Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Have Health Certificate ... Will Travel!

I woke up at 3:00 this morning with a tummy full of butterflies! I was nervous about the event coming up, which is crazy! I keep telling myself that whatever happens, happens, and to just have fun, etc. Well, those butterflies don't understand English! ACK!

Then I got to thinking we are leaving in two weeks and I still need to call the vet about the health certificate and my farrier/trimmer about checking Tripp's feet to make sure they are balanced. I have trimmed them a couple of times, and like I have said the in past, they look okay from the bottom, but the tops are just weird to me! I have never had a pigeon toed horse.

The vet worked me in today, so I have the Health Cert. Woo hoo! I have never traveled out of state with a horse, so this is all new to me. The exam didn't take that long at all. The longest part was talking Tripp into getting his temperature taken, and he seemed to know there were no armpits or tongues involved! With all the stuff I was trying to find to expose him to, it never occurred to me to have him comfy back 'there'! Now I know for next time.

I called Julie Plaster, my farrier/trimmer, and she lives in the same town as the vet so met me there. I thought we would do a quickie check them over, let me know what I need to do, and she could hustle out of there because she has been very busy. Nope. First of all, Julie is a talker, so we have to schedule for that too. :-) But we had fun with Tripp's feet because of his crooked legs, etc. We talked about how he has grown and matured, and he compensates for the 'twist', and how he wears his feet. Watching him walk is cool because you would expect him not to land level - but he does. Julie thought that was cool too. She is a hoof junkie, which is great for me too because I am always learning something from her! He has a very good hoof capsule and is sound, so all is good. I got a nice mini-class out of it too, which is a bonus.

Tripp was a gentleman most of the time, but he did try to swing those rears a few times. On his last foot he decided he had enough. His cute little face scrunched up and he wasn't so cute any more, and that tail started swishing.....just as Julie mentioned his tail, I was telling her about his change of expression and to be careful. Julie gave him 'what for' and he decided this tiny petite woman was someone to be reckoned with. He had a tiny bit of fear for a while, then settled down and sulked. He really did do good for as long as he had to stand there. He is still learning patience.

Sounds like it is supposed to cool off the next few days - and let's add big chances of rain to that mix. Not good.....don't have time for too much rain.
Went out at 5:45 this morning and it was very muggy out, and it was the same thing tonite. All we did was walk around obstacles and I loved on them all for a while.

Oh, yesterday's report on Tripp's trotting not good, right?
Today he trotted every single time I asked him! Go figure.....
But he didn't want to load in the trailer with me on the ground. Is he just pushing me because he can? I always win in the end, so I would think he would get tired of wasting his time. Sometimes he is a challenge, that is for sure!

That is all for now.....
Until later....Karen and Tripp


Lea and her Mustangs said...

Karen, work on those butterflies. I know how they work. I was a about to throw up when we pulled into Reno I had listened to them the whole way. Do have fun, meet new people and try to relax. You and Tripp will do much better. I did not have to ride but Sierra and I both did better when I took a deep breath. You have done what you can, and that is enough.

Christina de Pinet said...

I also understand the butterflies. I don't think I've slept through the night for a week and a half now. And of course, once I'm up I'm up, and no getting sleep after those butterflies take hold. Me and Nine are off to the vet for our health certificate on Friday. I still need to get his feet trimmed too!

Kirstin's Mustang Project 2008 said...

Hey Karen,
I almost forgot. Love those eyes. Any chance of a t-shirt with that one? Can't believe that we are less than 2 weeks away. I have school to occupy most of my day, so no time for butterflies, YET! I think the horses are sensing something though, because training has been a little off. I am still working on singing for the talent show. I am singing Imagine a World Without You by Lorrie Morgan. Hoping all of my blog friends are there to yell & scream for me and make the judges think I'm a fantastic singer(haha).