Well fuck

May. 14th, 2017 11:47 am
silkyraven: (Default)

I had been hoping for a ‘Happy Birthday Dino’ type post this week. He was 10 on Thursday. And I rode on Thursday for the first time in a couple of weeks, in the field as the quarantine is still in effect. Here is the birthday boy:

Birthday Dino!


Friday: Well. Friday. Dino’s temperature was 39.4. His usual is 37.2 so this was a bit of a shock. Rang Goncalo and he said ‘give two Bute call me tomorrow’. Saturday his temp was back down to 37.4 in the morning and 37.1 in the evening so I thought we’d caught it. Sunday though: 39.7. Fuck fuck fuck.


Goncalo has given us antibiotics and Bute. Given the first this evening and hopefully we’ve caught it soon enough….but it looks like somehow he’s got Strangles. Fuck everything.

silkyraven: (Default)

What a fucking nightmare this is. I’m shattered. I’ve been to the yard every morning this week and every evening. Livery haven’t touched Dino. He’s mostly fine, couple of spikes in temperature but we’ve kept going with the antibiotics and it’s an even 37.1 for the last day. He has a small amount of discharge but I think that might just be the hay and straw he’s exposed to.


We will find out on Friday. Goncalo says the only way to be sure if it is Strangles is to do a guttural pouch wash so he’s coming out on Friday afternoon. With any luck I’ll get the results before I go on holiday and with a bit more luck it won’t be strangles. Not really holding out much hope though….


Meanwhile he’s in pony prison… *sadness*


Pony prison

silkyraven: (Kensal Green)
I wrote a thing for Jayne, Dino's breeder, about what's he's been up to this year! Hopefully you can see it clearly!

EDITED: found a better way!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3rrJfwyyNo8STJvVnNMVkJsZlU/view
silkyraven: (Kensal Green)
PSA: This is a post about WoW to talk more at length about something that came up on Twitter. Non-wow people probably need not read unless you wanted to know what I was going on about.

On last weeks' Convert to Raid a guest host made some comments that were a bit annoying. They said something along the lines of 'if you haven't cleared normal mode raids by now you're obviously in a rubbish guild'. It was a mildly offensive statement and was part of a wider discussion which felt a bit 'casual bashing' and was making me reconsider whether this was a show I wanted to keep in my rotation but I was giving it the benefit of the doubt. For the moment.

This week the guest host 'apologised'. Their apology went like this: 'Some people have told me the thing I said last week was offensive. I'm sorry you all don't know me well enough to know it was a joke'. That, people, is not what an apology looks like. The moment your apology lays the blame for the offence at the feet of the person you are apologising to you have skipped through 'apologies' and run straight into 'excuses'.

Rule one of apologising is....you should actually apologise, in some meaningful fashion which probably involves being actually sorry, if not for the thing you did then at least for how you made the other people involved feel.

Now, I don't actually think podcast hosts have a duty not to offend, or to apologise for their opinions. It's your show! Say what you like! If you want to cater for a hardcore raiding crowd that's your call. I'm allowed to listen or not as I like. We have said *plenty* of things on Girls Gone WoW across the years which people may find offensive, and I'm guessing people offended by my constant swearing don't listen to the show. Which is totally cool.

Perhaps weirdly if they'd not bothered attempting to apologise I'd probably still be listening but this thing of not actually apologising whilst trying to sound like you are really winds me up. If you're not sorry don't apologise. You are welcome to your opinion, and I'm allowed to disagree with you, but at this point I don't think CtR is really the show for me any more.

So there you are. I'm going away now.
silkyraven: (Kensal Green)
I just posted out my annual update to Jayne at the stud where Dino was born and I thought some of you (well, [livejournal.com profile] kekhmet mostly but then it occurred to me others of you might also like it) might be interested to see it. So here it is under the cut (obviously the links don't work as this is a .jpg of a .pdf but they are mostly from the Flickr account which is here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/silkyraven/sets/72157633242353335/)

Read more... )
silkyraven: (Kensal Green)
Since I seem to be unwell today I'll make the most of a sick day by catching up on some sitting at home things. I thought it might be nice to make a bit of a summary post about walking the South Downs Way so this is it! It's quite long but there are pictures...

If you just want to look at the pictures my Flickr album is here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/silkyraven/sets/72157644823209199/

Walk this way... (sorry) )
silkyraven: (dino)
I want to keep a record of what the hole in Dino's jaw looked like at various times, for my own curiosity/memory/comparison.

DO NOT CLICK UNDER THE CUT IF YOU ARE SQUEAMISH.

Just don't. I'm posting this here, publicly, as there a few people who might be curious about it so that's why I'm leaving this here. Don't say I didn't warn you...!!!

WARNING: HORRIBLE IMAGES UNDER HERE. NOT JOKING )
silkyraven: (Dino)
So this week has bought the big switch from the winter fields to the summer fields...and with it a glut of new grass and one bloated pony..!

Here he is going out with some of his mates for the first time into the big field:


This means he's been pretty lazy in the school! He even refused a treat on Wednesday as he's so full... I hope they eat some of that grass down soon. I'd quite like my better Dino back!

We had our first visit from an actual barefoot trimmer yesterday and I'm really pleased with her work. His feet are pretty good, the only problem we have is a lot of flaring (feet definitely came from the Clydesdale side - they are like dinner plates and very flat) but she's done a nice balanced trim and will be back to see him again in a few weeks.

I did get M to take some video of me riding yesterday. I'm not very happy with it. I was a bit frustrated with him being much more lazy than he has been and I don't think my riding's very good at all...!

Feel free to make constructive comments. The canter in particular is awful - in my defence I hardly cantered Pico at the best of times and not at all over the last 2 years of his life so I'm very out of practice. Also, my back has got too arched again and my legs are not very still. *sigh* I think he's improve a bit though. [I left this video processing so if you can't see it right now come back a bit later...]


For reference:
Me riding Pico in 2011 - think this was the video we did before the sim course:


Me riding Dino in March 2013:
silkyraven: (dino)
Another small confidence boost yesterday. After some nice work in the school - we're getting a couple more strides of canter on each rein every day I think - we popped out along the bridlepath with Claire again...and we went in front. Not only on the road in trot, past the scary dog (he was fine!) but also in front having a little canter back along the bridlepath. I've cantered him plenty on his own up there but never with another horse (quite a cross horse who's used to being in front and didn't think we were going fast enough!!!) behind. Dino was perfect - more forward with someone running up him bum but came back when I asked and trotted as soon as I wanted. So a small victory but I'm adding it to the collection here so I can find it again in the future if I should need reminding....!

<3 my pony.
silkyraven: (dino)
Happy Birthday Dino! 7 years old today

Yesterday I plucked up the courage to take him over to Arrandene Open Space which is a local set of bridleways with a hill you can gallop up in the middle. It's a hack along a main road though, with a double decker bus route and I'm not very brave at open spaces and galloping so I'm feeling quite pleased with myself. We went with our favourite hacking partners, Claire and Bug. I love being able to hack with Claire - she's great as she's pretty confident but she's understanding of my occasional nerves, always asks before moving up a gear and never makes me feed bad if I say 'actually can we not?'. We had two gallops up the hill - the first one was a bit nerve-wrecking for me, but the second time I enjoyed it. She asked if I wanted to go again but Dino was pretty tired and I had enjoyed it so we left it there. I think he had a good time - and I turned him back out for an hour or so when I got home so he had a good roll after getting all sweaty :)

So we had a good time and I'm feeling like my confidence has increased a bit and am pretty pleased with myself and I super chuffed with Dino as he was brilliant which seems to be his default setting at present.

[Dino]

Apr. 27th, 2014 10:32 am
silkyraven: (Dino)
Happy Birthday Dino! 7 years old today!

Yesterday I plucked up the courage to take him over to Arrandene Open Space which is a local set of bridleways with a hill you can gallop up in the middle. It's a hack along a main road though, with a double decker bus route and I'm not very brave at open spaces and galloping so I'm feeling quite pleased with myself. We went with our favourite hacking partners, Claire and Bug. I love being able to hack with Claire - she's great as she's pretty confident but she's understanding of my occasional nerves, always asks before moving up a gear and never makes me feed bad if I say 'actually can we not?'. We had two gallops up the hill - the first one was a bit nerve-wrecking for me, but the second time I enjoyed it. She asked if I wanted to go again but Dino was pretty tired and I had enjoyed it so we left it there. I think he had a good time - and I turned him back out for an hour or so when I got home so he had a good roll after getting all sweaty :)

So we had a good time and I'm feeling like my confidence has increased a bit and am pretty pleased with myself and I super chuffed with Dino as he was brilliant which seems to be his default setting at present.
silkyraven: (Dino)
*drum-roll* WE HAVE CANTER!!! :o) With a bit of a concerted effort over the past fortnight we now have a reasonably consistent 5 or 7 steps of left canter in the school. I'm very pleased - today he popped into canter from walk and was beautifully forward and responsive, despite it p*ssing it down with rain. We can only do straight lines and the right canter often doesn't happen (that's his weaker hind so he finds it hard to push off) but I feel like we've made a huge step forwards. Given how much better it is just in a couple of weeks I don't think it will be long before we have a good canter on both reins.

Obviously this week has been very hard with losing Pico but Dino hasn't been too upset by things. I'll spare you the details but he had a good look, sniff (and chew) of the body when Pico went, called for him once when I took him back to his box that night, but hasn't called or been looking for him since. He seems to understand and has accepted that his friend won't be coming back. I've moved him along one box to a brighter box that has a window at the back and a new friend next door (otherwise he would have been a bit on his own and we didn't want that) but he's settled down nicely. In fact yesterday and today he's been super forward and off the leg and really going well.

I had a brief chat with the vet before he left us on Thursday and we've agreed to leave the jaw alone for the moment. He didn't think the lump had got smaller, but did agree with me it's not grown in a couple of months so now we give it time and pray it sorts itself out. Much as I love Goncalo I'm happy to not see him again for a bit...! The next scheduled visit will be to take a look at Dino's teeth in 6 months or so.

So pretty happy with how Dino is right now - going to get up early tomorrow and hopefully have another lovely ride in the quiet part of the day - need to get him working over raised poles to strengthen up that hind and help get the right canter going :)

Ouch

Apr. 10th, 2014 01:52 pm
silkyraven: (cartoonraven)
I now understand why David tells us to take it easy with the ponies after their osteo appointments. I am quite sore in the right shoulder department today. I shall try an application of red wine later on...
silkyraven: (cartoonraven)
Bit late this month! Sorry!

This month:
Gothic Valley WI
www.gothicvalleywi.org.uk
Thursday 10 April, 19.30. The Shaftesbury Tavern
Female Pioneers of Electronic Music

CultureGoth
https://www.facebook.com/groups/206875789347182/
Friday 18 April
Tour of Abney Park Cemetery, £5 per person

Next month:
Bibliogoth
http://bibliogoth.livejournal.com/
Sunday 11 May, 14.00. Costa Coffee, Southampton Row
We're reading 'Mr Pemumbra's 24-hour Bookstore' by Robin Sloan

Gothic Valley WI
www.gothicvalleywi.org.uk
???? Date and location to be confirmed due to pub gubbins
Pub quiz and clothing swish

CultureGoth
https://www.facebook.com/groups/206875789347182/
On hiatus from May until I don't have any exams or walking weekends planned.

If you want any more details about any of these events just shout! Feel free to advertise them elsewhere or bring friends, but do let me know if you're coming to CultureGoth things in particular so I know to look out for you.
silkyraven: (cartoonraven)
Interesting day for me today - I now understand why Dino looks so perturbed when the osteopath is twangling his neck vertebrae - it does feel funny!!

First things first: We had a nice ride this morning. He's been going pretty well and I've started working on achieving canter in the school. More experienced and less impatient people would probably feel it could be left a bit longer but I really want to get it going - even if only for a few strides. He's fine out on the 'canter spot' of the bridlepath and will pop forward with no bother but he has a real hang up in the school. He was going nicely on Saturday so I asked from walk and did one stride and then had a bucking fit :sad: so we went round and try again and in the end got 5 strides nicely on the left rein. The right rein is more tricky but we did get a stride or two. Today tried again and got 5 strides on the left rein without much fuss, but the right I really don't think that inside hind is strong enough to push himself off properly, an opinion the osteo agreed with as this morning was my turn to be assessed!

After Dino I popped myself down the road for my assessment with David and it was very interesting. He thinks my hips and lumbar spine are ok - pelvis is a tiny bit wonky but not very far out and probably not causing serious issues. What he did find though is that my right shoulder (I'm left handed) and neck on that side is very jammed up. Just like my pony! This is probably due to using a mouse a lot at work and getting into a habit of clenching my shoulder on that side. David did a bit of treatment to loosen it all up, and I'm going to have a couple more of those sessions. I do get a bit of shoulder pain on that side but I was quite surprised to find it's actually quite uneven.

Interesting to think what effect this might be having on my riding - I often find Dino is bent right when we're hacking although I feel like my seat is even. It probably is, mostly, but I might well be putting more weight on the right rein and tipping my head slightly to the right as everything is very stiff that side. Fascinating! I must get M to take some video in a while.

I think what I'll do now is keep doing the transitions, flexion, leg-yield, shoulder-in work I've been doing with Dino but try to add in some in hand, or lunging work over raised poles to strengthen get his right hind moving better. I'll keep with the little bit of canter we have in the school, so just 5 strides or so down the long side on the left rein but not worry too much about the right for the moment. He can sometimes get right canter outside although I think M gets it more consistently than I do probably in part as I'm loading that side of him more by being crooked.

ION I treated myself to an SLR camera. First attempts at working out where things are, LOL:
Dubious horse is dubious and thinks you should work out how to turn the flash off:


silkyraven: (Dino)
I just back-dated a bunch but I don't think they will appear on your feeds unless you go find them.. (they are all tagged 'dino' if you're interested). An update from today!

Another update! I'm almost remembering to do this regularly... :)

What a difference a bit of sun makes! :db: The weather has been pretty great recently and he's been quite keen to get out and about. The yard has resurfaced the school we usually ride on which is *lovely* and generally he's been pretty forward and willing of late. Things seem to have calmed down a bit personally - managed to sneak in a brief weekend in Morocco (including 2 hour hack through the Atlas Mountains!) and it was great to just get away from everything for a couple of days.

We've been working on two things recently: moving off the leg and bending. He is moving much more forward after his very lazy period over Christmas and is beginning to bend a bit better. The osteopath has been out again and says he's still very very stiff through his pelvis, hips and neck and we're wondering how much I (and M) are contributing to this so I have a session with him myself in a couple of weeks to see how my stiffness matches up with Dino's! I suspect this will prove quite interesting and provide more homework for me!!

I would like to get him in a bit more work - aiming at ridden 45-60 mins ridden 4 times a week and then couple of in hand or lunging sessions on top that. He was weighed yesterday and came in at 600kg which I'm not surprised by but it more than I want him to be. I need to get someone to check how tall he actually is but I think he could use losing 25-35 kg really. He's got a bit of an apple bum going on and his ribs are a little hard to find...

Anyway, basically feeling pretty positive about things right now although I've yet to hear from the vet about how happy (or otherwise) he is with the jaw. *sigh*.

It's not a real update without pictures is it?

Long-lining down the bridle path...see what I mean about the bum??
The view from a long-reining session down the bridlepath

Bathed him today and plaited up his mane for 3 reasons: 1 - to try and stop him rubbing it, 2 - to try and stop me over-brushing it and 3 - I've been slightly struggling to see how his bend is to the left as his mane has been in the way!
Bath day

'Oh for heavens sake Mum! Can we not just go????'
New plaits!

Got my friend Claire to snap one of us together
Back from a ride

Only trouble with today is it wasn't sunny. This is what colour he actually is and much prettier it is too:
Right side

For anyone who's interested, this is the last jaw pic I sent to the vet:
That jaw again...
silkyraven: (cartoonraven)
Things wot are happening...

This month:
Gothic Valley WI
www.gothicvalleywi.org.uk
Thursday 13 March, 19.30. The Shaftesbury Tavern
Changes to Hate Crime legislation. S.O.P.H.I.E

CultureGoth
https://www.facebook.com/groups/206875789347182/
Sunday 16 March
Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Natural History Museum

Next month:
Bibliogoth
http://bibliogoth.livejournal.com/
Sunday 6 April, 14.00. Costa Coffee, Southampton Row
We're reading 'Falling Angels' by Tracey Chevalier

CultureGoth
https://www.facebook.com/groups/206875789347182/
Friday 18 April, 15.00
Private tour of Abney Park Cemetary - £5. You must let me know you're coming and book a place for this!

Gothic Valley WI
www.gothicvalleywi.org.uk
Thursday 10 April, 19.30. The Shaftesbury Tavern
Female pioneers of electronic music

If you want any more details about any of these events just shout! Feel free to advertise them elsewhere or bring friends, but do let me know if you're coming to CultureGoth things in particular so I know to look out for you.
silkyraven: (Dino)
Not too many updates recently as we've both been pretty fed up. He's been planting when asked to walk in mud which is basically everywhere at the moment and generally been not the most co-operative. And with that and the endless rain and dark and cold it's been a miserable January. I got really frustrated with him a few times and ended up resorting to a bit of pony-club style kicking to get him to walk down the bridlepath which made me feel really awful afterwards (although he did walk where I asked). It's just been so demoralising.

So, in a fit of feeling like I should never get on a horse ever again I ordered a copy of 'Cobs Can' and it arrived earlier this week. It's a really interesting read :) I certainly think mentally Dino is a 'cob' - it's a big part of why I love him so much. I've always had a thing for cobs - never had any trouble getting to ride my favourite horses at the riding schools I grew up in as they were the big, safe cobs that everyone else hated as they were too slow!! Omar's book is brilliant though and although most of the information is the same as Heather's it's really given me some good things to work on taking Dino's slightly backwards thinking.

It was such a beautiful day today that armed with my revision of basic aids (I still struggle with that using your legs inwards and forwards thing after owning Heather's book for 10 years and doing a simulator course!!) and a clear plan we spent 40 mins in the school today working on getting prompt transitions in walk-halt, walk-trot using really small leg aids and backing it up with a tap with my whip if he didn't respond. I left his head well alone - he's been really fussy in his mouth lately which I think is just a sign of him being fed up but I mostly left him alone at the front and just concentrated on getting him moving smartly from the leg. It was brilliant! I think we were a bit helped by the wind, but he was really good. We *nearly* got walk to canter, nearly. He was certainly thinking about it. Feeling a bit stupid really that I had to be reminded to do this as I know full well this is what he needs.

After working in the school I took him down the bridlepath and nearly lost all my good work in a disagreement about going through a puddle onto the path in the first place but we got down, went part way down the path and then turned back for home. He's much more keen coming home so I ask for trot and then a gentle canter. Well. Apparently I had him a little too much off the leg!! Before I know it we're going flat out gallop up the bridlepath :o I think he enjoyed having a good run :D I did have to pull him up quite sharply before we hit the road though which I'm a bit unhappy about but he really didn't want to stop!!!

So I'm feeling very happy with him today and I think a good run might have cheered him up. I'll have another go with some transitions (ideally with some poles) later in the week if the weather holds but it looks like it's going to be thoroughly awful again so we might not get much done. It will be spring soon, right...?
silkyraven: (Dino)
Been a bit of a mixed bag lately. Generally he's been pretty good. The weather has been a fraction drier this past week and there's been some sun so everyone's feeling a bit brighter. I've been working on transitions and a bit of flexion in the school and still be hacking a bit. He's very stiff to the right, and I'm feeling pretty stiff and uneven as well so the work in the school is going quite slowly. His osteopath is due back up at the end of the this month and I think we might need a series of treatments to properly 'un-twangle' him. I've been doing some physio myself which is helping but sometimes it feels like progress is very slow. This month has been the worst for a while personally though so I haven't really been concentrating on the horses much. A friend of M's & mine died due to complications of childbirth on the 2nd and the month seems to have gone past in a bit of a fog. Somehow I managed to fill in a job application and have an interview next week :o which is terrifying so he's not going to get my full attention for a short while yet!

On the downside for him, the vet came out last week to do his jabs and have a look in his mouth - he's still not happy about the jaw :cry: The lump is still growing - not quickly, but it hasn't stopped. Vet said the lymph node on that side of his face is still active and the gum is slightly swollen so we're trying 6 weeks of two Bute per day to hopefully sort it out. Really hope this stops it once and for all.

Haven't had pictures for ages! Snapped these last week:

Dino - February 2014

Dino - February 2014

Dino - February 2014
silkyraven: (Wow)
Girls Gone Wow presents the World of Warcraft London Meetup 2014

Saturday 19 April
15.00 to 23.00
The Feathers, St James Park


I have booked The Feathers pub in St James Park for this event. It's dead opposite the Broadway exit from St James Park tube station but is only 10-15 mins walk from London Victoria.

Information about the pub, including directions and food menus can be found here.

I've booked the upstairs area, which has a fair bit of seating, for 15.00 onwards so people can arrive a bit earlier and leave a bit earlier if coming from far away. If you would like somewhere to crash for the night we might be able to hook people up with crash space so leave a comment with some contact details [Comments screened for this purpose].

We need your help to publicise this! Please repost on your twitter feeds, facebook, blogs, podcasts any anywhere else you can think of. The pub itself is pretty quiet over Easter so if we run out of space upstairs we can just take over the whole place.

As things stand I've just booked a room in a pub but if people want to bring board games (WoW monopoly? Trivial Pursuit? Cards Against Humanity?) or other things that would be great - just let me know in comments.

To get an idea of numbers I'd love it if you could fill in this poll, of if you're not an LJ user post in comments:
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