I’m sorry there hasn’t been really any updates about Gus but it has been raining pretty much non-stop for the past 10 days which means that I’ve had no arena or anywhere to work (and even on the days it’s not raining, it hasn’t dried out enough to be useable). So Gus has been getting spa days and there are only so many times I’m going to take photos of him in the cross ties.


On the plus side though, I have found that he is good in the cross ties. If you leave him he will pick up his hoof and set it down repeatedly, but not really pawing, more like tapping, but otherwise he was good. I finally got all the weird tar like stuff off his legs and now we’re dealing with scratches and doing my best to keep those back soles clean and dry. They are bad. As soon as his hoofs grow out a bit, we’ll get the farrier in.

On other fronts, Harley got to go dock diving on Saturday and she was a superstar. She just loves dock diving so much and every time I take her, we get a little bit better. This time she shattered her personal best and hit 18’8!  If I were a better at tossing, she’d get further. We’ll just have to practice. I’ll write more about this once I have the pictures edited.


And then, remember all the rain I mentioned earlier? Well yesterday we had to deal with this:

wpid-20150419_124601.jpgIt’s a little hard to tell but that’s water gushing out of the wall during a huge rain storm. It filled a 10 gallon trash bin in about 1 minute. It was like someone turned a faucet on! The rain was also coming up through the foundation along one side of the wall and the sub pump wasn’t working. Thank God we actually have good land lords here in Atlanta. They were over and dealing with the problem (as best as they could) in about 20 minutes. And they’re calling in specialists to deal with the bigger issues this week. The good news is that today it is sunny and nice. Hopefully it stays that way!

And my Rolex tickets FINALLY got here. Stupid moving and stupid Factoria post office.


It’s my first Rolex and I’m super excited! I also have a long list of stuff I want to buy for Gus. Guess I better buckle down on that finding a job thing.

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  1. Guessing the tar stuff is was a poultice. My next door neighbor uses it on her race horses and I haved used it a couple of times as well. That stuff gets everywhere!! The nice thing about race horses is that they are exposed to everything so are great for cross ties, grooming, bathing, and crazy activities around the barn! Good luck with the water issues in your apartment, that is no fun.

    1. That’s what I was thinking too but I’ve never seen poltice that was still this sticky after a week. The stuff I use is more clay based and just gets hard. Whatever it was, I’m glad it’s gone!

  2. The recent rain has been HORRIBLE! I also haven’t been able to ride in weeks. I was hoping today would show us the sunshine for longer than a few hours… but then there was that freak thunderstorm-slash-tornado. I don’t know if that hit your area, but if it did, I hope all of y’all were able to stay safe!

    1. It’s definitely getting a little ridiculous, though I keep getting told by locals that this is unusual. I sure hope so! Luckily the worst of that storm missed me. I don’t need my basement flooded anymore.

  3. Hopefully it starts to dry out for you. Boggy wet ground is horrible and there is not much worse than endless rain.
    I hope you have fun at Rolex, I am a bit jealous 🙂 haha. I am planning on doing some all nighters and watching on FEI TV. Dressage starts at 9.55pm my time, XC starts 10.25pm my time and SJ starts at 1.10am my time. I am going to need so much coffee but it will be worth it!

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