Thursday, August 29, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
We headed down around 10ish on Saturday and arrived around 1 (quite a bit of traffic, but that is Seattle) at the Equestrian Center. It's a very large place with huge fields, lots of cross country jumps and rows of temp stalls. It was very low key (sign the waiver and pay your fee), which was pretty nice. Catrina and Jeremy Quantrell were already there with Mazaly, so Catrina schooled while Monica walked Danny around and then tacked up. Amrita wasn't there yet and we later heard her truck had overheated about 5 miles out. I did some film of Catrina and Mazaly making it all look easy. They did some beginner novice jumps and then started moving up. By the time Amrita showed up, Catrina was pretty much done and they headed out.
Amrita, Monica, Stella and Marina (two of Amrita's junior students) were all taking a lesson with Vicki (I didn't catch her last name). Vicki did a lovely job, getting everyone on the same page and warmed up. I trundled along with the video camera and huge tripod, wishing for the pony and cart that had been zipping around earlier. Happily, I had a little pull cart or there would probably be a lot less film of that day.
I didn't take any still shots on Saturday, so these are from Sunday's playing, but they are over basically the same jumps the ladies did on Saturday.
Amrita was schooling over the largest jumps, doing some of the preliminary jumps (I'm pretty sure I got that right) with Paktaly making it look easy. Danny is just starting over cross country jumps, so he did the beginner novice jumps and ended his day doing a drop into the water and out up the bank.
Everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun, horses included and I really, REALLY want to get back into the saddle. Maybe not to go over big jumps, but doing my thing. Soon!
Monday, August 12, 2013
9 of the 10 horses and riders at the Horse Park, with Jon Mays in the foreground filming. Tom Wohllaib photo
Catrina and Mazaly galloping through the water. I'm really bummed that I cut off Catrina's head, as otherwise it's a pretty good shot.
We had the bunch trot and canter up and down the road, there was some whooping and hollering going on, along with big grins. Wendy and Alpowa are in front, then Monica and Magdan, then Erin and Kuwwat, then Shannon and Octopelle and I think it's Catrina and Mazaly in back.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
We trailed down early Sunday morning, passing a roaring trailer (car or quad) fire on the way. We got the boys there and settled in (sort of, Andy was NOT happy to be in a strange stall). Keiko and Monica took them on a walk about while I got the numbers, show schedule and such all organized.
Even though this is was a schooling show, it was pretty big. Multiple arenas, indoors, outdoors, LOTs of horses and lots of activity. It really was quite a test for Andy, who has been rather sheltered the past years. Danny, who has been out doing endurance rides and conditioning, took it pretty much in stride.
Andy in the warm up ring with Keiko Young. Cathy Leddy photo.
Andy did 4 classes, including 2 intro dressage tests in the indoor arena (big, scary mirrors!) and while his first test was a bit hesitant, his last one was pretty nice. Keiko did a great job with him and he really listened to her.
Danny did 6 classes, including 2 dressage tests - one Training level and one intro. Sort of unfortunately, his training level test came before the Intro, so he was a little 'looky' in the indoor for that one, although he did settle down and got a nice score in the second test. Both boys were in the middle of the pack for their tests, with respectable scores for their tests. Not world beating, but that isn't really the idea for a schooling show!
After Andy's classes, I took him and we went out to graze, which made him very happy.
We headed home after the last class and all got some well deserved rest. I think we're ready for this next weekend's HorseFlicks filming at the Washington State Horse Park, which will most likely be the subject of my next blog. Thanks again to Monica and Keiko, who both did a great job with smiles on their faces.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
He didn't seem to be finding the milk bar as quickly as I like, so we moved mom and baby to the foaling stall, where it's a little more contained. He still wasn't getting it. He bumped around the stall, trying to nurse on the wall, on her legs, on me. I was starting to get worried. Foals should have their first meal ideally within 45 minutes of being born and we were along about 2 hours now. I kept trying to direct him to the milk bar, squirting milk in his mouth and every once in a while he'd latch on and get a few sips. But, not the healthy guzzle you like to see! I've had many foals born here and can pretty much see when something isn't quite right. Better to catch something like this right away, than hope and have the foal crash.
So, a call to Pilchuck Vet Hospital and Dr. Hollohan was on her way. She did a thorough check of him and we got him up again (Stand UP! turned into Stan. Sorry kid!). Finally, with quite a bit of help, we got him drinking decently. Aya was a champ the whole time, being very patient with all the human activity. He had his first poop (important) and Dr. Hollohan took blood for an IGG. I often don't worry about an IGG (to see how much colostrum they've ingested basically) if the foal is bright, normal and nursing well. Stan wasn't quite there. If the IGG is low, you have to go to the big guns, which cost quite a lot of money. The results came back as 600 - low is 400-600, normal is 800 plus. So he was high low...but was now much brighter and nursing very well. He was bouncing around the stall like a rubber ball, so after consulting with the vet, we decided to wait until the next morning and pull blood again.
The next morning, the results came back: 2300. Obviously, he'd been doing a VERY good job of eating all night long. Whew! Out of the woods!
Since then, he's been a normal kid - Aya has taught him how to walk beside her (which really is kind of funny, watching a mare school her foal). We put her out in the front pasture next to Cady, Xena and Annie and I swear she was telling Cady "THIS is how you do it, silly"
Stan figuring out how to keep flies off - 2 days old. Monica Bretherton photo
Stan is now a bit over a week old and is walking out to pasture each morning and coming in with a halter and lead (easy to just start that way, then they never argue) and all the mares (Cady, Annie and Aya) and Xena are out together. I need to get some photos of Stan and Xena - she's almost 3 months old, so is quite big and robust and then there is small, slender Stanley. The funny thing is, he's in charge. I think Xena was a little startled when he started chasing her. The moms just watched to make sure there wasn't too much 'horseplay' and then let them be.