Saturday, December 4, 2010


My wonderful, amazing husband shocked the hell out of me last night. He had planned a surprise party for me, and I didn't have a CLUE! I usually pride myself for my ability to figure out what is going on, and usually am pretty good at figuring out what is going on.

Not this time.

Vote for me!

We met a friend of mine for dinner, and I thought something might be up, but it was so low key and normal that I figured, "nah," plus my hubby as been so busy taking care of my broken self and our broken horse that I didn't think that he would have time to buy me a card, much less plan something.

Enough about me, I'm still technically 29 until Tuesday.

The vet sent me a text message last night that Denali did well with the two horses in turn out, but during the initial excitement she took a few neurological steps. Sigh. I know it's hoping for a lot, but I would really love to have a horse that is able to be ridden. That's down the road and I'll pray for that once she's healthy. For now I am happy she's alive still.

Today I got a taste of how parents must feel when they see their kid being ignored or teased. I went out and bought grain and beet pulp and then drove out to see Ms. Slew. She was turned out in the arena with two other horses. They were pacing the wall of the arena looking out towards the pasture where the other half of their herd was. They didn't give Denali the time of day. She didn't even look at them either. Denali stood at the gate of the arena the entire time I was there. For a while the little horse with the broken neck was laying down sleeping (talk about freaking me out, I've NEVER seen a horse sleep that deep EVER.) Denali was standing there near the pen watching her sleep. I think that little horse is her buddy, but it's hard to tell.

I was feeding Denali a carrot when one of the other TB's (Seriously, all 3 of them match) came over. For the first time EVER, Denali left food and me when a horse came up. She wasn't happy about it, that's for sure.

I drove our truck over and sat and watched for about half an hour to see if she'd interact with them at all. Nope, nothing. She stood there watching the little grey mare (with the broken neck.) I felt bad leaving her today. She didn't seem very happy. I think it will be better when she is turned out into a pasture. Her front left looked a little swollen, but I'm not worried since the vet will check it tonight and wrap it if she thinks it needs wrapped.

Wednesday starts the voting for Smartpak! Don't forget


achieve1dream said...

I will forget so be sure to remind me. Also what is the link to vote? Or is there one yet?

I'm glad she's doing well but it is kind of sad that they are ignoring her. She sounds like such an affectionate mare. Is she with all mares? Maybe they are just standoffish types. I'm sure she will fit in soon. :)

Happy early birthday!! I'm glad you had a fun surprise party that was truly a surprise. :D

Sydney_bitless said...

Thats so good. Don't get discouraged shes going to take time to heal, especially damaged nerves.

Ms Martyr said...

I suppose being ignored is better than being picked on. Hopefully they'll work their hierarchy out and she'll become part of the group.
Happy birthday!

Becky said...

What a great surprise! You both needed a night of fun after all you've been through lately. Happy early birthday!

P.S. I don't think I've ever mentioned the "Denali" horse at my own barn. There is a beautiful OTTB who reminds me a lot of the way you describe Denali. She's not a pro at getting injured quite like Denali - but she does give her owner a bit of a headache with her frequent bouts of colic. I wanted to snap a picture but the barn was dark & my phone sucks. :/ It's the best I could do, but they look pretty similar (I think)



WishIHadAHorsey said...

Happy early birthday!

Kristen Eleni Shellenbarger said...

Dont give up takes TIME and a lot of it. :)
Sounds like Denali was 'watching' over that mare with the broken neck so she could get some sound sleep, sweet.
Laz lays out like that..I've seen him in REM, it's cool. The turnout should be great for her!!