ARGH

Feb. 19th, 2013 08:45 pm
velessa: (Headdesk)
Well no wonder Waldo isn't completely back to normal...turns out his abscess is STILL draining! My trimmer came today to do Waldo's feet, and he found that stuff is still coming out of the crack. He said I could try more epsom salt soaks and walking him around to help it work its way out. I guess he doesn't move around enough in the pasture to accomplish it?

It can't be that BAD since he walks on the foot almost totally fine, but he's probably landing toe-first since it's coming out the heel bulb. I don't think this is a new abscess since he never got lamer again; he's just not getting completely better. I left a message for my vet to ask if there's anything else I can try or should be doing. I bought one of those little hand held infrared thermometers (like this) to accurately measure the temperatures in his feet since I can't tell well enough by hand. Today both front feet read the same temp from the front of the hoof, but when I pointed it at the heels, there was about a ten degree difference, with the right (abscessed) one being warmer. I think this will give me a better idea as to whether or not anything is still lurking in there. I think he's going to be one of those multiple-month recoveries. SIGH.

Hoof pics (haha, get it? I didn't even do that on purpose!) )

OBAMA!!!

Nov. 7th, 2012 10:53 am
velessa: (SpongeBob - eager)
HALLELUJAH OBAMA IS STILL OUR PRESIDENT!!! All hope for America is not completely lost!

I got up early just so I could vote when the polls opened at 7am. Barack Obama is the first politician I've ever LOVED, and I am so proud to support him and call him my president. ^______^ His acceptance speech made me feel downright patriotic for the first time ever.



BUH-BYE flip-flopping tax-evading job-outsourcing out-of-touch pandering gay-bullying dog-abusing cop-impersonating passenger-killing draft-dodging corporate puppet lying douchecanoe LOSER!
velessa: (Horses - Waldo 1)
I haven't really mentioned much of anything about this, but Waldo has had some white line separation in all of his hooves for a long time, I believe since before I got him (hard to tell from the crappy pre-purchase pics I took). Up until recently, my trimmer and I haven't really done anything to remedy it as it doesn't appear to bother him or cause him any pain or lameness. The only issue I've seen is when he occasionally picks up a pebble in one of the gaps, then he immediately starts limping until I pull it out. But since the gaps are always packed with dirt and crap, and that can lead to infection (white line disease), it's really not good to just let it stay there.

We'd been hoping the issue would eventually resolve itself, but it's still just as bad or worse after nearly a year. Separation is caused by environment (too wet -> mushy feet) and diet (food too rich -> laminitis). His feed has been analyzed by an equine nutritionist, so that shouldn't be the problem. I thought for a long time it was just a matter of him adjusting from wet Oregon to drier California. Every time it was dry for a while we'd get another big rainstorm, which I thought was messing up that adjustment. But it's been completely dry for at least three months, I think the separation ought to be gone or at least diminished by now, and it isn't. My trimmer is stumped as to what else the problem could be, other than that he's just a big horse with feet that are a bit small for his size.

So for the last few weeks we've taken a more proactive approach to getting rid of the separation. Since the laminae can't reattach itself, the only thing you can do is cut the hoof back and get rid of as much of the separation as possible, keep the gap as clean as possible, and let the laminae grow down from the top. So first he had an aggressive trim (7/16), then another one a week later (7/25), then another one two weeks later (8/8). He'll get another one in another two weeks probably; his feet grow really fast!

I have to keep an eye on him for soreness, and I have to keep the gaps cleaned out as much as possible. I've also started scrubbing an antibacterial/antifungal mixture into them to try to stave off any possible infection. The trimmer thought I might want to keep him in a stall with mats for a day or two after the first trim, but thus far he's seemed fine out in the pasture. He gets his hoof boots on for anything else, though. The ground around the ranch is really hard and rocky, so he needs them on just to walk around; I'm definitely getting my money's worth out of them now. He's very comfortable in them and steps out nicely as long as he's wearing them. About a week ago I did try taking them off to ride in the outdoor arena, but as soon as I did, he was clearly mincy and ouchy with every step, so I put them back on and he went back to normal. That arena is full of dirt clods and rocks, so I wasn't really surprised. I haven't tried taking them off to ride in the soft indoor sand arena; no rocks there, it was cleared of them when it got the new footing a few months ago.

We've been at this for four weeks now, and while it's a bit disconcerting that the separation is still there, it is definitely improving. Likely it's something we'll always have to keep on top of, but I hope we'll be able to get it grown out altogether.

Progress Photos )
velessa: (Obama - Vulcan/health care)


This guy is truly unbelievable. I've never seen any politician change their "beliefs" so frequently, so blatantly, so drastically in an effort to get votes. Seems like he contradicts himself in the same breath half the time. I encourage everyone to watch this. This guy changes what he says so much I'm not sure he even KNOWS what he actually believes in his heart on any given issue. You cannot trust a single solitary thing Romney says, ever. And what a track record: he's a bully, he impersonated a cop for fun, he's cruel to animals, he destroyed American jobs and businesses for profit. He will say anything necessary to get elected. This is not a man who can be trusted to be in charge of anything, certainly not running our country!

Substitute "forgot" with LIED ABOUT:












Bottom line: VOTE FOR OBAMA!

Cavalia

Jan. 1st, 2011 12:57 am
velessa: (Horses - Calgary & me)
Yesterday evening my friend Kim ([livejournal.com profile] greenanimal) and I went to see Cavalia in San Francisco. It was fun and full of surprises!

Read more )

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: (Seal of approval)
Today I had my aunt lop off about 15 inches of my hair. Ahh, it feels so much nicer and lighter! I'll be sending the hair in for donation shortly.

My hair grows like wildfire, and this is about the fourth or fifth time I've done this. I grow my hair out, cut it once every few years, donate the hair, and start over again. My last cut was almost exactly three years ago, sometime in the Fall of 2007.

I only ever cut up to about my shoulder blades, though, because short hair and I don't get along. Once in sixth grade I got my hair cut to just above my shoulders, and it was such a disaster I swore I'd never do it again! And I haven't. See, I have thick, wavy hair, and when it was that short, it was no longer heavy enough to be held down, so it just kind of went POOF. I looked like a French poodle, it was horrible. So now when I do have it cut, I make sure to leave enough that it stays weighted. The other reason is I'm lazy and only ever wear my hair up in a bun. Really, I have no idea how or inclination to do anything else with it, and buns are the easiest thing for me.

Eventually I get fed up with how long it's gotten, due to how much time it takes to brush out and wash and comb, etc., and need to cut it off to a manageable level again. Usually when it reaches my butt is when I'm at my limit. Since I always wear my hair in a bun and never go to a salon for anything, occasionally my aunt will trim the ends for me just to get rid of split ends and even it out a bit. Since I was going to be seeing her today for a family gathering, and I'd been meaning to get it cut off for a few weeks now, I thought I'd just have her hack off the donation part for me as well. Yay!

Pics )
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: (Sleeping Beauty - Aurora smiling & blink)
I've learned I talk way too much when I videotape things...anyway, pics and videos here )
velessa: (Sleeping Beauty - Aurora smiling & blink)
I've learned I talk way too much when I videotape things...anyway, pics and videos here )
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!

Stuff

Apr. 23rd, 2010 04:48 pm
velessa: (San Jose Sharks)
Had my 90 day evaluation at work today. I hate evaluations, they are so scary to me! I don't handle criticism well, even when it's minor. Oh well, just got the same thing I always get: "You're doing a great job, but smile more!" Dude, my face just doesn't work that way; believe me, it's been like this my whole life. I'm just not a smiler! I don't sit around grinning for no reason, my face is just sort of neutral at all times. At least it feels completely neutral to me, people tell me I look like I'm frowning or something. And apparently my idea of smiling must be on a much smaller scale than everyone else. Sigh. This is how I smile, just deal with it! =p

Went to the Sharks' fifth playoff game of the first round with my brother last night, and they KICKED ASS!! It was SUCH an awesome game! They absolutely dominated and were finally able to get the puck past Colorado's goalie, clobbering them 5-0. Woohoo! So glad I got to go to that one! It was the first game in this series where they've led by more than one goal. One more win and they move to the next round of the playoffs! GO SHARKS!! =D

Pics from the game )

Then last night as I was driving home, I saw a freaking big spider crawl across the INSIDE of my windshield!! D= Aaaaauuuuggghhh! Spiders freak me the fuck out! Normally I don't mind them, as long as they stay the hell off of me and out of my space! And inside my truck is definitely my space! I was nearly home when I saw it and had to stop for gas anyway, so I pulled into a station to fill up and try to get the damn thing out. Well it FELL off the windshield, and I had no idea where it went! I looked all over with a flashlight trying to find it without any luck. So then I had to get back in with the mysterious missing spider and drive the rest of the way home (about four blocks). >_< I damn near had a panic attack on the way, thinking about it coming crawling out of my steering column or something and was driving with one finger on the wheel and jumping at every movement out of the corner of my eye. I'm such a freaking sissy. I made it home safely, but the spider is still missing. ARGH.
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: (Dogs - Yukon & Sierra)
Our last yellow labrador, Yukon, went to the vet to cross the rainbow bridge today. He was a month shy of 13 years old, and it was definitely his time. He'd been arthritic for a few years now, but he went rapidly downhill over the last week or so, being barely able to move. May he romp around pain-free with Heather, Taffy, Sierra, Sequoia, and Bootsie now.

Yukon was the lunkhead of the house, as well as the only male dog we ever had. Headstrong and smart as a brick, he was ruled by his stomach and got into anything and everything that he suspected was food. Kleenex were a favorite snack of his, especially used ones he pulled out of all the garbage cans he would knock over on a regular basis. Training him required lots of patience and lots of treats. But he was absolutely the most sweet-natured dog ever, loved everyone instantly and would lick you half to death given the chance. He was a good companion and was lucky to have such a good, long run.

Yukon: May 27, 1997 - April 11, 2010 )
velessa: (Dogs - Yukon & Sierra)
Our last yellow labrador, Yukon, went to the vet to cross the rainbow bridge today. He was a month shy of 13 years old, and it was definitely his time. He'd been arthritic for a few years now, but he went rapidly downhill over the last week or so, being barely able to move. May he romp around pain-free with Heather, Taffy, Sierra, Sequoia, and Bootsie now.

Yukon was the lunkhead of the house, as well as the only male dog we ever had. Headstrong and smart as a brick, he was ruled by his stomach and got into anything and everything that he suspected was food. Kleenex were a favorite snack of his, especially used ones he pulled out of all the garbage cans he would knock over on a regular basis. Training him required lots of patience and lots of treats. But he was absolutely the most sweet-natured dog ever, loved everyone instantly and would lick you half to death given the chance. He was a good companion and was lucky to have such a good, long run.

Yukon: May 27, 1997 - April 11, 2010 )
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.

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