Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Stagnant

I feel like the mood of my blog has been one of not quite hopelessness, but frustration and stagnancy.

I am an incredibly fortunate soul- I have an internship next year at a phenomenal private practice, I have found a small apartment to call my own, will be able to afford weekly riding lessons most of the year, found a wonderful, beautiful retirement farm to keep my horse of a lifetime, and my equine soulmate is in good health, shiny, and happy. I have plenty to be incredibly grateful and thankful for, but I feel so... just... empty.

I've been taking weekly lessons at a wonderful hunter-jumper facility in Lexington for the last month and a half. I've loved every lesson horse I've sat on, appreciated all their quirks, and savored ever moment in the saddle.

The last time I was riding once a week was over 10 years ago; for the first time in my life, I am riding less instead of more, and it is breaking my heart. Being out of the saddle even this much makes me ache. It's so hard to be so distant from a hobby that is all consuming, that you love, and allow to drive your very being.

I know my situation is only, at most, a year, but it is difficult wanting to maximize and cherish each day when you spend every moment counting the seconds, days, months until your next ride. It is difficult to give up something that has been with you through your darkest moments and your brightest days.

I've spent a few weeks trying to put into words how I'm feeling about my current situation, and my life for the next year; it is so hard to explain that while I am grateful for my situation, and thrilled for the next chapter, I am so devastated to put horses on the backburner, even if it is only temporary.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017 Resolutions

Given my current situation... my New Year's goals are a little... depressing. Basically, I'm trying to make the best out of what I will have.

Riding Related:
1. Continue riding- really all I can set goal-wise. Even if it's a 20 minute walk session on Candy once a month, just stay in the saddle during my internship year.

And that's... it.

Career Related:
1. Read all of Ettinger's- the internal medicine bible.
2. Attend IVECCS if possible.

Personal Related:
1. Try to maintain a positive attitude/positive vibe.
2. Get my body back to pre-vet school weight/fitness.
3. Focus on living a minimal lifestyle- less consumption, less waste.

Nothing too exciting- at a weird transition phase of my life, and just dealing with all of that.



- K & C & L

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Blog Hop: Location

Courtesy of ASSFS!

As most of you know, I live in Hell, aka the Deep South- eastern Alabama.

While it's definitely not Horse Mecca, I am impressed by the variety I've found here- everything from therapeutic riding to trails riding to A circuit H/J and all the disciplines in between.

Average Costs (for English):

  • Board
    • Pasture- ~$300- $400
    • Stall Board- $500-$700
    • Training board isn't really a thing here, but then again, I am not one to actively seek out training board.
  • Farrier
    • Barefoot- $35
    • Front Shoes- $110
    • All Four Shoes- $170
  • Hay Bales- the price has really increased with the drought
    • Coastal/Bermuda- $5/bale, $35/round bale
    • Timothy- $12/bale
Weather? Do you like moisture? 

Temperatures are mild (mid-40s at the lowest during the day) in the winter, but the humidity makes the cold really sink into your bones. Spring/summer/fall usually hot and moist. It likes to rain in the afternoons or for days straight. Or recently, not rain for 4 months, then rain for 4 days straight.


Riding demographic? I think it's definitely a lot of trail/Western riders, with a smattering of English riders.

Other notes? We are super close to Pensacola, FL and Marietta, GA, as well as reasonably close to Brownland, which is lovely. We also have a vet school with a pretty darn stellar equine department.

Frustrating things in the area? Lack of "special" horse care- it was super hard to find chiropractic work until earlier this year. There are basically 2 farriers in the area consistently. Lack of big(ger) name clinicians (or any clinicians, really, except Doug Payne last year). And I understand all those standpoints- it's not as though this is a high dollar horse area, and most people do Western or leisure. Having lived in Lexington, KY for all of my riding career, my view of the horse world is very warped and very privileged. 

- K & C & L

Thursday, December 1, 2016

My Christmas List


Dear Santa:

I've only got a few things on my Christmas list... They're nothing *too* crazy.

1. Thinline Ultra Sheepskin Half Pad or Thinline Shims

In my never-ending quest to get my saddle to fit Lexie- the Ogilvy is too puffy and pinches her withers. It's this or new shims for my cotton one to try to lift my saddle *just* enough for some wither relief. 


2. Back on Track Mesh Sheet



Lexie has been a little tight through her back, and with her 15th birthday on the horizon, she needs some love.


3. Asmar Shirt in Merlot

I have been in love with this forever, and it comes in burgundy- one of my favorite colors!

4. Grooming Tote


My plastic grooming tote is a nuisance to fit in my trunk, so I'd love something mildly smooshable.

5. New sneakers- with internships on the horizon, I've got my eye on a new pair of comfy sneakers for clinics. Maybe a pair of New Balances or Nike Theas?

6. AN INTERNSHIP- I really just want a plan for next yet, let's be real.

7. New joints for Candy

Two new hocks would be fantastic, Santa. Candy is tired of Lexie having all the fun.

But really, all jokes aside- what is on your Christmas list?

- K & C & L

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

BOARDS ARE OVER! Blog Catch-Up!

I finished my National Veterinary Board Exam yesterday- I also may have laughed and/or cried in the testing center (so many pig and chicken questions... why?). In other happy news, a little over a week ago... I went to a horse show! That's right- I finally went to the year end AHJA show, after an entire year of trying to show, and by God, Lexie kept it together so we could both go.
We vet students escape Auburn sometimes!

I *did* have a small breakdown (exhaustion, stress? Who knows...) in a lesson pre-show, so my trainer put me in the 0.75m and 0.85m jumpers. We went clear both rounds in the 0.75m and got two 5ths. We were clear our speed round in the 0.85m, and placed 5th. She got a little strung out so I had a rail in the 0.85m qualifying round, so we didn't make the jump off and didn't place in our 4th course.



Our course was the same for all 4 courses (sans the jump off) and was not quite my style. It was basically inside straight-diagonal-outside-diagonal-outside with a few singles thrown in. Courses with a lot of straight lines backfire with Lexie because she builds as the course goes, and we use the turns to collect and sit her on her butt. By the end of the course, we end up a little strung out. I still had a BLAST though in all of my classes- she was perfect in warm-up, and, while a little mad about being ridden in her gag bit, so fun over fences. I can't wait for the fences to go up so I can use fence height to my advantage with her.

On Sunday, we did the equitation challenge. We got cut our first round- a horse ran up Lexie's butt, she tried to kick, and.... well... we both had a small meltdown and just made small circles in the center until the round was over. Crowded rings will never be my thing, and a freshly clipped freight train in a snaffle in 40 degree weather probably didn't help things either. I did get to meet Hillary of Equestrian at Hart briefly, and meet Bear and Sonny, who are the absolute cutest.

Overall, while I wish fences had been bigger, I managed to stay out of my head and have fun. Overall, I'm proud of my little powerhouse- she may have been mad at staying in a stall for 4 days (Hillary can totally vouch), but she was totally on her A game in the show ring.

- K & C & L

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Hiatus




Currently hardcore studying for veterinary boards (November 22nd!), working on job/internship applications, and all around figuring my life out.

Lexie is most likely on a 5 week vacation while I prep for boards and go home for my vacation block, so nothing exciting there.

Hopefully, I will be back on top of my blogging game come December with exciting news!

- K & C & L

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Vet Bill Online Sale

Since Candy tried to amputate both left legs last Sunday, I'm selling a handful of things to help cover his bandage material costs.

Soft Shell Show Coat- $75 plus shipping.

https://www.tackhunter.com/listings/294062-ovation-performance-soft-shell

Kingsland Breeches- $80 plus shipping
https://www.tackhunter.com/listings/294052-kingsland-kelly-breeches

More to come as I dig through my tack trunk!

For people clothes: https://poshmark.com/closet/katerabbit

- K & C & L