Fjord, that sucks! Welcome to my world. I can't believe your vet said you could ride two weeks after that injury. Rex sliced his left front open on the front of the cannon bone just to the medial side. I have to keep it wrapped for 3-4 weeks before I can think of riding. Poor girl! Though I know how you feel!
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It is rather sucky the vet came out to do teeth yesterday and had another look at her, was pretty surprised it was still as bad as it is. She said it should be half the size. It's looking a bit proud as well so she gave me some steriod cream to put on it. Bought her some fluffy sheepskin boots to wear in the paddock too! Much rather her destroy one of those than rip her leg open.
Unwrapping her tomorrow morning so I am hoping it looks less proud and starts to heal. Just frustrating losing out a month of training -_- I guess that's horses. Hopefully she bounces back now with the cream and we can get on with being able to pull off a solid training test working at first level by the end of the year ready for 1st and training second begining of next year!
Fjording i'm sorry to hear about your troubles If it makes you feel any better...i haven't ridden my 2008 girl in a month because she got a horrific stone bruise which ever so slowly turned into an abscess...she's just finally bouncing back from the abscess and we're waiting for my blacksmith to come out and put shoes and pads on her so it doesn't happen again. The whole horse thing can get really irritating at times!!
Haven't updated in a while, but we had a great ride today and got some new pics!
Lovey is coming along really well -- she's learned that being soft is good! and being soft, stretchy, and round is even better! We rode outside today for only the third or fourth time ever since we've done most of our riding over the winter, so her canter was a little, um, enthusiastic but overall she was great! Really fun ride, and a glimpse into what an awesome horse she's going to be
It was 28 degrees today! In March! So there was a lot of sweating combined with shedding.
Well, popping back in... seems I've traded one greenie for another.
Miss Morgan Mare went to live with a friend of a friend who is a die hard Morgan/Arab person. She is out 24/7, being ponied all over the place, and doing well. Her new owner wants to do nothing but trail ride her, which I think will be right in her wheelhouse. She was not the type of horse that was ever going to be happy drilling in the ring, she wants to go trot on the trail for 3 hours at a time.
I now have a 7 year old OTTB who has been off the track since 2010, but not had much "real" education since then. She seems to have a good mind though and the potential to be a nice solid citizen. I've known her for a year and always liked her. She was offered to me out of the blue last week and I took her without hesitation.
So.... back at it..... time to catch up with everyone else's posts and see what you guys have been up to!
We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.
What a fun thread. Great looking horses, of such varied breeds and backgrounds!
I have recently got back into the 'horsie' swing of things. I have a 15 year old OTTB who has been a brood mare since leaving the track. She is currently barren so I am thinking she should earn her keep. That and a couple of weeks ago she got all 'impressed' in the cross ties and promptly sat down and offered some piaffe I am also interested in how she will change with correct work. (She looks all funny from being a broodmare, I have pics of her back when)
Here is a pic from a couple of days ago. (no she is not quite that sweaty.. its that hot here right now the horses are just sweating out in the field in their winter coats. I sponged her off before and after we worked)
Flash - congrats on the new greenie. I can't wait to hear updates.
Aven - your girl is also very pretty, and I see nothing funny about her.
A good friend of mine recommended a trainer for my green bean. She is coming out to the house next week for a 'meet and greet'. If everything goes well, I'll be sending her out for a while. Wish us luck!
Thanks, though I DID post the most flattering pic of her I have. She has upside down pencil neck at the moment and no topline to speak of. However I am sure that will change.
I hope to breed her again, maybe this spring to a friends CSH stallion and then next year again for a dressage baby. She had a fantastic foal last year who we tragically lost. With her bloodlines (Bold Ruckus and Danzig) I was expecting a more eventy baby, but was pleasantly surprised by the foal we had, though briefly.
Regardless she is going to be my project for a while, at least till she is too big to work comfortably.
After stalking this thread since the beginning, I think I've gotten the courage to go ahead and share my new girl. She's a 10 yr old appendix with an attitude I don't think she's ever really learned to use her back and give to contact...so this may be an uphill battle but thats okay!
I've known her for the past 3 years and she have never gotten along with her teenage rider. Teenage rider got a new horse and I think gave up on this mare. She has had at least 6 months of very little work and is one snarky little thing under saddle. I've ruled out physical pain. PPE was great, chiro fixed a few issues, working on getting a better fitting saddle, etc. Teeth still need done but PPE vet said they weren't terrible, just get them done before I start serious work.
First couple of rides Miss Mare slung her head every which way and did everything she could to avoid contact. Her steering sucks and I'm trying to remember to keep my outside aids on. After a lot of angry faces and very poor attempts (read crowhopping and swapping leads) to canter we are going back to the beginning.
I don't have the most confidence at the moment so this will be good for me as well. We are walking and trotting with a light contact trying to remember to push the forward for straightness but not rush. We can now do a W-T transition without mean mare faces and we can trot around without too much pulling and yanking on her part. The newest issue is ducking the head between the legs and trying to intimidate me. I HAVE to learn to kick her forward instead of trying to pull her head back up. For right now a tap with the whip and a sharp circle get her head out of China and her mind off of the intimidation route. But one of these days I'm going to have to suck it up and just boot her forward, even if that means launching into space.
So yes, I think our progress will be long and slow. I'm giving her 6 months to see if we can get along and manuever through Training Level.
I love hearing everyone else's progress, so please keep it up!
MTYMax>> Those uphill battles often teach you more than a horse where it comes easy. Good luck, keep us posted. You also might want to take pics, I but her shape will change dramatically with good work.
For me..I got on my very green 5 year old (non raced tb) today. She was very good, gave a nice steady trot with a few moments of contact. I didn't push it as she is very unfit and I still have more weight to lose.
After a month of abscess/stone bruise recovery ... and an entire winter of riding maybe once a week due to weather and work...my 2008 girl FINALLY went back into work today! She's been struggling with a lack of appetite (treated for ulcers...not the issue) and some very hurty feet. I had my blacksmith come out last night and put 4 shoes with pads on her. It hurt my pocketbook immensely and I hoped she would be a barefoot gal all her life but....
Her appetite improved 200% immediately after getting the shoes (farrier says her feet are too small for her size)!! Her whole attitude has changed, and we went on our first ride today following her layup. Walk, Trot, Canter and she was absolutely floating...supple, ears flopped, on the aids...does it get better than this?!
So glad i got to the bottom of her issues...i love my horse Can't wait to get a video up!
What lovely stories and pics everyone, I am new, this is my very first post from the land of downunder.
I haven't ridden much over the last 10yrs, wrong horses, very young green athletic warmbloods that we have bred etc... and on the wrong side of 50 it has taken me a while to find the right horse. Loss of nerve etc...
Funnily enough we bred him, sold him then bought him back a year later, he was only just broken in when we sold him as a 4yr old, then he sat in a stable/yard for a year doing nothing so his training is not much further a long.
He is a 6yr old 15.2hh warmblood gelding.
I have had about 11 rides now and he is proving to be quiet but very lazy, so the old kick up at the fwd aid, a pretend pig root here and there, but we are getting there and its early days yet.
hope you can view this photo, it was taken on my first ride.
Well I guess I can join this club as well. My new boy is a 16.2hh coming 4 year old Trakehner gelding. I've had him for a month now, but he has managed to hurt himself already. Young horses and muddy fields don't mix so well! Its some minor swelling on the inside of his right hock, so he's had the past week off. He'll be fine in a few more days.
Anyway, he has a really good foundation but he's a bit weak in trot/canter transitions so I've taken him back to doing lots of trot work and walk/trot trot/walk transitions. Need to build the strength up so he doesn't run into the canter. I'm really hopeful that he can take me up the levels. Oh, and to top it off, he's a May baby just like my previous 2 horses. There must be something about May babies for me!
I am practically giddy! The trainer, Lara, came out today. I liked her immediately. She has a relaxed, easy going way about her. Since this was a first session, she wanted to find holes in Bella's training. Just as I suspected, she thinks Bella's history of being broke at age two really meant she was 'cowboyed' at age two.
She spent a lot of time with Bella slowly gaining trust and taking her time. She lunged both ways, let the mare sniff all her gear, rubbed Bella with the saddle pad all over (a bit jumpy with her butt and back legs), saddling her up, more lunging, and even got to the point of draping her belly across the saddle (but not swinging a leg over). Our hour long session was almost two hours! They ended on a good note. Bella just stood there when Lara removed her halter.
Lara liked her, said she is smart and responsive, and thinks she'll be a good mount in no time. She agreed that Bella just needs time under saddle and to be reassured along the way.