My Pal Clifford!


We took our long overdue first ride of the year today. Cliffy’s knee had been bothering him quite a bit, so I treated it two days ago with some StemEquine plus Bute. It was big and swollen. I mean, even bigger than usual. I think he may have twisted it. Today when he came running to greet me, I knew it felt better. I got him saddled up and then we just went a mile or so down the road. He was really stiff. His steps were short, especially in the beginning of the ride. But when we got to the neighbor’s back field, to cut across behind the barn, he became his old self. He loves running across that field. I had a struggle keeping him at the walk. He’s so out of shape and still has so much winter fat, that I want to take it slow and get that knee feeling better.

After our ride, he posed for his picture.

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About Nancy J. Bailey

Artist, author, bad karaoke singer. Woodsy ragamuffin. Mom of a horse named Clifford who plays fetch and paints with watercolors. He visits libraries and schools with me, to promote literacy and making the world a better place. Yes, he is house trained, no, he doesn't live in my house! I have written three books about Clifford. But my newest book, THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN, is co-written by my awesome sister Amanda, who has Down syndrome. Her unexpected one-liner wisecracks can always make me laugh. If you make me laugh, you've made my day!
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3 Responses to My Pal Clifford!

  1. JJ says:

    Truly enjoyed your Blog…

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  2. My friends and I went for our first long ride of the season last week. We went for miles down the beach. I rode my youngest and she was a fireball waiting to explode. My 17hh gelding bucked ad reared up far too much with my experienced ride niece on but my little Canadian mare was perfect under my inexperienced cousin.
    My experience is to give my horses raw potatoes, two everyday to help with little problems. They really work and bute isn’t needed. For a horse with problems, I start off with 6 potatoes and wean the down to 2 in about a week.
    I’m leaving a link to what I wrote about the subject, just in case you want to know more.
    http://allthingshorse.wordpress.com/2009/02/12/po-ta-toes/

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  3. Oh my Cliffy is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Wow, what a great shot. I am so glad he is feeling better.

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