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March 9, 2017
I was delighted that Jillie handled her trip to see her equine dentist and her sedation with ease. It was nervous making after last year when, shortly after being sedated she fell to the ground with the speculum in her mouth and terrified all of us. Fortunately, she kept her head up and recovered from the incident without lasting effects. I still shudder at the thought of how bad things could have been. I was hoping the imbalance in her right cerebellum of her brain that prevented neurological messages associated with normal gait patterns and coordination had actually been repaired after all of my efforts last fall. (See 10.1.2016 post) Her handling of the sedation was the real test and she passed with flying colors.
April 11, 2017
Video -- Jilllie Turns FIVE and (finally) begins work in 2017
Overall things are pretty good. I apologize for the lack of enthusiasm in my voice. I was forcing myself to get this project underway and I’m afraid it shows. BUT we have a starting point and a lot to do. In a nutshell:
After a very difficult winter, which included near record snowfall and my older horse, Parker, suffering from severe founder, it took me a long time to get going with Jillie this spring. Exhaustion, both mental and physical, (as you can hear in my voice on the April 11th video) and overload in another area of my life, kept working with horses to a minimum. I did a little here and there to review last year’s program but I pretty much felt adrift without goals or direction for most of the spring and early summer.
I now have inspiration and moral support and we’ll see where this summer takes us.