So I pretty much disappeared as I got close to the October 15th deadline at work (all extended individual returns and many state business returns are due this day) so I could keep enough time for work and ponies. I left most of my posting to instagram (username is stampyandthebrain), so those who follow me at least knew I was still alive and around ponies at times, lol.
Phoenix has been doing well. I kind of scaled back a bit on the difficulty with him and I think it was a good move. He has seemed much more confident now that I’m just focusing on keeping him moving from behind and going around. At his age (25) I guess he’s allowed to have some limitations! Either way we’ve had some fun rides and enjoyed the fall colors.
Stampede’s back seemed to be improving with my lunging and focusing more on trot work than canter, but he went all wonky on me yesterday. He’s not lame on any leg but he’s moving with a short stride so I know it’s his back.
I guess it’s good I already have a vet appointment set up for him with a new specialist in Michigan (not at MSU) on Thursday. We will see what his future holds shortly. The vet sounded optimistic that I have several options left, but agreed to let me know if I should be moving on to another horse instead once he examines him. Pretty much every vet I spoke with (and there have been several) has not wanted to recommend surgery. Evidently there is a lot of uncertainty about long-term stability of the spine afterwards. So cross your fingers for some good answers on Thursday!
I’ve been going crazy with monogramming things too. The items below are from Relatively Stable on Etsy. The two monograms I got were great quality, much better than the items I got from personally preppy. Both of my helmet monograms had already started peeling off, so I ordered one helmet monogram and one iron on monogram from Relatively Stable. Here are the results:
The helmet monogram went on much easier than the first one I had from personally preppy. It stuck to the helmet completely after a light rubbing and the backing peeled off easily.
Now that I have the most expensive show coat I’ve ever owned that is stretchy and amazing I wanted to put my name on it somehow. This iron on monogram went on with just 20 seconds of ironing and looks so sharp! So check out Relatively Stable on Etsy, there are many different items, including some beautiful painted brushes that I’m already lusting over.
So I had ordered iron on glove monograms from personally preppy back when I got the helmet monograms and since I never iron I hadn’t put them on. I took the chance and put them on my new every day gloves. They do look pretty sharp, but I had to leave the iron on each one for 2 minutes and it melted my gloves a bit (you can see the big H of the heritage logo looks different closer to the monogram due to melting). They also suggest that you press the iron on slightly after removing the backing and doing that made the circle go slightly wonky. I do like the look, but I will search elsewhere for something that requires less iron time so I don’t melt anything in the future.
I’m off work this coming week, so hopefully i can get some extra posts in this week. I also think I have a surprise coming for you guys!