Friday, December 30, 2011

The Year In Review, With Some Pictures

2011 was certainly an interesting year, and had its ups and downs.  Here's a brief summary, with a few pictures.

January was mostly snowless, and Pie and I managed a few good trail rides.  Here are Scout and Pie being camera hogs:

In February, we had a snowstorm that produced huge drifts, and once we got shovelled out, the horses had fun in the snow.  First, Dawn - love the snow mustache:

Then Misty:

In March, Drifter arrived, and we began the process of figuring each other out:

In April, Pie turned 5 and Drifter showed his aggressive side, against a much larger Scout, during integration with the gelding herd:

In April, Drifter turned 10 and Pie had his odd tying up/laminitis attack, and was pulled off grass into a dry lot paddock.

In May, Dawn had part of a fractured tooth removed:

and Dawn and Drifter and I attended a 3-day Mark Rashid clinic, and learned many things:

Dawn turned 14 in June. In mid-June, I had my accident, coming off Pie, getting a severe concussion, breaking my collar bone and two ribs and wrecking my helmet (thanks be for helmets).  After spending 5 days in the hospital, including getting a pacemaker, I spent the next 6 weeks recovering, and although I sat on Pie a few times, no real riding or horse work got done.

I rode a few times in July, and in mid-August, I finally felt well enough to start really riding again.

In September, Pie started repeatedly colicing and made a visit to the vet hospital - they couldn't figure out what was wrong with him although he did seem to have enlarged lymph nodes in his abdomen.  And weird stuff started happening with both Pie and Drifter - reluctance to move out, gait oddnesses and difficulty picking feet.  In October, both horses were diagnosed with the earliest stages of EPM using the new peptide ELISA test (see the EPM page for more information on this saga), and began treatment.

In November, Dawn went barefoot, joining the two barefoot boys.  Drifter and Pie slowly went back to work, and are feeling much better.

To conclude the year, three sleeping beauties wish you and yours an excellent 2012:

Tomorrow, I hope to post about my thoughts about where I am with my horses and my hopes for 2012 . . .


  1. Love your sleeping beauties. Happy New Year to all of you!

  2. And a Happy New Year to you Kate! I enjoyed the timeline since I joined your site after your accident!

  3. Welcome back! It's an interesting year for you. Lots going on. Best wishes for next year!

  4. I hope 2012 brings you increased health and strength and lots of progress with your ponies. Happy New Year!

  5. Happy New Year, Kate and family and horses.
    Following your year with horses - the ups and downs, and growth and joy and all of it is so helpful. Thank you for taking the time to share it!

  6. Oh my, Kate, you really had a trying year. I'm happy to hear you have recovered from your serious injuries, and that your horses are doing better too. I enjoyed your gorgeous photos!
    It must have been great to do a clinic with Mark Rashid. He was in my area last year but I was not able to attend, unfortunately.
    Here's looking forward to a much improved year in 2012!

  7. After a year of ups and downs you've all come through it beautifully. Love your relaxed happy horses taking a break. Happy Healthy New Year to you and your gang.

  8. You have had more than your share of ups and downs this year, but the pictures of your three beauties show the year ending on an up-swing. Happy New Year!

  9. I has been quite the year for you ! So glad you are well again and able to enjoy your beautiful horses

  10. I love that photo of Misty in the snow! Great action shot! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your activities with your little herd. I have learned so much from you. I also purchased my first Mark Rashid book because of you. You have a wonderful way with words. Happy New Year Kate! I look forward to reading about your gang in future posts.

  11. Hey Kate. Nice to see a post from you tonight. You had quite a year! I am so glad your accident did not keep you down...what a recovery. You certainly had your share of concerns regarding the ponies, but as expected, you figured it out and are headed to a great 2012. All three of them look terrific.

    Happy New Year!

  12. Great review and super pictures!
    I can't wait to read your next post. I am so in awe of how you are able to identify your longterm personal goals!

  13. Here's hoping 2012 is mostly "ups" with few "downs," for you all. I am amazed at your review, mostly because I hadn't realized how much time had passed between each of those events.

    Seems like only yesterday.....

    Happy New Year to you and all your family, two and four legged!

  14. Kate, Glad to read your thoughts again! My, what a year. I don't blame you to be glad to see some of the events behind you. But also, you had great progress in so many areas. Congratulations on many accomplishments in 2011.

  15. I've looked and still can not find the post detailing what happened during the accident. Can you leave me a comment with the link? I'm glad you're okay.

    Here's hoping you have a completely injury free 2012 and that you have lots of fun with the horses. :)

  16. I've been catching up on your blog today. Great photos! I especially love the one of Misty in the snow.

    Also, I really like the blue background on your blog. It's been awhile since I've stopped by, so I don't know how new it is (I usually just read your posts in google reader.)




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