yet how desperately
I miss you by my side.
2. Slept under the stars -Many times I have -Ah, how I love waking to watch the Dippers swirl across the sky. Thank you my frined Liz for all our backpacking trips that let me sleep neath the stars.
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower - The Perseids in August
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain - Caribou Moutain in the Trinity Alps
9. Held a praying mantis - and brought him home to visit.
10. Sang a solo (the world should be VERY grateful this has not happened.)
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked - oh those silly seventires
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping - these days it would be called chunky dunking
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run - high school baseball
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing - and caught a
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class - Akido in 1986
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check - blushing
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car - one time, 1970. It was an El Camino
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee -
100. Read an entire book in one day - favorit way to spend the day
Thanks for this meme, whoever started it. I first saw it on Fe's blog Coyote Road.
HERE ARE SOME SYMPTOMS OF THE “SACRO-SCIATIC SYNDROME” – SEE WHERE YOUR HORSE MIGHT FIT SOME OR ALL OF THESE:
1) Pain at the base of the neck
a. Put your fingers on either side of the last neck vertebra close to the shoulder and apply deep pressure.
2) “Girthiness,” “Cold Back.” Pain and discomfort anywhere around the girth area, chest area, and withers.
3) Pain at the Poll Joint and down the rest of the neck
4) Pain down the back, especially at the 16th rib (they have 18), about 3 to 5 inches lateral of the midline of the back, in the lumbar area, at the croup, and sometimes all the way down the back of both hind legs to the stifle. Eventually, I believe these horses will develop Sciatic Nerve pain.
5) Performance problems will often be noticed first at the canter, because the Sacro-Iliac joint is locked up as well, and the horse cannot flex his pelvis correctly. The horse may even start to buck or bolt. Your regular vet will think of hock problems. DJD in the hock joint is one of the symptoms that will eventually come out of this.
6) Sometimes the horse will actually seem to have a flat tire, and fall out under you now and then. It will leave you wondering, “What was that”?
7) When you ride, you will often feel that the stirrups are always uneven (a sure sign of crooked motion)
8) The horse fails to “track up” and often his hind legs stride very close together and may even interfere.
9) The horse gets very uncomfortable, anxious, won’t collect (temptation to use gadgets) or your horse constantly leans on the reins (temptation to use a more severe bit –PLEASE DON’T)
10) The horse may drag his hind feet, and/or drag his front feet and stumble. Because he is jammed in C7 to T4 he can’t get out of his own way. Couple this with some less then desirable shoeing, and you have an even greater problem. I have many times treated horses that have been EPM suspects. However, if the horse responds and is better with one treatment, as is often the case, it wasn’t EPM.
When I first saw Red, it was instant love and a sense of "that is MY horse." I did not have a clue about the far reaching implications of his confirmation (would not have mattered). I did recognize that he had a sway back, researched it, and read that such backs do not limit a horse's performance but provide challenges for saddle fitting as the bars of a saddle will bridge the sway and create pressure points. The actual implications are far more complex than suggested by my early research. The rest of this article will be about my choices in saddles and pads. A follow up entry will consider remedial training and treatment options.
Before he came to be with me, Red had always been ridden in a honking big western saddle. I'm guessing there was little regard for fit. He bears the scars (white hair where skin was injured) of that lack of regard or lack of knowledge. For several years Red had been owned by a gentleman of substantial girth who used him extensively as a trail horse. While Red reportedly was once trained to barrel race, he was NEVER taught to collect. A long back put him at risk for serious problems and his lack of collection has hugely contributed to his current physical challenges.
Well, knowing that I pack around some substantial pounds, I did not want to add to the weight Red had on his back. My first saddle purchase was a Fabtron synthetic saddle from a local shop. This let me ride immediately without guilt but really did little for his back.
Burning through the internet I found a number of saddles that would be safe for Red's back. My search led me to learn about flex paneled saddles, treeless saddles, and hybrid saddles with partial or foan trees. Most were too expensive for my budget (less than $1000.00). Drool over this baby, the Pleasure Plantation made by Evolutionary Saddles. These folks have an excellent fitting program and have had great success fitting their flex paneled saddles on sway backed horses. I found another tempting saddle with a foam tree, the MacKinder Endurance Saddle. Yummy, kind to equine backs, and again outside of my budget.
About then I found an online article (can't currently locate it) stating that the Austrailian College of Equine Chiropractic suggested the Wintec CAIR system for sway backed horses. Within my budget! I found a barely used Wintec Pro Dressage saddle with CAIR on ebay. I have absolutely LOVED this saddle. Red's opinion can be measure by the disappearance of his saddle avoiding moves. He now stands like a rock to be saddled.
While well satisfied with our Wintec,I wanted a second saddle for trails. Bob Marshall
Treeless saddles combined with Skito pads for sway backed horses were highly recommended on several websites. Also beyond my budget. I settled on the Barefoot Saddle. Affordable and beautifully made, I have LOVED my Barefoot. If you choose a treeless saddle, it is CRITICAL to have an appropriate saddle pad. While the new generation of treeless saddles are incorporating foam panels to protect the spine, this function is also met by the saddle pad.
By now I had turned into an ebaytack addict. I'm still trying to reform. I own three saddle pads - a Supracor Cool Grip endurance pad, a Skito Barefoot Saddle Pad, and a HAF pad. I long for a Saddleright Pad. All of these pads share an essential function - the capacity to distribute the rider's weight evenly over the horse's back while protecting the spine. These particular pads serve an additional function of providing excellent protection for Red's high withers. My favorite of the three is the Supracor and I use it with our Barefoot and Wintec saddles.
These days, Red never appears to be in pain and shows calm, willing behavior when saddled. Yet I have much to learn about how to work with Red's upside down confirmation. We need to continue to work on collection, strengthening his back, and find sources of treatment. If any readers know of helpful resources, I'd love to have a link so I can check them out.