Monday, January 18, 2016

Micro Update from a bad blogger

I can blame a lot of circumstances for my lack of blogging in the last little while, but I'm tired of doing so.  Instead I wanted to share a teeny tiny little update rather than the mondo update I really should write that I've been putting off for months now.

For years I've toyed around with the idea of a show name for Jazz.  For a long time I toyed with the idea of ColbyJazzmus (which I still have as my blog URL and blogger username), which I have explained previously here.  I always liked it in theory, but there were two big problems with actually using it.  Firstly, Colby Rasthmus, the inspiration for the name, was traded from the Blue Jays some years ago, so it's no longer a Blue Jays reference.  Secondly, it just didn't sound much like a show name to me.  I've always liked show names that are short phrases, which Colby Jazzmus didn't really fit.

All the photos in this post are going to be reposts to break up the text on account of how lazy blogger is lazy and doesn't want to locate and upload new pictures onto my laptop right now

One of my all time favourite horse nicknames is AareneX's  mare Fiddle, commonly referred to as the dragon.  Over the years, Jazz has acquired many nicknames:
-Lovey Bear
-The Red Beast
-Freight Train
-Train Wreck
-Bag of Snakes
-Conspicuously Coiled Spring
-Rocket Waiting for Blast Off
-World's Greatest Pony
-My Hero
-The Lord is Testing Me With This One
etc., etc., etc.

Really the nickname depends on the ride we are having (bag of snakes was actually coined today when we were riding in some beautiful weather rendered irritating by the snow suddenly and loudly falling off of the tin roof of our arena. Jazz was a really good girl considering, but she was just positively roiling under the surface), and how patient I am feeling.  The Red Beast has usually been used in good humor, when I'm offering to trade horses with other boarders at my barn on Jazz's very best days. It has always been one of my favourite nicknames because it's accurate on the bad days, and brings a smile to my face on the good days.  However, it wouldn't make for a show name.  Then, as fate would have it, dragon happened to be floating around in my brain when Jazz had her teeth done a couple of weeks back.  It was a cold day of about -8 degrees celcius, and Jazz was as midly uncooporative as she usually is for the dentist.  She requires a minimum of a double dose of sedative, and if the appointment takes too long, she needs a booster.  She learned at a young age that the big giant gag bit thing they put in to do her front teeth is easily moved sideways if she chews on it just so until she gets to the elastic on the side, which is much less cumbersome to have in her mouth.  She also likes to move sideways as much as she has room to (we usually float at home in a stall, as opposed to in the stocks at the vet clinic), and occasionally try to barge directly through the front of the stall, which is funny since her head is tied way up in the stratosphere.  My barn manager was around for the first part of the appointment, and I forget how it came up, but I mentioned I'd been toying with the idea of putting Dragon in her show name when Jazz snorted loudly, and I had to laugh at her with steam coming out of her nostrils and her teeth (sort of) bared.  I think dragon will be perfect.

Not from the most recent float, but also one of my top 5 favourite pictures of Jazz

Dragons would eat cats if the cats would stop squirming around for two seconds probably

Scary Dragon Breath

Beware of Fire Breath

I'm also assuming dragons can look into your soul with those eyes

So far my ideas are:

Rey's Red Dragon (my personal favourite right at this moment)
Red Dragon Jasmine
Dragon me down
Regency Red Dragon
Rio Red Dragon

mostly they're R words followed by Red Dragon. Any thoughts? Anything that stands out to anyone? Any more ideas? I'd love to hear some feedback!