Sunday, May 5, 2013

Too Hot to Handle

Wow, it was hot today! It got up to 91 degrees outside and I was dying.

I unfortunately spent most of the day studying and it was miserable because I was too lazy to go to the library and we don't have air conditioning at our house.

I finally made it out to the barn to ride the girls this evening. I was bad and didn't ride on Saturday, instead just having a lazy day where I got absolutely nothing productive done. The long drive today out to the barn though is never that bad when you can roll your windows down and crank up the music. I got to the barn at 6pm and it was still 85 degrees out. Sheesh.

Queenie was up first. She was fairly good, but now all the mares at the barn are in heat. I think that may have had something to do with the fact that she wasn't having very nice halts. She either ignored my "whoa" voice cue or stopped on her forehand so maybe she's like Jetta who gets sore in her lumbar region when in heat. We worked on canter transitions and trot-halt transitions. The poor girl was quite sweaty afterwards so she got hosed off.

I moved onto Jetta next. I gave the second part of the horses' shots on Friday and I don't think it agreed with Jetta. She seemed her normal self while I was riding Queenie. She had just been fed dinner and cleaned up her grain, then watched me ride with her ears perked, except whenever we passed she'd pin her ears at Queenie. Typical Jetta behavior. But when I went to get her out of her stall she had patches of sweat on her neck, heartgirth and flank areas. Her temp and other vital signs were normal but she didn't seem quite as perky - she was almost falling asleep in the cross ties. Her right hip where I gave her shot was sore too. I tacked her up anyways and had a very short ride on her. She definitely felt a little more laid back than usual, but wasn't off at all and was still enough of herself to spook at the shavings pile.

I hosed her off for good measure afterwards and paid special attention to the injection site with the cold water. Hopefully she'll feel back to normal soon. Unfortunately I'm out of banamine and bute so she just has to tough it out. I think it was probably poor timing on my part to give her a shot during a heat wave plus her being in heat. That combination was probably too much for her.

Even the cat was feeling too hot, as he kept flopping down on the concrete and then wouldn't move, so Jetta had to tiptoe around him in order to not squash him. 

No photos because Blogger refuses to upload them. Anyone else have this problem and figure out how to get around it? I've never had this problem, they usually upload super fast and now they just sit there with out loading...

If Jetta is feeling better, I plan on going to school cross country on Wednesday and hopefully a trail ride is in our future as well! Luckily it will only be in the upper 70's this week.


  1. I haven't been having and problems with uploading pictures but I have been loading most of them through the mobile app.

  2. I'm glad Jetta's feeling better.

  3. Aha! I figured out why my pics won't load - Blogger and Pandora apparently don't like running at the same time.

    L - thanks, she is feeling better today which makes me feel a lot better!