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More pictures from today.

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It’s hard to see any progress from looking at her every day, so I use pictures to help see it clearly. Here are a few from today (after her shampoo and conditioner bath) to show any improvement in muscle and body quality. She was so dirty. That’s the one thing about grey horses… they show their dirt so easily. It’s also hard taking pictures of your horse that A.) wants to eat the grass under her feet, or B.) wants to eat your camera. 🙂

So sad to think the warm weather will be coming to an end sooner rather than later, so our bath days will be becoming more and more limited as the days go on. In lieu of the fall weather coming in a month or two, I just ordered her a brand new Saxon turn out sheet and threw out the old one because the one she had for a few years now was all torn up, etc. It was time for a new one, so I decided to buy her a pretty colored one… same brand. http://www.statelinetack.com/item/saxon-600d-standard-neck-lite-turnout-sheet/E001153/ Saxon’s just fit her right. I have a feeling after this summer the fly sheet she has now, that fits her awkwardly: http://www.carouselhorsetack.com/products/Weatherbeeta-Airflow-Mesh-Fly-Sheet.html (I have the detachable neck piece too) will be going in the trash. It is ripping everywhere and it makes her really hot when turned out at times in the summer… and this is when I need the sheet the most. I might need to go for a lighter sheet like the Big D fly sheet.

It’s so hard to believe today was day 16 on Marquis. Sonia is very upset that she has to keep taking this paste every morning, sometimes she rebels by throwing her head up once I get the syringe in her mouth. I try to encourage her and make it a “happy time” by giving her peppermints afterwards, which she really looks forward to. I don’t want to sour her to the fact that all syringes are bad. She usually takes her wormer excellently every two months, so I would hate for this to ruin that attitude she has.

Yesterday we went on a nice trail ride (walked only) with a friend and the horse she has been showing all year. Sometimes my horse is a leader, but yesterday was not one of those days. We went all the way to Mr. Blake’s house (I always called him Mr. Friendly’s because I didn’t know his name until recently – this is one of the brothers who founded Friendly’s Ice Cream Company) then back home. His property is so nice. He loves to see the horses and riders in his backyard and he’s built all sorts of bridges for the horses to cross water, etc. It’s a nice perk to being where we are, the trails are excellent. Some are actually REAL trails through woods, not just through someone’s crop fields. I’ll have to video a trail ride soon. Still can’t get Sonia to go into the water though.

Onward and upward.

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I think she looks better… maybe?

I was really looking at Sonia today after we did a bit of side-rein lungeing and after her bath. I think she may be getting a bit more fat. Possibly due to the sweet feed that she is on, but either way, hoping this is the beginning of the road to recovery.  Here are some pictures from today in the gallery above. It’s so hard to notice slight changes when you see your horse every day.

Today was not her day. After her bath, I brought her in to give her her daily dose of Marquis. Well, she was NOT having it! She locked her jaw, and once I was able to get past it, she threw up her head and the tube went flying. Only a little bit of the medicine came out. After a slight attitude adjustment, she took her normal dose with minimal upset. I guess I would be feeling like that if someone gave me nasty tasting medicine every day. Can’t blame her, but I am so glad only a little bit was lost.

I left the barn for a few hours after that to meet some ladies from the barn for lunch. I had to cut my time there short because I had to get back to the barn for Sonia’s farrier appointment. Just for haha’s, in the above gallery is an image from a few hours ago when she was getting her shoes reset. You can really see how boney she is here just by having the farrier lift her right hind leg and place it on the stand for him to trim.

I know I keep hoping for miracles when I walk into the barn. Hopefully hers will come soon.