Tuesday, September 30, 2008

good stuff

I scan the internets now and then for a nice, solid, old school tack trunk and I found this: Tack Trunks Etc.

I scan no more. These are delightful.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Circle K three am.

Overheard at the

Drunk Girl: "If you see my reflection in the snow covered hills, well the landslide brought it down."
what exactly does this mean? It's a really pretty song, but wtf does that mean? Was her reflection on the snow covered hills before the landslide? why was it on the snow covered hills? Are the snow covered hills a nice place to be? because if it is, my version would be "if you seEEEHhe my reflectIOn in the pot covered fields, the po-hhh-lieeece broOought it down."


Amend the PLAN, listen to your horse

I had anticipated getting on Dusty today and get this big great awesome ride out of him since his teeth were just "flotated"

-NHPeople: this means they file down their back molars till the whole line of them are even across the tops. My vet did this with a power drill with a little round sander at the end, a speculum and one tiny dose of some kind of anesthesia. Old school they did this with a file and a twitch. This in general is supposed to solve a whole plethora of problems with how a horse is going. If they are not chewing right then the neck is all messed up, and so the back, and so the hind etc...I suppose, perhaps not in that order.

The vet was out on Friday and gave him all of his vaccines, aside from floating his teeth. I wasn't too sure about giving them all at one time, but she said it would be alright, or I could stretch it out (which means more trips in the trailer, or more $60 farm calls). I saw all of the syringes... Encephalitis, Tetanus, Influenzua, Rhino, West Nile, and Rabies. He was just standing there with his head almost on the ground practically drooling. She said about 20-25 mins. I waited almost an hour to fed him. Still dropping pellets, but not as much. I think the dropping of food is just that he's messy.

His temp has been just a tad over (99.5, today) what it is normally and I'm sure that's because of all of those shots. He feels "warm" (?) to me. I'm trying to keep him very low stress and whattaknow he goes and scratches his thigh on something. I thought about checking him to see if he was off because of it, but I didn't. I wasn't going to ride or anything anyway.

When I pulled into the driveway today he was out grazing on the lush yard grass and he raised his head and said "HEEEYYY!!" to me. He was in a totally lovable mood, went into his stall as soon as I entered the barn. He just wanted LOVE. Very pleasant mood. He has had pretty much three days off in a row, very relieved that the heat of summer is beginning to let up.

I groomed him and the tail was a bit more active today than usual. So were the flies that were biting his ankles.

He was lazy. Lazy while lunging, LAZY while riding. Forward motion was DRAGGING along. He started arguing with me when I asked for the trot again like months before. He was starting to get louder and I was all: "NO WAY. WE GO." I thought at first that IF it was his teeth that were the problem at first then this reaction is just in his brain. All I planned for today was a long stretch out. He has been enjoying this warmup and today he wasn't even thinking about stretching. not. for. a minute.

I engaged into a little bit of dialogue with him and he, like he always does agreed and stretched. A Little. Whenever I put my inside leg on him the least little bit he turned his head and yelled at me. (WHA???). Still, I persisted. He obliged (ears flipped back at me instead of forward and relaxed) and I stopped the work. I thought that I would give it to him and then see what he feels like doing. I let him walk me around the arena, as soon as I was on the buckle he headed straight for the poles on the ground (uh? I guess he just wants to have fun today?) I think it was a total of 20 minutes.

We went for a walk around the pond and up and down some little hills. He has really had a easy week for the most part and maybe his body hurts from all those shots, maybe that scratch he won't let me touch, maybe he just wasn't feeling like being ridden today, maybe he just wanted to hang out today? Whatever it may be he was NOT feeling like work, so I listened, I think he got it. He was just as lovable when I got off as he was before ride. My lesson today was: "Amend the PLAN, listen to your horse."

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

OTTB confirmation
Can all horses do this?

Monday, September 22, 2008

Not so Rusty Dusty; a workout.

This is about a 45 min session. -
 Dressage Training DAM! out of order in the stream!
Warm up. Half seat. Get off his back and make him long and low.

Dressage Training
I begin to ask for a little bit more moving him more into my hands and more "up" on a big circle. I like to begin my sitting trot with no stirrups. 

Dressage Training
More trot.

Dressage Training
Some outside bends to loosen him up just a little moOore...

Dressage Training
Change rein. Circle. Getting better...

Dressage Training
AHHhh and there it is.

Dressage Training
A pretty trot. Some circles, some more outside bends, some change of bends, changes of  ze rein, oh, and transitions.

Dressage Training
Then he gets to stretch it all out :) 

I cantered him this day also - that's quite not ready for photos.....he thinks he's racing again or something, he just wants to RUN. AND IT'S FUN!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

This is yours.

Sorry I really don't mean to "go here" on my blog but this...this is truly well written to say the least.

"... is when you can call yourself a "fuckin' redneck," like Bristol Palin's boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you'll "kick their fuckin' ass," and talk about how you like to "shoot shit" for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug."

"...is being able to say that you support the words "under God" in the pledge of allegiance because "if it was good enough for the founding fathers, it's good enough for me," and not be immediately disqualified from holding office--since, after all, the pledge was written in the late 1800s and the "under God" part wasn't added until the 1950s--while believing that reading accused criminals and terrorists their rights (because, ya know, the Constitution, which you used to teach at a prestigious law school requires it), is a dangerous and silly idea only supported by mushy liberals."

"..is being able to claim your experience as a POW has anything at all to do with your fitness for president, while being black and experiencing racism is, as Sarah Palin has referred to it a "light" burden."

"... is being able to be a gun enthusiast and not make people immediately scared of you."

"...is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than most medium-sized colleges"

"... is being able to make fun of community organizers and the work they do--like, among other things, fight for the right of women to vote, or for civil rights, or the 8-hour workday, or an end to child labor--"

This is Your Nation on White Privilege by Tim Wise

Friday, September 19, 2008

Time for artsy fartsy!

Here's a set of Illustrations that I just drew. I think its rather cute.

And a watercolor I just finished:
Watercolor painting

yay! It feels good to do artwork that doesn't come with "COPY THIS" tagline.
Dusty Halo
Here's Dusty after a workout!
Love bug invasion

Love bugs

Thursday, September 04, 2008

I'm LOVING this site!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

My Gustav

Hurricane Gustav: Pensacola (Sunday)

Hurricane Gustav: Pensacola (Sunday)

My experience with Hurricane Gustav.
1. Mild freaking out with horse moving worries.
2. Mild freaking out with Pensacolans getting GAS in many containers.
3. Fun on the beach on Sunday, which was not closed.
4. The end of the Pensacola Beach Pier like a "REAL LIVE AQUARIUM" Sea Turtles, Dolphins, Manta Rays, Sting Rays, Sharks and fishermen catching tons of Fish.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

about a movie

I just watched this movie last night. Did you know the Director, Adrienne Shelly was MURDERED in 2006? She wrote, directed and acted in the movie. It's a really great little comedy, the characters are practically people that I have known. The movie kind of reminds me of "Secretary" another movie that I really enjoyed.

It's really tragic that a 17 year old Illegal alien and a talented blooming actress, director and writer had to cross paths ON MY BIRTHDAY.

Good Cause Virgin.

Pensacola Beach

I bought this shirt at the Virgin Megastore in Disney. I like the design, but the fact that five dollars would be donated to this organization Gabriel House, was interesting. I had no idea what this organization's philanthropy was but I have to admit it kind of swayed my purchase. I liked the marketing in it. They made it very simple for me to donate to a good cause, and the shirt wasn't even over $25.

Later that day when I took the shirt out of the bag I discovered that their history and mission were actually printed on the back of the shirt, inside, on the bottom. Genius.

Seperated at birth?



Pensacola Beach  Flounders
okaaay. So I've got a huge mouth.
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