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  1. So I couldn't go to the show with Eurus like we were supposed to do to a neurological herpes case that I was involved with and was not able to see Eurus for the week leading up to the show as I had been dealing with the sick horse and therefore couldn't go see Eurus! Anyway, since I was clean and out of "quarantine" I got to have a lesson instead! Eurus first: We hacked the 1 mile to trainers house through alfala fields deeper then I am tall (and im 5'9)!! Got to trainers, did some flat work then put him over a little gymnastic. First time with 4 fences in a line and h was rushing a bit so we popped a little bounce cavelletti in after thelast fence. That really made him sit back and look and really helped regulate our tempo down the line. Once we got down the line a few times we started introducing a free standing fence. He was a very good boy and I think I am finally getting rid of all the rust covering up my jumping skills. I never felt like I was behind horribly or lost my seat or balance! Eurus chilled while I rode Casa, trainers mare (trainer had an injury and can no longer jump). She was very well behaved and trainer ended up setting the final fence to a 3'3 oxer by the end of the lesson which I thought was HUGE but Casa thought was nothing. I don't have a lesson video but I have a couple still photos from the clinic I rode in last weekend with her. The professional photos are still coming but here are some of my stills anyway. So after all that awesome jumping Eurus and I are hacking home swatting mosquitoes, when a duck jumps out from under Eurus (deep under the alfalfa) he spooks, I fall, he takes off for home and I am left hiking home in the 90 degree heat with the mosquitoes.
  2. Panda Update

    WOW! your parents place looks gorgeous though! For me "going home" means 2000 acreas of trees, hills, mudd, cows, barbed wire and NO arena whatsoever!
  3. Fly Sheet Recommendations?

    I LOVE my kensignton sheet and fly masks. Eurus is out on an 80 acre pasture with 6 other horses with trees, some barbed wire and it has held up fabulously. The material is great, when you do get a small nick or tear somewhere in in no way hinders the performance of the rest of the blanket. I have his on 24/7 right now as it is mosquito heaven here and they are going insane. I leave it on for up to a week at a time but then like to get him a break for a couple days or switch to a different blanket. I have never had an issue with him sweating under the blanket as mentioned before, it does not sit right tight on the hrorses skin so has lots of airflow. Tried boots, the just came off in our big pasture. Plus it came in a pretty blue color
  4. Just a quick video from a lesson tonight. Cassie is a 4 year old imported dutch warmblood who loves to throw in a buck after the fence so you have to watch your seat! I get to ride this awesome filly in a 3 day clinic this weekend. YAY!
  5. Lesson, Rather Horrid, With Video Proof

    Rode trainers mare tonight with shorter stirrups and low and behold it went AWESOME!!! When she told me to put them up I'm pretty sureI gave her a "are you on crack look" but it did work. I think my knees hate me now. Did bounce fences (without stirrups) too and felt an improvement. Sorry no more photos but seeing as shes not my horse Id need to get permission anyway.
  6. First the lesson: It has decided to monsoon here so instead of riding at trainers nice big outdoor arena we were stuck inside the little indoor where the rain on the metal roof was so loud you could not hear yourself think. I am working the night time emergency shift so was tired, grumpy, and it showed big time in my performance. Eurus was a star as usual. Today was about "scary" jumps and involved cones, brush, and the water barrel, first time over all of it for Eurus. Only 1 refusal at the water barrel but he then proceeded to jump it rather extravagantly for the rest of the lesson. What I see myself doing wrong and what trainer is working on with me is maintaining a tighter two point and not sitting back so early over the fence. "CLOSE THE HIP ANGLE" has been the biggest comment. My dressage legs also appear to not want to grip tight enough resulting a horrid lower leg swing today. Everyday a new battle. Any constructive tips or ideas on how to improve these areas would be greatly appreciated. Remeber this is my 6th time jumping in the last few years and it has been like jumping boot camp. Next lesson is bounce fences and lets hope it goes better. Next weekend I will be ridng a different horse in a 3 day jumping clinic. She is a 5 year old imported warmblood mare whose owner is terrified of her so she lets me ride her. To point we have just been doing dressage but I have a couple lessons on her coming up before the clinic so YAY for having a more confident trained mount to learn on for a bit. I would have taken Eurus but this way I don't have to pay for the clinic :) Eurus also has a show in a few weeks! Its just a local hunter jumper show. Trainer has us in 3 flat classes 2 x 2' hunter classes (for my confidence) and then 3 x 2'6 huunter and 1 jumper class. She wants Eurus in those as she feels he will perform better and enjoy himself more in those and the whole point of this show is get him some exposure to other obstacles. I was a bit worried about the height for a 4 year old but trainer spends half her year training in holland and jumps the 3 year olds in 3'-3'3. I know eurus has no OCD lesions and his growth plates are closed (he was a test candidate for the nuclear scintigraphy bone scanner at school) but he is my baby. I can always knock down to 2'3 and pull out of the jumper day of.
  7. Jumped What With What?

    I was standing in front of his hnd legs up in his belly region,he struck forward and nailed the first knee then as I tried to pivot, so did he and he kicked back and nailed me in the other knee.
  8. Jumped What With What?

    Lol, my african room mate has never seen bruises on "white people" before, he thinks its rather fascinating. Yah, they hurt but not bad enough obviously.
  9. I am a vet student very soon to be a veterinarian. I deal with strange horses on a daily basis from track thoroughbreds with zero manners, to spoiled rotten pasture pets, to expensive show horses that know they can get away with stuff. And lets just say you don't become a vet to be the horses best friend. We are always doing things they do not like and therefore have to aways remember SAFETY SAFETY SAFETY (though when we have to inject a certain hock joint that demands we reach across the hind legs of a horse, and poke a needle into its opposite hind limb we gladly do it) So after dealing with all these angry, painful strange horses which horse injures me? MY OWN. I have cleaned Eurus' sheath countless times, unsedated, just tied in a stall. He has always been fine. Had him sedated to float his teeth last week and thought "sheath cleaning will be WAY easier sedated". BAM. I got struck/kicked not once, but twice, by my own horse who has never kicked before in his life. Why did I get kicked? You could blame the sedation, you could blame the tick on his whowho, or you can blame me, for letting my guard down and not being as vigilant simply because I knew the horse. This messsage goes out to all to remember that a horse is a living, thinking, not always predictabe creatue. Even if you have known the animal since birth (like me and Euus) SAFETY should always come first. I will step down from the soap box now Hard as rock hematomas in your knees = not worth it
  10. Jumped What With What?

    That's what my mom said to my excited "3', that's right!" I haven't jumped more then a cross rail/2' fence in the last 6 years due to injury/lack of horse/etc. Today got on Eurus and we did one or two jumps of a crossrail and 2' vertical. He was really lazy so I thought "why not pop it up and see if he wakes up" He's been juming his 5' pature fence on a weekly basis so I know he can do it. Made a nice little x rail oxer with the X at 2'3 and the bar at 2'6. Jumped it, then moved the bar to 3'. Jumped it clean (both of us) twice and stopped before our luck ran out. Oh and my knees currently look like this from a horse a work that didn't appreciate having his sheath cleaned (just forget to mention it was MY horse that did it) I don't recommend jumping with hematomas for knees. Eurus has been jumping once a week for the last 2 months. Nothing hard, never more then 15 minutes, never over 2'. We have a nice gymnastic line outside at my coaches house but tonight it was raining so I was stuck in the little indoor where there is only room to set up one fence. I have also been jumping my coaches young horse and am taking her in a clinic later this month. Will try to remember a camera soon
  11. Eurus Has Surgery Tomorrow!

    So Eurus has had this mass under his jaw for the last 6 months. It's not attached to the bone and has always been freely moveable. The mass get larger and smaller in size quite unpredictably and frequently has these seeping little draining tracts from it but never any pus. The field service at my vet school came out and saw it in March when it was grapefruit sized and had 2 little oozy tracts on it. It was ultrasounded and a needle aspirate collected to try to look at the cell composition of the mass but was un diagnostic. The ultrasound just showed a solitary round,well encapsulated mass. The vet at the time diagnosed a reactive lymph node. We did an antibiotic trial which shrunk it but it then came back again and again. It is now show season and of course, no one will let me show because my horse has "strangles". The time frame is very very wrong for stragles and Eurus has never had a strangles infection and is vaccinated but that doesnt completely rule it out. The vet of course couldn't even legally sign off on the waiver for it because of the slight possibility. So seeing as I am currently on my final year in the vet school and am doing rotations through my schools equine clinic at the moment I hauled his butt into the clinic to have further diagostics done. After a physical exam they repeated the ultrasound which showed the same thing as before but the fancier ultrasound showed us the maze of blood vessels surrounding the mass. An xray was also done of his head to rule out a tooth root problem. At this point we did an endoscopic exam of his gutteral pouchs and took a lavage of them to culture for the causative agent of strangles, strep equi as this is the place it likes to hide out in chronic shedders of the bacteria. My culture has come back clear of strep equi, but that will not hold out forever for showing as there is no guarantee he has not been exposed between the tinme of the culture and the time of the show. So he is going for surgery tomorrow to remove the mass so it will never be a problem again!!!! YAY! He has to go right under due to the tricky location and the maze of blood vessels surrounding it making standing removal impossible. So I am on surgery rotation right now so I will get to be there through the whole thing which makes me much calmer but its also bad because I know exactly how everything can go wrong. Wish us luck and I will take lots of pictures to show all! Angela
  12. I have fischers lovebirds and I love them! They are nice and small, they can be a bit noisy but nothing like conures. If hand raised they are super friendly. They have tons of personality. I have a male and female and as such frequently have babies so note on getting different genders, be prepared for babies! Heres a picture. The green one on the left has a cone on and is recovering from a broken leg incident. They are super with the cats, they have the cats beat into submission, cats are afraid to go near them.
  13. Dog's Teeth

    brush brush brush brush brush!!! It's the only thing really provn to decrease plaque that is allready present. 30 seconds a day and in dogs you only have to do the outside surface for the most part. You also brush in a front to back motion in dogs, not up and down like the dentist will tell a human. Using a cleaning agent will also help. Everything else is more of prevention. Avoid the "anesthesia free cleanings" you see advertised as they only do the visible surface of the teeth and can cause a lot of damage. TD diet might help as well as some of the abrasive chews. Water additives and oral gels will not decrease the current plaque but can help prevent more from forming. I have seen good things from the water additive (research was done at my school with a friends dog being involved in the trial)
  14. Sorrelitis?

    I agree, could be a sarcoid called an "occult" sarcoid. Fungal should be cleared up by now. Sarcoids dont like to be bugged. They tend to get angry and get worse. I would talk to your vet but treatment options are pretty unreliable. Check out this website Sarcoid Website
  15. Flash Nosebands

    I dont like flash bands unless my horse is really gaping at the mouth a supple moveable jaw is necessary tp get good flexion at the poll and collection as the horses jaw needs to be able to slide forward to flex the poll. It doesn't really help all that much if your horse is ignoring the bit.