It’s been a minute!

Salutations, internet land, and apologies for the long absence! I’ve been really busy for the last month, but things have settled down and returned to normal. So, what have I been up to?

  • In mid-April (on Gina’s 340 day gestation date, no less), I briefly went to Tennessee and took my mother to a minor medical procedure.  (She is totally fine.)
  • In late April, I headed to the Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event with my friends Richal and Rachael. They’d never been to Lexington and were completely delighted by the experience.
Pawel Spisak and Banderas at LRK3DE
Pawel Spisak and Banderas in the stadium jumping phase.
  • While I was out of town, I dropped Gina off at the vet in case she foaled. Gina did not foal, so I brought her home and kicked her back out with Candy and Moe.
  • Johnny and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary by eating Taco Bell and checking Twitter for NWS Tulsa updates on possible tornadoes.
  • I became the de facto eventing coach for my dressage friends who’ve decided to participate in some unrated horse trials. My track record is terrible: everyone in my group was eliminated at the last show!
Pony jumping cross country.
Favorite pony and favorite barn rat.
  • My mother visited me over the weekend; she booked a flight months ago because she wanted to see the baby horse. She was disappointed because there is no baby horse.
  • That’s right: Gina is still pregnant! Today is day 365. My vet reassured me that the foal’s heart rate and movement were normal while Gina was at the clinic; she does not anticipate a problem. Gina seems completely unconcerned about foaling and continues to eat, hang out with her horse friends, and sigh at me whenever I check her udder. Between here and Facebook, thirty-four people guessed “after 340” in last month’s foal contest- good instincts, people!
Candy and Gina eating hay
Candy (left) and Gina (right) continue to be buddies.

There’s not much on the agenda for the next few weeks. Candy continues to take one step forward and two steps back; I often despair that she will ever do anything useful. Moe is doing very well; he’s fat and shiny, and dressage shows with him in the fall are on my radar. And at some point, I imagine Gina will actually produce that foal she’s been carrying for so long!

have been keeping up with your blogs, and I’m looking forward to making time to contribute useful and/or supportive comments again!

14 Replies to “It’s been a minute!”

  1. I keep waiting for your foal announcement! Don’t despair yet, the year Cinna was born, a friend had a mare go to 405 days — I probably would have had a heart attack, but baby was perfect. Gina is just cooking you up some extra chrome or something

    1. 405 DAYS WTF!! One of the vets at the clinic was very casually telling me about how they recently had a mare go 377 days with zero problems. I try not to worry; Gina doesn’t seem distressed, she isn’t a maiden, etc etc. I’m not very worried, but I AM impatient!

  2. Ahhh…I can’t believe she’s keeping you in suspense so long. I can’t wait to see the post that the baby has arrived!

    1. She is a dreadful creature sometimes! I’m definitely looking forward to sharing baby horse with everyone!

  3. damn, gina!! c’mon now we want to see some foal pictures!!!!

  4. I keep thinking I have missed the foal announcement haha. I can only imagine your impatience! 🙂

    1. I keep thinking I’ve missed it, too! C’mon Gina!!!

  5. For crying out loud Gina, HAVE THE BABY ALREADY!
    Sounds like a crazy busy few weeks, glad your mom is ok! High five for the Taco Bell anniversary dinner, you’re my kind of people.

  6. I don’t know how you don’t wake up every morning, throw open the back door and just yell, “GIIIIINNNNNAAAAAAAAA!” I would be so frustrated.

  7. Come on Ginaaaaaa!

  8. I have been anxiously awaiting a baby announcement. Funny, I’m never this interested when humans have babies 😉

  9. Are you at all tempted to just squeeze her till the baby pops out?

  10. COME ON GINA WE WANT BABY PICTURES!

  11. Allie-Rocking E Cowgirl says: Reply

    I think about Gina’s baby more times than I’d like to admit! LOL

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