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.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Got to meet some very nice folks today. :)
I learned a lot about saddling and stuff, which was good!
Not so good is that Solly was bucking, and it's clear that something in his back is bothering him. Hrm, he used to be okay under saddle, slow to stop but relaxed and appearing to be fine. Now he is bucking and squealing a little bit, ears pinned, tail swishing, and he squealed when I pulled on the cinch to "unlock" it. Not good. So. I am trying to get into contact with one of the two or so chiropractors who will come to the town Solly is boarded in. Hopefully they will gall back and have a rate that isn't entirely insane. Both that I was told about were recommended by a couple of people. Hopefully they can figure out what is wrong and fix it. If there's something that can't be fixed, I guess Solomon will retire and I'll sell his saddle.
But hopefully he'll be okay.
Saddle appears to fit but maybe it doesn't, maybe it's putting too much pressure on his hunter's bump, maybe I need a longer seat and a saddle that is a square skirt instead of round. Or maybe one of those short English saddles. Blargh, I don't know. But I'll figure it out somehow.
So here, have some entertainment! Dragon was having ticks removed from his sheath by a volunteer.


ariemay said...


Evergrey said...

I know! Poor baby! The ticks are so evil out there. Even with wormer AND spray they eat the horses alive.