All the little bits and pieces that haven’t made it into any of the posts, here you go!
I finally made an instagram account: @topaz.dreams
I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I’m flailing around and post pretty pictures sometimes.
My migraines were really awful in April for no apparent reason, but are back to my usual now. Yay!
I bought a few new brushes after 10+ years with several of my current ones. I love my hard brush but it has seen better days. When its near-twin showed up at the feed store, it did not take very much thought to buy another one. Same color scheme, same brush actually. Super pleased.
After a number of patch jobs on the NagBag bale-bag hay net, plus regularly grumbling when refilling due to the tight fit, I ordered a new bale bag from Hayburners Equine on a friend’s recommendation. I’ve been using it for five months now and I am still quite pleased. There is one hole that I noted a week or so ago, and I’ll fix it.. sometime. It’s super-easy to get on over the bale, and they come in 3/4″ mesh. Current bale-status: approximately one bale every 4 days. Fetti is holding her weight well. I’m not thrilled going through that much hay that fast.. but if that’s what she needs, and that’s all she needs? I’ll take it.
Fetti’s hooves finally look better. Andrea recommended Dry Cow mastitis treatment. Combining that with aggressive (ha, not really) amateur frog slicing to get air to the affected area cleared things up. The trimmer complimented her hooves. That never happens.
Fetti’s hooves, part two: post-fall, I have picked up a rasp once and now she’s practically due for a farrier-trim again. Sigh. I think the flare is finally looking better, but I really have no clue right now. Also, it’s hot, it’s summer, and I am super not-motivated. I’m on draft three of this post now: maybe I will get to this over the weekend, now that the farrier-trim is done!
Our conditioning work hasn’t really happened. Oops. And we really, really haven’t been doing it in boots. Double oops. Again: maybe this week or this weekend?! We’re getting back to it, though. This was largely due to her cough in May-June, my fall in June, and worries about her hocks after that – so I can’t beat myself up too much for not doing it pre-vet visit. Now it’s time to get back in the game.
Fetti’s hocks are doing much better and I feel like I have my pony back. I am incredibly grateful that Pentosan made a difference for her.
Next ride plans are still up in the air. I have hopes of making it to Quicksilver for 50, but that’s dependent on continued good performance. I would love to find someone to ride a slow 50 with so I don’t break her brain on the wide-open trails, too. We’ll see where things end up going. This is the year of planning, re-planning, and planning some more, and mostly ending up in lessons fixing all the things!