Whew, where did the last few weeks go? This time of year is always fairly busy for me, but the last month has been a whirlwind. I spent half a week in Denver for my sister-in-law’s wedding at the end of September, and went to Houston for the USDF Region 9 Championships with work the day after I got home. I saw Andrea and JenJ in Houston, which was delightful, even if the weather was blazing hot and uncomfortably humid. I took last week off work (well, I did a bit of work from home) to rest and regroup; I really should have taken this week off, too, since my mother is driving out this week for her annual visit. Oh, well.
At any rate, when I haven’t been out of the state, I have been doing horse things! I’ve been riding Candy as regularly as I can. I’m pleased to report she seems to have conquered her fear of ground poles and has been putting in some really quality work. I’m hoping to take her cubbing this weekend, but that’s entirely dependent on if my farrier can come out and put shoes on her.
Moe began treatment for EPM before I left for Texas and seems to be responding well. His symptoms were very mild anyway, but he seems much less stiff and lethargic than he was before beginning treatment. His lesson kid took him to a dressage schooling show while I was gone, and it sounds like it went pretty well.
And for my most exciting update: Gina is doing a great job of growing a foal! I took her in for her scheduled pneumabort vaccine and an ultrasound last week. Gina is currently at 5 months gestation, and everything is looking great. Gina’s vet was pleased with how the amniotic fluid, placenta, and fetus looked. I was excited to see something that actually sort of looked like a horse during this visit; while baby spent most of its time squirming away from the vet, I did manage to catch a glimpse of an eye, an ear, and one tiny little foreleg.
Gina doesn’t look pregnant to me (I think she just looks kind of chubby), but a couple of friends have commented that she’s getting a broodmare belly. My vet is happy with her condition and advised keeping her in normal work as long as she seems comfortable. I don’t plan on hunting her this year, as I haven’t been keeping her very fit, but Johnny has volunteered to ride her throughout the winter. Gina seems to enjoy toting Johnny around, probably because he doesn’t ask her to do anything very difficult.
The winter should help me get back on a more regular riding and writing schedule; the only remaining trip I have on my calendar is with work to US Dressage Finals in Lexington next month. If you’ll be there, let me know! I’d love to hang out with someone other than my coworker and boss.