October 26, 2015
Sailor gets a couple days off before we start getting ready for the next event in two weeks. I can use a little down time too before learning the dressage test for the Katydid CDE, our last event.
October 27, 2015
Woke up this morning to showers, cold weather and a phone message from the barn where Sailor is being boarded at. Now we all know, that is the last call we want to get first thing in the morning from our barn. On returning the call I was told that Sailor broke out of his outside run and that she found him out grazing in the grass. But upon checking Sailor out I found a small wound on his lower left leg and then a larger one on his right stifle. Upon investigation I found about a four inch cut and a round puncture wound that I am concerned about. I am now waiting for a call from a local vet to look and assess the situation.
Finally met the vet at the ranch at about 4:00 pm to check out Sailors cuts. The one I was concerned about was the one that looked like a puncture but after the vet checking it out, he felt that it would heal just fine without stitches. So for the next few days I will be cleaning and applying antibiotic cream to the wounds, also he will be on butte for a couple of days for any discomfort.
We still have no idea what happened but we are relieved that he will be fine and that it should all be healed before the next competition.
October 28 – 29, 2015
The rain finally stopped after two days and I was able to take Sailor out for a drive in the arena of the ranch. He was quite back to his normal self and the leg didn’t bother him at all. Now if I can just get him to do, at the next show, in dressage what he did for me today here at the ranch, life would be great.
October 30 – October 31, 2015
Since the rain finally stopped yesterday I let the ground dry up before driving today. It is another beautiful day here in North Carolina. I was able to get to the stable by 10:00 am this morning to work with Sailor. GladysAnn’s trainer came over to watch again while I drove him. It is amazing that when one does not have a knowledgeable ground person, to occasionally watch how you are driving, the bad habits that one can get into without really realizing it.
We worked today on a working trot, 40 meter circle on a long rein, for the next dressage we will have to do at Katydid CDE (Combined Driving Event). Instead of checking Sailor in when his attention goes to something around the arena, I am now using it as a way of focusing the energy to help bring him round and on the bit, and it does work. Sailor caught on quickly in that if he misbehaved he would have to work harder. Amazing how that works? So today’s workout turned into a great teaching lesson for Sailor and for me.
November 1 – November 3, 2015
After rain all day Sunday and Monday I was finally able to do a little with Sailor at the ranch. Was not able to drive him as the ground was so saturated with water so I turned him out in the arena to just noodle around. He was having none of that so he proceeded to run around, buck, kick up his heels and then rolled in the sand. I’d say he was getting a little stir crazy. When he was all done with that I took the chance to brush and comb him out in an attempt to get him a bit ready for the coming CDE.
I am hoping that we will be able to connect the trailer to the truck for a morning departure on Thursday. It will be about a four hour drive to Aiken South Carolina.
November 4, 2015
Well it’s Wednesday morning and it rained again last night, which means the ground is even more saturated. We are heading over to the stable at noon to hook up and try to get the trailer onto solid ground. Will let you all know???
We started with my friends’ trailer as it was parked in her back pasture area since the last competition. It was a slippery and very soggy project but with lots of tenacity and determination we got it hooked up and were able to get it pulled through the saturated ground onto the driveway. Hurrah one down!
Next came the trailer she uses to haul her mule and carriage on. Now this was not as hard because the hitch part of the trailer was over the cement so we did not have to get the vehicle onto the soaked ground. Hurrah two down!
Now we headed over to the ranch where Sailor is boarded to hitch up our Dodge one ton dully to our trailer. Now our trailer is larger than both of my friends put together and the ground at the stable was just as soaked. My plan was to back the trailer along the arena fence which is a bit higher than where we were parked. Then I took a slow and easy first gear in the truck and eased my way to the left of the muddy driveway up onto the hard ground just in front of the barn. Hurrah three down!!!