Sunday, October 17, 2010
You've got a complication, palpitation of the badilla-dilla, with a wicky wacky savvy of a floy joy! In other words, Wishes.....you're allergic! That's right, poor little Wishes had an allergic reaction to something unknown, and had bumps and hives all over her body. This caused some swelling in her limbs, and pustules to burst on the surface of her skin, leaving her rather grumpy and uncomfortable. Dr. Schur from Desert Pines, came out to check her out, and found she also has a heart murmur! When it rains, it pours. Hopefully, the heart murmur won't be anything major, but I need to keep an eye on it and make sure she doesn't show signs of distress when I'm working her. Anyway, the doc gave her a couple of shots and instructed me to give her some steroids for the next few days, and scrub her body well with some medicated shampoo. As you can see from the photos, she just rolls in the dust as soon as I'm finished washing her, so she never looks clean and shiny.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Since Wishes was born at the Shiloh Horse Rescue in Sandy Valley, Nevada, and her mother was rescued from the Fallon Feedlot, I've never been sure of her origin. She was listed as a Quarter Horse "type". She has always been a very beautiful little filly, and I marveled at her curvy body and petite look. She has a thick, long, wavy mane and tail. Her barrel is also long and lean. She has a lovely, easy gate - not choppy, like my old quarter horse. I was told she might have some "Spanish" blood in her, so I started looking at different horse breeds to see if I could find any that matched her description. I came across a picture of a Morgan filly named "Bygone KittyHawke", and sure enough, she looks like she could be Wishes' twin sister! What do you think? Wishes is in the top picture, and Kitty is underneath.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
If you ever meet Clinton Anderson in person, don't make the mistake of asking him if he's ever seen a UFO. So what if he lives in Stephenville, Texas, home of the 2nd largest mass sighting of UFOs in the past 10 years. He doesn't want to talk about it (note the strained expression on his face).
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
I've sat on Wishes several times already, and have walked her around in a round pen, and even trotted on her while Betsy had her on a lunge line, but Saturday, May 29, 2010 was our first OFFICIAL ride. All decked out in her English saddle and bridle, Wishes walked all around Betsy's backyard with me in the driver's seat. We kept the session pretty short (about 10-15 minutes), but she did really well. She kept a nice level head, and started catching on pretty quickly to the leg cues, once she was in motion. We just need to work on that "go" switch.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Well, I've started tacking Wishes up, and getting her used to wearing gear. So far, I don' t have a bridle or bit that fits her because she's so small, so I'm using a bitless bridle. I borrowed Betsy's endurance saddle (which pinches her somewhat in the withers, so we won't be using that) and took a few pics so my 3 subscribers can see how big she is now. Ha ha ha - hi Lori, Eric and Ed. :-)