Thursday, September 19, 2013

Holy crap I'm so behind in this!!!!!!

So, it's been quite a while! April 13th Kharma had a baby boy! Patriot for Patriot's Day weekend and his barn name is Rio. Watching him grow has been an amazing journey for sure!  He gets bigger every day just about.  It goes without saying that Carolyn was smitten with him from his first breath. He is a "pretty good egg" to quote Lindsay Robbins. Unfortunately for us, Judy has decided to take a break from horses for a while. So, the number of barn buddies shrunk to just 4 horses.

Socks had a second opinion (or 3rd rather) with Dr. Nostrant and he was finally deemed retired with his stifle not healing properly. It was bittersweet news to me. I was glad to finally have an answer and while I didn't have to worry about euthanizing (I was extremely worried about that), I now have 2 retired horses and no one of my own to ride. Socks was also put on Previcox for pain management. He has some ouchy days but for the most part seems happy being a pasture potato. We did get the ok to do some clicker training/in hand trail course stuff from the Dr. so hopefully we can do more of that.

In good news, we welcomed Lisa Gorski to Longrun as she had adopted a foal. She brought him and his mom home the beginning of August with the intention of weaning the foal and giving the mare back afterwards. Pacino was a weaning master and never looked back and Jerseygirl (the mare) just recently left us on the 15th of September to go to training to gain a step closer to a forever home for her too. Rio is having a bit of a hard time with the weaning process and still cries for mom despite being out with Pacino and Zak.

This morning, Kharma is going to training as well (same place as Jerseygirl) and she'll take her first steps into being a working girl for the first time in a while. She's going to Crimson Acres in Orange Mass. to work with Peter Whitmore. He's a pretty amazing trainer and I can't wait to see how she does. That being said, we're going to have to put Socks and the kids and Zak together and hopefully that goes seamlessly with no major problems. Crossing fingers for sure.

Ok, that was a whirlwind catchup post for sure. I'm going to have to try and post pictures and keep this up now that there are babies growing and Kharma in training. This should get interesting again!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Check your baggage!

Well, it's official. Miss Kharma is starting to get a little bagged up in her udder! It's a teensy bit but it's definitely there! She now has a bigger stall to have her baby in thanks to Speedy donating some of his to her. Thanks Uncle Speedy! =) She's getting more and more comfortable with Carolyn touching her all over too. She's also getting better with the farrier as well. It's all a very good thing!
We're still awaiting Miss Roxie's return to Long Run Farm from her training in Orange Massachusetts. She's been a good student for Peter and she seems to catch on rather quickly although being a girl, she does have her opinions. ;-) She'll be home soon to tell us all about it!
As for the boys of Long Run.....well, they're all fat and seemingly happy. I say seemingly as Zak is always grumpy in the winter anyways. Zak has been moving pretty good on his supplement and we await Dr. Heidi's arrival next week to draw his blood for his ACTH level recheck. With any luck, we can reduce his pergolide dose to one pill a day instead of two. My checkbook would absolutely LOVE that! Speedy has been going out for rides here and there. Our weather has not been very cooperative at all for riding though. It's either FREEZING or extremely muddy or icy or both. Socks seems to be moving well and is very happy to be out with friends. He was covered in dried mud last night and I curried his body and in my haste to find my horse under the coating, I curried his stifle that had the surgery. He didn't even flinch! YAHOO!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Catching up......

Well, Roxie is off to training and learning well. She's been round penning and such and learning to wear a person on her back. =) Kharma is getting bigger...and her belly is getting closer to the ground. Carolyn got a stall camera and we had some fun setting that up. Now she can see the big event when it comes time. That is, of course, unless Miss Kharma waits until 4 a.m. to have the little weenie tot. As for the rest of the scoundrels at Long Run Farm...Speedy is, well, speedy, Zak is back on his old supplement and moving great and Socks and I went for walks this past weekend with Carolyn and Kharma. Saturday was just a handwalk with tack on as he was a bit too hyped up for me but Sunday I was on his back to go "around the block". Let's hope that this is a better year than 2012!!!