Sunday, May 31, 2009
We saw a lot of lizards-this was the biggest one and he let us take a picture!
Friday, May 29, 2009
One of my goals this year is to ride my horse more. You would not think
this would be that tough-I mean he's right there in the yard and I like to ride. But my priorities now are getting the dogs ready for trials and taking care of the house and yard, doing stuff with Jerry, etc. And then you need decent weather and the ground to be dry and a little energy and so it just gets put off. But this week I finally did it. I worked him on a lunge (I never know if that's correct spelling) line yesterday in preparation and he was a little wild as expected but very out of shape and overweight. He was much better during lunging today except that even when going to the right he would only canter on the left lead. He's very left handed I guess. Except that when I tried to canter him under saddle we started to the left and of course he picked up the right lead-weirdo. But mostly he did pretty good for not working all winter. He only tried to buck once-when he tripped. That's his thing-he's lazy, so he trips, then he gets mad that he tripped and wants to buck. I don't think he will ever be a very well trained horse but he's ok for me. We even jumped a tiny branch down in the field. It was fun-for the little experience he's had Squirt is a good, brave jumper. He actually tries to rush to the jump too much.
The dogs worked a little tonight too. I started Zodiac with articles instead of doing them last. He seems to to well on the metal but then when he needs to retrieve the leather he keeps bringing me a metal instead. I guess we have worked so hard on the metal (since he does not like to hold metal) that he thinks it should always be the right choice. But when he does pick up the leather he's very confident about it-maybe it's easier for him to scent the leather, he just thinks it's wrong so he focuses on the metal. He anticipated signals a little but overall did pretty well. He was veering to the left in go-outs so I targeted one time and then we was much better. I did not do gloves outside today because the grass needs mowed and it's hard for him to see them!
I've been working with Legend on some discriminations with the tunnel and contacts. I"m trying to teach her to always default to the closer obstacle. Then if we need to take the far one I'm going to teach some kind of signal or command that will make it obvious she needs to take the far one. I'm not sure this if this is a good plan yet but she is really sucking to tunnels and tends to follow body language better than voice so I'm thinking if she just follows my path I can teach to automatically take whats closest by running parallel and then pushing her out with some sort of turn if the course requires taking the far obstacle. We also worked on some speed circles with distance.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Here is the bladder
Getting ready to make a small incision into the bladder
Monday, May 25, 2009
Novice Weavers-too wild
Novice Chances-great until the off course tunnel that she felt needed to be done 3 times
Open Jumpers-started slow but finished well, Q
Elite regular 1-clean but 1 sec over time. NADAC times are faster than AKC times but she was definately dragging. I'm not sure she likes doing 10 runs in a weekend. I think she gets bored.
Elite reg round 2-nothing was gonna get her going-not even going through the tunnel could get her sped up so we just did a shorter course and called it quits.
So, not the greatest weekend but there's always next time. If only she could run like last week every time!
Here are some photos I took during the weekend. This is Cheri's foster dog-Wyatt. I know you can't really see his face but I love this picture. He's so funny.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Legend is running so well I wish we had more trials coming up! She had an awesome run in Excellent B Standard today and got her first MX leg and 14 MACH points. On top of that she even placed 4th. If you are not familiar with AKC just know that it's really tough to place in the Excellent B classes. Granted this was not a huge trial but there were 16 qualifiers in her class so I thought it was pretty good. She also had a great run in JWW but took down the triple and entered on the wrong side of the poles. But she did all the tricky handling parts great. She was super responsive to all my cues and did not even think about taking any off course obstacles. Maybe all this training is paying off. The video is of her standard run.
And Zodiac officially finished his NJP-we had 3 legs before but they were all under the same judge so we've been waiting to finish at some trial where I didn't have to wait around for Novice and then drive a long way home. This was a local trial-yeah. And we still got done early in the afternoon.
Friday, May 15, 2009
We took the night off-sort of. I did not do any yard work tonight-didn't pull a single weed! There are some things that could be done but I've got it enough under control now that I don't need to work on it every spare minute. I did give the truck a much needed cleaning out and did a few chores. The dogs got the night off from any training and now we are just relaxing on the deck. Well I'm on the deck and Legend and Zodiac are in the yard playing. Oreo is on the deck but he's not very relaxed-he's worried about dinner. But no one is working!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
So, here are some of the things I've learned...
1. Most things get better in spite of what I do (makes that education seem worth it!)
2. Some people pay really close attention to how much their pet poops
3. My 3 favorite surgeries are (in no particular order)-dog neuters, bladder stone removal, amputations (I know it's morbid, but they're pretty fun)
4. A lot of people are stupid/crazy/smelly or a combination of those
5. I hate dog spays and would complain a lot more about them if I didn't believe so strongly in them
6. More people refuse to put their dog on heartworm prevention than I would think
7. Cuterebra (look it up) are the coolest gross thing I have seen
8. There is nothing much better than lancing a good cat abscess in front of a new technician
9. Cutting off a head for rabies testing is not as much fun as you would think
10. Most dogs get hit by cars during lunch and right at 5PM
11. People are surprisingly unable to recognize that their pet has fleas
12. On any given day you might still see something you have never seen before
13. You can still buy "Gravy Train" dog food
14. The type of medicine you are allowed to practice is dictated by how much money people are willing and able to spend-sometimes you gotta use your crystal ball and magic wand
15. I like sutuing up lacerations and treating wounds-actually seeing something get better is truly rewarding
16. I don't like any kind of orthopedic surgeries. If I can't put a cast or splint on it, I'll likely refer it. Conversely I love using cast material.
17. The same few drugs can "cure" a lot of diseases (Thank you Metronidazole, Simplicef, Cerenia, and of course Prednisone)
18. A lot of people think "worms" have caused their pet's ailment, whatever it may be
19. I still hate looking at chest x-rays
20. Playing with cute new puppies is still fun
A few times a year I get to play "horse vet." It's usually the day I decide I better vaccinate my own horses or draw blood for a Coggins test or attend to some minor ailment. Today was the day I decided to vaccinate my boys. We ordered vaccine at work, I remembered to bring an ice pack with me today and it was a nice evening when I arrived home. So even though I was tired I figured I better not put it off for no reason. Today really seemed like the appropriate day to do it-after all I only ever really worked on horses when I was in school and I graduated 5 years ago today! I have also had dewormer sitting on the kitchen counter forever that I needed to give. Squirt was easy-he doesn't care too much what you do to him. Moses is sometimes hard to catch but today just stood there and let me halter him-yeah. He's usually super hard to deworm but today I only fought him for a few minutes before he gave in. So all in all it went well.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I really like this one but it's a little grainy when you look at it full size.
I actually got this one without a zoom-just lucky. She's practically sideways!
Monday, May 11, 2009
Our friend Becky from work adopted a cat from an elderly woman about seven weeks ago. The woman had been feeding the cat for some time but the little kitty had a respiratory condition she couldn't manage. So rather than let a nice kitty get put to sleep Becky took her in. Radiographs taken a few weeks ago when the kitty suddenly seemed much larger indicated a special delivery was on the way. Late last week Becky was presented with these three cuties!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The only glitch was we ran the radio in the parking lot too long and had to jump Lindsey's car before the concert so that it would start when we were ready to go back to the hotel afterwards!
Trying to start the "porta-grill"
Maybe it takes two...
We had burgers and hot dogs with all the fixins. We even fed the parking attendants! Which was good since we later needed them to jump the car. We did however, fail to dispose of the onion before going into the concert which made for a smelly ride back to the hotel.