So this happened. If Howdy looks confused, he is not the only one. Yes, we are preparing for the RRP and we intend to do eventing as our main competition, but, looking for a little experiment in the unknown, we are also entered to do Working Ranch. Yes, with the cows and the simple reining pattern (small slow circle, big fast circle, halt from canter, back up 10 steps, rollback, yeehaw!). And we get to “box” a cow, which means basically that you keep them on this side or that side of the arena and then move them where you want. All of this is assuming Howdy is “cowy” which we will find out when we see some cows at the Iowa Ranch Horse Show in Afton on Saturday May 13. We’ve already got a small group committed to go, including three with horses, and if you are in for a little adventure, join us! Show bill:
Nope, I have no clue what a lot of these classes are either. Ha! I’m hoping they will let me be an amateur or ride HC, because I sure as heck do not want to ride with the Open riders and really draw attention to the greenster I am!
Thanks to my friend Wayne for the saddle loan. She’s a beaut, too. He’s a died-in-the-wool rodeo guy and asked me twice if I was sure Howdy was a TB. He shook his head and said, “He stands awful good.” Ha! That’s my friend Kristen looking with a mystified expression at the breast collar. I did the same thing. LOL
Meanwhile there was this proud moment when I spotted him dozing in the barnyard doing this with his lower lip. If he started reciting shrimp recipes, I was going to be outta there.
But when he’s not zoned out in a spring grass stupor (see expanse of green behind him that he had been munching on for hours), he looks fairly normal:
Meanwhile, the ERU saga continues. His eye looked improved after the gentamicin eye injection (I’m still all yikes about the idea of that, but whatever, I guess that’s why I am not a vet.). We got the results back from the eye fluid sample taken at the same time and he does indeed have leptospirosis in that eye, and maybe the other one too. That’s bad news, but also sort of good news. Bad news: it is there, and probably the cause of the inflammation. Good news: It can be treated and the treatment should really help. They warned me that the antibiotic was going to be expensive and I was thinking in the thousands of dollars for some exotic thing from Berlin or something, but it turned out to be $74 with apple flavoring and shipping, delivered to my door. Ok, $74 is $74, but if it does what it is supposed to do, it is the best $74 I’ve spent in a long time. Better than that, he is eating it top dressed on his feed! I am so grateful and I intend for him to continue to eat it and for it to do its job. He is being treated with enrofloxacin (Baytril) and it should be reaching levels in his eye today (the third day of treatment) that will kill the leptospirosis. Send good energy for it to be so, if you would.
Other item of interest is that on Saturday we took a lesson with Vera Barisone who is a Grand Prix dressage instructor who is muy bueno at teaching riders at all levels. She teaches at the level the rider is at in their riding in an encouraging and inspiring manner. And she’s pretty funny with her Dutch/New Jersey accent. (I kid you not.) Absolutely inimitable. In our lesson we did a lot of trot work with some good success, but it took a lot of work to get me to ride right and for Howdy to let go of some tension. We had decent work finally in trot, and then moved on to canter. When he cantered she was surprised at how well it went and how the connection is so easy for him and what a nice canter he has. How lovely to hear! And then she said, “And your homework is spelled T-R-O-T.” Ha!
Next on the Howdy agenda is this Sunday’s MLEC schooling show which has a combined test. We are doing BN. Both Howdy and Bravado. Um, hopefully.
And I may have bought a cheap, fun hat for the Derby party at a friend’s house on Saturday afternoon. Wheee! Loves me some Kentucky in spring. And speaking of that, even though I love watching Michael Jung ride so dang beautifully, I could not be prouder and more happy for Phillip Dutton’s finish at Rolex this weekend. You go Phil!