Sunday, April 21, 2013

Quick update

Sorry it's been so long but Charlie's had a bit of break because of shoes being a touch sketchy but we got that fixed today and I had a quick ride - he felt great!  He had his second acupuncture date last Wed and while I wasn't there, vet said he did great and she felt like he was less sore than the first time around.  Definitely good news!  She also got me the number for a massage lady so I might give that a whirl as well.

Thanks so much for all the camera suggestions!  I ended up going with a Cannon and am still crying a bit over the price but I'm sure I'll feel better once I see all the amazing pictures I take when I'm at ROLEX!  So excited to be going - first time.  SuperMom and I leave on Wed after I catch a quick nap. We've got tickets for everything including the reining which I'm pretty excited to see.  The farrier told me show jumping is sold out - his wife is riding!  I'm excited/nervous for the shopping - I'm trying to make a list of things I need and things I want.  The want stuff has to be on serious discount - this needs to be my mantra as I have some issues with impulse control ;).  And lets face it, I don't really need anything but I am allowing myself to look for some brown open fronts and ankle boots.  But that's it - I mean it...sigh...I'm in big trouble...

He needs stuff, right?

May or may not get a chance to update again but rest assured, I plan to take lots of pictures this week!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Quick question/poll...

No updates on the WonderPony but a quick question - I'm contemplating getting a DSLR camera.  Anyone have any recommendations for a decent intro DSLR before I go crazy and spend tons on money?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


The title about sums me up these past two weeks.  Although, in my defense, not much has been going on in Charlie-land.  His puffy leg was a non-entity thank goodness.  It was pretty much gone by the next morning.  Then we had a bunch of rain and then I had a lesson.

All was great on the flat but when we went to jump, Charlie just didn't seem to have much of a hind end behind him so we called it a day a bit early.  Amy poked at his bum and there was much flinching going on so we decided he was just a little body sore from all the fantastic work he's been putting in lately.  Amy said to give him a couple of days off and then a couple of days of walking.  Well, we got some more rain *sidenote - can someone please tell Mother Nature that 1) I live in SC where it's supposed to be sort of sunny in the winter and 2) it is never appropriate to be 38 and raining in April when living in the South.* and I worked so giving Charlie some easy days was pretty easy to accomplish.  I rode him last Friday and he felt really good but when I rode him on Monday, not so much.  He's not really lame, he just kind of has a hitch in his giddy-up.

Soooooo, I had the vet out to do some acupuncture today.  She found him to be pretty body sore in her initial exam which was kind of expected but in good news, she thought he was an excellent candidate for acupuncture.  I should be able to tell a difference tomorrow although she said it may take up to three tries before I can see a difference.  If he's not noticeably better after the third visit, we stop because it's not going to work for him.  I'd really like to get him to a masseuse as well but I'm probably going to have to go to Tryon for that.

These are some of the needles after they came out - I promise they were all straight when they went in! I wasn't expecting some of them to be a twisted mess when they came out so that was kind of cool in weird way.

This is one of the more kinked ones but the photo doesn't really do it justice.  There's an almost 90 degree angle to it and then it corkscrews at the top.  So strange!

The vet hooks the needles up to wires that feed into this box which sends little currents of energy to the needles.  She said it's more of a pulse than a shock.  At first. Charlie didn't respond at all and then all of a sudden, his muscles started twitching.  He was so funny because he kept looking at his back like "What the heck is going on back there?"

Another bent needle from his back.

A photo I took and then instagramed - I love instagram!

Another courtesy of instagram.

Last one - promise! 

Finally, a bit of a conformation shot - although it's a crappy one because he's not standing up and he's on a downhill slope.  I haven't put one up in a while but his neck is getting so much more muscled and his bum looks much stronger as well.  

Not sure what's up next - suppose it depends on how the WonderPony feels.