Sunday, March 6, 2011

Weekend Update

Saturday was the gelding clinic. It is always an interesting experience for me, and I learn something new every time.

Saturday I learned: You should not use your 17 year old stallion for JUST breeding, instill NO GROUND MANNERS and expect that it will go smoothly. It didn't go badly, and he is fine, but he was rearing up about 20 minutes post surgery. Not a very good boy.

The rest of them went smoothly, one stallion I wanted to sneak out to the field to visit Denali. Of course I'd NEVER breed her, but if I was going to....Geezus, he was AMAZING. I just stared at his owner and she smiled and said, "You're probably wondering why I'm gelding him." She knows he could be a good stud, but has not done anything with him to prove that (but build wise, he was near perfect.) So, off with the balls. He's going to be an AMAZING gelding. I want him.

Today I ran out after my shift to drop off some Cocosoya oil for princess. She stayed outside last night because the stallions geldings were in the stalls. She was hilarious when I led her in. She doesn't like change (and I often wonder if she's on the spectrum. If she was my student I'd refer her to the assessment team.) The owner of the facility walked of the door while I was leading her in. She spooked and then looked at me like, "See, SEE I did good. I stayed here. Do I getz a treatz??" She made me laugh out loud. I lead her into the barn and to a different stall. The look on her face was PRICELESS. I wish I had a picture. It truly was a "What in the hell?" She cried and nickered for a little bit, but settled in to eat her dinner. After a little while of getting use to different walls (and all stalls are the same) I blew her mind again and I dropped the bars out of the door. She was able to stick her whole head out of the stall and look around. You could see the whites of her eyes and she was super suspicious, but a good girl. She kept making me laugh. I went into her stall to do her stretches. When I did her front leg stretches she tried to stick her head into my pocket to look for treats. Picture me holding her leg, with her head stretched as far as it can go while resting her back foot. I was convinced she'd fall over, but she didn't. Mare-face was hilarious and I love her.


Checkmark115 said...

Woo ball chopping! My cat gets his Tomorrow. I am actually happy as he is becoming a hellion. I watched a colt get cut and about passed out, don't know how you do it.

Nicku said...

Oh my gosh, I remember when I had Pongo gelded... If I'd had any clue how that procedure really worked I would have sent him to the clinic for them to do it instead of doing it at the barn and watching/assisting. Poor kid. I think with white horses it looks MUCH worse than it really is with all the blood. I also question how good the vet who did it really was. I was new to the area and he was recommended to do it, but I am not sure that he did it in a way that was most comfortable for my little guy. Ick!

achieve1dream said...

Oh goodie I'm glad all the geldings went well. I'm so nervous about getting Chrome done. It will be okay though.

D sounds like she was being so silly and cute. I wish I could have seen her expression. I love when you can almost read what they are thinking on their faces. :)

Rebecca said...

I'm super proud of the owner of the gorgeous stallion! If more people understood that a horse (or any critter really) should have a good reason to be bred/or be uncut, I think the overpopulation problem would not be nearly as bad.