Sunday, March 1, 2015

31x31: Two Birds with One Stone

This would be one of those times where I'm crossing things off my 31x31 list out of necessity rather than just for the sake of education.

Ellie came up lame on the right front this Saturday. She knocked a jump pretty hard on Friday but trotted out sound- thinking it's either a little lingering soreness from that or a potential abscess.

We packed her hoof and poulticed- or I should say Emma did- while I watched and asked questions. And now we wait for a few days and see if she feels any better!
The 31x31 List
1. Body Clip
2. Give IM & IV Shots
3. Pull a Mane
4. Polo Wrap
5. Set a course (including gymnastic differences to trot poles, bounce, 1 stride)
6. Clean a stall
7. Sweat Wrap
8. Poultice
9. Braid- Mane and Tail
10. Name and find all tendons, ligaments, bones in the lower leg
11. Emergency response: choking, colic, etc- signs and treatment
12. Administer Bute, Banamine, Ace- circumstance and dosage
13. Hook up, drive, and back up a trailer
14. Pull a sprung shoe
15. Check vital signs- temperature, respiratory, pulse
16. Palpate major soft tissue structures in the leg
17. Clean a water trough
18. Tie a quick release knot and learn to ground tie
19. Pack and wrap feet
20. Learn identifiers of body condition scoring
21. Clean sheath/ teats
22. Basics of saddle fitting
23. Nutrition- what Ellie eats and why along with setting up grain for the barn
24. Properly fit a bridle
25. Groom at a show
26. Make up a basic first aid kit and understand basic shoeing tools
27. Learn anatomy of a horse and basic conformation
28. How to twitch- when to use and basic methods
29. Rasp a hoof
30. De-worm
31. Learn basic massage and stretch techniques


  1. Magic cushion is the shiz! Hope she's right as rain after the TLC.

  2. Hope miss Ellie feels better!!

    Come over, I'll put you to work and check some things off your list ;)

  3. I love Magic Cushion! If you don't happen to have a piece of paper around, you can also take a handful of shavings and pad them on top of the magic to help keep the "goo" in their feet.

  4. I LOVE THIS LIST! So many good things on it. I may or may not be stealing some of these :)
    Hope Ellie is feeling better soon!

  5. hope she's better soon!! good luck crossing some more stuff off the list too - seems like fun :)