Saturday, April 30, 2022

Dental day

In addition to being home disaster month, April was also Buxton animal health care month. Three of our four pets saw the vet for their yearly vaccinations.
Darcy and Piper's check ups were uneventful, but Olive needed a second appointment to get her teeth done. She was not fully on board with this decision and staged a protest outside the examination stall. We let her have her moment, then sedated her in the barn aisle.
Once she was compliant, she was moved to the stall and placed in the padded halter and speculum. The vet examined her mouth...
and found wolf teeth! These tiny premolars can interfere with bit placement and are often removed before a horse starts training under saddle. Since Olive's aren't bothering her, we decided to leave them in place, at least for now.
Once the exam was over, it was time to fix those teeth. At this point, Olive renewed her protests. The vet gave her a second dose of sedative, and she after that, she was was completely cooperative.
Also, completely drunk.
All horses act drunk after a dental, but that second dose hit Olive hard. 
She was full-on, blackout, gonna-have-so-many-regrets-tomorrow drunk.
Like any good friend, I couldn't resist taking a whole series of blackmail photos.
Teresa took this one. I think we look like two drunk girls holding each other up after a long night of partying!
Speaking of Teresa, here she is with a slightly less drunk Olive. It took more than an hour and a half for Olive to sober up. That's a long time, and I really appreciated having a friend to talk to while I waited.
The next day Olive was back to her usual spicy self.
Despite her protests, I know Olive is much happier now that her dental issues have been addressed. And now that my animals have been cared for, I can go back to spending money on the house.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Friday favorites

In my fifty three years on the planet, I've seen a lot of model horses.

So many.
And while there are a lot of model horses that WOW me...
there are very few that surprise me.
Amanda Brock's Lady Featherington is one of the surprises.
About a month ago, Amanda previewed pictures of this model in progress. The dappled palomino with high whites is a classic Drum Horse color scheme. Lots of WOW, very little surprise.  
The finished reveal flipped that equation. This model still has lots of WOW, but holy crap, what a surprise!
Her mane...
and tail are pink.
I did not see that coming!
Here's how Amanda describes her: The time has come to introduce a very special horse indeed: Lady Featherington, her unique coat and even more flambouyant mane is sure to cause quite the stir wherever she goes...
This lovely resin was sculpted by Kylee Parks of Studio Thornrose, and was a limited edition of just forty total, with thirty available unpainted. She is a wonderfully sized traditional, measuring 10.25 inches tall, by 13.25 inches long. She was prepped and painted to a beautiful dappled golden palomino with a soft pink mane tail (and a bit in her feathers...done with animal safe dye of course ;) ). Her luscious golden dappled coat, paired with some wonderfully roaned sabino markings pop marvelously against her rosy pink mane. Her mane was achieved with multiple thin layers to give it lots of dimension to accent the lovely windswept movement. She sports bright blue eyes. She also has a surprise under those feathers, with tiny peaks of her gold painted hooves! She has been loaded with all of my usual details, including skin pinking in appropriate areas. 
Lady Featherington is currently at auction on Model Horse Place.
Congratulations, Amanda, on creating a model that is as surprising as she is wonderful. I absolutely love Lady Featherington!

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Happy birthday to us

Yesterday was Ryan's twenty second birthday. We cleared out the dining room - no small feat since everything is still upstairs - and celebrated with take out kabobs from Ryan's favorite Greek restaurant.

Does anyone else's dog sit at the table? No, just ours?
This is a Brockamp Special Bareback Pad. Made from Italian suede and anti-slip neoprene, this pad uses a short dressage-style girth and is anatomically designed to stay centered on the horse's back. 
I would have preferred an olive shade, but this pad is absolutely beautiful.
Of course, I had to take a test ride. I am happy to report it is every bit as comfortable as advertised. I look forward to many years of sitting in it!
No one was around to take a photo so I tried - unsuccessfully - to improvise with a window reflection
Happy birthday, Ryan, and happy birthday presents to Olive and me. That was a fun day.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Almost wordless Wednesday

This is what happens when you encourage me: It's a second helping of papers from the wet boxes. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Drying out, cleaning up

The water mitigation people came and picked up their equipment, and the insurance guy came and took measurements and photos. There's nothing left to do right now except clean up the mess and wait. To that end, I've started tackling some of the oldest and wettest boxes. 

Most of these were filled with papers from my childhood. There are a lot of horse pictures. 
And when I say a lot...
what I mean is...
a ridiculous amount.
Apparently, I was writing a book about horse conformation?
This one is unfinished, but the subject matter is unmistakeable. That's Snickers and CB hanging out in the pony pasture at Siason.
The next three images are from a multi-page mural.
Shades of my early riding lessons.
And look! There's even a Breyer Old Timer in the mix. 
There's also a mix of school related papers...
and correspondence.
This is cute, but I have no idea who Lizzie is.
Finally, there's this card. My mom sent this to me when I was in college.
Um, thanks?
Well, that was an interesting trip down memory lane. I wonder what's in the next box?