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Planning for weaning, raising the bar!

Yesterday I was in an E conversation with my vet re  basic protocol for  Troubadour. Discussions of weaning and gelding came up. The weaning process is really taking effect on its own naturally,  but yes I will make a real dat,e so to speak to separate the two . I have seen way to many very awkward situations with  offspring  still trying to suckle at  yrs old. Not cool! Not productive.

In any case  we have at least a month or so to go ,as he will only be 3 months old  8/27/12, Im not rushing it. I think it will be sooner than later as Tru is very settled and day by day I see him stepping out on his own. Still looks for Mom but  has pals to seek comfort from as well.

This morning as we went through our morning routine, grooming , Mom  tied , Tru loose but he stays put pretty well.  Sometimes curiosity wins out.

I do one then  the other. As I Do Tru I have a small string round his  wither /neck area.  Like a riding neck rope.  He responds well to it and  for the most part stands well for feet etc with just it. Not bad!  I use Mom’s comfort as a tool. he finds a spot by her and  im pretty good to do anything. he is gettign really good with feet. still a time or 2 where he might  resist but I discoverd  his comfortable way to be held.  Trial and error!

I have raised the bar a bit for both of us. I  have made the grooming routine a real routine. Pattern animals, yes? Before I  separate the two I need to really have a good foundation , better  than we have already in order to  make the next stage of his growth worry free. What is my plan? I will enter his life more and more over the next  month or so with more domestic focused  tasks. Not any fancy stuff  but the basics and have it be so Im as good as Mom for support and comfort.  So that what I ask of him  will be accepted. grooming , feet,  shots  etc. This will be were the rubber meets ther rd. Human interaction and almost a bit of “Domestication” from what he has been used to will begin to  happen . It wont be hard, he gets it . I can intorduce things to him for a few days a then let it go and  he picks right back up  after a few minutes.  Now ill see  if all my thoughtful work till now  has any holes. Im sure it will but then ill learn to fill them in!

As we do our grooming with his favorite rubber mit , I am sure to explore all ares of his body. Tru seems to like his tail being brushed too.

What I have  taken to doing now as a progression, is to wrap myself around his mid section and grooming  the opposite side . I basically am draping myself over him , he  doesnt  think twice.  Good first ride prep eh?.  I have changed my touch over time, it is getting firmer, more solid,  as he is more accepting. He follows a feel very well, again with just a neck rope. Dont want to raise a wilting violet! Breath and they  spook! Ugh! I still  put the halter on but do most my “time ” with him with out up to now.

I sat down and thought to myself  what did I want to get done. This is what I came up with:

To go through the  holes I have found in my other horses,   as  well as others that I work with,  that I want to  address before they  show up as holes!   I am a great observer. I  learn from my  mistakes and those I view of others.

Lots of  resposibility going forward . I never took it lightly, but  now facing  the  separation from a great Mare, who has been even better than I exected, its now my turn to step in and take over the raising of Troubadour.  I will still have help for the herd . I will rely on them a lot!  Granny( Diana), and Popeye, Mr. Bill and Cora will be vital to keeping it natural!

Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

On the trail with Troubadour

Yesterday for the second time my eldest and I went for a trail ride together with the whole family, well almost anyway. Ok , let me explain. Me, Kim, Popeye, Sarah ( ponied), Diana, with kim aboard, and little Tru tagging along. So minus the  pony and mini it was the whole  herd family.

3 generations of horses and Pop! Kinda cute, huh? It really is.  A couple weeks ago we  took the crew out on a longer ride, a progression  in effect. The first time I did this just me and Pop leading Sarah and Tru  toddled along. Then KIm entered the picture and we took a little longer ride, then yesterday we took a nice  5 mile ride, lots of hills etc, cant get away from them here, and Tru was a trooper. He is happy to  hang between  us, Pop, sarah and I and Kim on Diana( Grandma), who usually is a ways back. At times he will trot or canter up to us but other times is happy in a cushion of  family.  We stop after a good climb to rest  him and allow him to  go to sarah if he wants. Not much of a puddle drinker yet.

He is a pisser, when he gets tired and  fussy he begins to get studdish. He will usually  go to grandma and  attempt a mount from behind, as she walks along.

How they put up with him all day, I have no idea! The measure of control they use to  TELL him NO is amazing to see. Just enough to get it across with out crushing his spirit!

We all have Savvy strings attached to our saddles for  any reason. I asked Kim to have her’s on her wrist and  begin  to incorporate a savvy trial ride lesson.

Timing is everything! But as the little one mounts , she swings string to the rear over D’s butt and if he is in the way , Oh well! A giant bug was bothering D and its Kims job to  protect her  herd of 2.

It worked. To hear kim say , Got him! and chuckle was humorous. Its a bit uncomfortable to  be riding along and have a little toughy try to mount , in play, but still, the horse you are riding. Time for trail ediquette!

As Kim heads off to college and kids back to school my timeto get this done with the whol family will dwindle but I intend to  get them out thru fall. Pop is a great solid presence for Sarah and Tru.

I can continue to thwart off the mounting attemps( back off dude), from Pops back with end of  pony line. Multii tasking 101!

More antics to follow, stay tuned.

 

YL Essential Oils Every Day Oils Collection continued…. Peace and Calming

The name says it all!

P/C is a blended oil made up of : Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Blue Tansy

*This oils will help in dealing with various issues relating to the nervous system and emotional wellness.

How do I use it? Let me count the ways.

1) As a perfume!  applied to my  neck and wrists. Its lovely.

2) In my purse as a go to oil in cse i need it.

3) In the barn I use it as the horse  need it.  Durring the birthing process I applied it to my mare.

4) In bath water!

5) Defuse , Defuse , Defuse. this settles the whole house in a nice fresh calm.

6) Before bed to relax my mind, I apply it to my temples and  along my spine and feet.

*Reference Guide for Essential Oils, Higley, 12th edition

YL Essential Oils Every Day Oils Collection continued…..PanAway

What a great blend of oils. This is key to pain relief in home and barn.

PanAway is blended with: Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint.

* This oil can be used in dealing with problems relating to the nervous system and muscles and bones.

How do I use it? Let me count the ways.

1) This past march I slipped on the ice feeding horses and  badly sprained my wrist. Xrays said not break but I think it might have been a hair line. Regardless once I got my feeding done I got to the house and asked kids to get me the PanAway. First thing to come to mind.

I applied it to the site and got  cold pac and off to emerg room.  I felt a soothing relief immediatly. Dr asked  what the smell was, (ben gay type…)  I filled him in , he was impressed .  Said this was a good thing to have in a first aid cabinet!

2) After a Zumba work out! all over followed up by  ortho ease or sport massage oil. Saves me from any overly sore spots till I’m fit. After fit then its relaxing.

3) Swelling due to any strain , or ache or pain in the home and barn.

4) with a house full of women, 4 girls , it is quite helpful for menstrual periods. The  smell is up lifting too.

 

* Reference Guide for Essential Oils, Higley, 12th edition

www.yougliving.org/sableview

 

YL essential Oils Every Day Oils Collection continued… Valor

When I first heard of Valor on a teleconference call back in earky spring of 2011, i knew i had found a missing link. In th pas ti had used essential oils but not YL.

I listen intently and came away knowing my horse needed Valor and Me, I needed a Rain Drop treatment asap!

I learned  the differnce between oils and  brands…  this is a whole other topic. Beware!!!

Valor is a blend of oils including: Spruce, Rosewood, Blue Tansy, and Frankinsence( see blog on Frankincense).

* Valor is known as the “Chiropractor in a bottle.” Often time is have used it on my horses and see them seek to self adjust by rolling , head shaiking  even doing cat stretches.  Horse are great eaample of the power of these oils, they tell it like it is!

How do I use it? Let me count the ways.

1) Defuse, Defuse , Defuse!  with any oil its a great way to reap the advantages!

2) apply before bed to sooth  and relax.

3) In the AM , on days I know will tax me apply it to the bottoms of my feet. It helps  keep me grounded and in touch.

3) In Roll-on form, I keep it in my purse as a  purfume or emergency go to!

4)A  College dorm  must along with a couple others of her choice,  for destressing and keeping the mind uncluttered.

5) Great to add to  bath water and just relax

6) Massage it  up the spine  alone or with V6 massage oil.

Valor is balances the brain , right and left , and is truely a wonderful addition to my life, and my work.

* Reference Guide for Essential Oils, Higley, 12th edition

 

 

YL Essential Oils Every Day Oils Collectin continued…..Lavender

Im guessing Lavender is one of the best known “Oils” around. The go to  calmer  so to speak. It in fact has so many other qualities.

* Historically durring Midieval times there was a dispute re Lavender. One grouping would say it help keep it wearer “pure” , shall we say, and the other group  well they felt it was an attractant, and  things would go the other way.

Lavender is a great healer of wounds, skin irritations of many sorts  and emotions.

How do I use it? Let me count the ways.

1)Defuse Defuse Defuse…

2)  bug bites, poison ivy, anything itchy. Lavender seems to calm things right down.

3) burns from the oven or other items. Its the go to oil in my house.

4) Sunburn,  a great calming effect on  hot skin.

5) open cuts, or sores, bruising,  in the house or the barn… Lavender is it!

6)On a wash towel or item of clothing going into the  dryer its gives a natural fresh smell to all clothes.

7)In combination with a couple other oils its a great bug repellant and or hair detangler depending on the mix and base.

So many wondeful very practical uses….

Did I fail to mention adding it to the bath water….#8

 

* Reference Guide for Essential Oils, Higley, 12th edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YL Essential Oils Every Day Oils Collection continued…. Frankincense

Well done your looking into a better way to get Green Heathy!

Our oil of topic here is Frankincense. Truely a wonder oil. It is part of the Every Day Oils  Collection

*Historically this oils is concidered a Holy Oil in the Middle East. Its purpose was and is to highten connection and communication with the creator.

Frankincense  help on an emotional level as well as  , physicical.

How do I use it? Let me count the ways!

1) pre and post  Melanoma surgery Nov ’11. Frankincense is refered to in studies as being a huge factor in treating cancer. www.youngliving/sableview… product info.

2) My kids use it on  skin  iritations, pimples etc

3) A shot of Nig Xia Red and a couple drops of franincense, what a power house cocktail!

4) Defuse Defuse Defuse!

Watching Troubadour grow, and allowing him to develop

Mr personality! You lookin’ at me? of course you are!

Today , a day off 2 months old, I took Tru out with his Mom, and big friend Popeye. I lead Sarah off Pop and the little  guy followed along. We traveled up the rd a bit to the trail head and  had a couple trots and a couple  breaks to munch on grass.  Bugs were horrific.

When  Tru found an opening  on the way home he decided to be adventurous and scoot ahead of us.  Too funny!   So great to see him explore uninhibited. He is developing so well. He is confident in most things. Still has an opinion which I acknowledge and move through if need be.

On our rd ride back to barn he decided he would lead us home. Popeye looked at him like , “Yeah right, shove over and get back in line”. Pop  stuck his nose out to Tru’s butt and shoved him lighlty. Tru took the hint and moved over and let us thru and he snuck back in behind Mom.

He loves Poppy and has a healthy respect for his size( in comparison). In fact I think he really looks up to him. I love going to the barn and seeing Sarah, Tru and Pop sharing a stall together, just chillin’ and staying cool.

Allowing Tru to  grow and explore and devolop as naturally as possible is such a gift. Im so happy I know what I know. Raised Sarah( Mom) the same way but I know more now and have a real level of confidence in “My way” of doing things, “Hybrid Horsemanship”, than I did then ( 8 yrs ago).

Tru is teaching me already. What works and then again what doesn’t. Then, how to find a way that works for him while still not  micro managing.

I can totally  understand how easy that would be and  how much more time effecient it would be … but not gonna happen here! We will take the time it takes!

Stay tuned for more updates!

 

 

 

Proud to see them moving on!

Lots of time and thought and emotion has gone into a few select horses who have crossed my path over the last yr. Im happy to say that the last two are readying to move on in their lives with their owners or a new owner.

Support, wisdom and insight can be given only so long and then  everyone needs to step up and out and find how to make it their own. So much potential for  these horses but as not mine I have to also let go and say thank you to them  for lessons learned: Life lessons, horsemanship lessons, and managing humans lessons! the toughest of all.  The horses are the easy part! 

Everyone is on their own journey and  I can see so much more that these humans can gain from these partners they have. Bottom line is, it is not the right time, the students aren’t ready.  This is such a frusteration for me but again a lesson , acknowledging what I know and accepting what is. Tough!

I am very happy to say well done to the horses and best of luck going forward. Never stop teaching  your humans, whomever they may be, especially the hard lessons they really need !

 

 

 

 

Acknowledged by “Proof in the pudding”

Gotta love it when things just come together. Today  I was driving down the rd to go pick up one of my kids and saw a car stopped in middle of the rd actually backing up to view something. It was my Nieghbor, and I knew wat she was looking at , Little Tru .  He was alone, not really but single in and area of the field  by a  stack jump . He was clearly looking at how to manuver over  it,  trying to figure its purpose: pawing, sniffing etc. Gotta love his curiosity.

Later in the day after feed time, I was readying for clinic this weekend at the farm and  had my daughter in barn with me. She  bagan to play with Bubba in stall and went to pick up his hoofs.  I have introduced this already and  it is quite good but he is smart! No news huh?

Marg was being all soft and  touchy feely.  He likes a solid feel. Not hard but not  fishy either. He was free in stall so  when he felt her insecurity he knew he could play his game. Its not a bad game but still a game:  foot pulled away, lean etc.

I said , “hold on Marg, this isn’t what I wanted to get into but…”.

I got his little halter and  get down line and  played scatches first then  showed marg howto approach for foot.   solid feel.  like you know hat your doing. LOL!  once she  got her confidence gogn  she had it up and down 5-6 times with no issues. and rested it back down.  This was with all 4′s. Hinds are getting really good.   We brush  a solid feel down his legs first  a few good  trombones so to speak, and then a solid feel round his fetlock and up he comes.

In time we will try  our snappy leg routine …. LOL.

Anyway , while we had him in a thinking mind. I had a thought to get him wormed. I was due to worm him in the next 10 days or so at 8 weeks.  I felt it was a good time to  do this . Tru is quite big and advanced, I felt sure he could handle it.  New protocol is at 2 months not 1 .

Great to see my prep with tube was all for the good.  I got it , held it by his mouth, he licked it into his mouth, I gave him his dose. Done!  How awesome to have things just go so smoothly!  Very proud of everyone involved.  Pats on the back to me too.

Life is good!