in my finger, bruised everything and also tore some menisc-ally stuff that still is going to need surgery to repair. Was not fun.
  • Because of that I haven’t ridden much and am just getting my confidence back.
  • Baby Banana (Nannygoat’s youngest) is going to turn one next month and she has THE MOST BEAUTIFUL EYES of any child on the planet. I have pictures to prove it. She also needs a better S-S-I name, which you all can pick too.
  • In May, Fishboy decided he did not want to be a part of the den anymore. At all. This caused significant heartache for Bear and for us to have to move on very short notice.
  • However, sometimes good things come out of bad experiences. In June, we relocated the Den to “Pterodactyl Ranch”. Our house is twice as big as before, has central air and (most importantly) is a horse property.
  • The horses now live in my back yard. This has reduced our TV time to zero and computer time to 1/16th of what it was before. We are real country-folk now. Living in the country is 100 times less stressful than I dreamed.
  • Being in the country and working on 2-acres of yard that had gone to waste is a good way to start losing weight. Mr. Vixen has lost 15 pounds already and I have lost 9. I am still more overweight than I have ever been in my entire life (even pregnant) and need to find ways to make that happen.
  • I made some super cute things for the new baby girl’s baby shower, very original, keepsake value and uber-inexpensive. I should put up how-to and pictures, right?

I know there are many, many more things I have left out. But if I don’t post this now….it will just sit here for another year and even more stuff will happen.

Know that I am still here and still reading all your blogs, even though I may not comment! Leave me a comment and help me change that!

Let’s Talk Feet. Heels. Toes. Arches. And Hoofs.

So as stories go, this one is your average “oh I accidentally put my foot underneath my horse’s hoof, which I was holding HIGHish above the ground, and it landed on my toes” story.

It hurt. A lot. I am sure Calypso thought I had lost my mind as I pounded my hoof pick into the side of the shed, while moaning sounds were very similar to cuss words. But I couldn’t cuss because the grandkids were there.

Having painful feet is not new to me. I have plantar fasciitis and at times it is so bad, I can barely walk. Really painful. (not quite as painful as a 1,000-pound horse’s hoof, but still painful). Now I don’t often (never) where flip flops to work, but I did today. Mostly because I couldn’t fit those purple toes into my dress shoes. Luckily for me my work was understanding (although they don’t know I put my feet up on my desk and snapped this picture…that I did on the sly)

The point of the picture (besides showing off those sexy purple sausages) was to show how great looking these shoes are! But more importantly, they make my feet feel wonderful. Not just good, but really wonderful. I have zero plantar pain since I have been wearing them (everyday since BlogHer) and I am just amazed. I have used orthotics and had some relief, but not like this. And inserts don’t work in flip flops, which is what I wear everyday here in Sunny Diego.

The story of how my arches came to love me again began during BlogHer’11, when I was invited to the “Healthy Feet Fit Suite!” hosted by Orthaheel and Weil Integrative Footwear, where I was given the flip flops to try. Even more exciting than the free sandals was the link to their website. I had NO IDEA you could get good-for-your-feet shoes that are also super cute too! The only orthotic shoes I have seen before looked like old lady shoes or nurse’s shoes (no offense to other old ladies besides me or nurses).

I simply must get these (SQUEEE!!!!! SUPER CUTE) Melissa slip-ons for work.

I.just. must. have.these.now.==============================>>>>>>

I invite you to check them out, not because they gave me free flip flops, but if there is a chance your painful, hurting (non-horse-smashed) feet could feel as good as mine do in these shoes it would be a crime for me not to share!Visit www.weilbeing.com and www.orthaheelusa.com to see more style and comfort.

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Disclosure: I was invited to the Healthy Feet Suite at BlogHer’11 and was given those awesome green flip flops. I was not asked to blog or review this product, but chose to do so because I liked them ALOT. All views, opinions, and horse injuries are mine.

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination

After much consideration (really more like gut feeling, because I am merrily going along with no idea of what I am doing), I moved Calypso to a new place. We found the new place by accident while driving last month and gave our notice. Although the ranch was beautiful, it just wasn’t for us. We needed a place where “horses have names” and are not just livestock. What we didn’t realize, until we moved him, was how unhappy Calypso had been. What we discovered upon our arrival, was an entirely new horse. A different animal than we have known for the past two months. And boy is he beautiful in his new element. We had never seen him move much, I spent more time trying to get him to move/exercise than he ever moved. This is how he is at the new place. Sara, be sure to watch until the end…there is a thank you to you!

Food Is The Most Primitive Form Of Comfort

I fell off the WW wagon. Not sure if I can get back on. In the meanwhile, I’ve been riding (exercise!), working (also exercise of a sort) and caring for Calypso (definitely exercise-ever walked and washed a 900 pound dog?). I’ve been busy, busy, busy and trying to find quick and easy but tasty dinners to fit into my busy schedule. Tonight I made something everyone loved. It was quick and easy and, in my opinion, full of excellent flavor. Also? If you are a vegetarian, it’s vegetarian! (Bonus points for being pretty damned inexpensive).

4oz angel hair pasta
18-25 slices baguette, about 1/4″ thick
2 TBL butter, melted
10-oz alfredo pasta sauce (the refrigerated stuff)
3/4 C shredded swiss cheese
1TBL Basil herb blend (the stuff in the squeeze bottle in the produce section)
3 roma tomatoes, chopped
2Tbl parmesan cheese (straight out of the shaker)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cook and drain pasta. While pasta is cooking, brush bread with butter. Line a 9″ pie pan with bread (butter side up), slightly overlapping. Bake bread 10 mins or until brown. Remove from oven and reduce temp to 350. Stir swiss cheese, alfredo sauce and basil blend together with hot (drained) pasta. Spoon onto baked bread crust. Top with tomatoes and then parmesan cheese (I took the pic before I put on the parmesan cheese, whoops). Bake 15-20 minutes and let stand 5 minutes before cutting (although some people couldn’t wait).

Bon appetit!

Maybe I’m Crazy

We lost a great talent today, so gifted and such a beautiful soul. I hope people remember me as fondly after I am gone.

Now, about the crazy part….I see a resemblance, don’t you? We the horses could be siblings, right?

Pardon Me Sir, Have You Any Carrots?

The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears

He knows when you’re happy
He knows when you’re comfortable
He knows when you’re confident
And he always knows when you have carrots.

Calypso he loves his carrots. He thinks Mr. Vixen is the Carrot Man. He knows he has them somewhere and follows him around hoping for a treat. Yet another miracle of this horse is how close it is bringing Mr. Vixen and I back together. He has never been a horse person; barely tolerated being around them for my sake and for as little time as possible. That has definitely changed. I haven’t seen Mr. V so relaxed and at peace in years and years. He goes with me every day and spends as much time fawning over Calypso as I do. A very unexpected, but appreciated bonus.

I thought I’d share Calypso’s new home with you. I know he probably misses his previous BFF-lady very much, but I do believe he is very much enjoying our weather compared to Vermont’s.

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So I rode today. First time. MAGICAL. Tomorrow I am taking the girls for their first time on a horse too! ladybug has been asking all week when she gets to ride “Quipso” and the day is finally here!

 

Feeling down? Saddle up.

My derriere sore, my spirit soaring, self confidence growing, physically glowing and with a peaceful soul is how I ended my first lesson last night.

My trainer is a soft-spoken young man with southern charm, mixed with a bit of slave driver (and pretty darned handsome too). As he got to know me and my skills set, there were many laughs. At least, Bear was laughing. He worked me hard on a lovely rascal who is well trained in reining (for those of you who follow me on FB ironic isn’t it? Since I posted that video of Stacy Westfall the other day?). My experience in riding has been the lazy, well broken horses at rental places and my time with Rain. Riding a reining horse was AMAZING. I did tight turns, figure eight, spun in a circle and attempted to stop on a dime. I’ve never done any  of those things before, but I could easily become addicted to it.

Fun moments for Bear? When the trainer had me out trotting for a bit and then said, “Okay, now post” and I stopped and said “Do what?”. When Bear caught her breath from laughter she told him, “She doesn’t know how to post” and I said, “For heavens sake, not only can I not I post…I don’t even know what posting it is.” Then later, he said “Okay, now canter” and I squealed, “You want me to go faster?!” To which he replied, “Yes and take your hand off the saddle horn.” Ha ha. Go faster and not hang on?!?!?! And while I was doing figure eights he said, “Please don’t run me over again.” Totally not my fault, he was making me trot AND do figure 8s at the same time, not running him over while doing it? Not possible.

I did it all. I was able to post (not well most of the time, but I had a few moments), I went FAST, I twirled, I rejoiced. He asked what my goals were at the end of our session and I told him: To be able to ride as instructed without Bear giggling at me! And then maybe barrel racing. Hey, a girl can dream right?

Oh, and I might have accidentally ended up adopting another stray cat…..Okay, I did. I will introduce you to Luna this week!

Bullet Test or Bullet Proof….

I have a new site design, I have a new site design, la la la laaaaaa la la.

I should post something right? Well, it was a holiday weekend you know. I got a little behind, what with all the days off and stuff (you people who know I am unemployed and always ‘off” just shush yourselves!) We had a wonderful holiday weekend, I have pics to share. We had fireworks (you people who know where we live and that they are illegal here? just shush yourselves again!)

I want to see what bullets look like on the new site so here we gooooooooooooo:

  • I got to HOLD Presto today. I happened to show up at the NICU at just the right moment and now, Bear and I are the only people who have had the chance to hold him (besides his lucky, blessed, lovely parents). He was SO TINY and light (compared to RolyPoly). But he gained another 2 ozs in the last two days. That boy will be home before I can say, ummm, Presto!
  • I have talked to some trainers/horse people/my heart and my sister (who happens to own  a stable in KY and lots of horses-including one who ran IN THE Kentucky Derby year before last. I have decided (with Bear) on a new approach to our riding and my beloved horse, Rain. I quit my lease and restarted it again (crazy much) within days. But now Bear and I are working together with just Rain. When I am confident (and as talented as Bear), then she will look back into leasing Knighthawk when she can concentrate on what he needs and not have to watch over me.
  • I rode today and I wasn’t afraid. It was relaxing, yet exhilarating. Peaceful and contemplative. Perfect.  Also my new helmet fits well, not that I needed it.
  • On Thursday, Bear and I are getting more spa-stuff: Hyrdo Therapy, facials, massage, some super shower thingy (using up what is left on our Groupons. Sure wish they hadn’t had a limit of one per person.) I could completely and totally become a rich person who goes to the spa daily. I could. I just know I could.
  • Tomorrow I will be babysitting RolyPoly. We get him three days a week. You probably notice which days they are, because those are the days I don’t post anything.
  • I feel better emotionally and spiritually today than I have in months. I wonder if it’s just that super cute new header?!?! I mean Jenn couldn’t have come any closer to ‘creating’ me.
  • My husband got a new steering wheel for Father’s Day. He couldn’t install it before because the car was being painted. It’s in there now. And there must be some issue with the horn. Because HE KEEPS HONKING IT.
  • Done with bullets now. Will go finish cooking dinner.
  • Love you all and you can just keep on leaving me comments about how freaking awesome the new layout is!

A Little Laid Up

So you may have heard, if you follow me on twitter, that I fell off a horse. Of course, looking at the lack of posts on this blog you may have thought I fell of the the planet, but no; it was just a horse.

Long story short (or as short as possible): We went on our first trail ride last Tuesday (or two tuesdays ago,whatever) and I really enjoyed the trials out there. My lovely horse, Rain, decided that since she had not been ridden since last DECEMBER that about 5 miles out she was tired and wanted to go home. I must note at this time, she was not difficult about it at all and although kept letting me know she’d like to turn around and head for home she never did not respond right back to my correction. She did exactly what I told her to do. However, the trainer thought that maybe she should ride Rain back to “teach her a lesson.” At the time it didn’t sound like a bad idea, the trainer said her horse was “super gentle and well behaved”. Which he was. He also had “sore feet” (which I didn’t know about at the time) and is a huge stumbler. I hadn’t been on him more than two minutes when he tripped in a little culvert. According to an eye witness (Bear), I did a valiant job of catching myself and re-seating my arse where it belonged from the initial stumble. Unfortunately for me, Caspar decided immediately after the stumble (or during, it’s kinda blurry), to leap out of the culvert. I didn’t feel the leap coming and so I guess you can say he went forward and I forgot to follow. With the horse no longer beneath me, I had no where to go but down. Although it did not happen in slow motion like on tv, I did have a split second to think that if I landed flat on my derrier I may undo any success of my repaired herniated disc, so I tucked my knees up towards my chest and took the brunt of the landing on my mid back. This immediately resulted in a complete lack of oxygen in my lungs and a quite overwhelming pain around my entire middle section. Although all my extremities moved when I asked them to, they did refuse to respond to my brain’s requests to roll over and stand up for at least 10 minutes (during which Bear freaked out and yelled “ARE YOU OKAY?!” at me over and over). Eventually, I stood and I knew it was too far to walk out, so I hopped up onto Bear’s horse (it was closest and shortest and about all I could accomplish at the time). All I wanted to do was get back to the ranch. Bear’s horse responds much better to her than me (okay it responds to me NOT AT ALL) and wanted to trot home and wouldn’t stop. After a few miles (tears pouring from my eyes), the damned beast slowed enough for me to bail off its back and I walked the rest of the way home. From now on I am sticking to my own horse, who I know and trust. No more strange horses for me.

Falling off a horse is not a pleasant experience and my body took more lumps, bumps, bruises and general abuse that it really would care too. And recuperation time is slow going. I have good days and bad days. I do believe my tailbone is broken, a painful situation I had to deal with when my 10-pound MacDougal was expelled from my body at birth and one I had hoped to never experience again.

Mostly the middle of my back took the brunt of my collision with the ground from high above and is taking its very sweet time overcoming its soreness. I ice and heat several times a day and I think I am progressing very well. Not as well as a 20-year old might, but hey I wouldn’t give up my 47 years of wisdom for a 20 year old body at all!

Many of you have already left me (by that I mean my blog) and moved on to more writer-ly, posting bloggers and I totally understand. I hope in the next few weeks/months to draw you all back in with my biting wit, sunny sarcasm, boring lifestyle and, of course, more pictures of my beautiful grandchildren.

PS: I want  you all to know that I have been back up on the back of my horse, Rain. We are working very slowly and only in the arena ring for now, but it went very well.

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