Saturday, 4 October 2014

Bad Blogger

I have been a terrible blogger and horse-mom during the month of September. Many things have been combining to keep me out of the saddle; namely work & life problems as i scurry around furniture stores every weekend trying not to cry at the prices as I attempt to decide on a sofa & beds for my flat before I get the keys in March.


I also got news from the yard that livery prices are going up as of November 1st, which led me to seriously consider sending Kika back to my aunts in Ireland as she could live out and maybe be a mama, but there wouldn't really be anyone to ride her and at 10 years of age she is too young and healthy to retire yet. So selfishly I'm going to keep her here a little longer and hope I can manage my time better to ride the pair of them. The option is always here if things don't improve although I would miss her terribly. :-(

I have managed to ride Nancy twice & Kika once since I last updated. I rode both without lunging or doing anything strenuous besides walk, trot and a smattering of canter with them. They are so good to me and forgiving of my lack of saddle time. I may have sweetened them up by bringing them an apple each when I visit them in the field in the evenings to check their legs & bodies in case they might have done themselves a mischief.

Nancy being a sweetheart & chatting to my mama

Kika pulled one of her front shoes this week, so has garnered herself some more time off, or spinning in the walker while I ride Nancy. It is just the two of them on the field again now as O has changed yards for retirement on 24/7 turnout all year around. I don't like the idea of leaving either of them on the field alone while I faff over the other one, so I bring them both in together.

I have asked a new blacksmith to come see them Tuesday. A friend recommended this lady to me as she is a barefoot trimmer, so I thought I'd give her a try as i worry that Nancy's feet might be a little low at the back. I also want to get her opinion as to whether I might be able to transition Kika back to barefoot again. This lady will come every couple of weeks to keep on top of trimmings and teach owners how to do the basics to minimise her trips to us.
I put the front shoes back on Kika as she has a nasty habit of scraping her front feet/stomping during feeding time and sometimes when tied in the cross ties although she does this considerably less when she gets turnout. It may not be possible to have her barefoot in front again because of this, but it can't hurt to ask the professional.

18 comments:

  1. I was wondering where you'd run off to. Glad you're back!

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    1. Aw i didn't think anyone would notice
      *hugs*

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  2. :( aw sorry you're having a life rainstorm. I hope the barefoot works out and life calms down. At least you got to ride! ((Hugs)) feel free to vent, I'll listen!!!

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    1. Thanks lady *hugs*
      I kinda feel bad venting as its such first world problems that aren't really problems in the grand scheme of things so I try to keep quiet *blush*

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  3. sorry you've been so busy! hope things calm down more and you can get back in the saddle and have some FUN!!

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  4. Glad to see you back! :) Sorry you haven't been able to get out to your girls more! I'm pretty sure we always take it harder than our ponies when we don't have enough time! ;)

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    1. I think you are 100% right there ☺

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  5. Big hugs to you and I think you'll be able to accomplish everything you want, congrats on the flat and yes, blegh furniture prices are unreal, but maybe you can find something decent and used?

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    1. You're too kind, I shall try my best in any case.
      Sadly there isn't much of a second hand market in Lux, would love the variety that would offer. 3 weeks of searching in stores and it all starts to look the same.

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  6. Yay, you came back! :) Hope things are settling down and there will be lots of pony time in your future!
    Also, I hear you about the boarding thing - it;s expensive for two! We have a small property and every time I get the boarding bill I'm tempted to move them there even though it would mean way less riding time.

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    1. I'd stomach the board increase better if they hadn't increased it at the same time last year, I just feel like they are using external issues to hike up the prices. :(
      If it wasn't so near to where my parents live & where my flat is I'd seriously consider looking for somewhere cheaper

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  7. glad you're back and that you got a ride in!

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    1. Fingers crossed we can get back to a bit more regular scheduling soon ☺

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  8. I'm happy you're back! I've been wondering what you and your girls have been up to :)

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    1. Aw shucks guys, you're giving me the warm fuzzy feels!!!
      *grouphugs*

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  9. Welcome back! I hope the new trimmer works out. :D

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