Monthly Archives: July 2009

What the better half does while we ride…

Ivars finished his second Triathalon last weekend.  He bettered his last time by 5 minutes and was the top Wetaskiwin competitor.  Yeah Dad!!!  Greg was his assistant at the race and photographer.

Cycling, first lap

Cycling, first lap

Great finish

Great finish

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William up and ready for the fight back!

Brought William home yesterday.  He looks amazingly fit.  I think the girls will need danger pay to convince them to hand walk him!  Other than a shaved underbelly, he pretty much looks like himself…tough guy.  Staples come out July 30 and we’ll fine tune the recovery plan.

All the horses are going great.  We’ve upped the work on all of them and are setting new goals for the Championship show in September.  Grace has decided that broodmare is not a title she would like to wear so Grace is back at work.  Karen and Barb are enjoying her!

Flying fishing weekend for Ivars and I this weekend…mountains, streams and a good glass of wine in the sunset, yes!  Lindsey and Peter will take over the helm at FCS. 

V

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Set back for William

Wednesday started out very normal, horses fed, turned out, stable cleaned.  I headed home to work from my desk for a few hours and lessons started at noon.  William came in from his paddock for lunch in his stall.  Everything going as planned till about 2pm when Lindsey and Katie noticed William acting weird in his stall, rubbing his shoulder and tummy on the stall wall.  Took him out and walked him…he’s colicy.  Called the local vet and had Katie hitch my truck and trailer.  Lindsey called Westwind Vet Hospital and let them know we may be headed their way very soon.

The local vet injected Banamine and he was a little more comfortable.  We loaded him up and let Westwind know we were on our way. 

An hour later we arrived and he was in the stocks for further examination.  Tubed him, rectal exam, GasX.  We all were convinced a simple gas colic.  I had plans for picking him up on Thursday.  Change of plans, colic surgery 10pm Wednesday.  Entrapment and a twist.  He was up and walked back to his stall by midnight.

Yesterday he was bright and alert and hand grazing was on the schedule for the afternoon.

Waiting for the vet to call this morning for today’s update.  Lindsey is going to head over and hand graze him later today.

A small blip in his career.  He’s a very fit stallion.  We’ll put him on the same hand walk program Lance worked with after his surgery and he should be back on track very quickly.  He’s a tough guy and proved himself this year.  Time for a little break and some TLC and then back at it in the fall.

Vickie

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Almost home…

I think today is the first day I’m up and energetic ready for the whole day!  William, Fred and Lance are home and grazing in their paddocks, sleeping in the sun.  It has been a very full 7 weeks this spring; three horses, 4 big shows 3,000 kms from home and a wonderful new grandson!  We had a wonderful time and hit all the markers we set out for ourselves before leaving…it’s been very satisfying!

Things I’ve learned…

  • I love this Air Card!!!  We should have had it from the start and Lindsey could have been more consistently linked to her work her in Alberta from Toronto.  It made this blogging business feasible from just about anywhere.   (we’re on hwy 2, somewhere around Red Deer right now!)  It also made it possible to stay in touch with everyone at home while so far away.   Skype and grandbabies work very well!
  • Canada is a very large country distance wise but a “small town” when is come right down to it.  Good horses and good riding are uniting factors.  Everyone was so helpful and welcoming…we made new friends and reacquainted many old friends in the dressage world.
  • We put together a big project with this trip…coach, trailer, horses and the business at home…we are very thankful for all the support. 
  • I am looking forward to the next phase of this journey…gonna be very exciting!!!

Wednesday I’ll be back at my desk planning the summer months for Flying Colours.  Dressage camp, schooling shows, more clinics.  We need to decide on our show schedule here in Alberta…what horses, what classes, what shows.  And then plans for the winter…

Almost home, time to clean the coach and get it ready for a tune up.  It’s had a long round trip from here…Wetaskiwin, Phoenix, Toronto, Montreal and now back to Wetaskiwin.  Got to get it ready for a fly fishing summer!

Vickie

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The Amazing Race, Part II…The Adventures of P and L

Home Sweet Home…..

Boy does it feel good to be home. Peter and I arrived home in Edmonton last night at about midnight after making a quick stop in Camrose to pick up Lulu (our Pug!) and drop the trailer off in Wetaskiwin. We had a good drive home from Toronto with lots of laughs and a few adventures along the way.

Our adventure began on Thursday morning picking up a load of hay to bring home. This was a stressful part of the trip as the farm yard that we picked up the hay in was definitely not built for our trailer. One of our goals making it home was to not dent the truck with the trailer (which can happen if turning to sharply on an incline). Unfortunately, we weren’t successful and dented the truck trying to maneuver out of the hay shed onto a very narrow driveway. At least we got it out of the way early in on the trip ?!?!

We made it to Marathon, ON the first night. We got the 2nd last hotel room in the town. I have a bit of a “thing” about the cleanliness of hotels. In our consulting business, Mom and I travel to many rural communities in Alberta and I have been mildly traumatized by some of our experiences.  I even have a test for cleanliness…..do the pillows smell like old men??? Check it out the next time you are in a hotel (TIP: Use a towel on top of the pillow to create a barrier against the “old man smell”). The hotel in Marathon definitely didn’t meet my standards but at midnight I had to let my standards slide for one night. I must admit that we were feeling a little jealous of Vickie and Ivars in the coach!!

The second day we travelled to Portage La Prairie, MB. We had a bit of tough time getting diesel in Kenora, ON…..if you are ever driving that way with a trailer pick another town to fill up!! We learned that the hard way but got a nice tour of the beautiful town of Kenora. We stayed at the Super 8 in Portage La Prairie that night and set the fire alarm off in the hotel room at 4am by turning the heater on. Ooops, hopefully we didn’t wake up too many other hotel guests!

We travelled the rest of the way home on Saturday. It was great to cross the border to Alberta (although it definitely isn’t as green here)! Vickie and Ivars are on their way home and will arrive home midweek. It sounds like they are having a great time – visiting family, golfing and fishing.  The horses arrived home Sunday morning at about 8am.  Katie followed them into the driveway this morning and says they look great! They were happy to have full day of turnout in their own paddocks today.

I am spending Sunday getting settled in and will head to the barn on Monday to start the job of unloading the trailer. It’s amazing how much stuff you need for 2 months and 3 horses. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow and getting back into the groove of things. I think my Mom (aka my business partner) will also be happy to have me back working. Lance, Freddie and William will have a few days to recover and then we’ll start gearing back up again. It’s not very often that I take more than two or three days off, so i’ll be anxious to get riding soon (ok, maybe I am already!!!).

Thank you to Gillian, Marnie and everyone else at Gillian’s for the great care and support during our time in Ontario. We’ll miss you and hope to see you all soon!

Lindsey

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On the beach in Thunder Bay.

Lindsey and Peter have things soooo under control in Toronto….Ivars and I are enjoying ourselves with family in Thunder Bay. 

Ivars hit the road at 6am with my brothers and other male relatives and they are spending the day in boats fishing, fishing, fishing.  I’m at the family cottage on Lake Superior.  The lake is lovely and calm and the day promises no rain and not too cold.  Fireworks tonight up and down the beach.  I hear someone down the beach has a band lined up for the evening.  We’ll also be able to view all the fireworks from the city from the cottage deck.  Mom and Dad have a big bbq planned and everyone should be here later this afternoon.  Fun.

My new camera will be in action today and I’ll post them later…

Photos will have to wait till we get a better connection!

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Home Time

Happy Canada Day!!

I had a great time riding in the gala on Saturday night. Lance handled the excitement of the evening really well and we were proud of him. The speakers were making sounds similar to gunshots so we had a few moments where I thought Lance and I might be going back to the barn very quickly. But once he got into the ring, he really settled in and did his job. The crew at Blainville did a great job getting the rings ready after all the rain, it was still sloppy but very workable. We ended up with a 65.6% and 6th place (mistakes in the twos….).  We also found out on Saturday that Freddie was Reserve Champion for fourth level…a great way to end the show! Ivars took some pictures of the gala evening, Vickie will post them when she has a chance.

We left early on Sunday morning. Vickie and Ivars started heading west with a stopover in Thunder Bay to visit family. Mom and I headed out on our first solo trip with the four horse trailer. The trip went well and was uneventful other than heavy rain on the 401 once we reached Toronto. The horses were happy to be back settled in at Gillian’s for a few days.

Mom flew home on Tuesday morning and Peter arrived Tuesday night. Peter and I are going to spend the day in Toronto today and will leave for home on Thursday morning after picking up a load of hay (with rain hay actually grows in Ontario!). The horses are also booked to leave Thursday morning. Peter and I are looking forward to driving across the country as it will be a new experience for both of us.

Lindsey

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