Horses!

I haven’t written a whole lot lately about horses and riding; primarily because I haven’t been riding.  The weather has been too damned crappy.  It seemed as though on the few good days that did occur something came up that prevented me from riding.  At one point, I considered selling Merlin for the simple reason that he wasn’t paying for himself, but I’m glad I didn’t.

There was another local Robbie Potter clinic scheduled for this weekend.  I was first on the waiting list, but everyone registered sent in their deposits so I didn’t get in.  For once, the weather worked in my favor.  It seems the ground is too wet where the clinic is going to be held so it got postponed to the last weekend in March and guess what … I got in!  I’m thrilled.  I got an awful lot out of that clinic in January and expect I’ll get even more out of a two day clinic.  Given what natural horsemanship clinics run by the big names like Clinton Anderson cost, what Robbie Potter charges is downright cheap.

Over the past month and a half, I got a bit turned off by Clinton Anderson.  He was running a series on a rescued mare named Cider.  The series went on for 13 shows, which was a bit overkill in my opinion.  It got so that all of the shows were more infomercial than informative.  As a result of this, I unsubscribed from the No Worries Club in February.  Luckily, Clinton redeemed himself in the last two episodes.  I got a lot out of them.  I haven’t watched the DVDs I got as part of my membership and I need to.  Now that I’m in the clinic the end of March, I’m excited about getting into the saddle again.  The weather is supposed to improve starting tomorrow.  Yesterday, I renewed by subscription to the No Worries Club.

I believe I have figured out what is wrong with Angel’s udder.  She has an infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria that is quite resistant to antibiotics.  I have not been using her milk since she started to show udder issues and I milk her last so none of the other goats have become infected with it.  I did some research this morning and found that both tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar are quite effective in killing this bacteria and healing the skin.  I went to the Vitamin Shoppe this afternoon and bought some tea tree oil, tea tree oil castile soap and a gallon of organic apple cider vinegar.  The plan is to make disposable udder wipes using the castile soap, tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar.  I have been quite lazy in that I use the same wash cloth for all of the goats which is not ideal.

This is all such a learning experience.

Until later …