This and That

Not your everyday site!  Cart horses from the Morris Ranch and Carriage House schooling today on the back roads of Wharton.

Not your everyday sight! Cart horses from the Morris Ranch and Carriage House schooling today on the back roads of Wharton.

I was off today for my follow-up appointments with my orthopedic surgeon and physical therapy.  I was eager to see the doctor hoping that he would finally release me from the giant black sling.  But no, I guess he knows me too well and dictated another three weeks in the sling.  I begged him that I was leaving for vacation and he cut it down to two and half weeks.  GEEZ!!  I was not looking forward to PT-and it was not memorable (at least not in a good way).

After that I thought it would be a quiet day but no, there were lots of things to do.  It rained early canceling Lauren’s trip to Dev’s.  We were off to get alfalfa hay which had been freshly cut.  When we arrived at my favorite green isles, we saw a cart with three beautiful horses hitched up.  The hay man’s neighbors are the famous (at least around here) Morris Ranch and Carriage House.  Top trainers from England, Paul and Suzanne were giving the horse’s a little morning workout down the quiet back roads.  What a treat to see them in action!

Our vet, Lynn Criner, showed up with student, Kirby, in tow to work on the new pony’s teeth.  They extracted two wolf teeth after some sedation and then proceeded to give the pony a teeth filing and cleaning.  Lynn still does equine dental work, the old-fashioned way without power tools, but the results are always awesome.

Say ahhh!  Dr. Criner extracting two teeth from Pixie's little mouth.

Say ahhh! Dr. Criner extracting two teeth from Pixie’s little mouth.

After we finished up with Pix, Dr. Criner checked out Feather.  As a vet and a chiropractic specialist, we wanted her to check out Feather’s overall structure.  Although needing some adjustment in the neck and shoulder (which makes sense with her job as a jumper-landing feet first off of big jumps), Feather was remarkably changed and relaxed after her adjustments.  Lynn commented on how well Feather’s back was muscled up now-with a nod to Lauren’s conditioning work.  And she did not have a sore spot all the way down her back!

No hands, ma!  Feather was so relaxed she stood quietly as Dr. Criner worked her over.

No hands, ma! Feather was so relaxed she stood quietly as Dr. Criner worked her over.

Jordyn, Kendyll and Ally came for their Wednesday ride but with the recent vet work, we decided no riding tonight.  Ally had a lot of pictures to show me that her husband Luke had sent from Moore, Oklahoma and site of the horrific tornadoes.  He is with the Houston based CenterPoint Energy helping restore power and lines to the many in need.  I think the experience will change him forever.  Ally is hoping he will make it home for Jordyn’s upcoming kindergarten graduation, but if he doesn’t he is doing the right thing for the right reason.

We continue to pray for all those affected by the tornadoes and the safety of all the volunteers and workers.

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