Versatility Trail Challenge, there were 14 things to get scored on, 0-5 , 5 being best. We got a score of 55 in 12 minutes and 6 secs. The judge wrote on the bottom of my paper she wished she could give points for patience. Did she mean that I had patience or Bandit had patience dealing with me?? :) After the challenge I rode Bandit out on a trail all along the edge of the property. He did very good, never whinnied or tried to turn around to go back. All in all we had a great day, thanks to Fred for hanging out with me and taking pictures. Now to treat my sunburn....
We started out like the first picture, thot we were going straight thru, judge thot so too cause she originally put a 5 down for my score, BUT Bandit had other plans, he got that far about 3 or 4 times then backed out, with a little persistence we finally did make it thru and got a score of 2, can you believe it??
Bandit is catching on that when i come to him with something in my hand it is not going to taste that great. Tonight he didnt want to open his mouth to take his antibiotics, but eventually got them into him. I am mixing them with diluted applesauce so that it will taste a little better. I am taking him to a versatility trail challenge tomorrow in Limerick. It will be interesting to see what the obstacles will be and how well he will do. Going to have fun no matter what we make it thru.. Hopefully it wont be too hot!
Today began with my back bothering me some more, then on to the barn... gave Bandit his meds and some hay gave Bud hay too.. around 9:30 Bandit was pounding his door so I figured stall rest just wasnt going to work for him. Debbie came over and helped me with the 20 minute cold hosing of his leg, scrubbing and filling water buckets and cleaning stalls... thanks Deb! Then I went to Lebanon and picked up 20 bags of shavings, brought them home and unloaded and stacked them in barn. Rearranged tack room a little, then dropped down 15 bales of hay and stacked them. Then just sat and relaxed for a while. Brought Bandit in around 7:30 and he seemed to be walking just fine, gave him more meds and cleaned his leg with Betadine, he behaved very well. Went to the barn later and put salve/ointment on his cut which is in pic below. Off to work tomorrow. :(
He was such a good boy! The vet shaved his leg where it was cut, poked and prodded with a tool to make sure there werent any "pouches" for it to drain into, gave him a shot of bute, took his temp and he never gave her a hard time. Poor Bandit, you can tell he was sore. There is a little swelling and heat in his knee, hopefully with stall rest tomorrow and some bute and antibiotics he will be okay for me to ride on Saturday in the versatility challenge at a walk. Keep your fingers crossed!!!
AAhhh , fall like weather today. Lovin it! another crazy day at work for a MOnday??? glad its my Friday! got a letter from Jung In today. It was so nice to hear from her. She included a small picture of herself, she has changed since we first met her at 15, she looks much more mature now at 18. She is still cute! Miss her and Linda very much! Well, gotta go clean stalls and maybe bring horses in out of the rain. :)
Well, I got to ride Bandit for half an hour yesterday, it was at a nice leisurely pace and had a good time. Worked 4-12 and then back to work this morning at 8 am til 4, what a zoo today, we literally had a parking lot traffic backed up from NH to our toll. It took a co worker 45 minutes just to get from Wells to York.... glad when summer is over!!
I had such a great visit today with Charlene. Went to breakfast, she got to see the horses, hung out and chatted for a while then went to lunch at Applebees with 2 of her friends from the school where she worked when she lived here. Had a great day!!! Stopped by to visit Peter and Debbie after I dropped Charlene at her friends home. P and D came down and helped clean stalls, ok so they did most of it I helped a little and of course Fred was just like a blister, showing up after the work is done! :) Went grocery shopping and forgot my Hershey Syrup, whats a girl to do without her chocolate milk in the morning????
The "boys" were buggers last night. Bandit gave Alyssa a hard time with some tossing of his head and bucking, Bud wanted to go a different direction than what Peter was asking, but the humans succeeded in getting accomplished what they wanted to do... good job! I think the saddle is pinching Bandits shoulders, so that could be an excuse for some of it, other was attitude I think. Oh well, we had a good time and socialized too.