The content drought continues….

But I’ve been busy, and pone is not actually here yet- but THIS WEEK OMG FINALLY.

A buckskin horse standing in stocks at the vet.
Confuse pony is confuse.

Dunny got his health certificate (and vaccinations for the year because why not) and clearance to travel late last week and will be headed out (we think) on Wednesday! 🙂

I have two other posts for this week, go me, but for now, I bring yuou another adorable photo of his face.

profile picture of an adorable buckskin horse in a teal halter
Is not sure what doing but okay hyumans, I do thing.


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Dunny gets his feet done…

a buckskin horse with one foot held up by the farrier and held by another person.

Dunny’s feet looked decent for a kill pen horse but it was definitely time for a trim and Angela was kind enough to offer to have him done before he leaves next week. 🙂 He was very good for the farrier, and it’s good to get that out of the way. He will likely need shoes out here before we do any serious trail riding, but that can wait till we’re actually at that point.

He is looking so good- he’s put on so much good weight at Angela’s and I can’t wait to get him out here and find out what he knows! (Plus, more blog content!)

I’m back!

Wedding was gorgeous, honeymoon was awesome. It was amazing to get to spend a week with our family and friends and some serious relaxation 🙂

The Pony Currently Known As Dunny continues to do well at Angela’s farm in Texas, and we’ve finalized his boarding here and a ship date- he’ll be heading to me the second week in June. 🙂 He’s officially out of QT (and has been since before we left but I didn’t post) and has been getting more turnout instead of strict QT. 🙂  (There is video but it’s on the Facebook page). Farrier will be by to do his feet sometime this week, too. 🙂

Florida, Belize, and Mexico were lovely- very green, very warm, and very humid- but we came home to a bit of a cold snap here in Silver, with a high of 47 at the house on Monday (reminder for people, we’re at almost 7000′ feet) and a low that night in the 30s, with a lot of wind and some cold rain. We’re a bit early for monsoon season yet, but it was definitely pretty chilly to come back to, especially since I’d worn a sundress on the plane!

I’m back to work today and back in my comfy jeans and getting back into the routine. The dogs were all super happy to see us, and while it was great to have that time, it’s also nice to get settled back in and get into our summer routine before DW starts her summer classes on the 29th.

I have some other exciting stuff coming up to write about, but this post is already getting long and I’m going to go get a short hike inbefore it gets any later.

Weekend update, slightly belated 🙂

It’s amazing how fast horses can lose weight when they’re sick- Dunny’s put on good weight since his field trip weekend at the vet’s but still a ways to go.  I’ve started working on organizing transportation from east Texas to the barn he’ll be boarding at here in Silver, and that’s this week’s project. However, it’s kind of back-burnered due to the fact that it is THIRTEEN DAYS UNTIL MY WEDDING. My new-to-me saddle’s gotten here and I haven’t even opened the box yet…

Dunny won’t arrive until after I get back, so while I want to have everything lined up before I leave, I’ve still got a bit over three weeks (ish) until I’ll get to meet him in person.

I can feel myself turning into a tack whore…..

I bought a saddle on Ebay this week 😛

Being plus size and carrying a lot of weight in my butt and thighs, saddle shopping is kind of a pain. I am honestly not sure it’s LESS of a pain for people who are more standard sized (especially after reading sagas like Sara @ Roaming Rider’s quest trying to get a saddle to fit H’Appy!). I am HOPING that as a fairly standard-sized QH type, The pony currently known as Dunny won’t be TOO hard to fit (and if he is, well, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it!), especially for a western saddle. (I’ll also admit that I think western saddles are probably more forgiving to fit.) I grew up riding western first and picked up English as a high schooler. Most of my blogger friends ride English, and I really do like a lot of things about it. So why’d I pick up a western saddle?

a Tucker Big Bend Trail – my old saddle was a knock off of this one and I regret selling it!

Firstly, I haven’t been on a horse in a bit over a decade, and the odds are very good that Dunny’s background is exclusively western. A western saddle feels more secure to me, especially while I work on balance and core strength. Like many people on the autism spectrum, I struggle with body awareness and balance, and I really like the closer contact of English saddles (as well as their lightness!) but I feel like the broader weight distribution + more secure seat of a western saddle is just a sensible place to start. (Plus, there is basically zero instruction available locally for anything but western, and I do plan on taking some lessons.) Lastly, my main immediate goal for Dunny and I is trail riding, and most of the trails around here are going to involve a fair amount of up and down- a western saddle will just plain be more secure for now. I’d like to pick up an english saddle at some point, but not right now- a western saddle made more sense as a starting point.

I lurk on a bunch of used saddle sites and Facebook groups, and set up some ebay searches, and I even put in a few bids on English saddles (Mostly inexpensive stuff- Wintec, older Stubbens) but just never saw anything I was absolutely in love with. Western, well, my favorite brands have been mostly been sold or changed hands since I last bought a saddle, so I ended up with a brand I’ve ridden in but never owned before – Big Horn.

a brown western saddle with a purple bridle and reins draped over it, sitting on a stand outdoors on gravel
Not my photo – from the Ebay listing!

I am not 100% sure on the model I’ve ended up with- it’s got what appears to be a 19″ seat (which rules out the vast majority of their models), a roughout seat with leather jockeys and front, and cordura (or nylon) fenders and skirting.  It is almost certainly an A00256, as they don’t make a whole lot in that size.

Is it the greatest saddle ever? Nah. But it should be safe, and good enough to get us started with.

Gaining weight and feeling good!

Pone, currently known as Dunny until something better comes along, is eating very well and gaining some much needed weight. 🙂 I am so grateful to Angela’s updates- they make me feel much better, especially as I’m so busy these last few weeks before my wedding!

Pony face

As he’s gotten to feeling better, Dunny’s gotten WAY more friendly- and he was a pretty personable guy to start out with. I’m excited about this. 😀 I’ve been a mare person for my whole life so I’m used to girls who required bribes to want to interact with people unless they were REALLY bonded with you. 🙂 The gelding I rode regularly as a kid (a big sweet chesnut TBx named Copper) was a super pocket-pony-type and I’m kind of hoping this dude will be similar. 🙂

I had a nice success on Ebay this week, but that will wait for another post! 🙂

No updates over the weekend…

so hopefully I’ll have one bright and early on Monday, and hopefully it’s a positive one.

I was planning on doing a booze review this weekend (what, you thought I picked the Mountain Spirits name just for geography? ;)) but I decided i’d rather spend my calories on a luxe dinner while we watched the beginning of the end of GOT. (Fiancee’s alfredo is magical over steak and roasted broccoli.)

I’ve spent a lot of the weekend watching photos trickle in from the endurance ride in southern AZ and hoping we’ll be able to get there someday! 🙂

G’night all!

Daily Update #3 – still in a holding pattern.

Another so-so day- he’s eating but not aggressively enough, so he’s gotten omeprazole added to his meds and is staying at the vet for observation. If we can just get over this initial hump, I think we’ll be good but please dude, come on and eat better for us!

Today was his third and final day of vancomycin. He was also started on omaprazole in hopes that treating for potential ulcers will help his appetite. The original plan was for him to complete 3 days of vancomycin and then switch to Exceed and penicillin, but I’m not sure if that will be held to or not. He’s spending the weekend at the vet under observation, and if he continues to improve, will be back at the QT farm on Monday.

I’ve finished some horse-themed art jewelry to sell to try and fundraise a bit to offset his medical costs. So today you get jewelry media!

This series is the Antiquity series, inspired by cave paintings of horses and horse ancestors. Each is $35, including US shipping.

5 rectangular pendants on a canvas. Each is painted with a horse design.

These tile pendants are about 1″ in height (the multi-horse is 1.25″ and they’re shown here without their final glaze for more accurate photography. Each one is hand drawn and painted using artist acrylics and glazed with furniture-grade finish for strength. Buyer’s choice of gold, silver, bronze, or antique silver findings; each will be strung on a leather cord with glass accent beads. Customs are available. Interested? Drop me a comment with your email!