Thursday, September 28, 2017

Checking In

Well, hello there. The blog has been pretty silent as of late but much has been going on behind the scenes. Over the last 2-3 months, we have been focusing all our attention on recovery and doing a generous amount of self-care.

In Quest-terminology that means enjoying vacation and getting chunky.

The first order of business was trying to figure out the proper shoeing arrangement. Mareface got her first set of fronts last cycle and she did really well in them...until she pulled a shoe. Fortunately it was the day before the farrier was due back out but unfortunately that was when Vet K was supposed to check Quest's progress. The pulled shoe didn't allow for a clear evaluation so it got pushed back a couple weeks. Vet K was nice enough not to charge me for that, thankfully.

The second issue has been containment. Mareface had been allowed to roam the pasture freely in hopes that she'll stay quiet enough to heal.

See, this is nice. Being good & socializing with neighbors. 

But then there are days when I visit and Quest is tearing around the field like a wild child. As much as I don't want to contain her, Vet K suggested that we should try something to get her to stay more still. So the nice folks at the barn are trying to set up a temporary corral of sorts. Hopefully this will aid in the recovery process and not make her a stressful mess.

As for me, I've used the time to take care of myself and build new friendships within the various communities I'm a part of. I have been getting time in the saddle but most of my hours lately have been spent reading, practicing saber, and doodling lots of art. I really miss working with Quest and sometimes get really sad thinking about it but such is the state of things. We just have to allow time to do its slow, steady work.

4 comments:

  1. Maybe if she had a buddy in her temporary corral that would help? I've had to put Apollo into the diet pen a few times and he works himself into a frenzy about being alone (which is ok for him when he is fat but wouldn't help if you are trying to prevent movement!). Glad to hear from you and happy you are doing well :)

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  2. fingers crossed Ms Quest will stay a little more quiet (and no more pulled shoes plz!) so she can continue healing! glad you're doing well otherwise!

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  3. Hopefully the new corral does the trick to keep her quieter!

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  4. Good luck with the new setup keeping her energy contained!

    BTW - is that hot wire strung through split rail posts in the last picture? I like that idea, and have never seen it before. Would love to know your thoughts...

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