I rode Merlin today! I haven’t ridden him in awhile, not because I didn’t want to… just because I’d been busy getting Tanta conditioned again etc. But now that Tanta is on stall rest… I’ve had some extra time on my hands. (Also! Side-note; we found a vet to look at Tanta tomorrow! 😬)
I can’t believe how fluffy he is!!! You can’t even tell the amount of fuzz from the pics…
His cute trick…
I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed riding the Merler until I ride him this evening. He is such a fun horse to ride!
Also, I got to use my new Jin Stirrups that I got for Christmas for the first time! As I’ve only ridden twice (😳) since Christmas! One of those rides was a bareback wander on Rasty, and the other I rode Ollie, and used Marens saddle… theoretically I could have put my stirrups onto her saddle, but she got new stirrups too, soooo… I just used hers.
Arent they prettyyy!?!🥰 And super comfortable too!! I love them…
(Sorry for the bad quality pics… They just didn’t turn out today… lol)
the Back on Track EQ3 helmet! I LOVE this helmet! I have been very intrigued by the whole MIPS thing, (you can read more about that here if you want) and I love that it is sparkly while still being pretty subtle. and it’s very comfortable! I was terrified that it wouldn’t fit as this is the first time I have ordered a helmet online, but I followed the instructions on the website for measuring my head, and luckily it is a perfect fit! I cant wait to ride in it!!
and look what else is on its way!!
I can’t resist a good sale. especially when its something I’ve been wanting for awhile…
hehe. The Majyc Equipe Color Elite XC boots!! Tanta will look so good in these!! they just shipped earlier today… I cant wait for them to arrive! I’ve heard great things about these, and (let’s be honest, the real reason I bought them;) they come in purple! PURPLE!!!!!! not enough things come in purple…
oh and a little update on the Tantasaurus; we have found a vet to come out next Tuesday. Which is great, but also sort of bad timing as we are supposed to be away doing a belated Christmas thing with some of my aunts. so we will have to figure something out there. we are still contacting other vets to see if anyone can come sooner, but if not we’ll get her looked at next Tuesday… *cross fingers that Tanta is okay and will be feeling better soon!!!*
Tanta is still on stall rest. She was really hating being stuck in a stall, so we borrowed three round pen panels from my coach, and assembled those outside to form a stall sized pen for Tanta in the day. We put it at the bottom of Lilliput’s run out, where there is already a gate.
I should have just gotten an actual picture… but I didn’t think of that and now it’s dark out. Basically, the red lines are the panels, the pink lines Lilliput’s run out, the green lines the horse paddock fence, and the yellow line is the gate. She can now sniff noses with all her friends, and she is a lot happier. The lump on her leg has almost doubled in size, which is really concerning me. She needs x rays, but we are having a difficult time finding a vet to come out. There is no equine vet where we live, but a few visit routinely. Unfortunately our regular vet (who looked at Tanta about a week ago) does not have an x-ray machine… we tried another vet who has looked at our horses in the past, but he is not scheduled to visit until the end on January, and I’m not comfortable waiting that long.😟 Someone suggested another vet, but it turns out they don’t come here anymore. And we tried to get ahold of three other vets too, two of which have not gotten back to us, and another whose phone number was out if service! So really hoping that one of those two vets are coming out here soon. If not we will have to trailer her into town, which is okay, it’s just a really long day for Tanta and it would be nice if we could avaoid that’s yeah! Fingers crossed we can get her looked at soon!!
Today I’m doing a super fun blog hop that Amanda from The $900 Facebook pony started! (Although I’ve only done some of the questions, not all of them:) It’s taken me… awhile to get to it. Also, my pictures are scattered throughout my phone and multiple computers… so it took some looking to find the ones I wanted for this post. (Yes, that is my excuse. And we are just going to roll with it😉)
Favourite show picture
Favourite non-show picture
favourite thing you bought
I am sort of cheating here. I could not choose… plus I didn’t technically buy Tanta myself. My parents did👍🏼😁 and Finn… is not really horse-y.
favourite between the ears picture
I can’t decide who’s ears I like looking at the best…
favourite horse ridden (or groomed/cared for) besides your own
Definitely Merlin! He belongs to my coach but she let me ride and show him this last spring/summer. He is amazingly fun to ride and such a snuggly pony!
favourite funny picture of your horse
First pic is Merlin at a horse show and the second one is Poor Rasty who was not impressed with the stabling at one of the shows I took Merlin to last summer. (Rasty came along to go to the vets🙁) after this picture was taken, we convinced Rasty to come in. I was then adding some bedding to the stall for him, with just a stall guard up, and Rasty busted under the stall guard and trotted off!! That is… not like Rasty at all. Lol.
favourite fence that you successfully jumped or moment that you conquered
I Think this would have to be performing my freestyle at a horse show in July. I really didn’t have very much time to practice, so I was quite nervous about that. And we ended up scoring our best score ever!!
Just over a week ago Tanta and I had a jumping lesson. it was great fun and Tanta felt very good! we were focusing on staying reeeaallly straight on the approach and landing of some little tiny jumps… which was actually quite tough for us. lol. (My coach also had me work on keeping my hip angle more closed… riding only dressage for the last year hasn’t helped!) after we finished jumping I went to do some stretchy trot with Tanta before ending our ride, but she was off on her right front. me and my coach both looked her leg over and neither of us could see or feel any lumps/bumps/heat/swelling on her leg. so it was decided upon that I would ice her leg and wrap her that night. I was *hoping* that she was just brewing an abscess. buuuuut when I went out and unwrapped her the next morning… bony lump right on the inside of her fetlock!! nooooooo…
I trotted her that morning, and she was still off on it, although maybe a smidge less so. and me feeling the lump did not seem to bother her at all. I tried to get a picture of it, but her leg is so fluffy the lump didn’t show up… but the lump is roughly the size of a quarter.
I then showed the lump to my coach, as I normally do when one of my horses develops some sort of strange lump and I dont know what’s going on… she thought the lump was on Tanta’s sesamoid bone. “lump on horses sesamoid bone” is not something you want to google. it’s a very good way to freak yourself out…😟
my coach suggested putting her on stall rest with the run out (so not full stall rest), ice her at least once a day and then wrap her front legs at night. at least until our vet could come and look at her. I’ve been doing this, but the lump and lameness are still there. Today our vet came to look at her, and confirmed that the lump is on her sesamoid bone and recommended X-rays… unfortunately our vet does not have an X-ray machine so we will need to get another vet up soon.
Tanta was also due to get her teeth floated. she has a lump on the side of her face due to a tooth infection that she got awhile ago, while she was in foal with Raven. at the time it could not be removed because it would have (obviously) required sedation, and that couldn’t happed while she was pregnant. so now it could be removed, but the last X-ray she had looked perfect, and the lump has grown way smaller! so removing it may not be necessary anymore… it looks a bit funny, but it really does not bother her. so when we X-ray her leg we will also x-ray her mouth to see what’s going on with that. if she does not need the operation that would be nice. apparently it is quite a procedure to remove a horse tooth…
sooooo. cross fingers my Tanta is sound and feeling better soon! and while our vet was here she checked up on Rasty, who is on a diet… she was pleased that he had lost weight, YAY!! but of course he needs to lose more weight still… and he is DESTROYING our fence…
I assume its because he is bored, but I am also concerned because we used to have a OTTB boarded at our place who started chewing wood because he had ulcers…
Also, on a completely different note… I’ve been doing a little bridle shopping/research. I would like to buy a new bridle for Tanta to jump in… she has a dressage bridle from Solo Equine, which me and Tanta both really like. but for jumping, I would like something a little less… bulky. (of course I bought the solo bridle with the widest noseband🥰) I just cant find anything that I love… it needs to be black to match my saddle… plus, I’m really picky. like, basically I want a buttery soft unicorn bridle! but that fits into my small budget! I am considering a Micklem, as that’s what I always used on Rasty. he really liked his, and I was pleased with the quality… but, that being said, I have used a Micklem on Tanta before, and she really didn’t notice a difference. sooooo… I am in love with the Butet bridles. but, um, those do NOT fit in the budget. maybe I can find one used?
If anyone has a favorite jumping bridle, I’d love to hear!