Sunday, November 4, 2012

Laughing it up, for a second time!

This next ride out, a few days after the first local wind was again super windy! In light of  The "Columbus Day storm" in 1962, this was nothing...but just 3 days ahead of the Calendar day, remembering it. 

The leaves were blowing down in our dry October, and they were all green still!

Wa mare again, was perfectly intent on me and listening through the windy gusts and chattering leaves all about.  I laughed at how wonderful it felt to trust her and to achieve a dream; riding my mare in any weather, having her do anything I asked. Trailssage at it's finest!
 I have adored this mare all summer and now, into fall's attempts bring winter in. She and I have truly been linked in thought and action. I know her and she knows me. 


I had been helping my sister move in and move in and move in the first , second and third week of October ..nothing had gone according to plan. The property manager forgot to have the house cleaned (#x^!/*!wo!) and for some reason didn't order the rug to be cleaned either. So we had her belongings stuffed into 2 rooms and some still in the horse trailer. THEN- as if that was not bad enough, the power went out upstairs! She had been living there as a minimalist...then that!
NOT due to wind did the power fail, but a short somewhere. So we could not arrange furniture and paint, we had to clean and start the fence outside, for her dogs. But at least the weather was WONDERFUL! Sunny, warm not a drop of rain in sight, though we had gotten the word, by the weekend it would be here, in some measure.

I did most the cleaning...a 12 hour day of it. It was terribly disgusting! The owner was disgusted too...he did finally have someone come to clean last minute, and they did not a D---- thing, but steal our supplies! He stopped by after I txt'd my sissy to tell her nothing had been done- affectingly putting off our paint and decorating AGAIN!
And seeing how gross the place truly was, the owner did arrange to get the carpets cleaned. I told him, " I wouldn't even walk in that house with socks!"  It was an ALL DAY into NIGHT process, for him thinking they were not soiled.

While we moved some things into the house last month, I caught a glimpse of -what could be, in my eye! My sister said okay, go ahead... 


She found this sturdy old dresser at the dump years ago, and to her son's dismay and horror, as she asked him to help her save it from the pile. Some drawers broken, now duct taped. No knobs the same...5 coats of odd paint.

A "Re purposed" piece!
A kitchen island!

Black granite topper, "Devine"Toucan paint, like her walls. Black metal knobs and inside, I put Faux black leather liners!
We love it! 

So..that is pretty much how OCTOBER went......BUT....
Wa had a mystery accident and injury.
I showed up  early on a day I normally can not, due to my work schedule, and found my mare injured. I found her standing out in the field, her turnout buddy was being ridden inside the stables arena. I walked up and said her name...she suddenly neighed to me as she began to hobble towards me...SHOCK and horror at seeing her barely putting her left hind down and the size of her hock!
Being the detective always...I looked her over and over. No blood, no scrapes, no anything, including mud! Not even on her hooves barely a speck of mud from the very muddy field. This instantly had me thinking, she got this injury inside her stall, since there was fresh shavings on the right side still ( her favored side to lay in the stall) upon her turnout blanket.
I took her into the stables and checked her over more and began to cold hose her swollen and rock hard, left hock. There was a minimal amount of heat, only in the inside region of the hock. Hoof cool, lower leg cool. I gave her 2 grams of Bute, some Arnica, Rescue Remedy. 
So...2 weeks have gone by quickly with me nursing the mare. It is November already! While those on the East Coast battle with Mother nature and "Sandy" storm, I am praying for them as I hand walk daily...praying for recovery for the mare and for the millions. be Cont.


  1. I'm happy to hear that you and Wa were one on your trails in October. Sorry to hear about her mystery injury and hope she is doing better. Keep us posted about her please.

    Love what you did with the dresser turning it into an island. Looks great! The landlord sounds typical. Hope everything gets sorted out with your sisters place soon.

  2. A horror story about your sis, but by the looks of the red chest, all will be well soon. Glad you're getting to ride Wa into fall weather. The two of you are now a team.

  3. Sounds like a really bad start to a new move. Cant believe folks stole from your sis? Not good!
    Sorry to hear about Wa mare, sure she`ll pull through, just takes time. But I`ll be thinking of you both, and Wa mare!

  4. Bummer about the difficulties with your sis' move. My "house" was filthy when I took it over too - put's a damper on the excitement moving into a new home. The re-purposed island is just fantastic though - well done. :D

    I love hearing that you and Wa have been taking full advantage of fine weather on the trails. You two are such a great team! Sending healing thoughts Wa mare's way - I'm sure with your excellent nursing she'll be feeling better soon!

  5. You and your sissy have been busy! So sorry to read about Wa. Did you ever figure out what could have happened? Sweet girl.

  6. Sounds like you were a real help to your sister with her awful moving experience. Sorry to hear Wa mare injured herself--just finished doing the bute/cold hose with Harley on his knee. Finally rode today in the cold and wind.
    You did an excellent job with the "kitchen island"!

  7. Such an artistic island! Repurposing at its best. I did NOT like how this post ended! Truly, my thoughts and heart go out your way and wish, hope, and pray for a speedy recovery!

  8. Thanks everyone!!!
    I had a wonderfully enlightening "THERMOGRAPHY" Apt today. I think we mare headway on how she got injured and her recovery schedule.
    I love technologies and horse lover's combined!

  9. Oh KC ...I initially got all excited to hear about your wonderful ride out through the falling leaves and the wind of fall .....then what a wonderful change to a set of drawers ....clever girls you are - THEN the hock injury thoughts are with you and Wa mare. I hope the leg come right soon.X

  10. Stealing back days from winter again? I love the island, that's great!

  11. That trail ride sounds wonderful. The weather here was great the last two days. I was all sweaty walking the horses because I was dressed for a normal portland rainy day but it was warm and dry. I hope your girl gets feeling better soon.

  12. Sending healing vibs to Wa mare! Will be interested to know what happened. What a beautiful island ... creative genius!

  13. "....just checking in with you to read about all that's been happening and was surprised to read about several unsettling incidents! However, since your entry was written in early November, I'm hoping that your mare is well and that your Sister is happily settled into her new apartment!"

  14. It's exciting to see that you and your mare have formed such a strong bond over this past year, and I hope she gets better soon!


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