Thursday, April 12, 2012

Happy 1/2 Decade Big Guy... and bullet turns boomerang

Please join me in wishing my sweet, goofy, grey man a Happy 5th Birthday on April 13, 2012~

He's a bit parked out and his front end is on an incline, but his stance proved advantageous for some (almost) 5th Birthday Conformation Shots.

Compared to April 13, 2009 at age two, his first birthday celebrated with me. WOW, has anyone else noticed how quickly he got so light. It just kind of magically happened in front of my eyes every day.

Same sweet baby eye. At least they haven't changed.

And now, on to the "fun part" in which we don't so much dodge the bullet from last week. As of Sunday, Granite got turned out again. He is was sound and his leg doing well. Happy Rachel! Then on Monday, I got the phone call that my 12 year old (beloved) car that was in the shop for some funky smells/sounds pretty much got a death sentence. $2,000 in repair work, too bad the car is only worth that much. I was a bit devastated as I drove my nearly dead car back from the shop (felt like going home to hospice care). 

Tuesday, I rode the pony for the first time in over a week. He was a butt head. So I lined up his trainer to ride him on Wednesday and get the boy back in shape. Thanks to a series of events, his trainer canceled at the 11th hour and it was too late for me to go ride. So, G got Wednesday off. 

But, then  I got good news. TK's father had managed to negotiate with a local shop to have the work done on my car for 1/2 the price. Cue, I get to keep my red car and can avoid a car payment for yet a little bit longer!

"Red Car" when I got her in 2005. Love little old red 
(and my since deceased beloved 1992 4-Runner. I form relationships with my toyotas I think)

So I headed back out to the barn today with full intentions of riding my pony before Grey's & wine night. And do you know what I found? The OTHER hind leg swollen! He isn't lame, but god it is a hot, swollen balloon. The horse has got to be shitting me!

Exhibit A^

Another view....

Enter: previcox, cold hosing, wrapping, nights in the stall, days in the small paddock..... 
Goofy "baby" (who is now FIVE) did it to himself. 

So tomorrow, he will be having a "sick in the stall birthday." I did buy him a apple lick-it and a bag of treats to make the medicine (and boredom) go down a bit easier. I love you no matter what big guy!


  1. Happy birthday Granite!!! :)

  2. Happy Birthday Granite! Sounds like it'll be memorable!

  3. Aww...Happy Birthday Granite!!! 5 is a great age. :)

  4. Hooray for good news about your car! I drive an old beater and am determined to keep it just as long as possible. :-)

  5. Happy Birthday! Heres to a sound year! :)

  6. Spending $2,000 on a repair is certainly not a smart investment. Well, I’m glad TK’s father was able to negotiate to reduce the price. If the car broke down again, I guess the best to do is to find a replacement for it. It may be hard to let go of it because of its sentimental value, but you do have to consider the cost it would take to maintain the vehicle.

  7. Oohh, someone is turning 6 next month. Advanced happy birthday to your Graf! Horse riding is such an awesome skill I’d want to learn in the future. I wish I could ride a horse, too, without getting bruises. This must be your passion. Aside from a horse, you own a gorgeous car. I’d love to have a red car in my garage one day. I own a Black Toyota Altis for 2 years now, and so far, it’s still good as new.

    Mae Weitz