Jellybean develops a lump

Tuesday morning went really well. At first anyways. I worked with Knots in the jump field. We just jumped crossrails, and we worked hard to be able to trot over some Xs and verticals. Normally we have a big rushing problem, but I’ve been working on trotting Xs, and we were able to do it! Small things. Not every milestone is jumping a 3′ box.

Since I was super motivated, I then went to grab Jellybean from the field and started to brush her. Then I noticed a swelling:

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This is on her stomach, and this photo was taken with my phone between her hind legs… Great spot! This looks kind of similar to Gracie’s swelling of yesteryear, so I didn’t immediately freak out. I decided to cold hose it and see if I felt anything weird. Jellybean was barely tolerating this, and I got Maggie to [reluctantly] check it out. Jellybean kicks, and this is prime getting kicked in the head territory.

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It almost looks like some kind of puncture wound. So then I called the vet, and sent him these pictures :/

He was booked for two days… but said he would try to get me in ASAP.

He ended up looking at her later in the afternoon, and told me we had two options: 1) sedate, ultrasound, SMZs, evaluate 2) SMZs, evaluate. We picked option two, I wrote him a check, and he was gone in ten minutes total.¬†Wham, bam, thank you ma’am.

The second day, it was getting bigger, but this morning it was definitely shrinking. I drew on her stomach with brown sharpie to see how it got bigger or smaller. It looks kind of dry because I put Swat on it, and then apparently she rubbed it off, but you can see it doesn’t quite fill out the lines.

Its been a while since we were doing major doctoring, and now I have a sedative for the next time Jellybean needs doctoring, so I guess it isn’t a total loss.

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Spring Break Barn Fun

I did something wild this year. I actually took the entire week of Spring Break and didn’t head up to the lab. I didn’t even think about lab actually. I still haven’t graded my quizzes from two weeks ago… (sorry?) The weather was in the 80s for most of the week, what could be more perfect?

With all this not-in-lab time, I got to spend lots of time with the ponies. Tuesday and Thursday we had barn work days, and then Friday the farrier AND vet came out. I got lots of rides in, and Rob even got to ride. And the week isn’t quite over, we’re heading to the High Point Farm Bluebonnet Derby tomorrow with some students.

Since there were actually multiple rides, I’ll summarize a little. On the flat, Knots and I worked on being relaxed through changes of rein. Nothing too exciting, I was also teaching a lesson. During another ride, we worked on placement¬†to the jumps a bit. We cantered into some smaller jumps and worked on a good approach. No rushing, no ducking, no letting go of the reins. The struggle is real. Anyways, we had some good jumps and ended over a 2’6″ oxer for fun.

Jellybean got a lot of attention this week. We rode in the dressage lesson Monday, on the flat in a dressage arena on Wednesday, and over fences Thursday. Whew. The flat work was ok, I was working on pushing her into the walk and trot and continuing to focus on her bending her neck. Over fences we were working on me not sucking. I needed to ride her up to and over every fence. And we didn’t need to putz. We were moderately successful at this; I did take my stirrups up more and that helped. Its really fun that she pricks her ears and looks for the jumps. She seems to enjoy going along.

There was some derp though, she stepped on the random pole in the arena that we were going over several times. And she had some weird baby moment where she lost her feet, and I thought we were going down. Not over a jump, but just cantering along. Sigh. Highs and lows.

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Finally, to end out the week, we had a party with the farrier AND the vet, ON THE SAME DAY. All the money was spent :/

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Jellybean, Gracie, and Knots all got the basic shots for the area, a coggins test, and then Knots got his business cleaned up. Jellybean, of course, got a shot of sedative as soon as the vet walked towards her with the vaccines. Sigh. The farrier enjoyed the sedate Jellybean though. When the vet comes back again this spring, we get to float Jelly’s teeth. I’m sure Rob will get lots of pictures of that level of derp.

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All in all, a well-deserved break, and a mental reset for the things coming up.

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