Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Belated WW: Goodbye Goats

By now if you follow me on social media, you may have seen the big news -- the goats are gone! They left for their new home on Sunday, at a breeding farm down south. While I will miss the cute bouncing baby goat antics, I will not miss the rest of the issues they caused (of course because I said that, the first thing that popped up in FB memories yesterday was an ADORABLE photo of last year's doelings). Selling them was quite a process, but I am thankful we found a home that will continue breeding them and isn't immediately going to eat them. They're meat goats, I know, but that still doesn't mean I didn't get irrationally attached! 





It was an interesting experiment, and they provided a lot of fun blog content over the last four years, but I will not miss them!
Looking forward to getting off work this afternoon and enjoying my freshly dragged arena!
(photo from last night)

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

WW: Polar Vortex

OK I'm not ACTUALLY SURE the weatherpeople are officially calling it a polar vortex, but it's cold AF here and will be for the forseeable future. Too cold for me to ride (frankly it's so cold it's irritating my breathing so even chores are a stretch outside), so I'm mostly huddled in front of the woodstove binge reading all my favorite book series when I'm not working -- or I'm in the (insulated, climate controlled lol) garage on the treadmill, since some work friends and I banded together to do a couch to 5K program together to get motivated and stay accountable!

We'll get there when we get there!
Although the app I'm following didn't show me how the workouts are supposed to overlay on the calendar and I'm already done with my first "week" of workouts 3 days in. So. Oops?

I had a bit of a mental breakdown last week about the lack of space to work and so I manically rearranged furniture and put a bandaid on the situation for another month or so. We are currently pricing out what an addition would cost (yeah, less than a year after closing the construction loan, ain't life grand? haha), or another option would be working out of the Taj MahTeal. Still waiting for more details about my agency's more formal WFH policy before I do anything rash, but I am ITCHING for a more permanent workspace. 

My dad sent me my favorite cookies from back home, and THANK GOD because my order of Girl Scout cookies is lost somewhere in Olathe, KS and delayed by weather. 

Weather like this, presumably. 

Back when it was still sort of "pleasant" last weekend. Ha.

The ONLY upside is that Trigger is back to normal turnout because its too frozen to be muddy at all.... haha. It's the small things! Of course, changing his bandage is a BITCH because it's so cold the duct tape won't stick to itself. Hooray. One problem solved, so a new one crops up. 

Temps dropped quickly when the snow arrived!


So. Cold. 

We dropped round bales over the weekend, and plugged the tractor in first to warm it up. Apparently it blew the breaker my tank heaters were on, so now we have an extension cord maze to prevent that from happening again. Ruby was a good sport about drinking from the trough once I hammered some holes in it, and within about 12 hours the poor heater caught up and all the water was thawed. 

Jack thinks this weather is bullshit, but he does like his cozy winter blanket. 

"This is bullshit"
(waiting for us to bring her a fresh bale haha)

It's so cold I can't wear gym clothes to run, I'm running in my base layers, which definitely makes for a LOOK. Thankfully no one can see me ;) 

Dug out an old heated bucket. I don't even want to know what my electric bill will be next month!

Watched a shitty football game over the weekend. 

IDK I might take the spiders at this point.... 

One bright spot has been this awesome coat -- thanks for the inspiration Teresa!

It's very warm. And obvs I love the color. 

Had to drive to a chiropractor's appointment and the roads were disgusting (I stopped in the middle of the road to take the picture, don't @ me, there was no one around for miles). 

#accurate

When I was trying to talk myself into going out and running before work started yesterday morning. I was unsuccessful. I ran at lunch instead! 

WHY

My fat birbs don't seem to mind, I am refilling feeders like every other day (or daily in the case of their corn basket lol). 


Anyway. That was a lot of photos to say it's frickin' freezing and very quiet over here, and probably will be for some time! Situation relatively normal for this time of year in central MO. The sun will come out and it will warm back up again eventually, and then all the ice will melt and it will be a muddy pit of despair, and then maybe around April or May things will start greening up and I'll regain my will to live :) 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Transformation Tuesday: Hoofgate

OK so remember last post about Trigger's hoof when I was sort of down about how it looked and frustrated that the whole hoof was like... falling apart and gross? I mean, it's obviously still not anywhere close to back to 100%, but after a good trim from my farrier last week, I'm feeling a lot better!

For reference, this was what things looked like at the vet visit last Monday. The vets were wishing for some faster filling in of the hole with horn, but were not upset about how it looked (even if I was). They told me I had been doing a SUPER job at keeping it clean.

After my farrier finally had a chance to clean it up -- for reference, my horses are on a six-week cycle, but Trigger missed one trim on this hoof because the vet's priority was keeping the hole clean and the tissue far away from touching the ground. My biggest worry was a giant chunk of hoof right below the hole that was definitely wiggly, and the farrier just cleaned it out as he trimmed. So the hole looks bigger, but it was just dead sole anyway and wasn't doing anything productive. Trigger's feet are not great in general, but they've come a long way.  

My farrier and I had a long talk both while and after he trimmed it about my concerns. He's been trimming my horses for.... 8.5ish years? (since Cinna was a weeeeee wee thing and I had eight or nine horses). He is definitely aware of my neurotic tendencies, so he didn't hesitate to give me a little bit of a come-to-Jesus chat where he repeated ITS FINE multiple times 🤣 he watched me rewrap the hoof, and he also commented that I was keeping it WAY cleaner than like 95% of the people in our area would bother with, and reminded me how many horses blow out abscesses that no one even notices and then stand in sloppy mud with holes in their foot with no adverse effects. I pointed out how gross and soggy the hoof was, and he fired right back that it had ZERO thrush (unlike one of his hinds, whoops, bad owner). Yes, it was damp from being wrapped 24/7 for going on 2+ months at this point, but starting the durasole would hopefully help things toughen back up. 

After liberal application of Durasole. Everything I own will be purple for a while haha. 

Obviously his recommendation wasn't to just take off the boot and kick him outside, but he said what I'm doing is working, so keep doing it. We did chat about the hospital plate, and he is capable of doing it, but he priced it out for me and for the price of the plate and a few resets while the hole grows out (not to mention how the care of his foot would have to change), I can buy like a lifetime supply of duct tape for a whole stableful of horses with holes in their feet. If either of us thought the plate would give us a better outcome, I'd do it in a heartbeat, but his foot IS healing this way, it's just slow. The hospital plate wouldn't make it heal any faster, and it would add a whole new layer of complexity and concern to managing his turnout.

Enjoying some turnout, mud be damned! (this was before we changed the bandage so I didn't care if he got gross since I was taking it off in a few hours anyway)

At the most recent change this weekend.

I texted photos to the vet after the farrier finished up, and she was also really pleased with how much better it looked with all the dead stuff cleaned away. We had already discussed the turnout situation, and she advocated again to get him out as much as is reasonably possible for me, even maybe turning him out without the boot if I'm willing to clean it REALLY well when he's done and the ground isn't frozen into spikes that might stab tender areas. I'm not sure I'm mentally ready to go there yet (since we got MORE RAIN this weekend) but he did get out quite a bit over the weekend, mud be damned, so I'm trying to loosen up a little and be less of a control freak about it haha. He is much happier getting out for a few hours, and DH is happier cleaning a stall that's a bit less trashed. And the more I can get him out now the easier his transition back to normal turnout will be, whenever the hole grows out enough for that to happen :)

So despite my somewhat gloomy outlook last week, it IS progressing, and I just need to have a little faith and patience -- both of which are hard for me! Thank goodness I have horses to teach me these lessons, over and over again, right? :)

Thursday, January 28, 2021

On Thursdays We Wear Teal

Monday night, I had my normal appointment scheduled with my hairdresser for a cut, and he had a surprise waiting!

He's been cutting my hair for NINE years at this point (😳), and over the last few years we talked about teal highlights a few times. I always hesitated because I work in a relatively conservative office job, and while I'm not super customer-facing, I still worried about being viewed as unprofessional. Now that I WFH, I was far more willing to go for it, but my stylist had a better plan -- clip in teal extensions made from real hair. He was making another color for another client and had some leftover, so he made two for me! 

Before he trimmed them to match the length of my hair.

Oh my goodness 🥰

So obsessed. And yes I did plan Monday's outfit and mask around matching when he was done 🤣 #extra

The finished look!

It was definitely just what I needed to get me out of that "it's the 181st month of 2020" rut I feel like I've been in for the last few weeks. I don't wear my hair down too often (it's so much work, ugh), but now when I do, I can brighten it up with a splash of color! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

WW: Taj MahTeal (Tack Room) Tour

After a lot of requests, I attempted like fives times to make a video tour of the tack room last summer/fall -- however, I HAAAAATE listening to the sound of my own voice, so I kept trying to narrate them and then watching them and cringing. So I made this totally silent one that I hate less lol. Looking at the details of the vid it looks like I made it right before Trigger kicked off hoofgate (still giggling to myself okay), so that must be why it slipped my mind. Enjoy! If you have any questions, drop them in the comments. I have been posting the page with alllll of my links and a lot of my photos in one of the barn FB groups I'm in so those pages are getting a lot more traffic than I ever anticipated when I started this project last year!



Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Trigger Hoofgate Update

See what I did there with the title? Gosh I crack myself up. Gotta find entertainment where you can, right?

Finding A LOT of entertainment in the Bernie memes at the moment, I'm not gonna lie lol. 

Wow I was sort of on a roll through December and then things just sort of... screeched to a halt. Sorry about that! We're mired deeply in the mid-winter blues here.... where I'm riding when I can, wishing I could ride when I can't, and mostly ready for the days to start getting longer and the mud to dry. Based on how much rain we got yesterday, I don't anticipate that being any time soon. I'm also fighting some exhaustion and burnout compounded by some SAD -- not job-related specifically, because I do love my job, but just feeling stuck in this endless rut with the pandemic and not feeling like I can make plans. It's a super first world problem, I know. I recognize how lucky I am that I can WFH and that the vast majority of my life hasn't really been disrupted minus working here vs my office now, but I'm still struggling. Even without a pandemic, I tend to get this way in January/February most years now that the horses are at home year-round and the lack of an indoor makes me more vulnerable to the weather -- I was able to mostly head it off last year because I was on such a personal-development-high from giving those training sessions, but I know in 2018 and 2019 I dealt with the same things, and also like pre-2014 before I boarded one out to ride. I'll get over it, I'm just writing this to remind myself next January when I'm in this same slump that it will pass. 

FB memories making the mid-winter blues even worse reminding me that three years ago I was here.  Especially bitter when we had planned 2020 for the year of vacations. You know. Before the pandemic. SIGH. At least DH is in the tier of vaccinations our state is currently on (assuming we ever GET doses), and I'm in the next tier... so maybe travel will be in our not-too distant future! (I typed that up yesterday afternoon on my lunch break and then when DH got home he told me he got his first dose of vaccine!!)

Trigger's hoof hole is still on the mend -- last week I called up the vets to schedule an appointment for yesterday to check the progress and see if we're ready to change up the wrapping situation or move him up to more turnout -- he got a couple of days between bouts of nasty weather earlier this month, which he LOVED, but then it snowed/got muddy again and then yesterday we got a rain dump. We're reaching a point where his (already shitty) feet are getting SO SOFT AND CRUMBLY from the perpetually damp environment, blerg. 

Unrelated photo of my new favorite shirt and 2/5 dogs lol. I'm a crazy dog lady. I own it. LEAN IN. haha 

It was sort of a good news/okay news type of visit. The good news is apparently I'm doing an above adequate job of keeping it clean (as in, it was a bit of a struggle to get the duct tape boot off haha). The vets weren't nearly as horrified by his crumbly feet as I was (or if they were, they hid it better?), and they okay'd the application of durasole when I do bandage changes to start trying to help the rest of the foot recover from the moist environment. They also signed off on having my farrier trim that hoof at my normal appointment this week (we skipped it last time, although we did get the other 3 trimmed). 

The barn cats were being SO HELPFUL (not).

The okay news is that while it's healing, it's not happening as quick as they would like. Whether that's a combination of hoof growth just slowing down in the winter, the fact that he's older, the fact that his feet aren't really great to begin with? Who knows. Nothing wrong per se, they'd just like to see things moving a bit faster. So we discussed two options -- one is a hospital plate, which we have definitely talked about in the past (and my homework was to ask my farrier this week if he has experience applying one, and if not, get alternative farrier recommendations from them), and the other option was to trim back a little of the scar tissue, start applying a steroid ointment to that (in hopes of slowing the regrowth) and see if maybe the hoof will start filling in a little more. After probing the tissue and being able to see behind it a bit, the vets decided to trim it down and see if we could jump start some more filling in. The hospital plate may be in our future, but in the mean time, we're just staying the course. 

I'm too exhausted to dig up all the other photos from January. You're not missing much, it looks about the same as it has (minus that nice bloodspot on the far side coming out, that's newer). I cannot WAIT until my farrier cleans up some of this ickiness on Thursday!

Keeping it wrapped and him stalled 24/7 isn't anyone's favorite course of action, but the drawbacks to turnout in Missouri's wet mucky season with an open/unhealed hoof hole are just insurmountable right now, without spending $$$$$$$$$$ on some sort turnout with the grids to prevent mud (which is on my long-term to do list, but can't be done RIGHT NOW for a variety of reasons). 

Instead, enjoy two little clips of him trotting/cantering around the field this weekend. I showed the vet, with my permanent caveat "well he wouldn't jog sound at Rolex, but..." and they were excited to see him looking so comfortable and moving out so well. 


So for now, that's where we're at! I am actively trying to work myself out of this rut, and I did find a video tour I did of the tack room sometime last fall and then forgot to post, so look for that tomorrow! :)