Jenny finally has her summer coat. It takes Donkeys ages to shed out. Horses shed out up here by June usually where donkeys are shed out by August. It takes them more time. Here is Jenny with her summer coat. Still a few hairs left on her shoulders.
aSo Donkeah is finally being started under saddle. He is 6 this year and old enough. He seems to be handling it well although he is not sure about what to do at this point. Time for learning. I hope he will become a nice riding donkey in the future. Donkeys are definitely different than horses. They react differently and they take more time to think about things. They are very self preserving and humans can become very frustrated with the amount of time they take. That is why people call donkeys stubborn because they wait so long to move when they are worried about something. Lots of confidence is needed on their part to become good riding or pack animals. Donkeys seem to see life though a different set of glasses. A dark spot on the cement may look to them like a giant hole to nowhere and they need time to figure it out. Guess thats why people say they do things "On Donkey Time".
So I am back riding again. Throughly enjoying it as I can now ride with no pain. I am riding Arwen as she is doing lessons and taking part in a study about ulcers in horses. She was scoped and shown to have ulcers. I hope to watch the video at some point but I got to the barn to late to watch. :( She likes her new meds and is easy to dose.
I still need to get into better shape but the other day we cantered for several laps around the arena. I am also riding my lesson horses and exercising them between lessons. It is paying of as they are good for the students. I am hoping to do some groundwork lessons as well as that is something everyone should know.
Below is me riding Damon, one of the horses that his owner has allowed me to use in lessons.
I had my hip replacement on September 23rd. I got a cancellation appointment after I called the surgeons office and said I would take any cancellation time. I thought I might get in around Christmas time but I was lucky and got the 23rd of September. After staying home for 2 weeks and resting I went for my recheck and was allowed to drive so I have been going to the barn since then and coaching, brushing and massaging my horses and doing ground work. I am allowed to ride in 3 months So that is December 23rd. It is getting harder to wait the better I feel but I do want to allow my hip the time to heal.
I am enjoying coaching. I said I would be back in 2 weeks and I was. I have helpers sometimes on busy weekend days but now the horses are all in their winter paddocks it is easier to bring them in. Looking forward to that day when I can start riding again without pain. Thank you to the Facebook group "Hip Replacement for Horse people" for the information and confidence help win having it done and recovery suggestions. Very positive group.
I have decided that since I will be unable to ride for several months due to the hip replacement that I will start coaching again. I have always done it off and on but never with regularity. I signed up to become a licensed coach with Equestrian Canada and will work toward the certification for Certified coach. I am mostly interested in coaching beginners and folks who want to get back into riding after a gap of years. My girls will make quiet school type horses and Riva will enjoy the grooming and attention and some walking with smaller people on. They are good to teach on as they listen to me and do as I ask. I am working on a couple of others as well for lessons. Eventually Donkeah may join the group but at this point he is a little to pushy to be led by a child and is not ready for riding yet. Moving on and enjoying meeting new people showing people how fun it is to ride and get to know some horses.
Time passes so quickly. A whole year has gone past since I posted on here. Things change and Covid has changed lots of things. I am so fortunate to be able to be at the farm and play with the horses and care for them. It has made the time of Covid much more enjoyable.
I no longer lease Tucker. We are still friends though. :D I was able to start riding Arwen again as she was sound again. 2021 was spent riding her and doing some Harmony Horsemanship virtual shows with Arwen and Riva. We finished the Level 2 and moving on to Level 3. Donkeys have learned lots and Donkeah is now 5 so he can start to be ridden shortly. I have been playing with Maple one of the rescues from 2 years ago. He came with Jenny the donkey and 4 others.
This summer I am playing with Maple and the donkeys. Riva and Arwen are relaxing in retirement and enjoying their summer. Have a great summer.
My barn owner very generously allowed me to play with one of the horses she rescued a couple of years ago. His name is Maple and he is a Paint/QH When I first got to know him I met him out in his field. He was not very interested in meeting me and walked away. I waited him out and he eventually allowed me to come near him and give him a treat. It took a few days before he was walking up to me was interested in meeting me. I started bringing him in and playing with him on the ground. He is a nice boy and improving all the time. He was not happy about having his feet done and with practice is so much better about it now. He has learned to stand nicely in the barn and get tacked up with out objecting. He comes to me in the field and is happy to see me now. Food helps. :) He will stand at the mounting block to be mounted and wait while you get on. He is going well under saddle and learning well. Our riding journey is on hold for now due to me needing a hip replacement but we are still playing online and at liberty. Hopefully we can pick up when we left off in a few months.
This summer I really felt that Tucker and I were progressing. We had some really good rides. He was cooperative and relaxed online and in the saddle. Then he had a disagreement with one of his pasture mates and got hurt. Our progress seemed to go out the window. His co-operation disappeared and he started kicking out again under saddle. Most discouraging. After much thought and reading I have decided to try him on ulcer medication to see if that helps. I got medication from the vet but he refuses to eat it and is quite adamant about it. He did get some for a few days but then seemed to have a reaction to it so I discontinued.
Yesterday we started a program of feeding him some alfalfa hay cubes when I bring him in and some of Mad Barn's Viceral for help with ulcers. Also plan to try Aloe Vera juice as it is supposed to help as well. We will see if this plan helps him to find his cooperative nature again. Playing on the ground for awhile to give the changes some time to work.
Jenny is still recovering from the lack of foot care at her previous home. She's getting trimed now about every 5 weeks and her feet are looking much better. I have even heard that she's been seen cantering in the paddock with her friends. We go for short walks and visit the other donkey although last time she ignored him. Her coat looks good and she is going into winter with a few extra lbs.
Summer is done, the cool weather is here to stay. We have had much more rain lately and things are getting quite soggy. I have started back with Arwen as she is sound and so far she is good. She had an Osteopath treatment in August and a few weeks later I noticed she was sound again. So she has also had 3 treatments so far. We never really figured out what was wrong with her. We are walking under saddle and trotting online and playing at liberty. I entered her in the virtual show in September as she was much more willing to do the Level 2 test and made a good effort. We didn't enter the riding part in though as she is not up to trotting small circles yet. Here's hoping for the best that she and I can again be partners in Western Dressage next year.