Good News: The doctor removed the tumours on her liver; they were benign! Yipee!!! The small growth has been removed and sent to pathology, but he is quite hopeful that all the bad stuff has been removed. Yay!
|Gem's version of free lunging.....|
Good News: LA mentioned on the weekend that he looked fine during turnout (running and bucking), so I saddled him up on Sunday and rode him at a walk for 20 minutes. He was actually happy(?) to be doing something, I think. He had a spring in his step and was enjoying being out. With LA's permission, I took him on a lovely trail ride yesterday - the first real ride on him in 6 weeks! He was amazing. We walked through some really muddy patches, without issue. I know!! Mud! It felt so good to be riding him.
Bad News: The flies around the barn are horrific. Gem's stall is located at the end of the barn, next to the back door. Under normal circumstances, it's a great spot; sun, fresh air, nice view. However, flies multiply in the manure pile around the corner. I have a fly trap at his stall, but it has not had much of an impact this year. When I took him out of his stall over the weekend, his left eye was a bit swollen, red and gunky; conjunctivitis brought on by the flies irritating his eyes. I picked up some eye ointment and he has been wearing his fly mask. I hope there is some improvement soon.
Good News: The fly spray I have been using has been doing a really good job. Neemella not only smells nice, but it seems to keep the flies away for longer than the traditional sprays. And, even with the billions of flies around, Gem does not seem to be suffering with bot eggs like previous years (knocking on wood as I type that).
Bad News: Jean and Stu will be leaving the barn soon. Jean's husband has been transferred so she will be leaving at the end of the month. Back in June, Jean had another fall off of Stu. A few of us met on a Sunday to go out on a trail ride. Her lessons had been going fairly well, and Jean felt she was ready to try Stu out in the open. Jean, RO and I were walking our horses around the paddock, waiting for DH's Mom to join us. Jean was at the far end and all of a sudden, RO and I heard "whoa! Whoa! WHOA!" We turned our horses around to see Jean basically lying flat on Stu's back pulling on the reins with all of her might as he cantered out of control. We had (stupidly) left the gate leading to the yard open, thinking that DH's Mom wasn't far behind us and Stu took advantage of the opening and raced through. Fortunately, Jean fell with a thump before Stu ran into the barn - she would have hit the top of the barn door and sustained major injuries if she had stayed on him. DH's Mom was still in the barn and was able to calm Stu before he hurt himself or another horse. She made Jean get back on him (unlike the last time she fell) and she held the bridle and walked Jean around for a bit before she got off. Jean is not exactly sure what it was that set Stu off; it might have been her boot scraping the side of the fence. Unfortunately, Jean has been sort of reluctant to ride Stu ever since. She will be going to a very small boarding facility that does not have an instructor or arena. My fingers and toes are crossed that she will push herself to improve Stu's (and her) confidence and abilities in spite of the limitations at her new place.
Good News: The weather has been decent and I am looking forward to riding my boy this week!
Hope you are enjoying your summer!