Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Less is so gentle with the younger ones. He holds his head low so they can pet him and even if they are holding treats he remains a gentleman. I have no worries letting anyone lead him, give them the basic rules of leading and off they go.
Peanut is a fatty, we need to get some weight off her as you can see. (That's Kadabra behind her!)
It's kinda hard to believe looking at her now that she ran 108 races and won 38 of them :-o
Saturday, July 26, 2008
When I was on him Weds. and testing what makes him trip or stumble, I thought "OMG, what am I doing? What is the point to any of this, he clearly can't do what I'm asking comfortably".
During the pre-purchase exam 12+ years ago Less was lame going right on the lunge line, but of course x-rays didn't show anything...my vet and farrier summed it up to thin soles and sore feet from being ridden on frozen ground...ya now I'm starting to think it's a really BAD thing when your horse is lame or NQR and you have xrays done and find nothing. I used to always be relieved when nothing was found...I don't think like that anymore.
Since *this* has been going on for years I dont' think it's EPM, because it has lasted so long, but I could be wrong... also no vet has ever mentioned it, a spinal cord injury is what was brought up in April.
Well it's time to go see family and pick up another greyhound foster....
Friday, July 25, 2008
Note Lester's hind legs in the pic, horses should "fix" the leg immediately and not want to stand that way. Less stays there as long as you let him.
Latest lunge video
Ive posted an IM conversation I had with a friend about simalarities she had with her late horse Devon. She and I have been chatting for over a year now and so she knows all the ups/downs we've had: (pls ignore all typos)
sara: did you go and see Less last night
Denise: yes I did
sara: how was he
Denise: I really think I'm just done
Denise: he tripped 5 times at the walk
Denise: 3 times at the little trotting we did
Denise: and he did not want to turn right
Denise: he would, but it wasn’t easy
Denise: he'd first try and go left
Denise: I just feel like i'm riding on egg shells
sara: does he feel like he wants to explodE?
Denise: not explode really, but just so on edge
Denise: and like he really can't control it
sara: oh man
sara: Could you ever give him a month off?
sara: just turn out, no riding. maybe use bute?
Denise: yeah, like I said I think i'm really done this time
Denise: I worry for mine and his safety
sara: so do you really think you're going to retire Less for good
Denise: sorry, had to get coffee
Denise: I think so
Denise: unless I decide to take him down to Auburn
Denise: but it's not fair for him
Denise: and to be honest it all makes me nervous
sara: how so?
sara: what makes you nervous about it
Denise: not sure what's going on with him
Denise: and he spooks
sara: The spookiness is the pain
sara: when they get spooky the are usually hurting somewhere, at least that's been my experience
sara: Devon was "bombproof" and he started to get down right impossible
Denise: I hear ya
Denise: I want to hear all about Devon from beginning to end
Denise: dont' leave anything out
sara: Ok, when you get back I'll tell you from how it started through the end
Denise: I'm ready
sara: Well, every winter he'd be off--not lame but sore behind
sara: starting from about age 8
sara: and the vet woudl x-ray the hocks, they were fine, and we just thought it was a cold backed type of thing (he was raised in FL after he was imported as a 3 yr old
sara: He'd take a few days off, come back fine--every month this would basically be his MO
sara: Summers, fine
Denise: that's weird, Less seems to be worse in the heat
Denise: but it could be just progressing...
sara: So, we started showing first level and when I started to introduce the collection--He started to swap leasd
sara: Again, had his hocked checked, they were ok but had them injected, he seemed fine
sara: then, he started to get spooky
sara: which eventually progressed into rearing
sara: So my then trainer kept saying he had a really bad attitude problem.
sara: He'd be fine one day, horrid the next--so on and so forth
sara: That winter, he was horrible. Wouldn't go forward, would back up, turn left
sara: *he was worse right as well btw*
sara: To the right he almost always reared and changed direction on me
sara: so we rested him, put him into training (was still thinking attitude, vet said the same) and in the spring we decided to take him back to the vet
sara: she lounged him, flexed him, he was slightly off in the front
sara: so we took him down to Ohio State Univeristy
sara: first impressions--Rt. knee, hocks
sara: ok, inject all that. Bring him home. He's fine for 2 wks
sara: then starts his BS all over again
sara: back to OSU--corrective shoeing
sara: That worked for a little bit, but he still wasn't right
sara: so back to OSU (oh and in the meantime, I took him to show in June, Friday he was fine, by Saturday he was so lame behind out of nowhere it was nuts) but they still said teh front impacted the hind
sara: made sense
sara: So while at OSU for the third time, the lameness guy was watching him jog on the road
sara: and said---"go and get a video camrea and call Dr. Reed" and we thought WTF is that about?
sara: Dr. Reed is their neurologist, they start watching him go and start talking to each other. They decided to do a full body
sara: His knees, hocks, neck and back light up
sara: they decide it is NOT in the leg, but in the back
sara: That was Aug. of 02
sara: By April of 02, he had literally lost all concept of where his hind end was
sara: they would pull his tail, he would almost fall over
sara: they crossed his legs, he would try and walk
sara: poked him with needles--no reaction
sara: They found an injury in his neck from when he was a foal, and given his size and age, it had just progressed tha tmuch as was putting pressure on his nerves
sara: I sent him down one more time and they called me and said it was completely hopeless
sara: he'd just get to the point where he coudln't get up anymore
sara: so I had him put down April 3rd, 2003. 1 day before his 10th Bday
sara: but when you went to turn him right, he wouldnt
Denise: sounds really familiar
sara: and he got the point where he'd literally become violent NOT to go right
Denise: that's what I'm afraid of
sara: I got on him once, and tried to turn Rt, he bucked me off into the indoor wall
sara: that was the last time I ever rode him, Jan. of 03
sara: autotopsy came back "inconclusive complication due to back injury"
sara: and if he tosses you off due to pain, he will start that habit
sara: *he MAY start that habit anyway
Denise: see, I think he's really close
Denise: to that
sara: and only you can feel that
sara: you know what it's like on his back, how he feels under you
Denise: I have felt it coming for a while now
sara: It scares me when I talk to you because it honestly makes me feel like Devon
sara: he was the SAME way
Denise: that's how I feel
Denise: I don't want to ask too much or too little
sara: I know
sara: but you can't figure out what might set him off
Denise: it's different each day
sara: when he spooks does he turn a certain direction?
Denise: alwys left
sara: yep him too
Denise: I mean he spooks away from things to the right if they are on his right
Denise: but when he spooks at "nothing" it's always left
Denise: there were moments yesterday that he felt so normal and perfect, I got off and cried
Denise: those moments aren't worth what might could happen
sara: OMG I've BEEN THERE
sara: I feel fo you
sara: I started to jump devon because I didn't know what else to do
sara: and he was LOVING it
sara: we had 2 month of fun, showed him over fences a little bit, thought we solved the problem
sara: it all came back
sara: I had this little glimmer of hope
sara: adn it started tha tI would have these when I rode
sara: then the next day, it'd back to hell in a hand basket
sara: he was suffering at the end. LEss isn't suffering
sara: But only you can decide what's right for you both
sara: to retire him and let him live out his days just grazing--or to try again at Auburn just to see sara: but if you feel him getting explosive or dangerous. I wouldn't ride him
Denise: yeah, he's not suffering really on his own
Denise: he does stumble some here and there, but I think for the most part he is happy
Denise: but I've noticed little things too
sara: like what
Denise: he won't stand anymore when I paint his hooves
Denise: he backs up or picks his feet up
Denise: and I get mad, before I have taught him not to move his feet when I'm at them, he knows this
Denise: so when I pull him back up (he can tell I'm pissed now) he just has a look of terror in his eyes
sara: oh my!
sara: Devon did this with grooming
Denise: he walks out of his stall funny, always
sara: he stopped standing when I brushed him
Denise: paddles the right front
sara: I hate to say this, but I just think his body is done
Denise: yepped, it's like he can't stand still that long anymore
sara: he didn't look shot on the video
sara: but perhaps it is time
sara: he might have serveral issues working against him
Denise: I think he just needs to be loved
sara: and there is nothing wrong with that!
Denise: nope, I just hated the teetering
sara: Will you think about getting another later on or just stop riding all together
Denise: wondering what to do
sara: I understand, it's like--what do you do?
sara: go back and forth with yourself.
Denise: but unless I get hm fully checked out I'm done, not getting on him anymore
sara: i don't blame you
sara: I'd say, give him 2 wks full rest
sara: then decide if you go to Auburn or not
Denise: that's a good plan
sara: See where you are in 2 wks
sara: is rest helped, or hurt
Denise: did Devon walk out of his stall funny or walk funny on cement?
sara: and down hills
sara: he wobbled
Denise: same here
sara: he stumbled out of his stal
sara: I think it's truly in the back
Denise: has to be
Denise: we've injected everything
Truth is I've become afraid to ride him. Without knowing for sure what's going on it's not fair to him and not safe.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
1) I don't eat anything with fur, feathers or big brown eyes. Sorry fishies and shrimps you are fair game:-/ My reasoning is fish (usually) aren't factory farmed and don't go through the same tortures as say cows, pigs and chickens. I know they do suffer to an extent:-( At the GA Aquarium I have to run past the Shrimp exhibit or any other fish I have eaten:-x I totally respect and have no problem with people "farming" their own food.
2) I "live" on Paxil, done so for 10 years now. It is my happy pill of choice. I'm a huge believer in chemical imbalances that require meds to be "fixed". The difference it has made in my life is unbelievable and somewhat indescribable. It's a hard topic and feeling to explain. My mom used to send me articles that being on anxiety or anti-depressants can shorten your life in one way or another (I think the main one is liver problems), but she said when I said the following that it finally hit her how important Paxil is to my life : "If it shortens my life by 10 years then so be it, life isn't worth living when you feel the way I did everyday before paxil".
When people try to understand what depression and anxiety is all about I say "Think about the worst day you ever had- you were probably sad, confused, angry, anxious, questioned EVERYTHING in your life, couldn't think straight, didn't want to be around anyone, can't see the good in anything no matter how hard you try, right? (hey at least you had SOMETHING that made you feel this way)- well try feeling like that EVERYDAY of your life, from 4 years old to your early 20's. (I didn't get on Paxil till I was 20). Tiz very bizarre and for a lack of better words it will mess with your head! Here's an example: I think I was 6 or 7 years old and I had drawn a bunch of dogs in a notebook. I show them to my sis and she says, pointing to one in particular, "That is the best dog you've ever drawn"... so what do I do? Smile and say thank you like most would? Nah, I cried my eyes out and ripped up all the dogs I had drawn because her comment meant (to me) that she didn't like any of my other drawings.
My parents took me to counselor after counselor, I even had some blood tests and head x-rays because I complained of headaches alot back then. As a kid I also had trouble sleeping and suffered from night terrors. But back then depression or chemical imbalances just weren't a popular thing to look for in kids. My parents were told to give me "warm fuzzies" that I just wanted attention. I remember having to look at those stupid books of warm fuzzies -thumbprint with smiley faces. All the "signs" were there for me as a kid with a chem. imbalance, but didn't know what to do with them. I do think if it wasn't for my wonderful parents and giving me such a strong sense of family and love, doing right from wrong, and well simply just being there I would have left this world a long time ago.
OK, I didn't mean to ramble so much on that subject, but yeah I used to not be happy:-( I think I'm still "afraid" to be happy in some ways, but I can say without a doubt that I'm pretty content with life now:-)
3) :-) This "outs" my sista too... but we can run on all fours as we call it. We used to turn the house upside down making a jumping course out of couch cushions, brooms and chairs, boxes, baskets, whatever ever we could make into "sweet jumps" we did. Our poor mom had to always go around our jumps to get from room to room, no room was easy to get in or out of :-) When I say all fours, I mean we would run and jump landing on our hands and feets, not hands and knee action. We could jump over 3ft jumps with ease, I think the highest we ever jumped was 4ft? Although I don't practice this skill daily anymore and can't jump I can still be found "cantering" in the living room from time to time:-) and NO the Limo Cam will never be on to witness this:-)
4) I hate reading. I prefer to look at the purty pictures:-) Most of the time I will read everyone's blogs in their entirety, but sometimes I just skim over them if they are lengthy. That's why I sometimes post twice on comments, cuz I go back and skim more and have to post again. I read so slow and don't really comprehend what I read unless I really pay attention and well I'm mostly lazy and have the attention span of a monkey.
5) I have common sense. I just chose not to use it all the time:-) I'm not book smart cuz see above to #4 But seriously, especially at work I seem to know what to say, how to say it, when to say it, who to email it to or copy it to, how not to repeat work and know what to really get up in arms about... Today someone copied me on an email: "Does Denise have time to do such and such?" Seriously? WTF either don't send that to me or ask me directly!
6) My left leg get's "stocked up" daily. I'm like a stalled horse with wind puffs:-) Seriously something called "mill roise" disease aka lymphodema (sp)runs in the family on my mom's side. Apparently our lymph fluids don't circulate well and my left leg is fat at the end of the day from the fluid build up. A k'ankle if you will. Most all my relatives with it have it in both legs, for some odd reason it's only in my left leg.
Needle Noses -I seriously want to know why you hate toast so much!
Lady in Waiting
OK, I tagged or kicked 2 greyhound bloggers and 2 horse bloggers:-) Hopefully they come here and see their tags cuz I'm probably too lazy to email them...
Monday, July 21, 2008
Several peeps have sent me emails commenting on Limo Cam and they were too funny not to share...
"[son] was calling Limos name and crinkling paper trying to get her attn.Then she lifted her head and he was sure she heard him.I had to turn it off or we would be here all day playing with your dog!"
"[daughter]has discovered limo cam, she has been watching her all day. She will yell out "we got movement" when she moves around......too funny"
Friday, July 18, 2008
Cut or whole she is not a fan of watermelons. Whether she sees it on the counter, in the fridge or cut in halves she has deemed it to be Evil. Limo would not have made it very long out on her own, simply being brave enough to eat food would have been a daily challenge for her. She also is afraid of garbage and plastic bags - a good food source for a wondering stray...so while I may torture her with fruit now and then, she's damn lucky to have me :-)
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Click here to view Limo Cam
(hours of operation 7:30am-5:15 pm M-F) :-)
We call her Garbage sometimes because that's what her breath smells like, we stole the name from the Office episode where Dwight tries to give Angela one of his barn cats named Garbage because he eats garbage :-)
Let me know if she does anything exciting. And no the pic isn't from the web cam, I took this photo of her and "Mini Me" the other day. I tell her it is a Voodoo doll of herself, but she still chews it, ripped the stuffing out and gnawed off the nose and eyes...
Friday, July 11, 2008
It was rainy yesterday and more rain was expected so I didn't ride. Instead I put his bell and splint boots on and turned him out in the ring to watch him "go"- I didn't want to lunge him yet. Isn't he cute in his boots? :-) He looks so fancy:-) So those of you that watch the video, give me your opinion on how he's "going" would ya? Ignore the end where he completely ignores me :-xand here's another video for those that love his tongue trick :-p
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
We soooooooo lucked out with over caste weather! So I didn't have to worry about their feeties on the hot pavement...Limo seemed pretty OK at first, but then the High School Band started up 8-0 and she had a GrimLim melt down. We were first, directly in front of the band, but I moved us up in front of our work truck and that helped a little. Lim quickly realized that no one was going to come up to her and that the noise was just noise so she stopped trying to get away from me and settled alittle bit. She was still bug-eyed throughout and had her tail tucked, but she lived! Kadabra on the other hand didn't fret about any of it. She is Parade proof!
First pic is "Before the band started" and 2nd is an after :-p