Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Why we continue to work late even when we want to go see the ponies

You can see the whole article at Rich Horton's blog the bit that resonated for me was

You should also ask yourself whether the standards which you set yourself are driven by objective, external standards (e.g. the customer wants it engineered to this tolerance) or unrealistic, internal standards (i.e. perfectionism) which you actually have a choice over. We’ll cover ‘perfectionism’ more fully in a future blog, however, just be aware for now that perfectionism can be highly counterproductive. Someone has said ‘The world does not reward perfectionism. It rewards productivity. And perfectionism reduces productivity. You can’t be productive if you’re trying to be perfect’ (see here).

Finally, we can fall prey to the ‘poor me’ syndrome. We like to tell everyone how busy and rushed-off-our-feet we are but what we really want is an ‘emotional stroke’ from someone. ‘Look at poor old me, give me some sympathy’. Remember the ‘Victim’ in our ‘Drama Triangle’. Instead of taking responsibility for the situation and seeking out a solution, we just seek a bit of ‘tea and sympathy’ which simply reinforces our predicament.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Effects of soaking on the water-soluble carbohydrate and crude protein content of hay.

Vet Rec. 2011 Jun 11;168(23):618. Epub 2011 Jun 7.

Effects of soaking on the water-soluble carbohydrate and crude protein content of hay.


Equine and Livestock Nutrition Services, Pantafallen fach, Tregaron, Ceredigion, Wales, SY25 6NG. elns.longland@btinternet.com


The aim of this study was to determine the amounts of water-soluble carbohydrate (WSC), WSC constituents and protein leached from a range of U.K. hays soaked according to common practice. Initial hay WSC content ranged from 123 to 230 g/kg dry matter (DM). Soaking the hays for up to 16 hours in water at a mean temperature of 8°C resulted in a mean loss of 27 per cent (range 6 to 54 per cent) of hay WSC. The mean percentage losses of WSC constituents were 24 per cent (range 14 to 31) for fructan, 41 per cent (range 21 to 70) for fructose, 45 per cent (range 28 to 100) for sucrose and 56 per cent (range 29 to 100) for glucose. The mean crude protein content of the initial hays was 58.7 g/kg DM (range 30 to 86 g/kg DM) and this value was not affected significantly by soaking. Despite a mean WSC loss of 27 per cent, the WSC contents of seven of the hays remained above the suggested upper limit for laminitic animals of 100 g/kg DM.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Pen and pooped

So today we built 'the pen' started at 12:15 and finished at 16:30.

I went over to yard first to muck out hand walk and be a therapy queen :@) got to yard and feed room in disorder my bran all over the floor and large rat like holes in bags. So spent twenty minutes sweeping up so wasn't running to schedule when Tony arrived.

Tony (gawd love him) spent ages banging two insulators onto each glass fibre stake. Goodness this fending is expensive but is well engineered.

Started off with an on site project planning meeting :@) stakes went in easily the tensioner caused much head scratching but when worked out again was a well engineered solution.

We were one tensioner short not quite sure why only sent one for a two tape strand fence, will need to sort on Monday.

Fudged the gate then started running electric cable from Pony Palace to energiser, earth stake was somewhat over engineered and looked more suitable for a five mile run of fencing not a few metres:@)

Extension lead and energiser have placed in Fred's red 'treasure chest' that I have been meaning to empty since Fred arrived at Duttons over seven years ago :*) .

So there it is the pony pen is up logically it should contain him as he's never been one for getting out and the normal field fencing is one strand electric rope and that has always been sufficient.This is two stands 40mm wide tape mains electric.

Had a very late lunch then started on afternoon stables.

Tony skipped out whilst I walked the Chorrie pony. There was a loose calf which caused airs above the ground (!) he leaps up all four feel off the ground then kicks out with his back legs(!)

Left yard at 17:45 and it was still light so lovely how the nights are letting out.

Home to a very welcome cup of tea and later a glass of Baileys :@)

Cooked king prawns with noodles and bean sprouts in a sweet and sour sauce nom nom now watching Upstairs Downstairs

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Therapy Queen

I feel like the therapy queen, my daily session goes somewhat like:-

  1. Arrive feed Chorrie
  2. Pulsed mag boot on left leg, pulsed mag pad on right shoulder
  3. Mag boots on Fred
  4. Pulsed mag boot on right leg, pulsed mag pad left wither
  5. Pulsed mag boot on upper right leg
  6. Pulsed mag on poll
  7. Equissage on Chorrie
  8. Equilibrium pad on Fred
  9. Equissage off then walk Chorrie in hand do suppleness routine as per physio
  10. Ice Chorrie's front legs
  11. Equilibrium pad off Fred
  12. Walk Fred in hand
  13. Make up treat balls
Plus muck out two stables, change rugs, do feeds, soak hay, scrub buckets

Plus I have Oliver to walk for his cruciate ligament and shove the pulsed mag on that too.

The pulsed mag has been purchase of 2011 it is used so so much!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Today is a new day

So sort out the bits you can sort out and carry on, another two months and he'll be out a whole lot more and life will feel better.

When you're going through hell keep going ~ Churchill

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Fed up and then some

Nine months he's been in

I'm fed up and I bet he is too.

If I'd known on May 5th 2011 he'd still be in on Feb 7th 2012; I'd have turned him out and retired him. Just not convinced I'm being fair to him anymore.

Now need to decide if I carry on as we're over the worst (hopefully) or just give up now and let him be a horse as I'm just not convinced who I'm doing this for.

Need to talk to vet and physio and have a proper conversation

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Three poorly legs :-(

So has the vet out to scan three *sigh* injured front legs this morning.


One month post injury (30th December) looking OK, can start walking out in hand as a pre cursor to pen turnout in seven to ten days. Basically need to see how injury reacts to increased 'stress'


Right leg Check ligament injured 5th May; reinjured 4th August.
Left leg Suspensory injured 4th August; check ligament goes in stable 14th September.

So externally right leg you can barely tell now it has been injured, you'd need eagle eyes and need to be looking closely. Check looking good sufficiently good that you'd start trotting on it if it was the *only* injured leg.

Left leg externally check injury visible. Internally suspensory looking 'ok/normal' given his age, left check making progress but will of course always lag behind right leg.

Vet thinks by end of Feb he could be doing 35/40 minutes in hand, will be interesting to see if that fits with my physio's program.

Did talk to vet about the fact we/I have no idea if he is even sound as haven't trotted him up; her view is that soundness at the moment is no indication of anything and that the proof of pudding will be if it stands up to work.

Which is a bit hmm

Other Stuff

Chatted as to where she'd send a PSD for op; seems her experience is op often not needed but would be Bathe as he was pioneer of op and does a neat decent job.

Andy Bathe

Fracture of the radius in vet's opinion if you can get two weeks post fracture you over the worst, seems horribly common as she currently has two.