2014 was an interesting year in many respects. I'd have to call it the year of the vet(s), but there was more to it than that. I know some of you are new to this blog, so here's this year's events and a few posts that I'm happy about.
We had Red's left hind splint bone fracture and surgery. We had Red's right hind ankle injury, and reinjury. We had Pie and Dawn's infectious face crud. We had Dawn's two rounds of dental surgery - three molars were extracted in all. We had Pie's ulcers. We had Dawn badly biting her tongue. Red started an EPM infection (his second) that we treated early and nipped in the bud (this would be my 5th case of EPM - scads of info on this and Lyme in the EPM/Lyme tab). Lots and lots and lots of vet visits . . . they all did a great job for my horses, but I wish I'd seen a lot less of vets during 2014.
I got lots of riding done - over 500 rides on my three horses - a lot less than 2013 mainly due to all the veterinary issues - but still a goodly amount. My relationship with all three horses continued to grow.
In the spring, I had the privilege of riding again with Mark Rashid in a three-day clinic - I rode Pie and also Roxie, who was loaned to me by the clinic host. The weather was horrible - cold and rainy - and Roxie and I had a mutual melt-down during a storm when it started hailing - terribly embarrassing but a good learning experience. Posts on the clinic (and on other Mark Rashid clinics) are on the sidebar.
Towards the end of the year, I let Mary at Simply Horse Crazy know that, if she couldn't find another satisfactory solution to her need to find a home for Missy, that I would take her. I lost a very special heart horse when I was 17 without knowing where she went or what happened to her, and didn't want Mary to have that experience. And so Missy will be joining me in January - I can't wait to see her sweet face and to start working with her, and we'll hope to see Mary sometime next summer.
I did a fair amount of posting in the past year - here are some of my favorite posts - if you have others put them in the comments. I need to figure out a way to index sort posts by topics so people can more easily find them.
My assignments from this year's Mark Rashid clinic
One of my all-time favorites - a post on the problem with the term "respect"
A post on finding the soft spot, and space
Another post on finding the soft spot, and time and energy
My ancient history with horses
2015, here we come! Riding, riding, riding . . . I'm into my 60s now, and I don't have a bucket list, I just want to ride as much as possible and spend as much time as possible with my wonderful horses.
A very blessed and happy 2015 to all of you!