Hi, I'm Ev. I'm training to become a horsewoman. These are my adventures and misadventures. I'm green as hell, but so far, so good. I'm now learning from Bo (and sometimes his wife DeDe) at D&D Ranch in Pope Valley. I am extremely lucky to have this opportunity, I feel quite blessed, and I feel that they, and horses, have really turned my life around.
Solomon is my baby- a big old flea bitten grey Appendix gelding who is very kind and way too smart! I love him so very much. He is a rescue and was meant to be co-owned rehabbed, and maybe rehomed to a good home. He turned out to be over 25 years old with injuries that ultimately do not make him riding sound, so he is retired.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pictures! :D

I haff peeectures!


...Nom nom nom...

Solomon's beautiful tail. It is now mostly white, since I spent a good amount of time scrubbing it the other day. Mostly, because he has managed to soil it just a little bit. Not really his fault- he tries to hold it all the way out of the way. Also note, not so much with the being skinny any more. :p

Yaaay, the barn owner gifted me with a grooming supply box! Innit nifty? It hangs on his pipe-paddock and holds his stuff. I can switch out the Cowboy Magic and Endure for his Mane N Tail when I wash him. Note the stupid no-good useless skin-so-makes-my-horse-filthy-and-only-works-for-20-minutes. But it's an awesome box and I don't have to dig around for his hoof-pick any more. Also, the jelly rubber curry thinger that goes over your hand? AWESOME, I love it, totally recommend it for horse people. Actually, I bet the cats would love one too. Hmm...

I'm going to call the vet and see about her taking a look at this lump. I'm pretty sure it's a melanoma. :( But the good news is that in greys it isn't malignant as often, and it's the only one he seems to have, so hopefully if we just watch it and leave it alone it won't spread. I've been reading about it, seems like often trying to cut it out makes it way worse. It's on his inner thigh. It's on his skin, not attached to the muscle, and he doesn't flinch at all when I touch it. It's hard.

The BO pointed out to me the fact that his left hind is a lot more upright than his right hind. His feet have been like that for a while. I'm going to have to talk to the farrier about that. Also I want to get a photo of the undersides of his feet. I think the frogs need some work, too. Today there was this nasty nasty rock stuck in the left hind that was shaped like a spear head. I actually had to pick up his foot 4 times to dig the damned thing out, digging (trying not to hurt his frog) and rocking it. I would get exhausted and have to put it down. Of course I didn't get it out until another boarder came in to see, at my request, and I was saying that I couldn't get it out and at that moment I popped it out. It was probably three quarters of an inch long, and jammed between the frog and the hoof, very close to the heel. I'm going to have to keep a close eye on that and make sure it didn't actually puncture the frog or anything. He didn't seem sore at all but you never know. It was the exact same color as his frog so I didn't see it out in the pasture, though I didn't have a pick with me anyway.

Here are his front feet. I love the color variation! I never really saw it at the old place, since his feet were always filthy and caked with crap. Now they are clean and dry and look at those pretty white stripes at the back! I guess he had some white on his front legs too, before he greyed out. He must have had a nice sock on his right hind, too, with that all-yellow hoof.
These feet will never be the exact same shape and size because of that awful injury he sustained. I think there will always be something of a split in his front right.

The flies were bad today. I need to buy more Endure. Poor baby.

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