This is the post where I’m going to whine about all the things that are going wrong and how stressed I am about it. In actuality, things really aren’t that bad… but if I can’t bitch about it here, then what’s the point? So feel free to skip this entire post. Or stick around and laugh at how easily rattled I am.
The polar vortex finally broke yesterday and I was pumped to visit Miles for the first time all week. As soon as I brought him out and took his blanket off, the joy I had at seeing my pony evaporated. He looks terrible! Okay, that’s probably not true, but his coat doesn’t look good. His clip has grown out, and his face and neck look normal… hairy, but normal. The rest of his body is dull and he’s getting rubs everywhere. His shoulders, his forearms, his butt and his back.
He looks homeless. I couldn’t even bring myself to post pictures because I am so embarrassed.
So then I bring out a new saddle to try, and the fit looks okay… not great, but okay. But I decide to try it anyways and we venture into the arena… where there are little kids on ponies jumping bareback and two other horses hacking. Great. So I start going along, and while I don’t like the saddle, it seems to be the best fit so far. Until I canter.
And Miles feels horrible. Totally discombobulated, like a washing machine almost, with his head in the air, back hollow. I try to get him to stretch out and do anything normal, like bend, to no avail. I stop in the middle of the arena and fight back tears. I switch back to my saddle and after 20 more minutes, Miles feels better, but still, not great.
At this point I’m convinced I broke my pony and I’m practically crying. I didn’t realized just how much he had made his way into my heart until that moment.
So we go back to the barn, and I feel for heat along his legs (none) and palpate his back (no response). So I tell myself it’s probably the crazy weather (it’s suppose to be 45 degrees on Saturday… which, if you’re counting is now almost a 70 degree difference in ONE WEEK) and the fact that he was in his stall for 48 straight hours and I haven’t ridden in four days.
I’m planning on going out to the barn again tonight, so hopefully Miles will be feeling better. And I’m so sick of this stupid saddle search, I might just burn my saddle when I’m done… for good measure!!
Anyways, if anyone has any suggestions for hair growth products, or coat products in general that can be used during the winter, I would be eternally grateful. That way maybe I can solve one of my problems and keep some semblance of normalcy throughout the rest of my life…
And so my coworkers stop looking at me like a three-headed gorilla.