Horses, Life, A Touch of Geek

Rodney’s Feet

Right hind – still has remnants of puffiness above his fetlock from the trailer kerfuffle two weeks ago [Dubious Future]. Rodney’s tell for pain is acting scared of people, for example getting more headshy. In this case, the front end never registered a problem in the back end. So, I never worried unduly. (Worrying about getting him on a trailer again, that’s a whole different anxiety attack. But I digress.)

Left front – Lost shoe Friday. Shod Monday. Barefoot for Three. Whole. Days. Oh noes! Soaking foot, coating sole with turpentine, and crossing fingers against an abscess. In the photo, the schmutz on his leg is sweat from a hard day’s grazing. After this, I rinsed him off & hosed his other leg.

BTW, Milton lost the same shoe for the same time frame. He’s fine. He also ships.

I am hereby changing Rodney’s name to Precious Prince Snowflake Cupcake.

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Katherine Walcott

Life In The Galloping Lane
by Karen & David O’Connor with Nancy Jaffer
Primedia 2004
This Year

[N is for Newsum]
[M is for McKinley]
[L is for Lewis]
[K is for Krementz]
[ J is for Journal]
[I is for Ipcar]
[H is for Hatch]
[G is for Gray]
[F is for Francis]
[E is for Endicott]
[D is for Doty]
[C is for Cooper]
[B is for Brown]
[A is for Anderson]

Past Years
[2016 Alphabet] [2015 Alphabet]

Project explanation [AlphaBooks 2017]. Open to recommendations for the remaining letters. Which books would you choose?

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Katherine Walcott

“Behind The Scenes: Laura Romfh, Apparel Designer”
USDF Connection
July/ August 2017
United States Dressage Federation

A short interview with a woman who creates equestrian clothing.

©2017 United States Dressage Federation. Used by permission. Reproduction prohibited without prior written permission of the publisher.

Previous Posts [Behind The Scenes]

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Katherine Walcott

Lesson: Switching from binocular vision to a two-dimensional photo changes clouds from dramatic to mildly interesting.

This is what happens when one spends most of the daylight hours on a Saturday driving around the state of Tennessee. Taken from the passenger seat.

Process notes: Dragged out the big camera. Yay! Could not get it to take the picture I wanted. Switched to A. Boo!

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Katherine Walcott

Driving Thursday

Milton’s first cart. Our second [Driving Miss M]. It’s a fixer-upper, with price to match. Deliberately. We are still finding out if Milton wants to be a driving horse. If he declines with prejudice, we don’t want to destroy anything fancier.

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Katherine Walcott

Saddle Seat Wednesday

A former client of Stepping Stone Farm dropped by for a visit. We compared pasts.

She: Riding a big-moving gaited horse Saddlebred is more fun than jumping. Didn’t I agree?

Me, standing there, blinking: I understand what each individual word means but the sentence … it … I can’t … what?


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Katherine Walcott

Update. My bad. Although Saddlebreds are three- or five-gaited, they are not “gaited” horses. That refers to non-trotting breeds. Too caught up in my own joke to edit correctly. I crack myself up.

Riding Milton is on hold while he is learning to drive.

Getting used to pulling appears to be the big step in teaching a driving horse. Once we have that, we will get back to the riding question.

One can never know the counterfactuals. Doing both at the same time would probably be okay. Probably. This way, if he declines to drive, it won’t be because he was confused by conflicting demands.

We’re talking several weeks, or a few months at most. We’ve waited this long.


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Katherine Walcott