Bo rehomed

Nov. 15th, 2010 10:04 pm
velessa: (Horses - Bo1)
Bo arrived safely at his new home in Arizona this afternoon. As I expected, he did great on the trip, took it with ease and was no trouble at all, and then settled right in to dinner with his new horse and donkey friends. I'm sure he'll be very happy with Linda, the lady who adopted him. =)

From her Facebook album )

Bo's eyes

Oct. 29th, 2010 03:06 pm
velessa: (Horses - Bo smelling poppies)
I'm posting this as a photographic record of just how far from normal the corpora nigra in Bo's eyes are. I had seen these things in horses' eyes before, of course, but I never really noticed or thought about how big his were until the vet pointed it out and I started really taking a look at those of other horses. Here I want to show you a comparison with Glory, one of the Paints I looked at last weekend; she also has a blue eye. After seeing these it definitely makes sense that much of his vision is being blocked out and he probably just kind of sees fuzzy stuff.

Photos here )
velessa: (Horses - Bo funny)
...grinding dirt into his white coat. Yay. Is it any wonder I keep him covered most of the time?



More fun in the dirt )

I rode Bo a little in the round pen again tonight, still in the western saddle and giving him sugar cubes during and just after mounting and stepping out. No problems there. Prior to that, I took him into the indoor arena to the scary mounting corner and fed him some grain there. While he was eating I stood next to him on the mounting block, leaned over him, and swung my leg over his back a little bit (still stood on the block with the other one). He only vaguely tried to move away from the block at the beginning and only looked a bit concerned when he had run out of food. =p We'll keep working on it...
velessa: (Lion King - Scar - life's not fair)
I dropped by Verizon today with the "new" phone they had sent (too late) to replace mine. It turns out by "new" they actually meant "refurbished." If I'm going to go to all the hassle of moving all my contacts and photos and media and whatever else to another phone, it should at least be to an acutal new phone! =P So instead I just had them replace my car charger with another one that worked and returned the "new" phone and kept mine.

After work I went out to get replacement corn oil and more fly traps for the horse. I looked at the mouse traps/poison there, but you know what? I can't do it. I can't kill some poor little innocent rodents who are just looking for something to eat and have as much (or more) right to be there than I do. The thought of me being responsible for littering the barn with rat and mouse corpses makes me sick. They didn't have any humane traps, but it wouldn't have done any good to get them if they did because the rats and mice are already living outside and would just come back if released. Also, who's the sick bastard who invented glue traps?? D= That psycho should be dragged out into the street and shot and those horrifying torture devices banned! Anyway, I decided rather than resort to killing animals, I'd just put all the horse's other foodstuffs in my metal garbage can with the grain. That way they can't get to it, and there's nothing in my tackbox that smells tasty for them to destroy, plus there won't be any real reason for them to stay in there.
velessa: (Lion King - Scar - life's not fair)
I dropped by Verizon today with the "new" phone they had sent (too late) to replace mine. It turns out by "new" they actually meant "refurbished." If I'm going to go to all the hassle of moving all my contacts and photos and media and whatever else to another phone, it should at least be to an acutal new phone! =P So instead I just had them replace my car charger with another one that worked and returned the "new" phone and kept mine.

After work I went out to get replacement corn oil and more fly traps for the horse. I looked at the mouse traps/poison there, but you know what? I can't do it. I can't kill some poor little innocent rodents who are just looking for something to eat and have as much (or more) right to be there than I do. The thought of me being responsible for littering the barn with rat and mouse corpses makes me sick. They didn't have any humane traps, but it wouldn't have done any good to get them if they did because the rats and mice are already living outside and would just come back if released. Also, who's the sick bastard who invented glue traps?? D= That psycho should be dragged out into the street and shot and those horrifying torture devices banned! Anyway, I decided rather than resort to killing animals, I'd just put all the horse's other foodstuffs in my metal garbage can with the grain. That way they can't get to it, and there's nothing in my tackbox that smells tasty for them to destroy, plus there won't be any real reason for them to stay in there.
velessa: (Horses - Bo smelling poppies)
Had a good ride tonight on Bo. He was feeling good today and went for a good gallop in the round pen, something he hasn't done in a while. It's been almost a week since I started loading him with the glucosamine and MSM supplements I got at the expo, so I wonder if that's helping him at all yet. We went for a brief ride in the arena and he not only picked up the right lead nicely, it actually felt pretty good to ride! Did the same for the left and then quit for the night.

Then when I fed him his dinner I hung around in the stall with him and had a veritable zoo come to try and steal grain from his dish. First there was the squirrel with the chipped ear and half her tail fuzz missing who lives under my tack box. She's really bold and comes out whenever she hears me pouring the grain and dives in whatever chance she gets, both in the aisleway by my box and in the stall. I see her and another squirrel come to eat with him all the time.

Tonight I took his dish and put it down in the stall and sat down along the wall and just watched him eat. Apparently once the sun goes down, the rats start to get braver, because instead of the squirrels I counted six or seven rats darting around the door of the stall, trying to get up the courage to come in and snatch some food with me in there. Only one or two were brave enough to come close enough to grab a nibble that Bo dropped. They were so cute, I didn't want to scare them off! lol I'm such a softie; I'm paying to feed the local rodents instead of my horse!

And then to my surprise this bronze pigeon with a missing tail feather I've seen hanging around my stall waddled in the doorway. It actually scared off all the rats by pecking at them! I had no idea pigeons did that. Then it kept trying to walk over and get in the dish, but since the bird was a much bigger target, Bo could easily see it and kept pinning his ears at it and shooing it away with his head. He's not one for sharing with those critters he notices trying to steal from him!
velessa: (Horses - Bo funny)
So it seems the ground squirrels at the barn are every bit as conditioned to the sound of grain as the horses.

Today while I was filling up Bo's dish, as soon as I started pouring the grain, this chubby squirrel appeared from under my tack box and stared at me, then started inching closer and closer to me. I was surprised by how close he was getting. I shooed him away and took the dish to Bo, then I started mucking out his stall.

I turn back maybe ten seconds later, and there's Fatso squirrel sitting in the dish with Bo eating around him! I've seen the squirrels and the rats come out and snatch grain from the dish before, but now they've gotten lightning fast at it! Bo doesn't seem to notice or care most of the time, but he'll sometimes pin his ears at the squirrel and shoo it away with his nose, haha. Anyway, I was so amused by the squirrel's boldness and persistence, that I sat and watched him steal grain for a while and took some funny pictures and video of it. =)

Sneaky squirrel thieves! )
velessa: (Horses - Bo smelling poppies)
This weekend was lovely and warm with temps in the 70s, and Bo got to run around and enjoy the sunshine quite a bit. But he did end up straining something while running around like a loon in the deep dirt arena today, so he's now a little lame. =\ I don't think I'll be letting him out there again, it's just too damn deep and is never dragged. I did get some cool photos and videos out of it, though, so enjoy! These are on Facebook as well.

Bo galore! )

By the way, I also added pictures to my last entry about the Sharks game if you care to see them. There are horses there, too!
velessa: (Horses - Bo & me)
Today Bo and I went on a nice long three hour ride, which is the longest one I've done with him thus far. We went with [livejournal.com profile] greenanimal and her new friend Kathy from the barn across the street, an endurance rider with two Arabs. We walked pretty much the entire time, did a teeny bit of trotting on the way back home. We went out in the park to an area I'd never been before, next to a small lake.

We went through a cattle grazing area to get there, and Bo gave the cows a distrusting look; I don't know if he's been around cows before or not, but I kind of thought he had since he was a ranch horse. He especially looked askance at the bull we passed close by, but the bull was too busy grazing to care anything about us.

Out by the lake there are some pretty steep hills, and it's also an area hang gliders and para gliders use. The first time a para glider came in for a landing near us, Bo was quite startled! Thankfully his idea of spooking is to sort of jolt in place and take a few steps away from whatever it is. After a while he got used to all the things sailing through the sky near us, though he did keep a close eye on them. We went partway up one of the steep hills to one of the jump off points for the gliders, and we hung out while a few of them got ready to go, letting the horses graze and chill. There was a very nice view of the lake up there.

Some photos here )

And now for THE MOST DISGUSTING THING EVER )
velessa: (Horses - Bo1)
Bo got his teeth floated* for what I believe was the first time today. His previous owner told me she doesn't start getting her horses' teeth done until they're 11! o_O WTF?? Bo is 10 this month.

So of course, Bo had MASSIVE hooks and points on all of his teeth, with the bottom ones being especially bad. I'm sure that hasn't been helping with his head tossing. He also apparently has a VERY narrow space between his teeth and his cheeks, so he'd been getting scraped up all the time. The vet had to power float everything because there would have been no way in hell she'd have been able to do it or do a good job of it with just a hand rasp. But it looks like with the points gone, she thinks he'll wear pretty evenly and won't need to be done any more than the normal annual float.

All that considered, he was a very good boy about it. Jackson was an absolute nightmare to float, being huge and a huge wussy TB, he had to be retranqued over and over and still threw his head around for all he was worth. Bo needed to be retranqued once and didn't make too much of a fuss other than when the tranqualizer was wearing off. It did take some time to get to all his teeth, but not nearly as long as Jackson took.

Illustrated version )

*For non-horsey folks: horse teeth grow continually and are worn down when they chew. They usually wear down unevenly and create points and sharp edges that need to be filed off by a vet ("floated"), typically done once a year.
velessa: (Horses - my tattoo)
I HAVE A TATTOO!

I didn't do this in haste or on a whim. For at least a decade now I've been contemplating getting a horse-related tattoo of some sort. Maybe five years or so ago I came across an image online of a beautiful ink painting of a horse head that absolutely I loved. It's simple and elegant and just amazing; for some reason it just spoke to me. I saved it and thought it might make a nice tattoo someday.

Someday is today )
velessa: (Horses - my tattoo)
I HAVE A TATTOO!

I didn't do this in haste or on a whim. For at least a decade now I've been contemplating getting a horse-related tattoo of some sort. Maybe five years or so ago I came across an image online of a beautiful ink painting of a horse head that absolutely I loved. It's simple and elegant and just amazing; for some reason it just spoke to me. I saved it and thought it might make a nice tattoo someday.

Someday is today )
velessa: (Horses - Bo2)
Came off of Bo tonight. We were trotting in the arena when he spooked at something (I think another horse entering the arena from the dark) and he took off bucking and managed to unseat me after a couple of them. Luckily I landed on my fat ass so I'm not hurt. =P I'll be sore, though, and my hair is full of sand (around the edges, I had a helmet on of course).

Bo tore out of the arena and I don't know where all he ran off to in the dark, but I found him hiding in an open stall, probably because he wasn't able to get back into his because I had put the barrier up. Guess he had a lot of energy to work off! I can't remember when I last got him out, so that's probably why.

The dumbest part of this is before I went to mount up, I had this feeling like something bad was going to happen. Should have listened to my gut! The next time I haven't gotten him out in a while, I'll lunge him first!

Deaf Horse

Nov. 9th, 2009 11:24 pm
velessa: (Horses - Bo1)
I posted about a month ago about Bo in [livejournal.com profile] equestrian here. [livejournal.com profile] teadog1425 brought up an interesting idea that I had never considered, that he might be a splashed white overo Paint and hence could be deaf. Well, that never in a million years would have crossed my mind, but I've been seriously thinking about it and how it would explain so much about his behavior.

[livejournal.com profile] greenanimal and I have been trying to get him to react to different noises out of his sight to see whether or not he does anything, but I haven't gotten anything really conclusive until tonight. When I got to his stall he was facing away from me and eating his hay, so I stood at the door and said his name a few times, then I said it louder, then I yelled at him, then I yelled and banged on his stall door...nothing. I suppose he could have just been ignoring me, BUT when he did look up and saw me standing at the door and waving my arms, he was completely taken by surprise and jumped backwards away from me. So I'm now basically 99% sure that he is in fact deaf.

Now, I still think he's a great horse and I have no desire to get rid of him. But I haven't ever dealt with this situation before, so I'm wondering what, if anything, I need to do differently for owning a deaf horse. Obviously he's not going to respond to any vocal cues I might give, so I won't bother with those. I think a lot will rely on us just developing our relationship and him learning to trust me and follow my lead; I've still only had him for about five months.

Has anyone here ever worked with a deaf horse before? Any advice for me and my boy? I'd really appreciate any insights anyone has! =)

cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] equestrian
velessa: (Horses - Bo2)
Dear Self,

You have not jumped anything in at least 8 years, now own a non-jumping horse, and are too old to be falling splat on the ground all the time. Please do not try to take your horse over even tiny crossrails. Take up dressage instead. =p

Love, Me
velessa: (Horses - Bo1)
Who was it that was interested in seeing Bo's breeding? I can't remember...I don't know anything about bloodlines in any breed, but here is his. He isn't registered but this is his background:

under here )
velessa: (Horses - Bo1)
More about him here )

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