Sunday, February 15, 2015

Zora's Health Challenge - The Beginning

It started the first weekend of May, 2014. At least that is when it started for us. We're pretty sure it had been going on for a while, but we were completely unaware until that Saturday ride in May.

We had a nice, uneventful ride. We even saw one of my former co-workers and his family, which was just fantastic. His children were completely in awe of the horses, as children usually are. We left them and started back for home.

Going over the toll road bridge something surprising, frightening, and bewildering happened. Divna and I were behind John and Zora (as usual), when suddenly Zora's back end just dropped! The best way I can describe it is that she appeared to be instantly paralyzed. In true Zora fashion, she didn't stop walking! She was just dragging her back legs! It was horrible.......

John knew something had happened, but by the time he got her stopped and dismounted, she had drug herself at least six or seven steps. We were scared to death! We stood there on the toll road bridge, checked her out as best we could and finally decided all we could do was walk the remaining two miles home.

She actually left skidmarks on the road from her hoofs being scraped off onto the pavement.

She skinned up both back shins, the left one worse than the right. and rubbed her hoofs down a layer or two.

Needless to say we were freaked out. We gave her bute and treated the injuries as best we could. A call to the vet was made.....

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Divine Intervention? Difficult Repair!!!

A week ago we decided to go for a night ride. It was a beautiful night -- snow on the ground, snow falling, and stars. It had to be a short ride (for reasons I'll explain in another post) so we were just going on the trails on our property, and then on the lane that circles our general area.

No sooner had we gotten onto our trails, than Zora started acting up. In getting her under control John noticed the clip on one of his reins was broken. Of course that changes everything, so back to the barn we go.

When unsaddling, I noticed that one of MY reins was also about to break -- the leather strap had come unhooked from its clasp and was barely hanging on.

To me this meant that we were prevented from taking that ride for some reason. I'm not questioning it or complaining about the tack issues!

Last night we finally had a chance to do the rein repairs. Has anyone out there had experience with this type of clasp?

I HATE these things! They are so very difficult to work with! They just WILL NOT BUDGE when you are trying to work with them, and they are an absolute nightmare to get back together, I am wondering if there is a trick to them?

And so this is what John  ended up with -- original clasp at the bottom, our repair at the top. Had to use the clasps we had on hand! Looks strange, I know, but as long as it works!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Easy Boot Epics -- For Sale or Trade

Well, we couldn't figure out why Zora could not keep her Easy Boots on. Divna has never had a problem, but when we get into a lope, Zora's come off.

At first we thought we were not putting them on properly. But after it happened for the 4th time, we realized they are just too big for her.

So, we need to sell/trade them. They are a size 2 and we need size 1. We paid $80/each, and are asking $40/each (and buyer pays shipping). We would trade for size 1.

Low mileage -- They have only been used on 4-5 rides, never more than 10 miles per ride.

Anyone out there know anyone who needs to buy or trade? If so, give them this e-address:

Thanks a million!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Partners In Crime

She looks sweet and innocent, right?

Yesterday we were outside doing some yard work. We had left the barn doors open for two reasons:

  1. We no longer have goats, so we don't have to worry about closing doors as much as we used to. The goats would get into everything.
  2. We wanted to hear the Serbian music playing from the CD player in the barn.
We were working away, and then suddenly we heard a loud "Bang" sound. We looked at each other and both said "What the heck was that?" We quickly reasoned the wind must have blown one of the barn doors shut.

About 30 seconds later we heard the same sound again and looked at each other with puzzled expressions on our faces. Then a few seconds later we heard it yet again, but this time, we made that mental connection.

Amazing how we thought the same thing at the same time......

We both knew what it was. I volunteered to go check it out. The noise was coming periodically now. As I got close to the barn, I could see a horse's nose sticking out of the access door.

Quietly, I walked up to that door, and sure enough there was Zora, using her big head to try to lift the top of the grain storage box, and Divna was standing at the door as the lookout.

I can just hear their conversation:
Zora: "Divna, I think I can get into that grain box. You and I can have a special treat!"
Divna: "Really? That would be awesome!"
Zora: "You stand guard and watch for John or Regina while I get the box open."
Divna: "Sure, Zora. Whatever you say."

Zora could lift the lid a bit, but not enough. Divna was a poor choice for lookout as she only has one eye, and it was her blind side that was closest to the door.

I said "What are you two doing??" and they jumped about six inches, turned and ran out of the barn. I could see it on their faces that they knew they were caught, and that I took them by surprise.

I am sure Zora yelled at Divna for not watching good enough.

Don't let anyone tell you that animals don't think or reason.....

P.S. This also reveals the flaw in our thinking (see #1 above)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

MISHO - 1 1/4 Year later

We lost Misho one year and three months ago today. I still miss him.....

Here is a remembrance of him in pictures.

He was a character......

The barnyard is too quiet without the goats. Rest peacefully, my sweet Misho.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

MIA - Almost Three Months!!!

I have not blogged since APRIL!!!!!

This is ridiculous......

There has been a lot going on -- John and I went through a very stressfull period -- I changed jobs, and we had a run of bad luck.
No Excuse!
I have missed reading the blogs I follow, and have missed writing about things that have happened. I have thought about all of this a lot.....I just haven't done anything about it.
I did not even blog on the one-year anniversary of Misho's death,
I am going to catch up  on all of that.
I'M BACK!!!!
MORE TO COME.........

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday Bareback and Saturday Road Ride


I haven't blogged lately, but that doesn't mean we haven't been riding.
Our camera was stolen on a trip to New York city in early March, and I hate to blog without adding pictures. We went out there to see our Italian Exchange Daughter who was in NYC on business. Long story, so here are the bullet points -- I was sick, we almost missed our flight, luggage took a different flight, courier had to deliver luggage to our apartment, when we received the luggage a bunch of things were missing. But the joke is on the thief because the camera wasn't working properly anyway.
So we finally got a new camera, and here are some pictures from our most recent 2 rides.
Last weekend we were very short on time, so on Sunday we just stayed in our pasture and rode bareback.
Then yesterday, we put the Easy Boots on The Girls and took them out for a road ride on the backroads where we live.
It was such a neat ride. These are roads we frequently drive on, but from the horse everything is seen from a differentn perspective. You feel like you are someplace new.
A house nearby had these pretty flowers growing in their front yard.

We stopped for a rest by a field and let The Girls eat some grass.

All of the drivers we encountered were so considerate.....they would slow down and move over for us; some even stopped! They would pass us with a wave and a smile. That really made me feel good to see that my sweet Divna put a smile on so many peoples' faces.

Me, Divna, and Our Shadow!