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Life at Woodland Acres
« on: December 01, 2013, 10:39:49 am »

As most of you know, Raylin's Shiner came home with us in late October to hopefully be our new field trial horse.  We dragged her to a couple field trials, and then made arrangements for her to go to a field trialer/horse trainer/friend of ours for a couple months.  Gary trains some REALLY nice American Saddlebreds and Hackney Ponies AND trains his own Brittanys to field trial.  His partner trains Andalusians for dressage.

We dropped her off this morning.  I can't wait to see what Gary & Sarah can do with her! 

http://www.garyguz.com/main.html

I figure he'll need another bag of grain in a couple weeks, which will give us an excuse to stop by to watch him work with her. 
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Re: Life at Woodland Acres
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2013, 08:54:21 am »

We got our first report from Gary a few days ago, which was pretty much exactly what we expected.  Shiner has a good mind, is doing well, and has some holes in her foundation that they're working on filling, so we made it official, terminated the "lease" and purchased her (the check is in the mail  :) ).   She will probably spend a total of 90 days in training (so end of February), but I think she'll be AWESOME by then.

That will get us to the beginning of field trial season...so things should get REALLY interesting then.

As for things at home...snow, snow go away!  We have close to a foot of snow on the ground.  Poor John had to plow a path through the front yard so we could get a hay delivery yesterday (And none too soon!  We had 1 bale left!).

We did get all the dogs finished that we set out to finish this year, so that was great!

Misty Moo (now GCH CH Woodland's Water Fairy) finished both her champion and grand champion titles. 

I enlisted the help of a junior to show Tessa (now GCH CH Hope's Dream Weaver) and put her last GCH point on her.  Tess is Forrest & Moo's mother, is 8 1/2 yrs old now, and is STILL hard to beat in the ring.



And then there's Forrest (now CH Woodland's Forrest Fire).  Forrest has spent a good deal of time over the last 2 yrs at field training, so he's not as far along as his sister is with titles, but we managed to get his show Champion title done before he returns to field training later this month.   I had planned on showing him myself, but the forecast had us snowed in (and it was right), so I quick made arrangements for a pro to take him to the shows instead.



Forrest & Chloe (who is NOT a show dog) return to the field trainer the weekend after christmas and make the trek to Alabama for the winter with NoJenny (who I'm told is doing GREAT!!). 

On a sad note, we helped Courage cross the bridge last month.  He was 13 1/2 yrs old and in severe kidney failure.  We kept him comfortable for as long as we could, but between the kidney failure and severe arthritis, it was time to let him go.  We don't have all the pretty pictures of him as he never competed in anything, but he started this wild ride with dogs and horses all those years ago.  I miss him.





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Re: Life at Woodland Acres
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2013, 06:45:30 am »

Our newest "unofficial" Shiner report:  The new wild-haired black mare is as smooth as silk.  The unseasonably warm weather has her forelock "slightly out of control" and that she's getting along well with her trainer. 

The report is unofficial because her trainer's partner is our hay supplier and a facebook friend, so she posts little training updates here and there.

Can't ask for a better report than that! 
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2013, 12:39:35 pm »

And it's official!  The check cleared our bank, and her papers are in the mail, so Shiner is officially ours!



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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2013, 06:31:08 pm »

Another update on Shiner:  "Shine is doing wonderful!!! She loves to learn. Everything is coming great guns. Maybe you could get out Sunday morning and see her."

We have company coming Sunday early afternoon, but have asked if we can come over around 9 a.m. to see her.  Can't wait!!
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« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2013, 07:16:47 am »

We did go out to see Shiner yesterday, and she looked AWESOME!  I'm so thrilled with her and everything Gary has done.  I can't even imagine what we'll see over the next 60 days.  She appears to have pretty decent steering with direct reining, Gary is clucking to her to change speeds, her brakes are great (they always were), she's learning to ground tie, is already riding out by herself (with other horses in sight) and roading dogs around the pasture.

She'll be started in a walking horse bit, probably this week (I'm assuming that's to get her bending at the pole and set her head properly).  Even when she's nosing out, she looks pretty darned smooth, so it only gets better from here.

I think the real trick with her will be getting her to relax when she's out riding with a dozen other horses.  She got pretty amped up at the couple trials we took her to, and I suspect it was all the other horses, not the dogs or guns, as she didn't flinch around either of those. 
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Re: Life at Woodland Acres
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2014, 03:57:48 pm »

I miss the simple life some days.
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Re: Life at Woodland Acres
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2014, 01:25:31 pm »

7 years, 3 months, 19 days

John's daughter turns 18 in exactly 7 years, 3 months & 19 days

And yes, I'm counting the number of days until I can tell his ex-wife to go f off.
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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2014, 05:31:36 am »

And it is the end of an era.  Tessa (GCH Hope's Dream Weaver) was spayed yesterday.  She's pretty miserable right now, crated and with a cone on, which is probably where she'll spend the majority of the next week, but she's doing well despite the whining (whining is normal for Tessa).

I absolutely hate to see her this way, but with her 9th birthday rapidly approaching, it was time.
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2014, 11:41:58 am »

Am I the only one that finds themselves surrounded by incompetence??

John made arrangements with the guy that made my saddle to send it back to be refurbed (I bought it 2nd hand, it's pretty old and some of the rigging is getting brittle) for Christmas.

Our employer allows us to ship personal items out through him, using his corporate discount, and when the bill comes in, we write a check.  No problem.

This was going to Canada, so John was sent to the person who handles the int'l shipping.  He's got the saddle all packed up and weighed (23 lbs).  It's going back for repairs...great, something for the int'l invoice.  She quotes us $63, he writes a check and they send it out.

I'm tracking it on UPS's website.  Apparently the idiot failed to check off that shipper would pay brokerage fees, so now UPS won't deliver without the saddle maker PAYING $55 in brokerage fees first.  I call UPS, ask if they can bill the brokerage fees back to the shipper, they say yes, but they'll charge an extra $15 to do that.  Wonderful!  And the correct department will need to call me back to confirm...in the next hour.  That was nearly 2 hours ago.   UPS will make their LAST attempt to deliver my saddle to the maker at around 4:30 today.

God only knows where my saddle will wind up.  Should probably start shopping for 2 saddles instead of 1 now.  This sucks.
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« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2014, 12:18:06 pm »

So it gets better.  I call UPS Int'l.  Yes, they're showing my request pending.  No, they have no idea why it's taking so long for someone to get back to me.  Yes, I CAN pay with a credit card if I call UPS in Canada.

I get the phone number and call. They're obviously used to dealing with this, they take my credit union debit card #, REJECTED!  They rerun...REJECTED!

I pay on ANOTHER credit card, and while I'm on the phone with UPS, the bank's fraud department is calling me on my cell.  I call them back.  The credit union does not allow any int'l charges on their debit cards AND assumes all are fraudulent. 

Anyway, got the brokerage fees paid, no thanks to my wonderful bank, and my saddle SHOULD be delivered today minus the COD tag.
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« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2014, 01:45:48 pm »

7 years, 3 months, 5 days.

Today we made appointments with specialists (pediatric allergist & pediatric pulmonologist)...one to get (or not get) a diagnosis of asthma, the other to figure out what, if anything, triggers attacks.  She's had asthma attacks coming in from the cold and with exertion, so she doesn't have allergy induced asthma, but may have particular triggers also.

The doctors are about an hour away from where Mariel lives and she'll miss about an hour of school 2 days to see them.  John will do ALL the transporting to and from AND Mariel is a straight A student, so 2 hours of school will not be the end of the world.  These are both doctors outside of the pediatrician's practice area on purpose.

Well, John's ex freaked out, as anticipated.  Should get interesting over the next couple weeks (the appointments are for the 1st week of February).   

We figure Mariel will be home sick from school those days, or there will be strict orders that John isn't allowed to pick her up from school, or some crap like that.  Regardless of what her atty says, and how unreasonable she sounds, she won't give in.

I honestly don't expect the doctors to come up with different results.  I expect the pulmonologists to diagnose her with Asthma (unless her mother is vile enough to make her take the inhaler before her appointment, which we would NOT put past her), and for her to show a significant allergy to ragweed as a potential trigger.
 
I also expect her mother to continue to give her Zyrtec daily between now and her appointment, which will mess up the allergy testing results.

Now her moth er is placing bets that she comes back allergic to dogs and horses.  She'd LOVE to take away all of Mariel's fun (and my dogs or use it as an excuse why Mariel should never see her father), since all Mariel has talked about for 2 years is her Misty Moo....but what kid with dog allergies could survive 8 hours indoors with 1000+ dogs?  And I've never seen her have an asthma attack at a dog show  :)

Oh well, that's today's fun.  VERY anticipated. 

Happy, happy, happy.  7 years, 3 months, 5 days.


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« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2014, 01:32:52 pm »

See post above.  Mariel was too sick to go to her pulmonology appointment yesterday.  Are we good or what?

The next available appointment is March 5th....so she goes without appropriate diagnosis or treatment for yet another month.  I doubt her mother will risk cancelling the appointment a 2nd time.  THAT will land her butt right back in court, and she'll look VERY bad.  Anyway, the saga continues.....7 years, 2 months, 19 days.

Mariel goes to the allergist on Wednesday in an attempt to prove that she's allergic to dogs and horses.  Good luck there.

Now for the good stuff!  As posted on the board, we've worked out a deal and secured financing for a brand new 2014 Exiss stock LQ trailer!  I'm SO excited!  Because it's brand new and we can finance over a longer period of time, our payments go up a total of $35/month.  THIS I can handle for a trailer that should work better for us long-term.

We leave a week from today for Minnesota to pick it up!  We planned a southern route (we have to go to Newark, OH for financing on our way), so we're planning on driving through dayton, OH, Indianapolis, IN, Peoria, IL and then north through Dubuque, IO and onto Wykoff, MN.

Shiner is still with the trainer.  John had his 2nd riding lesson on her this morning.  He said he's starting to figure her out.  Her cues are VERY subtle...too much and you confuse her...too little and you confuse her, and if you don't actively ride her, she seems to do her own thing.   Gary wants him to get in 2 lessons a week, which gives Gary time to fix what John breaks and to work on fine-tuning Shiner to understand how John rides also. 

Gary, the trainer, is entered at the first field trial of the season, so we're hoping he'll hop on Shiner and ride her for the day.  Anyway, things are all headed the right direction there.

Tessa, my almost-9 yr old Brittany and Forrest & Moo's mom, was spayed right after the new year.  She had a localized reaction to the internal sutures and some scar tissue that's making her incision look yucky, but the vet said it's healing fine, not infected, and will just take months to look better.  She's back to her active self so one less girl to come into season around the house....that is a GOOD thing :-)

Moo is taking some time off from the show ring to grow up.  She's 2 1/2 now, so we've firmed up plans to breed her this time next year (because I refuse to have winter puppies again).

Chloe, Forrest & NoJenny are in Alabama until March 1st, trying to escape winter and get some training in.  Chloe will come home in early March.  We're playing the others by ear right now. 
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« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2014, 09:29:07 am »

So Mariel went to her mother's allergist last week and guess what?  SHE HAS ASTHMA!  Yup, the woman was rude and obnoxious to John for about half the visit....THEN did a breathing test and diagnosed Mariel with asthma.  Imagine that.  THEN she was starting to figure out exactly what was going on.

John still has an appointment with a pulmonologist in a few weeks that he plans to keep.  He'll be picking up the records from the allergist to bring with him and wants an iron clad diagnosis of asthma from the pulmonologist so there's no wiggle room at all.  THEN he can force the medication issue. 

John said her mother just stood there with her mouth hanging open when the allergist said "that IS, by definition, an asthma attack".  They are still doing a bunch of allergy testing to find out what her triggers are, which we totally agree with.  The doctor is also quite certain she's NOT allergic to dogs, but will test for it anyway.

Of course her mother is insisting she's NEVER had an asthma attack while with her, but once the allergy testing is complete, it will be evident that she's lying or clueless...or both.

So that's the new news on the asthma diagnosis.

Now for the horse trailer news!  WE ARE HOME!  The trailer is parked 15 miles away right now where we work while John works on the driveway....but we're home!!

John was concerned about tow capacity with the new trailer.  It's 9,000 lbs empty, and has a GVWR of 16,000 lbs.  Our truck was rated to tow 13,800 lbs. 

9,000 lbs of trailer + 3,000 lbs of horse + tack, water and supplies and we'd be REALLY close to that 13,800 lbs, or slightly over....so he started truck shopping.

We traded the 2012 Chevy 2500 in for a 2011 Chevy diesel dually on our way to pick the trailer up.  It's tow rating is 22,300 lbs I believe, so we have PLENTY of cushion now.  We went from the car dealer to the horse trailer dealer. 

OMG!  The trailer is gorgeous!!!  It's even better than we thought it would be when we sent the deposit in!  And configured perfectly for our needs!    I cannot wait to get it all the way home to get it set up inside!
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« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2014, 03:35:24 pm »

Well, through her attorney, John's ex has finally conceded that Mariel has asthma.  We also think the blood test to test for horse allergies was done after the initial trip to the allergist (we know Mariel had bloodwork done, but no idea why), but of course, had it came back positive, we'd have heard about those results a week or more ago.  John is working on getting a copy of the allergist's records.

Of course, the ex still contends that Mariel only has asthma attacks when she's with us.  Truth is the woman wouldn't be able to identify an asthma attack if SHE had one....she's that clueless.  Anyway, she goes in for allergy scratch testing for common allergens, pollens, dogs, cats, etc., next week, and then to the pulmonologist the week after that.

Then we'll be looking at doing air quality tests in both homes, since the Ex insists it's OUR house, not hers. 

I don't want to add up what we've spent forcing the ex to admit and treat Mariel for asthma....thousands so far.   And she's still not receiving appropriate treatment.  Ugh.
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