Good News, Bad News

Good News, Bad News

Post by Emily Brook » Fri, 19 May 2006 01:37:49


My lesson last Saturday was cancelled due to my instructor's horse-induced
trip to the emergency room Friday night. Nothing was broken after all.

I spent that Saturday morning cleaning sheaths instead, along with general
grooming.

Because of *my* foot problem, I haven't been riding so yesterday I reminded
the Paint that he does have manners, some of them are even good manners.
This reminder occured: during grooming, during tacking. Then he walked up to
the ring peaceable as can be with some eyeballing of the propped-open gate
(new path to ring).

Once there, I did some ground work (=manners): backing, yield quarters,
yield shoulders, walk, halt. On to a bit of lunging, peacably, except when I
went up to change the line to reverse direction. Now spooking for cause is
understandable. Spooking for imaginary evils is verboten. Spooking IN MY
DIRECTION is unforgiveable regardless of cause. After a good bit more work
in hand, lunged.

Walk. Halt. Walk. Halt. Walk. Trot. Walk. Halt. Eventually it sinks in that
he's not in charge and he does all three gaits nicely. (He's always like
this when he's not been worked regular-like.) And all this took maybe 10
minutes. But no explosions, which has been a problem in the no-so-distant
past.

Mount up. Back to who's in charge so immediately go into lateral work at
walk, shifting from shoulder to shoulder, leg yield, turns on haunches and
forehand, halt. Back. Figures at walk. Halt some more. Jaw flexions.

Somewhere in there, he really accepted that I won't take no guff from him
and settled down and worked. Nice balanced trot, soft transitions up and
down W-T-C-Halt.

I limp home. Posting, in particular, is not making my Achilles tendon happy.

So we have bad news, followed by good news, followed by a nice ride (I'm
finally accepting what it takes to handle this beast - so much less
*** to *people* that any other horse I've dealt with).

And then my sister calls - there's a *** mass found in her CAT scan (in
the continuing search for the source of her brachial plexus irritiation).
She just had an appendectomy - an unusual problem for a mid-fifites woman.

With all that bodes, I could use an easy horse, much like Corinne wants an
easy dog. I'm afraid the bad news may out-weigh the good news for a while.
Maybe it's a karmic balance and the scales are just evening out.

So enjoy your horses and puppies and family. There are no guarantees about
tomorrow.

Emily

 
 
 

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Post by akog.. » Fri, 19 May 2006 01:52:57

<snip>

Oh ***re: your sister, Emily.

So worrisome.

Well, will be thinking about you for sure.

Abby

 
 
 

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Post by akog.. » Fri, 19 May 2006 01:52:58

<snip>

Oh ***re: your sister, Emily.

So worrisome.

Well, will be thinking about you for sure.

Abby

 
 
 

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Post by Judi » Fri, 19 May 2006 02:00:16

Quote:


> <snip>

> Oh ***re: your sister, Emily.

> So worrisome.

> Well, will be thinking about you for sure.

> Abby

Sorry you are facing so many challenges right now. Sounds like you are
doing great with your horse though. You really got through to him. I
like ground work too but have not done any for ages. Now that I only
ride 2 x a week and on Wednesdays (today) and on Sunday and both times
I have signed up for lessons. No excuse though I could make time on
Sunday. I feel for you worrying about your sister. Poor dear, I hope
she pulls through just fine but what a trial! Happy thoughts to you
all...

Judie

 
 
 

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Post by redhed1.. » Fri, 19 May 2006 02:05:07

Hope everything works out. Difficult journey for the sister ahead.
Prayers sent your/her way.

Keep us updated about the horse. I bet he improves with the extra
attention you are giving him. He may even become the "easy" bomb-proof
horse you would never want to part with. :)

JenniferR

 
 
 

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Post by Emily Brook » Fri, 19 May 2006 02:27:39


Quote:
> Keep us updated about the horse. I bet he improves with the extra
> attention you are giving him. He may even become the "easy" bomb-proof
> horse you would never want to part with. :)

> JenniferR

Cash will be an "easy" horse when pigs fly. Now there's a thought - I'll
hire Tamara to convince him that cows eat grass, that creeks aren't
bottomless, and that the gamboling dog pack isn't plotting horsemeat for
dinner. Her pigs will be an added bonus.

Spot, the retired sweetie, wuvs cows, trundles through creeks splashing and
drinking, and ignores dogs. OTOH, those wind demons have designs on him :-)
He lived for a few years prior to meeting me at a farm with a petting zoo.
Sheep, ducks, geese, llamas, donkeys, pigs - ho hum. At least they were 14
years ago.

Emily

 
 
 

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Post by lizzard woma » Fri, 19 May 2006 02:36:39


(snip)

| So enjoy your horses and puppies and family. There are no guarantees about
| tomorrow.

Good luck with your sister.

I always have to admire people like yourself, Cindy, others who ride through
physical pain (beyond the usually core development stuff) and infirmity.
This sport is so challenging in the first place that I find it amazing that
people do it with maladies.  I'm not sure I would.

sharon

 
 
 

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Post by lizzard woma » Fri, 19 May 2006 02:38:54


|


|
| (snip)
|
|| So enjoy your horses and puppies and family. There are no guarantees
about
|| tomorrow.
|
| Good luck with your sister.
|
| I always have to admire people like yourself, Cindy,

Cindi

 
 
 

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Post by Fran Brag » Fri, 19 May 2006 03:00:01


Quote:
> My lesson last Saturday was cancelled due to my instructor's horse-induced
> trip to the emergency room Friday night. Nothing was broken after all.

> I spent that Saturday morning cleaning sheaths instead, along with general
> grooming.

> Because of *my* foot problem, I haven't been riding so yesterday I
> reminded
> the Paint that he does have manners, some of them are even good manners.
> This reminder occured: during grooming, during tacking. Then he walked up
> to
> the ring peaceable as can be with some eyeballing of the propped-open gate
> (new path to ring).

> Once there, I did some ground work (=manners): backing, yield quarters,
> yield shoulders, walk, halt. On to a bit of lunging, peacably, except when
> I
> went up to change the line to reverse direction. Now spooking for cause is
> understandable. Spooking for imaginary evils is verboten. Spooking IN MY
> DIRECTION is unforgiveable regardless of cause. After a good bit more work
> in hand, lunged.

> Walk. Halt. Walk. Halt. Walk. Trot. Walk. Halt. Eventually it sinks in
> that
> he's not in charge and he does all three gaits nicely. (He's always like
> this when he's not been worked regular-like.) And all this took maybe 10
> minutes. But no explosions, which has been a problem in the no-so-distant
> past.

> Mount up. Back to who's in charge so immediately go into lateral work at
> walk, shifting from shoulder to shoulder, leg yield, turns on haunches and
> forehand, halt. Back. Figures at walk. Halt some more. Jaw flexions.

> Somewhere in there, he really accepted that I won't take no guff from him
> and settled down and worked. Nice balanced trot, soft transitions up and
> down W-T-C-Halt.

> I limp home. Posting, in particular, is not making my Achilles tendon
> happy.

> So we have bad news, followed by good news, followed by a nice ride (I'm
> finally accepting what it takes to handle this beast - so much less
> *** to *people* that any other horse I've dealt with).

> And then my sister calls - there's a *** mass found in her CAT scan (in
> the continuing search for the source of her brachial plexus irritiation).
> She just had an appendectomy - an unusual problem for a mid-fifites woman.

> With all that bodes, I could use an easy horse, much like Corinne wants an
> easy dog. I'm afraid the bad news may out-weigh the good news for a while.
> Maybe it's a karmic balance and the scales are just evening out.

> So enjoy your horses and puppies and family. There are no guarantees about
> tomorrow.

> Emily

Wow Emily!  Why does it seem that everything happens at once?  Best wishes
to your sister.  And hope things keep improving with Cash.  You and your
family are in my prayers as always!

Fran

 
 
 

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Post by cind » Fri, 19 May 2006 03:03:58

Quote:

> | I always have to admire people like yourself, Cindy,

> Cindi

Why thank you.  I rode the other day and even loped a few strides.  I
have to be sure I pick a horse who doesn't mind me going
"AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHOWWWW"  the whole time.  :-)

Emily, I thought for a minute you had gotten a new horse!  I didn't
know Cash was that, erm, challenging.  I always have to remind my
students and even myself that the horses I have here for lessons do NOT
represent the norm - these horses you can leave in the pasture for
weeks and then bring them up and they are the same respectful obedient
critters they were the last time you worked them.  I do have two
exceptions here, though, so I have an idea what you mean!  Their little
pea brains can't hold memories that far back, so you have to work them
every other day at least to make any progress.

Emily, also, I am sorry to hear about your sister.  I hope it turns out
to be nothing!

take care,
cindi

 
 
 

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Post by Emily Brook » Fri, 19 May 2006 03:19:38


Quote:
> I always have to remind my
> students and even myself that the horses I have here for lessons do NOT
> represent the norm - these horses you can leave in the pasture for
> weeks and then bring them up and they are the same respectful obedient
> critters they were the last time you worked them.

Spot is like that. His dearly departed OTTB predecessor was like that. The
Arab was like that. In fact, the TB was often improved by a little benign
neglect. Cash is uppity if not reminded regularly. I just have to get with
the program and make sure the reminding starts the second I begin to
interact with him instead of letting the little things slide and then having
a battle.

Emily

 
 
 

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Post by grey.. » Fri, 19 May 2006 03:49:31

Hey Emily-

So sorry to hear the worrying news about your sis. Hopefully more tests
will set all at ease.

I'm amazed at your riding with the achilles issue. Is it more
comfortable without stirrups than with?

Cash is clearly capable of getting with the program, from your
descriptions! I kind of know what you mean about the "easy" horse for
relaxation, though. Topping your horse at the end of the day *can* be
tiring :-) In the meantime, I am discovering that the new Saddlebred
boy is a complete puppy dog. Spooky, challenging to balance, and
absolutely eager to please. And he's quite comfortable when I'm riding
well enough for him to be so!

Lynne in NC

 
 
 

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Post by Emily Brook » Fri, 19 May 2006 04:13:58


Quote:
> Hey Emily-

> I'm amazed at your riding with the achilles issue. Is it more
> comfortable without stirrups than with?

It has not crossed my mind to try without the stirrup(s). That's a good
idea. Next time Cash is co-operative :-) I'm usually riding mid-morning,
when there's nobody around but the cats and dogs - then I work late.

I have ditched my tall boots for paddocks and half-chaps. I can lace the
paddocks a bit loose, they already have full-length sole pads but I leave
out the wedges since these boots have more heel than I usually wear.

Emily

 
 
 

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Post by Tom & Wi » Fri, 19 May 2006 06:00:04

On 5/17/06 12:37 PM, in article

Quote:

> And then my sister calls - there's a *** mass found in her CAT scan (in
> the continuing search for the source of her brachial plexus irritiation).
> She just had an appendectomy - an unusual problem for a mid-fifites woman.

My husband's SIL and my sister's SIL are both undergoing chemotherapy for
*** cancer. Both are in their 50's.
I wish your sister well, Emily

Winnie

 
 
 

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Post by Joyce Reynolds-War » Fri, 19 May 2006 12:27:19

On Wed, 17 May 2006 12:37:49 -0400, "Emily Brooks"
snip

Quote:
>With all that bodes, I could use an easy horse, much like Corinne wants an
>easy dog. I'm afraid the bad news may out-weigh the good news for a while.
>Maybe it's a karmic balance and the scales are just evening out.

>So enjoy your horses and puppies and family. There are no guarantees about
>tomorrow.

I hope it works out for your sister.

One thing about a challenging horse--you can look at them one day and
suddenly realize (like I did the other day with Mocha) that damn--this
horse has made some Big Improvements!

It sneaks up on you.

jrw