Saturday, March 26, 2011

This morning as we headed up the driveway with three horses in tow, Katia told me she's been having fun helping me with them these past few days. Hallelujah! Maybe there's hope for her yet.

The three boys had their blood drawn for their health certificates, got their five way vaccine, and the dreaded intranasal strangles vaccine. This vet is super fast, they didn't even know what was coming. I wasn't about to do the strangles vaccine myself this year. I'm not super fast, and it really wasn't fun last year.

Tonka has been feeling a little better the past few days. Not perfect, mind you, but better.

So when Katia expressed an interest in riding him I thought it wouldn't be too much to ask. They didn't ride long or hard. You can see in the photos that he's holding his tail up, which isn't his normal way of traveling.

But they had fun together. And I was so proud of both of them.

Do you think it could mean anything, how far he parks out to pee?
(Poor Katia thought that was so weird!)

After we rode, Katia told me, "Everyone else complains about their parents. But I don't really have anything to complain about. You guys are great." Oh my gosh, tearjerker! I don't really have anything to complain about with my daughter either. :D

And... I've decided not to sell Scout! I feel really good about it. John says we really don't have to sell any of them. That makes me happy.


Keechy said...

I'm glad you aren't selling Scout.

Wow on the great comment. My oldest niece thinks EVERYTHING is wrong with her parents. As far as I can see, the only thing they do wrong is overindulge her! :P

I didn't know about there but here it is common practice to lift your weight off a horse's back when they wee. To stand up in the stirrups or at least lean forward. Takes the pressure off their back while they are in such an awkward position.

Andrea -Mustang Saga said...

I normally do sit forward when he pees, but I didn't want to nag the kid to death. I did that when she was younger and I think that's why she doesn't get into the horses anymore. :( So I decided to feed it to her in increments, let the little things slide for now...

I can't wait until we have Tonka feeling better so she can ride him some more.

Linda said...

I was just reading in Rashid's book about his horse who had the huge, huge "peas" in his urinary tract that were causing him pain. (Thought about that when you asked about his peeing stance.)

Keechy said...

Ooh, that night cause him to have a tummy ache of sorts too!

Fair enough on nagging Katia. My sis tried not to say too much to her daughter too, but unfortunately she still lost interest. I just thought it might be contributing to his very extended stance.