I’ve been MIA and some horse’s were not too happy…

Hey Blog Readers,


If you are wondering where I’ve been, I had the dreaded H1N1 virus plus I’m now 23 weeks pregnant.  It was pretty rough there for a few weeks.  I was honestly worried about touching the dog or the horses and them contracting the Swine flu.  I’ve been back on my feet, but I just didn’t have the energy or creativity to be back to posting.  Fredi and I were both away from the barn for almost a month and when we finally got back to teaching the horses were definitely showing signs of irritation with us.


We do give our horse’s a break, but one particular horse had not had a real break since she came to the barn two years ago.  Don’t get me wrong, she gets plenty of days off just not weeks in a row.  That mare turned sour!  It’s interesting how some horses thrive from a break while others prefer to keep working.  With show horses and horses in training that get worked five to six days per week I have no problem giving them two months  off per year.  With all that work they need a break.  Our horse’s are not on that kind of schedule these days.  They only work a few days a week, and live for their work!


Redford certainly wasn’t ready for a break in his training, he is basically almost back at square one.  The reason for this, is he just didn’t have enough training before he got his break.  I knew that would happen but what can you do?  It’s not like he’s a two year old that we are getting ready for futurities we have all the time in the world.


I hope no one else ends up sick with the swine flu, but if you do don’t believe the hype.  It is bad, especially when you are pregnant.   I did also develop a secondary chest infection which made it more complicated.  I never get sick and it really kicked my butt.  However, the day I came down with it, I was sharing a bowl of cereal with my toddler.  We ate from the same spoon, he drank from my water bottle.  I was sick for half a day without even knowing it and he never contracted the sickness.  Fredi never got it either but we took a lot of precautions once we realized I had the flu.   I think the number of deaths from the swine flu are trumped up to make a media frenzy.  Take care of yourself and see a doctor if you have flu like symptoms.  When you have animals to take care of you really need to stay healthy.   I’m happy that it is all behind me now and I never have to worry about getting H1N1 again!


About Deanna Castro

Deanna Castro has been training horses and riders professionally for over 18 years. She trains riders in Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Showmanship and Trail Riding. Deanna is married to Native American Horse Trainer Fredi Castro and she is the author of "Six Weeks to a Better Horse".
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8 Responses to I’ve been MIA and some horse’s were not too happy…

  1. Sabrina says:

    ((HUGS!!)) Glad you’re feeling better…and a big CONGRATULATIONS on your pregnancy!! YAY!! Boy? Girl? Don’t know? Names? :)

  2. Popstar(omg) says:

    I am so so so glad you are better. My little brother had it and it sound so bad. Also CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! :) Do you know if it is a girl or a boy. If you have an names picked out. i love the name Liz or Grace for a girl!!!!!!!

  3. dcastro says:

    Thanks gals! We are so excited!!!!

    Well, I find out hopefully for sure on Thursday if it’s a boy or girl.

    The last ultrasound the baby wouldn’t cooperate after an hour and a half we still were not sure. My Doc and the US tech both guessed a girl though.

    If it’s a girl, it will be Kiana Maria. Kiana is my name in Hawaiian, and Maria is my mother in law’s name. I’m hoping for a girl because we have no boy names picked. Nothing feels right…

    Plus we are already calling the baby Kiki lol. If it’s a boy we’re in trouble because no boy should ever be called Kiki!

  4. Sabrina says:

    LOL! I love the name “Kiki”…but you’re right…no boy should be nicknamed Kiki…ROFL! I do love the name you have picked out if the baby is a girl!! It’s so cute…and my gosh those two names sound so good together! I’m so happy for you guys!! Congratulations again! ((HUGS!!))

  5. dcastro says:

    Thanks Sabrina! Guess, what, it’s DEFINITELY a Girl! Yay, I can keep calling her Kiki ;) lol.

  6. Sabrina says:

    YAY!! Congratulations!! WHOOHOO!!

  7. Jessica says:

    I got H1N1 from my students, and though I am a never stop and rest kind of girl, I ended up on the couch for a whole day. But that was it and everything was back to normal.

    On a side note, another CONGRATULATIONS!

  8. dcastro says:

    Nice! See, they make it out to be so awful and you kicked H1N1′s butt right away. Thanks for the congrats, hope you are well.


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