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Date:4/18/2014 1:05:11 PM
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Sending Sunday blessings to beautiful Sterly...
Voted for Charlie Bubbles this morning. Talk about similarities (many already voiced): Captain Jack loves to blow bubbles in the water trough, will dip his head up just up to the eyes on hot days, won't drink water unless it's perfectly clear (constant scrubbing of buckets and cleaning of troughs) and then, he'll take amouth full of water, lift his head, and blow bubbles and water on me, if I don't get out of the way! So, hello Charlie Bubbles from your brother, Captain Jack Bubbles!

An exhausting day yesterday for both of us -- your situation with the hoof (hope it heals well and fast). Remember, too, healing takes longer when we are older.
Give it time. Regarding the hay, I know you have tried the cubes soaked in water, have you tried haylage?

More similarities: The stables are a 30 minute drive from the house, so it's a one hour trek per day (I don't normally go on Sundays, although sometimes I do.
That is why I stay around (as you did) and work there, too. They 'intern' one or two who are in the late teens and preparing for vet tech or veterinarian studies, or equine studies. Two of the girls are now off to college and leaving. Taking over their duties, part-time, a 22 year old who is moving to another nearby college (thank goodness this young woman will still be around to help), and David and I will also help out on certain days or as we can, or when they need to be away for a short period, when we share duties with the assistant barn manager. Constantly a worry now, the two older horses, who have not been doing so well this summer. Otherwise, Dr. Morgan (who lives on site, yes (and thankfully), Devon (my trainer and her daughter, and the family, take care of the horses.

Yesterday, I had planned to have a short ride, but the weather was uncooperative, and when it finally stop raining and cooled off a bit, I had just finished cleaning the barn and I was worn out. I just went out to the pasture and gave Jack and Strider some withers rubs, a few peppermints, and then returned home. I am sure you know how that 30-minute drive can seem long after several hours working at the barn. It seems twice the length last night. I was gone by 9 p.m. I tried to watch a BritCom, but dozed off and awakened after it was over. It's fun to be an auld moggie (not quite). I can muster a couple of hours of energy, but then it's depleted, especially if doing heavier work.

I have asked my trainer to ride Jack once a week, so that he has an additional day, as I usually ride three times per week. We need to keep him fit stifle, so I think four-five days are necessary. He only works for 30-45 minutes, so it's not a hard life by any means!

Like Charlie Bubbles, Jack does not seem to be a low-jumping prospect, but I think that's safer. We only take him over tiny crossrails or raised cavalletti to keep his stifle in check. His preferred gait is trot; he's not fond of canter and will always returns to trot if he can get away with it.
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