Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Graduation Day

A few weeks ago, a very special young man completed a long journey and just this past week, he began another. Jon (the son of one of my best friends) worked very hard to get himself down a long road- amidst the angst and tumult of the average teen aged boys' high school year, he fought his own inner battles. In the past few year this amazing man has overcome many of the obstacles his autism has presented him and made it, victorious to Graduation Day!

I counted myself lucky to be invited to watch him receive not one, but two diplomas! He graduated with honors from his school, and also from the local high school as well! I was so proud to be there to watch him mark the milestone.

This past week, he left for Fort Benning- a solider he intends to be. Having watched his determination and drive, a fine one he will make! So, to Jonnie- a proud salute for a new undertaking; as well as huge hugs for a mission just accomplished!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Home Again

We are home from our week in the Catskills. We spent 7 lovely days with Bill's parents at a very nice resort right on the NY/Penn border. It was a very nice place, and the kids had a lot of fun. I don't do too well leaving my critters, so I had a hard time relaxing, but we made it through the week with no disasters (Thanks Cindi!!) and *gasp* this place can run without me!

I am sitting here now, trying to get my new camera to drop my pictures to the computer. It's not going well, and I'm getting frustrated! I have almost totally given up coffee (shocking I know!) but I have a cup cooling beside me. I can't get myself to take a sip- I know it will upset my tummy... but with this dang thing not cooperating... I just went upstairs and poured it out of habit! Sigh. Hopefully I can post some fun shots of the kiddos on vacation later- I'll have to ask for help...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I spoke too soon

Well. I know this horse ended up in my life for a reason. I think the universe is trying to teach me a serious lesson in patience and acceptance of things beyond my control.

With this being the last clear day for a while (plus we will be on vacation next week) I was anxious to get back on Beau. So I popped out of my PJs and into britches... but Beau is lame again. Good grief. Today it is right hind, and I suspect he may have gotten a stone bruise or just ouchied himself in some other way on the trail yesterday- there were a few washed out spots that were rather rocky. Sigh. He spent the day in with a gram of bute, and Bill ran home to check him over with the hoof testers- nothing showed up, and he is weight bearing and just a little "off" so I hope he will be feeling better and ready for hind shoes tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Back in the saddle

Fheww. Working in the Special Ed Program was killer- well, not too terrible as far as the actual work goes, but man oh man did it wear me out, and keep me from a lot of other things! Now that that stint is over, I'm back!

Saturday my friend Linda and I took Miller and Beau off for a nice trail ride. As we arrived on the property we passed 2 other riders coming back and they warned us that the bugs were bad. Well, luckily they didn't bother us too much and we had an awsome time! It was a beautiful day (after nearly a week of rain!) and the river was running full- the sun shining, and it felt so good to be back on my horse having fun! Linda watched us from behind quite a bit, and said he looked just fine, and he felt great. We did a few nice long trot stretches, but mostly walked- just what Beau needs! He and Miller get along so well. Its such a treat to ride out with them.

Today the Vets were coming for dental exams... but when I fed at 6:15 I noticed trouble a'brewin. I fed and then went on as usual to pick out Beau's stall. When I came out Squeeke was laying down... it was odd- shes never done that before. So, I moseyed over and yup- 1/2 her breakfast was still in her feed tub. I coaxed her up, and she went right back down. Sigh. So, I headed directly to the banamine and dosed her right quick. Then we spent the better part of an hour walking up and down the driveway. We loaded on and off the trailer a few times trying to induce some manure- but no luck. With the meds I figured she was more comfortable and could stand while I got the little 2 off to the bus stop. When I came back out to the stall, she had pooped! Yipee. Her gut sounds were never really decreased, and she wasn't in distress (not thrashing or pawing, no sweat or frantic behavior) I just knew she wasn't feeling too good. Maybe gas?!

So needless to say she got a "physical" when the vet came, and got her teeth floating postponed. I didn't want to stress her when I knew she wasn't 100% She is fine now- has had a few hours of turnout and a small flake of hay. Ill keep an eye on her to be sure, but she seems back to her normal self. They will skip the grass tonight just to be sure, I know her "brothers" will be mad, but I don't want to risk it!

Beau and I went for a nice trail ride this afternoon- its a beautiful day and we are due for more rain later in the week. So, despite the fact that I had a yucky stomach- I got on anyhow! I was so glad I did- it was lovely in the woods- and he was a good boy! There is a lot of water on the trails- so that was good practice. He doesn't always like to hack out alone, but today he was very good about it! I was excited to ride a loop Bill and Savanna cleared for me. There was a lot of stuff down from all the winter storms and they cleared it a while back, but I didn't get a chance to ride it until now. I'm really lucky to have such great trails out my back door- and now is a great time to explore! The walking is great for Beau while we rehab, and there is so much to discover!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Busy as can Be

In the past 2 weeks I have:

*gone to the equine clinic once
*had the vet out once
*worked 6 full days in the special ed room at our primary school
*gone to 2 cub scout training meetings
*taken 6 9yr old brownie scouts camping for 3 days
*gone to 2 bar-b-ques
*gone to one graduation ceremony

AND I have ridden my horse about half a dozen times! Yippee.

Now ask me about laundry and vacuuming. Something had to give....