I totally meant to write my DIY Blanket Bar post last week, but I got sick and then had to go to Fort Worth for a wedding. Boo. So while that how-to is still in the works, here are two things for your Tuesday.
- I need to get something off my chest, so here goes. Last week, I saw two highly-followed equestrians on Instagram share about their horses colicking. Both are good riders and trainers, and both from completely different riding backgrounds and disciplines. However, they had similar reactions to their respective colic cases. And that was this: they were completely relieved and knew their horses were “healed” after they had pooped once. This horrifies me. I’m no vet, but I’ve seen enough colic cases in the past nine years of owning Rocking E to know that just because your horse poops, does NOT mean they’re “okay.” The term colic is used to describe a multitude of gastric conditions, and just because your horse acts like his tummy hurts, doesn’t always mean it’s an impaction. Furthermore, I know from personal experience that horses can continue to poop even during an impaction colic! I didn’t comment on either Instagram post, but boy did I want to! Colic is serious and conditions can change quickly. I’ve seen it happen. Please don’t pack up and go home just because your horse pooped. Phew. Thanks for listening, guys 😉 I have a long list of colic myths that I might have to write about one day… What are some of the colic myths you’ve heard about?
- A couple weeks ago, my friend Marie hauled over and rode at my place. She has been training the cutest pony mare, and she hauls all over the place to expose her to new sights. I asked her if she wanted to ride down the road with me and Hot Rod after some time in the arena. Both my horses need more outside time, and having a confident buddy always helps. It was really enjoyable and reminded me how much fun it is to get out of the arena. It inspired me to make a horsey bucket list, including camping with horses. Do you have a horsey bucket list?