Wednesday, August 27, 2008

As Healthy as a Horse

Well, Ronan went to see his favorite Equine Vet Dr. Jenni Schroeder out at Waller Equine, and he got a thumbs up! So, all set to go from that angle.

Yes...I take my horse to another vet. I feel that since I see him everyday, that I might miss something.

We discussed our travel plans and she gave me some great tips on traveling with him for that long of a distance.

We're still trying to decide on what to do about the trailer situation. He needs to be able to drop his head down so that he can cough and clear his throat as needed, as well as just for generalized comfort on that long of a trip. The truth is, that in our trailer...he can't. He barely fits in there! His head's wedged up against the window, and his but is smack against the chance that he's gonna fall down though! Doesn't seem to mind for a couple of hours, but this is like an entire day. 20+ (I'm guessing 24 hours)

I can open up the divider so that he can have both stalls, and that's a bit better for him, but I'm not sure if that's going to be the safest thing because he won't have anything to lean on.

My awesome friend Laura has offered the use of her really awesome extra spiffy trailer. We put him in it last week, and he does have a bit more room, and another half a foot in height, but it's still not ideal. <Sigh> He's just too darn big! I'm going to try driving her trailer this weekend and see how it pulls etc. I don't know how I'm going to be able to park that monster! So...then we hopefully can make a decision, and get him as comfortable as possible.

We're getting so excited. If it would only stop raining and dry out a bit!!!
I rode late last night after work, and yes, it rained on me...again....Oh well.
I just did some small jumps, as the footing wasn't too bad, but it was still wet. Just a bit of gymnastics. He was awesome....I love this horse! Such a good boy.

Got the Nick Larkin clinic coming up this we'll see how it goes. I know that he's going to be just fantastic!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Ronan and Sarah going to the AEC's (American Eventing Championships)

Ok...For those who don't know, Ronan and I have qualified to ride in the American Eventing Championships at the Novice level! This is beyond groovy!

They will be held from September 10-14, 2008 at Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL (outside of Chicago). So, YES WE REALLY ARE DRIVING THE HORSE ALL THE WAY TO CHICAGO FROM HOUSTON!!! (and no, we're not crazy....well, maybe not.)

We have all sorts of family and friends in the Chicago area, so this is going to be totally awesome, besides being at a show with all of the pros, and people from all over the country.

Our goal is to have fun, not fall off, and not get eliminated. And of course be safe... Believe me, that is plenty.

I will try and post updates here, and maybe even one or two from the show if possible. We'll have to see where I can find some wifi, so it may be coming from the iphone.