It’s been a great month to get to revisit with friends at Twisted Oak!
The plan was to have a month of hanging out together, time’s up, winter is here.
To keep things over the top frenzy and busy, I’ve packed up all stuff and traveled with Valiosa to a facility all new to us.
Major plus: a little closer to my house!
At the new barn, she’ll have pasture board together with two friends (which she adores!), with better drainage so winter mud won’t be too much of a problem. Unless things completely flood like they did last winter but that’s unlikely.
And, this is huge, the commute will be just 30 minutes, combined with full care!
For the first time, I’ll be “just a boarder.” No extra work at the facility. No extra nothing. At all. Strange…
The challenge, a much busier environment… It’s a very special place to train. And, more as an afterthought, we’re not going to “blend in.” At all.
Bet most riders wouldn’t dare a silly move like this unless they knew they’d fit in just a little… Would you brave it?
This is the type of place where gorgeous warmblood babies are bred & born, and where top names in dressage come to clinic.
Little fountain in the middle sprays out water whispering – “This is really just only for people who actually know what they’re doing. Or who can pay for it, which is not mutually exclusive.”
The Mexican Beach Horse With Resting Bitch Face (yes, it’s a thing.) will be the -“Geez, what’s she doin’ riding THAT thing…!?”
Clearly a bit of a stretch, which is good and healthy thank you-very-much-just-please-don’t-mind-us.
Think we’ll be accepted?
Only one way to find out 🙂
And hey, only way to grow is to actually go someplace where your roots will be watered. Even if you end up drenched in the process.
Standard equine dentistry recommendation – a once yearly dental float performed by a veterinarian dental specialist.
Usually enough, easy peasy. Until it’s not.
My mare has thrown all vets for a loop with having an awesome looking bite, ending with the standard comment that once per year should be enough next time… But it has neverbeen enough.
Today’s post is for those of you who may be in the same boat – maybe without knowing.
Her first dental was when she was a little shy of 3 1/2 years old, a few months after bringing her home. Simple, routine, and with a couple of wolf teeth extracted.
Next float 11 months later, still before turning 4 1/2 years old – she’d started pocketing some hay in her mouth. The dental showed she’d developed some soreness from transverse ridges deep up inside.
All routine, got a green light to wait another year to float.
Next float 10 1/2 months later, well before 5 1/2 years old, she’d been telling me for a full month that something was “uncomfortable.” There was a “scent” to her breath, and she’d started stopping under saddle during work sometimes.
Sure enough, deeper, and more painful looking sores showed up high up in her mouth where the sharp edges of the teeth had cut deep in her cheeks. Vet still recommended waiting the standard 1 year – still considering her routine and she’d be all mature next time.
Just 5 1/2 months later, before turning 6, I still had her in a dental clinic – the vet told me he was sure he wouldn’t find anything – but nope, this time she’d developed the beginnings of a small wave, tiny hooks in the front, and yes, some more sores from transverse ridges!
This vet recommended waiting 9 months until next time. Of course, within 4 months I was already wondering if the tiny, cuts were starting to develop in there, bothering her. Wouldn’t you?
Because spending half a day, giving up training time, and wasting money is a horse owner’s specialty, we spent time trailering to the equine dental specialist a couple of weeks ago!
Sure enough, exactly 5 months after last float, there was a tiny wave, and the beginnings of sore spots up on the cheeks.
Good to be back, and Valiosa took the move in stride.
We’ll be training entirely on our own again during the time we’re here like before. Not ideal but it will be alright for the time we’re here 🙂
Of course I’m hoping we can get in a lesson at the end of the month. It’s so easy fall into bad habits…
Think I already did, so now all focus is on trying to “recycle” previous lessons as much as possible!
There’s some sort of rule that whenever a mare moves in to a new place she has to instantly come in heat. I’m sure. She’s just about done now, none of the guys paid her much attention any way.
Next weekend we have another adventure coming up. More about it later!
My thoughts go out to everyone in the devastating Napa and Sonoma fires so close to us. Winds have turned and the smoke is no longer thick over here – but I know many horses are far from being safe still, and the fires keep eating up houses each day. Small hopes for rain later in the week. Please let it happen!