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The Adventures Never End

Friends, I’m sorry that it’s been so long since I’ve written; I can assure you that it has not been for any lack of excitement around here! Actually, there has been more excitement than I’ve known what to do with. I have a lot to tell you and a lot to catch you up on… but first, I have to tell you about what happened the other evening when Mommy came out to give me my dinner grain!

As usual, I watched Mommy drive up and get out of her car. I waited (im)patiently for her to come over and say hello… but, to my surprise, she didn’t! She and Kimberly, Splash’s Mommy, were standing by the fence, staring at the horses in the neighboring ranch. When I saw some movement from the ground of the paddock by the hay feeder, I put my head over the top of my stall to get a better view of what was going on. I saw Mommy climb through the fence and run over there, and that’s when I realized that there was a horse down with his legs stuck in the fence of his pipe corral! He couldn’t get up!

Mommy went to the horse and tried to calm him down so he wouldn’t thrash around and hurt himself, and then she looked him over to make sure he wasn’t seriously hurt. I saw her get up and run all the way to the other end of the neighbor’s property where it looked like there was a little barn or a house, and I could hear her yelling for someone to help.

When she came running back alone, I knew that meant that no one was home over there. Before I could even make the suggestion to her, I heard Mommy say that she was going to go try to find the guys who work at our barn to help get the horse free. She asked Kimberly to go and keep the horse calm so that he didn’t injure himself by thrashing around, and then Mommy hopped back into her car and disappeared quickly out of sight.

When Mommy’s car returned, she was followed by Cassie, one of the guys who works at our ranch, and his brother. They all hopped the fence and ran over to where Kimberly and the horse were. Cassie had a knife and some rope, and I could see that they were going to try to get the horse free, even though the owners of that ranch were nowhere to be found.

Just a minute later, though, a big truck came driving up on that side of the fence and a guy and a lady hopped out. Everyone looked both calm and a little frantic at the same time. I strained my eyes to see farther (and by that, I really mean that I lifted my head – because, as you probably already know, that’s how we horses see things that are far away), and I realized that the horse also had his head caught under the raised hay-feeder!

Although this isn’t a photo of our neighbor’s property, their hay-feeder looked sort of like this:

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…and the horse’s head was caught underneath, with his neck resting on the bar on the bottom. It must have been so uncomfortable for that poor guy!

The first thing the “Rescue Team” did was to put a halter on the horse (Mommy got that part done), and then Mommy held the horse’s head up while two people moved the hay feeder carefully away from the horse’s head. It’s a good thing Cassie brought a knife, too, because the hay feeder was tied to the pipe corral fence with bailing twine, and they had to use the knife to cut it in order to move the feeder. Then, Cassie and his brother wrapped some ropes underneath the armpit of the horse’s front legs and more rope around his back legs, and together, Mommy and the two guys rolled the horse over onto his other side, with the other lady helping to make sure that the horse’s legs got out from under the pipe corral fence while they rolled him over.

Later, when Mommy finally was able to come over to me and give me my dinner grain, she told me that the horse had some big gashes from trying to free himself, but that he was otherwise unharmed. I was relieved to hear that! The only bad part was that the poor guy has COPD – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – and that he was having a hard time breathing. The lady and the guy who work at the other barn were going to give the poor, sweet horse a shower and then clean his wounds and let him get some rest.

As Mommy was telling me all this, we saw the lady leading the horse out of the wash area. The horse was stumbling badly, and then we heard the lady start to yell to her co-worker. I don’t think he could hear her, because he didn’t come running. Mommy, however, did. She ran over and climbed the fence again just in time to see the horse fall down – hard. I saw the lady point up toward the barn at the other end of the property, and Mommy took off in that direction again. I assumed that the lady had asked Mommy to get the guy that she had been yelling for; sure enough, Mommy and that same guy came running back down toward the lady and the fallen horse.

The guy shoved something in the horse’s mouth – which Mommy told me later was a medicated inhaler – and then the horse lifted his head as though he was going to try to get up. He didn’t, though; I could see his sides heaving all the way from my stall. The poor thing had clearly blacked out from lack of oxygen! Once she knew the horse was okay and that she wasn’t needed anymore, Mommy came walking back over to me. She said that those nice people were going to let the horse lay there and catch his breath for as long as he needed to, and then they were going to continue taking care of his wounds. I was glad for the horse that he had people who cared so much about him.

When I didn’t see that horse for a couple days after that, I began to grow worried; but, as it turned out, the people had just been keeping him up in the barn so that he could recover from this traumatic incident. When I saw them walking him back out to his paddock, I wanted to cheer! Instead, I just shoved my nose into Mommy’s pocket and sniffed for carrots or treats.

So, that about sums up that bit of excitement… but there has been plenty more going on aside from that! Let’s see… Where do I even begin?

Well, the last time we spoke, I had just encountered my first rattle snake, right? Yes, I remember now… I was incredibly brave. I think it was Mommy who ran away scared, wasn’t it? Since then, I’ve done lots and lots of things. For instance…

Mommy has been stepping up the intensity of our workouts. She has this horrid little book – ummm, I mean… this awesome little book with A HUNDRED AND ONE exercises to prepare a horse for jumping, and she’s been pulling ideas from it constantly! That’s right. OVER A HUNDRED EXERCISES. And Mommy clearly thinks these exercises are great. Not that I don’t, of course… At least she doesn’t make me do more than one or two different ones each day. One if I have to practice harder before I can get it right, and two if I seem to pick up on one or both fairly quickly.

We did a pattern of circles with some lead changes thrown in…

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And we did cloverleaf patterns with tiny little circles in each direction at the trot and canter…

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And then one day we did some other squiggly pattern with lead changes thrown in…

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And we even did a crazy little circle pattern that took me the entire second half of our workout to perfect. First, we went over two poles on a circle to the inside, and then turned to the outside for a circle… and back over two poles on a circle to the inside… and so on. (If you still don’t understand what the pattern is – don’t worry. Neither did I!)

All of these exercises have been hard work, but I have to admit that they’re actually kind of fun. They really make me think hard about what Mommy is asking me to do, and they force me to pay better attention. Mommy said that she feels I’m behaving much better in general lately – and I guess she thinks it’s because of that!

Anyway, it hasn’t all been work without play… I got to jump a little one-stride line a few weeks ago, and it was pretty fun. We got up to about three feet high on the second jump, which was plenty for me. It’s a lot harder than you would think, going from one jump to the next with only a stride in between!

I also got to meet a bunch of Mommy’s family one weekend. I got to meet some of her second cousins, as well as one of her great-aunts and one of her great-uncles. And they were all pretty great!

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I even got lots of hugs, which was the best part! You know how much I love hugs.

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And a couple days after that, I got to meet Mommy’s brother and sister-in-law!

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Mommy’s sister-in-law is pregnant with a baby human, so – naturally – she wanted to go over and say hello to the baby horse!

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But, of course, she was much more excited to meet me than any of the other horses… because, you know… I’m a celebrity and all that.

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It was truly wonderful getting to meet Mommy’s human family – and not only because they all gave me a ton of treats! I love making new friends, especially when they’re humans who mean so very much to my Mommy.

The week following the excitement of meeting the family, I got to jump again! That time, though, we worked our way up to a vertical that was three and a half feet high! Now, as y’all know, that’s basically child’s play to me… Except for the fact that I’m still not in my top performance shape, so it was actually just a little bit difficult at first. But then it got easier and easier. I begged Mommy to let me jump higher, but she said that 3’6 was plenty high enough for that day.

Aside from all of that excitement, Mommy and I have just been hanging out together…

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…and hanging out with friends…

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Watching romantic sunsets together…

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Goofing around…

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And just enjoying life in general.

That’s about all the excitement that I have to share with you today, friends. I promise I’ll try not to wait so long before I write again! Stay cool, and I’ll catch y’all later!

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My newest friends

Okay, I know it’s been a while, but there’s been a lot going on! I’m a busy horse these days, you know. I’ve been making friends all over the place!

A few nights ago, Mommy showed up at the barn super late in the evening with a friend of hers. It was so late, I’d already eaten my dinner grain and half of my night hay, and I was taking a nap when they arrived! Mommy said her friend’s name was Ashley, and that she’d known Ashley for a long time. I could tell that Ashley was a horsewoman, because she walked right up to me and began petting my face and scratching behind my ears! Ashley lives in Washington D.C. and came to Nashville just to meet me! 

My new friend, Ashley!

My new friend, Ashley!

Mommy and I worked in the dressage arena, even though it was really dark; that arena has lights that are almost as bright as daytime. I loved showing off for Ashley because she always clapped and cheered me on when I did something well! (And even sometimes when I didn’t!)

And last night, I met another one of Mommy’s friends. Apparently, she’s known this guy even longer than she’s known my friend, Ashley!

My new friend, Anthony!

My new friend, Anthony!

His name is Anthony, and he immediately won me over when he gave me some treats!

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Mmm, molasses cookies – my favorite!!

Anthony lives in California and also in Dallas. I’ve never been to either of those places, but Anthony said that I’d probably like them both. And you know what? He came to Nashville just to see me! 

Anyway, I thought that Anthony was going to watch Mommy and me ride, but as it turned out, he was there to take a riding lesson, himself!

That's Jenna giving Anthony a lesson on Sonny!

That’s Jenna giving Anthony a lesson on Sonny!

He did a great job, and he’s going to take another lesson tomorrow.

I had today off, though I didn’t mind it one bit. I got to go outside into a paddock with lots of grass while Anthony had his riding lesson, and I was happy to come in when they were done. It was hot today! And the flies were biting me non-stop!

Wow, this grass looks delicious!

Wow, this grass looks delicious!

You see, the reason I had today off is because I banged my ankle when I was being silly in my stall, and it was swollen today when Mommy got there. She wanted me to go out for a little while in order to help with the circulation, but she didn’t want me to stay out too long because she knew I would probably end up hurting myself… again. When I went back inside, Mommy told me that I’d better not have any more bumps or bruises when she came back again to check on me! She told me that if I didn’t, and I was all in one sound piece, I would get to actually do some work tomorrow!

That’s about all I have to say for today, friends. Stay out of the heat and make sure you have lots of water to drink! I’ll catch y’all later!

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Not all jumping days need marshmallows

Although I didn’t actually get any marshmallows yesterday, I did get to jump! And you know what I realized? Not all jumping days need marshmallows. It’s been so long since I’ve gotten to jump; now jumping is a treat for me!

We had a long warm up to start, and Mommy gave me lots of walking breaks. Even though the sky was covered in clouds, it was still pretty warm and humid. We stretched out for a while at the walk and the trot, too, before Mommy asked me to come into a frame. Plus, there was a lot for me to look at – and Mommy knew that I needed to take my time.

There is always a lot to look at these days!

There is always a lot to look at these days!

Even though I’m still in good shape physically – I still have great stamina and cardio and all that – my muscles are out of shape. Important muscles. The muscles I need to hold myself in the correct body frame, the muscles I need to jump… Unfortunately, because I had two months off, I’ll have to spend almost as much time getting back into shape.

You see, when a working horse like me has an injury or a setback, it can be devastating. At least mentally, if not physically. Because when you’ve already lived through it – having to take time off for an injury, that is, and having to come back from it – you know from experience how difficult it is. It’s difficult to stay sane, not being able to work; it’s also tough knowing that coming back from the injury – to where I was before it happened – is going to take about as long as the healing of the injury itself! You have to really try to stay positive, and it’s always a bit of trial and error on the part of my humans, figuring out how to “keep me sound,” or keep me from injuring myself again.

So, my advice to you is not to get hurt! 

Anyway, we had a great workout yesterday. I behaved like a gentleman on the flat.

Warming up at the canter.

Warming up at the canter.

We worked over ground poles for a while, and it was a good thing, too; I was being pretty silly, and I kept jumping over the poles like they were big jumps! So we went over the ground poles again and again and again (and again and again!) until I finally calmed down and cantered over them like a normal horse.

When we were done with the ground poles, Mommy and I worked over a bounce line for a while. She was trying to get me to jump through it with a forward, even pace, but still come back to her and stop afterward.

Working through the bounce!

Working through the bounce!

I got the “going through it at an even, forward pace” part, but I couldn’t contain myself enough to stop immediately after she asked me to on the other side. So, we kept working over it until I got it right.

It was a lot of work, but it was also a lot of fun! And I have to say, my butt muscles are pretty sore today!

As we were cooling down after our workout, I suddenly noticed that there was a bunch of farm equipment just outside the arena. When I took a good look at it, it was scary!!! So naturally, while Mommy was relaxed (with her feet out of her stirrups and taking a drink), I spooked. I took off at a gallop! Her drink spilled all over the place, and she reined me in. Then – because she’s Mommy – she made me open the gate, walk out of the arena and inspect every single scary thing out there!

Checking out the scary stuff!

Checking out the scary stuff!

We finished cooling out, and then I got a long, cold shower. It felt good since it was so hot out and I had worked so hard. icchyshower

I got to go out into my paddock after that to eat grass for the rest of the day.

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Mommy came back in the evening to wrap my leg and make sure I had a clean stall and plenty of hay, and my best friend, Rocky the Kitty, hung out with me for a while, too.

Chillin' with Rocky.

Chillin’ with Rocky the Kitty.

I got today off, but Mommy still showed up this morning to groom me and turn me out into my paddock. I spent the entire day eating grass, until the bugs started to attack me, and I just couldn’t take it anymore. I decided that the best way to let everyone know that I wanted to come in was, well… to gallop! So that’s what I did, and sure enough, it worked. Jenna brought me inside, and I was happy to chill beneath my fan and munch on hay until dinnertime.

Tomorrow, it’s back to work! I can’t wait to see what Mommy has in mind… I have a feeling we’ll be working on ground poles a lot more these days… Oh well, we have to start somewhere!

Catch y’all later!

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Work hard, earn the reward…

It’s been a week of hard workouts, and I’ve been doing my best, because I want to get the reward that I was promised.

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Of course, there have been times when I’ve gotten a bit silly, and I couldn’t help but misbehave…

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But I think Mommy understands, because she forgave me. She knows that I just have a hard time containing myself sometimes, especially when poles are involved! And yes, those were supposed to be ground poles…

We even took a long walk after our workout today; I was nervous, walking so far away from all of my friends, but I just paid attention to Mommy and acted as brave as I could.

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And you know, it was pretty nice, after all. It wasn’t even all that scary. Too bad we didn’t have time to stop and graze for a while.

I still get to go into my paddock during the days, though, and I love it. I’ve missed getting to eat grass all day, every day.

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Anyway, if all goes as planned, I’ll be receiving my reward tomorrow during our workout.

Do you have any guesses as to what it might be?

I’ll give you a hint: Mommy said she might just buy me marshmallows…

I bet you know. But if you don’t know, tune in tomorrow and I’ll tell you!

Catch y’all later!

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Earning my keep

That’s right, friends: yesterday, Daddy told me that I have to start earning my keep. That means I don’t get any more long vacations (not that staying in my stall is a vacation, but you know what I mean), and I can’t afford to have any more injuries EVER AGAIN. I have to train hard, get in shape, start competing and prove to the world that the underdog can win.

Mommy and I had another great workout today. There was a lot of noise, because some construction is going on near the arena. I was a little tense at first, but Mommy asked me to walk over to where the noises were and take a look for myself. When I saw that it was humans making the noises, I knew it was nothing to worry about.

Hmmm... I'm not so sure about all this racket...

Hmmm… I’m not so sure about all this racket…

After I got a good look at them, I went about my job without many more distractions.

Well, I did get a little excited at one point and take off bucking… but we don’t need to go into details about that.

We worked on some shoulder-in and haunches-in exercises, but Mommy wouldn’t let me do any flying lead changes. I got a little excited and anticipated them (and by that, I mean I tried to run faster and rush into one, when she wasn’t even asking me to), so we didn’t get to do a single one. I just want so badly to be back in shape and doing all the things I was doing before I got hurt. I want to jump again!!

We worked for about twenty minutes, and then we went for a little walk in the grass. There are a lot of improvements happening at the barn, so there’s a lot to look at.

Look at all this grass!

Look at all this grass!

Although we didn’t work for long, the workout was a tough one. Afterward, Mommy gave me a shower and then a liniment bath; I hate liniment, as I’m sure you’ll remember, so I was not happy about that. I danced and pawed in the wash-racks, just to make sure she knew it, too.

But, being the kind and all-knowing Mommy that she is, she took me down to the round pen to let me roll in the sand and itch my tingly body! It felt great! I even met a couple really cool kids who gave me treats and kisses!

I can’t wait to work again tomorrow! I’ll let you know how it goes. But in the meantime, my Mommy drew this cool picture for Daddy, because both of my humans love me so much that they can’t stop thinking about me and how perfect I am, even in the middle of the night when they should be sleeping. (*Ahem…* Mommy, I know you’re reading this… Go to sleep!)

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Yup, that’s me!

And that’s about all I have to say for tonight. Catch y’all later!

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Working man, take three (or: Let’s try this again)

Friends, this was quite possibly one of the best days of my life.

Okay, maybe it wasn’t as amazing as the day that I jumped five feet for the first time, but it’s up there.

Why, you ask?

What happened today, you ask?

Today, Mommy and I were officially “back to work!”

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We were supposed to work yesterday, but when Mommy and Daddy got to the barn in the morning, it was pouring down rain. So Mommy and I didn’t get to ride yesterday, but I did get to be silly in the round pen. I was so excited not to be lame anymore that I galloped and bucked and jumped and kicked and squealed! It was fantastic! The only thing better would have been working under saddle, which I got to do today!

And it was GREAT!

We warmed up slowly with lots of walking breaks (and, of course, lots of breaks to go see Daddy, who had a TON of treats in his pockets). Mommy wanted me to take my time and stretch out because it’s been so long since I was under saddle. I was so excited to work, though, that I held myself in a frame without Mommy even asking me to!

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We worked on some lateral movements, like “leg yields,” and I tried my best, even though I was out of practice. It comes back pretty easily, though… some humans say that it’s “just like riding a horse!”

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By the time we were ready to canter, my muscles were loose and warmed up, and I felt like a million BUCKS! Mommy had to half-halt multiple times to slow me down, and I tried my best to listen… but I had SO much energy, that I couldn’t help speeding back up now and then!

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We worked through it, though, and Mommy even let me do a few flying lead changes across the diagonal!

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After a little while, Daddy suggested that Mommy let me stretch out at a hand gallop, and do what we like to call “GO GO.” (That’s where Mommy asks me to collect my canter, and then allows me to move up into a hand gallop, cueing me by saying… yes, you guessed it: “Go, go Icchy!”)

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I could tell Mommy was enjoying herself, because she was laughing out loud. I have to say, though, I was pretty happy as well!

So happy, in fact, that I got a little carried away… and when Mommy asked me to collect again, I sped up and started bucking!

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Mommy had been expecting that, though. When Daddy suggested we “Go go,” Mommy even said to him, “He’s going to get carried away and start bucking! I just know it!” And sure enough, she was right.

Mommy pointed me straight at the fence, and I stopped.

The rest of the ride, we worked on collecting and staying collected, because after that, I only wanted to EXTEND!

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Eventually, we worked it out. I came back to her, we collected and then extended, and all was once again well in the arena.

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So, even though I got a little carried away now and then, we had a great ride overall. Mommy gave me lots of praise… and Daddy gave me lots of treats!

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After Mommy and I were completely finished with our workout, Daddy led me up the hill and untacked me in the round pen. At first, I was nervous that they were going to chase me around and make me work again, but then I remembered that Mommy and Daddy would never do something like that.

When I realized that they put me in there so I could stretch and roll after my first hard workout in almost a month, I was so happy! I was exhausted and sweaty, and there was nothing in the world that sounded better than a good roll in the scratchy sand!

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I stretched and walked around for another fifteen minutes or so, and then Daddy brought me up to the barn for a shower, some fly spray, some more treats and LOTS of hay! It was the perfect end to a perfect day.

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Now that I’ve told y’all about my amazing day… I want to take a moment to give a shout out to my friend Bruce and his Mommy, Marlena, and my friend Troy and his Mommy, Kate. Bruce and Troy are two of my best friends in the whole world, and they’ve been away at a big competition this weekend. I can’t wait to see them again and hear about how well they did!

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Alright, friends. That’s about all I have to say for today. I hope that everyone is having a great weekend. Catch y’all tomorrow!

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A long time comin’

Alright, this is just getting ridiculous. The days move by so slowly while I’m living them, but then I look behind me and it’s been more than a week since I’ve written! It feels like so much has happened, even though my life is the most uneventful that it’s ever been.

Needless to say, I’m still lame. And it’s awful. I sit in my stall all day and all night, and I just eat hay and hope that Mommy and/or Daddy comes back again.

Hanging out with Daddy and our friend, Holly.

Hanging out with Daddy and our friend, Holly.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: it’s inhumane to keep a horse in a stall all day and all night, with only an hour or two hour breaks here and there, right? Well, let me just say from experience that my Mommy has a very good point when she says that I need to stay in, instead of going out with my friends, or even going out into a pasture by myself. (Not to mention the fact that the vet specifically said “Stall rest, with hand walking and grazing… and you can let him get the sillies out in the round pen.”)

Don’t get me wrong; Mommy knows as well as anyone does just how important and good it is for a fit, healthy horse to be able to move around and stretch and eat grass and socialize. But she also has experience with her own crazy Thoroughbred (that’s me) being lame and uncontrollable with excess energy!

You see, because the laminae inside my foot is bruised (again), it will actually inhibit healing if I work too much or go too crazy… and especially if I pound my hooves down onto a hard surface. Since I’m only supposed to have a very limited amount of work, and I can’t help misbehaving whenever I get the chance, and I’m not allowed to be turned out until my hoof is healed (but I act stupid when I’m turned out, anyway), Mommy decided that it would be in my best interest to follow the vet’s orders precisely, and force me into “Stall Rest” with “Hand Walking” and “Grazing” and “Getting The Sillies Out In The Round Pen.”

It was actually a pretty smart decision on her part, like I said before. It’s just that I feel like I’m going out of my mind.

When Mommy lets me graze and we walk around searching out the best grass, I get really excited and sometimes pull a little too hard against her to get to my next destination. And then there was the time, a few days ago, when we were grazing, and I “spooked” and took off before anyone had time to catch me!

Woo hoo! Free at last!

Woo hoo! Free at last!

(Would you believe me if I told you that was the second time this week that I escaped? Nah, I didn’t think you would. I guess I’ll save that story for another day.)

My Uncle Jody came out to the barn again this past weekend with his daughter, Skylar. I was so happy to get to visit with them again, but I was sad that I wouldn’t get to have as much fun with Skylar as I did before. Still, Skylar got to sit on my back as Mommy walked me around in the round pen, and then she helped Mommy chase me around for my daily dose of exercise!

Mommy and Skylar!

Mommy and Skylar!

Anyway, even though I get to go into the round pen each day to get out my sillies, sometimes I get carried away and I just gallop. Those are the days that I’m sore and twice as lame the next day. (I was also lame the day after I galloped in the pasture, when Mommy wanted me to graze next to Cav and Isis. Remember that?) But at least I get to stretch and play for a little while every day.

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It really does make me feel much better to get out and stretch my legs. And it’s a good time to look around and see what’s going on that I would be missing if I were still in my stall.

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And the good news is that I’m doing a little better every day. The stall rest is driving me nutso, but it really is helping my foot – and I can see that, so I won’t complain too much. I must admit, though, I do get a little envious when I see my friends going out to work. Today I saw Bruce with his mommy, Marlena, and their friend, Bridgid. They were all heading out to the arena for Bruce’s workout, and I wished so much that I could go with them.

Bruce, Marlena and Bridgid!

Bruce, Marlena and Bridgid!

I’m happy that my friends still get to work, though, because I know it won’t be long until I’m out there working, too. I know I keep saying that, but this time I definitely mean it!

So, I guess that’s all I have to say for now. I promise I won’t abandon you for so long ever again! Just please, friends, keep your hooves crossed for me that I get to go back to work soon and resume my normal life. I haven’t jumped in over two months, and I’m starting to feel an identity crisis coming on. I just don’t think I can take much more of this! I may have to find a Show Jumpers Anonymous meeting to go to, because I’m wondering whether I ever actually jumped at all, or if it was all just in my head…

Anyway, I’ll catch y’all later.

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Life is a Roller Coaster

And you know what? I’m getting kind of tired of this roller coaster. Not that I don’t like it when life moves fast and changes a lot, because I do; life is anything but moving fast these days, and I’m so bored that I think I’m becoming depressed.

I’m not really sure what that means, because I’ve never been depressed before. But I have to stay in my stall all day and all night, and I never get to go out with my friends anymore, and I barely ever get to eat grass, and I can’t work with Mommy or Daddy, and all I can do is walk and walk and walk and I just feel like I’m going crazy!

I’m so lonely, I barely ever get to talk to other horses, except for Zii and William (who are in the stalls on either side of me), or the random friend I see now and then in the cross ties of the barn.

Saying hi to my friend, Rocky the Pony!

Saying hi to my friend, Rocky the Pony!

But wait, it’s been so long, you probably don’t even know what happened yet!

Well, last Thursday, the farrier came out to trim my feet and reset my shoes. I was a really good boy this time. (Okay, Mommy stood in front of me and played “Got your lip” to distract me… and it worked.) But either way, I was on my best behavior and tried really hard not to move or jerk away my legs. The farrier and his assistant took their time, and I was exhausted and cranky by the end of it… but we made it through, and I got to graze for a while as my reward.

Okay, here’s where the bad news comes in… On Friday, I was in a lot of pain again. Now, my front right leg has been swelling again (it may have had something to do with the fact that I went nuts when Mommy and Daddy turned me out last time, and in the morning my leg was really swollen and hot…) and Daddy was convinced that I was just limping because my right leg hurt me still. But Mommy pointed out that my right leg was no longer swollen and hot, and that it didn’t look like the limp was coming from the right leg anyway.

Well, Saturday, my friend Dr. Kara was there checking on Jack Frost, a pony, and she said she would check me out, too. She confirmed what my Mommy already thought – that I was limping on my left front leg, not my right front leg. So, she checked my feet with the hoof testers (deja vu, anyone?) and found that I was really sore on one nail in particular. She pulled out that nail, which definitely helped to make it feel better, but I’m still in pain… and still lame. Or lame again.

It’s terrible, I know. I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself… Mommy doesn’t know, either. I wish life didn’t always have to be so hard.

Getting comfort from my Mommy...

Getting comfort from my Mommy…

Anyway, that’s about all I have to say right now. It’s raining today, which means that my limited “outdoor activity” will be even more limited today, and that’s a bummer. But I guess that’s just life.

Someday, I know I’ll be jumping again. And not just jumping, but jumping big. I just have to be patient a little while longer.

Catch y’all later.

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They call me the working man

All I can say about yesterday is… wow. It was amazing! It was the hardest workout I’ve had since being back to work, but it was also definitely the best.

My Uncle Jody came to the barn with Mommy and Daddy, and he was excited to watch me work, seeing as how I was still out of commission when he first met me.

We went down to the jumping arena, which was wet but not slippery; I walked for a long time before Mommy asked me to begin working. We only worked for about twenty minutes, but we did a lot more than we have been: I did some flying lead changes, and Uncle Jody figured the concept out right away!

Then, I got the best surprise ever: Daddy hopped on for a little while! I missed working out with my Daddy. It felt good to canter around with him a couple times. And I think we impressed Uncle Jody, too!

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Daddy and me!

I learned that my Daddy is going away for four days, so I won’t get to see him until he comes home. That made our ride together even more special.

Anyway, after Daddy and I cantered for a little while and did one really great flying lead change, I was completely exhausted! We walked to cool down, and then I got to have a cold shower and lots of treats before going outside for the night with my friends.

Today, Mommy said I get an easy, light workout in the round pen, so I can have a break from someone being on my back. Not that I’m a wuss or anything, but she’s right; after not being ridden for a month, I’m pretty tired these days.

Anyway, I’ll let you know how it goes; I just hope it’s not as hot as it has been lately when Mommy gets here to work me! Stay cool, friends… catch y’all later!

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Getting into shape

So, I’ve learned that getting into shape is actually not as easy as I thought it was going to be. I know Mommy told me that it would be this way, but after having an entire month off, I feel like I can barely trot for five minutes without getting winded! I used to be able to work an hour, solid, without even breathing hard; now a fifteen minute workout has me huffing and puffing for at least twice that long!

Look, that's us!

Look, that’s us!

I hate that I’m so out of shape, but it really makes me realize the wisdom of Mommy’s plan to take things slowly. I only worked for two days in a row before getting a day off (yesterday), and boy did I need it! After working two days in a row, I was exhausted! I’ll work again today, but not until later, when it isn’t quite so hot outside.

Mommy said that, while I’m working my way back into shape, I’ll have a much different workout schedule – obviously! Whereas I was working 4 days in a row (and an hour each day) before getting a day off, I will now be on a  “2/1/3/1/2/1” schedule… which is to say: two days of work, one day off, three days of work, one day off, etc… And each of those workouts will be short. You see, I’m starting at fifteen minutes each time, and working my way gradually back up to where I used to be. I think it will probably be a few months before I can work out for a full hour each time. What a bummer, right? But that’s okay; this summer has been especially hot, so I wouldn’t want to have to work longer than that, anyway!

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Alright, I’ve got my fan blowing on me (even though it’s blowing warm air, it’s still air!), I’ve just finished my lunch hay and I’m going to take a nap. That way, I’ll be able to save up my energy for when Mommy and I work later today! I’ll let you know how it goes. Catch y’all later!

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