A lot has been going on lately so have a photographic update of everything so far. :)
|"7 miles in 40 minutes? That ain't nothin' guys."|
|All the shiny muscles.|
|Hanging out in the run-in. Note the front white stockings of Mecca, the chestnut TB mare that welcomed them into the herd the second day after our arrival. :)|
|Meesha barn kitty.|
"I am adorbs. You must pet NAO."
"YOU. PET. NAO."
"I will rub against you and yell at you until you pet."
|The river that runs through the property, as seen when going over the one-lane bridge to the barn.|
|Last rep during gallop sets. She was more cantering by this one.|
Still a ton of fun. And she looks happy. :)
|"Is Gracie still there?"|
Yes she is, Lily. Now clean up that mess of grain you made on the floor.
|"Okay, I will."|
|"I'm eating it ALL, see?"|
(I love omeprazole. She's back to her normal appetite after finishing her ulcer treatment.
It now takes her 15 minutes to finish her grain vs 40!)
|If you like spicy and you like beer, you need to try this.|
Siracha Pale Ale by Flying Dog. I'm not a fan of spicy, but this is amazing.
|Half asleep while finishing tacking up.|
I just want to smooch her.
Because Maryland is horse country.
Horseshoe above the door at the mechanic's. :)
|Feed time before I head into work. The barn is so conveniently en route so why not?|
They're both getting mashes now.
|So this sometimes happens...|
He was putting Swat around her eyes.
You can't really see it here, but she's wearing the S-hack with the thinner Hought noseband I got for her in green!
Because Gracie. <- If you haven't read that post, you must! It is hilarious, and the reason why G-Mare has kept her name! She is a total Gracie.
I get instructions for oral, IM and IV dosing. :D Because vet tech.
Dr. L threw in a million syringes and needles of different sizes so I could do whatever dosing I preferred.
I've been doing 0.5 ml IV because G-Mare is THE BEST at injections and also because it's the smallest dose of all.
It's just enough to take the edge off when she wants to go-go-go on our short rides. I'm hoping to be able to D/C the ace altogether once we can start adding a little more time to our rides next weekend: Friday will be 2 weeks since her injections.
I upgraded Lily to a mechanical hackamore. I did not like the S-hack on her: it seemed to never lie quietly on her face without having to crank the curb chain tight, so it jiggled constantly because I didn't want to crank the curb chain. She was always more nervous while wearing it. So G-Mare gets the S-hack (as seen in previous photo) and Lily gets this one. She is doing SO WELL in it! I forget she's not wearing a bit, and she's much more willing to eat and drink on trail. Win!
|Since this was just our second dressage school since...November? because it's the first time we've had a proper arena to practice in since September, I'm going to do what Marissa did in this post and just point out everything I like about these photos instead of criticizing what I don't like.|
Who says you need a bit to dressage?? She was wearing the hackamore!
Relaxed and engaged.
|All the draft geldings at the top of this hill! They have their own pasture.|
|Tree tunnel that connects to the trails.|
|Crossing the hay field towards the barn. The green roof in the distance is the barn.|
|View of other fields. The arena is behind the tall tree in the forefront.|
|Napping while drying off after a bath.|
|On the bridle path. Tail swishing at flies.|
|Electrolyte mash after our ride. I serve it extra soupy for Gracie since she only gets a small amount of ration balancer. |
She likes to drink all of the liquid before she eats the mash itself.
|MUCH improved hind leg stance.|
She used to stand like a ballerina in third position.
|New barn, new chestnut groupie for Gracie. (At the previous barn there was a chestnut TB filly that always followed her around.) This is not Mecca the TB; it's a little QH mare whose name I think is EZ.|
|Happy mares coming up to say hi in the field.|
|Moar food. Taken by Charles on a day he went to feed them.|
|"I finished my mash..."|
|"...I nap now."|
|One of many bridle charms in my possession, all made by Beka from her Straight Shot Metal Smashing shop.|
Let me tell you: they are an absolute steal at the price she sells them for; they are lovely works of art. Her attention to detail is impeccable!
There will be a whole separate post on mine; they are that beautiful!