We're getting close!
Today I received the bit I ordered for our new horse-to-be-named-darn-soon-cuz-not-having-a-name-is-darn-annoying.
Apparently it took them a while to find the right bit for him, and I'm a big believer in going with what works. This is a change in bits for me, because I've always ridden in some type of snaffle. That or just the halter. Since I'm not riding for show or anything, I haven't put much energy into head set. Frankly I had so much more to deal with on Canyon, other than generally lowering his head, I didn't bother with much fine tuning.
This is a Jack Brainard Custom Pelham. Anyone know about these? Any guidance?
I also finally found a saddle. I sold both my arab saddles - I had a circle y and I loved it (and got back what I paid for it - you have to love that about circle ys), but it was so heavy I never rode in it once I got my trail saddle. The big horn trail saddle I had was very light and very, very comfortable, but not so pretty with the synthetic skirt and fenders. So I was looking and while I'd found some synthetics, there were no big horns and frankly I was getting pretty impatient.
Then I found (and won) this one on ebay.
I decided it was a perfect combo - light enough, but pretty too. And I like the idea of an endurance saddle since I am never likely to do any roping (I suspect I'd knock my self silly). And it was below my budget (I wanted to spend less than I got for the circle Y).
Now I need a girth and a pad... Then I'm ready to RIDE. All I need is a horse. :)
And when I got home from my long day of meetings in Dallas, a beautiful full moon managed to pin itself over the lake and, holding hands with the setting sun, they turned everything golden. Which is, after it's all said and done, exactly what they should do.
(The gold is not captured by my cell phone camera, so you'll have to take my word for it)
Trailer loading and unloading is going well with Lily, we are feeding her in the trailer and she's learning to come out slower. I think we are ready to move to the next stage - standing in the trailer for a longer time and backing up.
Then we'll move on to putting up the butt bar, opening the butt bar and having her come out slowly.
Hopefully I can get some video of all that... Usually we're too busy doing it to remember to capture it on tape!
The bigger issue is Lily and her leg.
It's still ridiculously hot, and it's tough to get the energy up to do more than work on this trailer loading thing. But I am relunctant to ride Lily because of her issue with one leg - she's nodding and showing some discomfort at the trot . We were due for another couple of x-rays this week, but due to problems at the vet, it's been put off till next week.
I want to be careful with it since I have no idea what it is. Here's her xray.
They said this shot is inconclusive. No sign of ring bone thank goodness. She's on a joint supplement, but I want to rule out any serious issues. I don't remember seeing her having any issues before we got her, but honestly I may just not have put 2 and 2 together.
The first vet did a nerve block and it helped, but didn't make it go away completely. Hopefully we can narrow things down. Our farrier is going to take a look at the complete set of xrays and see what he can do.
It's funny, actually. I've been caught in a bit of an odd place with this whole thing. The farrier suggested it was her back causing the problem and suggested I take her to a chiro/vet. So I went to some pains to locate a chiro/vet. I hated not to go to my regular vet, but I have heard of the great things that can be accomplished with chiropactic work on horses.
The chiro vet said it isn't her back and after shooting an xray and doing the nerve block, suggested it was the natural balance shoes, which totally pissed off the farrier. I had to admit I wasn't sure she was hurting before the shoes went on. I just don't remember.
I just want Lily to feel better. If she's just going to be up for light riding, that's okay. I love her and she's our horse. My daughter is really only up for light trail riding and I'm hoping she'll be sound enough for that. But I don't want to be involved shoeing battle 101.
I'm back to my regular vet (who isn't a chiro) and who I feel comfortable with. We'll see where we go from here. If they get their xray machine back up.