Thursday, January 12, 2012


are and up and down journey.

So Lilly has felt bleh lately. Not lame, just bleh. I figure maybe it's because I haven't been riding lately. Maybe she just needs to be shaped up a bit.

But when my student rode her, she didn't look normal. She wasn't lame, but my gut was saying something isn't right. But she's not lame.

So I went to my trainers anyways and when I got there. My trainer asked me to trot her. And then she felt more BLAH! I'm like hmmm.... This isn't my normal gal. My trainer was like, she doesn't look right. She looks sticky.

So we trotted on a loose rein and still she just didn't feel right.

My trainer was told me, If I never seen this horse move I would think it's just a sticky mover, but I know how your mare moves and this isn't her norm today. I said yes definitely. She doesn't feel right.

So I booked an appoitnment at the vets for Wed. We go and she scores a 1 on the lameness exam on the flexion. He said do you want to x-ray her or what? I said let's go and x-ray her, because why not. Let's see how good my insurance is. I've never had to use it.

So 1,200 later, she had clean x-rays. Her hocks are clean. Nothing sketchy going on. He sat me down and told me to put he on Adequan and a pain med (for 30 days) and see how she's doing. He also told me he wanted to test her for Lyme's disease. I was like okay. Whatever. Didn't really think anything of it.

He calls me Tuesday I think and said she tested negative on the first two parts of the Lymes test, but tested positive for the third thing they test for. He said the test isn't 100% reliable because all it can mean is that she's been exposed to Lymes and carries the antibodies.

I gave her a few days off like instructed and started riding on Sunday. She felt great. I wasn't able to ride Wed because the rain. So yesterday my student rode her. I figure it'd be good, she'll just walk-trot her, be an easy day for her.

She's lame. She's worse yesterday then she was on my Sunday ride. I noticed in the walk she wasn't really using her hocks that well. And then when my student trotted it was definitely noticeable. Even my student's mom saw it. I'm like fiddlesticks. Fiddle fing sticks.

I was seriously sad. I got home and was trying to eat something, stepped on the dog and I thought of Lilly being lame and hurting and I just hurt the damn dog. I just started crying.

It's tough when they hurt I hurt. So I'm calling the vet today. I can't sleep right now. I'll find out what he says to do.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

2012 Show Season

This is going to be a crazy year. Of course as the year goes on, I'll have to tweek it and change things. Budi may have to take Lilly without me. But we'll see how everything works out.

Feb. 5th: Jumpers @Frying Pan Park
Mar 11th: Jumpers @Frying Pan Park
Mar 24th: Vada/Nova Schooling @Morven Park
April 7th+8th: Vada/Nova Licensed Show
April 18th-22nd: HITS Jumpers
or April 22nd: Sandstone Jumpers
May 5th-6th: Dressage at the Meadows Vada Central
May 20th: Moriah Jumpers
May 26th: Dressage @ Heavenly Waters
May 28th: THE Shows @Fox Whisper Farms (students)
June 3rd: Moriah Jumpers
June 9th: VADA/NOVA Dressage
June 10th: THE Shows @Fox Whisper Farms (students)
June 23rd-24th: PVDA Ride for Life
July 4th-8th: HITS (prob just do Wed-Thur)
July 7th: THE Shows @Fox Whisper Farms (students)
July 11-15th: HITS
July 13th-15th: Dressage At Lexington
(This is going to be a lets see how she's doing in jumpers and dressage. But I think I am going to try and do the VADA Fall Competition and she has never shown u/s at Lexington)
July 29th: Moriah Jumpers
Aug. 4th: THE Shows @Fox Whisper Farms (students)
Aug. 5th: Moriah Jumpers
Aug. 12th: Vada Schooling/Vada Breed Show
Aug. 15th-19th: HITS Culpeper
Aug. 22nd-26th: HITS Culpeper
Sept. 9th: Moriah Jumpers
Sept. 2nd: THE Shows @Fox Whisper Farms (students)
Sept. 15th-16th: VADAF @Rosemont Farm
Sept. 22nd: Moriah Jumpers
Sept. 25th-Sept. 30th: Dressage at Devon (prob just going not showing)
Oct. 6th: THE Shows @Fox Whisper Farms (students)
Oct. 18th-21st: Vada Fall Competition
Nov. 1st-4th: GAIGs


I've ignored the blogspot world. :(

Sooo here's another brief recap.

Budi and Lilly finished 13th (or so) in Low Jumpers in VHSA. Not bad for like 5 shows.

I have goals to start showing her again. I'll post my show schedule soon.

She was a little off. Very mildly lame. Took her to Piedmont and her x-rays are clean. She's started on Adequan.

2012 is going to be crazy awesome! I can feel it! :)