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Saturday, 12 May 2012

Thrush





Here is Pics of Hurc's feet. His feet are getting better than they were but the farrier thinks maybe two years to get the shape corrected. As for the pic of his sole, he has the most persistent case of thrush. Its very irritating. He is treated with thrush buster daily, but it has little effect. His turnout paddock has dried out. 

Unfortunately Hurc is also lame again. Grrr. I doubt its related to the thrush because I've had thrush problems since the last time the vet saw him, but I could be wrong. The vet is coming on Wednesday. 

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Blankets

The best blanket I have ever seen on a horse. :)


And Icha looking so cute. 


Monday, 23 April 2012

Sunshine and Riding Outside

Finally winter is over. Except for the few snow banks here and there. Those don't count however not when the temperature  hits 19'C outside.

I've being celebrating this weather by finally being able to start riding Icha again. I think I might have to try and afford keeping him at Hurc's barn so I can use the indoor next year. He started off very nice. He will frame up and come round although the topline muscles aren't quite there yet so he will throw in a few objections now and again. We actually had some beautiful canter walk transitions today that were very prompt.

Yesterday I took Ichabod down the side of the road for a while. We didn't go very far because trail riding alone makes me nervous. Especially in an area where there is a lot of cars. He is boarded in a sub division. He got very excited over a cat of all things. He saw the cat go into the bushes and watched  the bushes very intently for the rest of the ride.

I've had a few lessons on Hurc recently. They went well. We are immediately walking him and enforcing the round on the bit frame if he looses it at the trot or canter. He will always go onto the bit at the walk. Then as soon as he has the frame it is half-halt and trot again keeping the frame. He tends to lose the frame whenever his thoroughbred mind goes wandering off because he has heard a noise. His back inverts, his head goes high, and he will try and ignore my half-halt; so we walk. My last ride though actually didn't require any of these walk transitions. He was with me and with my leg.

He still starts off with that funny bridle lameness thing, but by the end of the ride and he is very supple be feels 100 percent sound. His hoof angles have been corrected as much as we can for the time being. My farrier thinks it could take possible two years to really get them as perfect as they can be. I ride many shoulders in and haunches in to strengthen and supple him. I guess only time will tell. I will be interested to see how much better it can be with a few more months of daily riding.

Speaking of daily riding thats not going to happen until May. I am going away with my family for a week to Mexico. I am already missing riding and my horses and I have not even left yet. I think most people would say I'm crazy after all it is only a week.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Update

Just when I thought the weather would improve to the point that I could ride outside, it snowed again. It snowed hard and now its slowly melting making a mud mess every where. I'm so anxious to get out and ride Ichabod. He is boarded out where I can't ride him in the winter because there is no indoor. Also it would be nice to get Turkey out of the indoor arena for a change of scenery.

Ichabod was a bit of an embarrassment for behaving for the farrier. He'd been in a stall all night so he was very antsy as he is used to being outdoors 24/7. He wasn't mean or anything of course, just irritating with his game of pulling his foot away. It's a pet peeve of mine to have horses that aren't perfect for the farrier.

I had an excellent lesson on Turkey yesterday. It's been far too long since my last one. The biggest thing my coach stressed was to make sure that the halfhalt is followed through every single time by my horse. Also to remember to ask for that half halt with my seat when I soften the rein as a reward and he begins to rush through. By the end we had the best canter I've ever felt on him. His hind end is strengthening, and he moves more correctly then he has in the past. On another exciting note it has been quite a while since he has given any inclination that he wants to buck or bolt.  I'm sure I have a few more bucks in his future but for every step backwards there are two steps forward.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

The Icelandic Horse and Equitrekking

Some day I will have to go Equitrekking. Earlier today I found this website and just got so excited. Any riding holiday would definitely be my cup of tea. I'm not a go on vacation just to laze on the beach kind of person. I got particularly interested in learning about the icelandic horse. 

Equine diseases are rare in Iceland. This is partly due to the fact that horses are not allowed to be imported into the country. Also, once an Icelandic horse is exported out of the country they are not allowed to return. So you won't be seeing any horses from Iceland competing outside the country, unless of course the owner plans to never have their horse in Iceland again. Some of these horses are pony sized but they are still firmly classified as horses according to the Icelandic Horse Association. 

This breed is known for being hardy and is still used for work on the farm as well as for showing and pleasure riding. An Icelandic mare living in Denmark even reached the ripe old age of 56!

When I think of gaited horses this breed has never come to mind. Yet, these Icelandic horses have four gaits and some have a fifth. Here's a video from Equitrekking (I like that name) which shows one of the Icelandic horse's extra gaits the tolt. 






Sunday, 11 March 2012

BUCK

"Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see" - Buck Brannaman


Wow. I watched this documentary simply because I was bored and there was nothing else on Netflix that I wanted to see. I'm so glad I saw it. My initial opinion was that it was going to be one of those awful how to apply natural horsemanship tricks without actually understanding how to train a horse video. It wasn't like that at all. 


The documentary was more of a biography of Buck's life. It explained about an abusive childhood until he was put into foster care with an excellent family. The film won awards at the Sundance film festival. Here is the trailer. 






Overall what is stressed is the responsibility of the horse owner to care for a train their horse properly. A horse doesn't deserve to be ruined. One of the most powerful moments in this film is seeing the psychological issues one stallion in particular had. This damage just could not be fixed. I was angry at the owner of this stallion because this horse's problems were created by her. 


Here is the link for an interview with Buck. 


Check it out on amazon.ca or amazon.com

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Bridle Lameness


I thought this video was pretty brilliant. For me in basically sums up a lot of the problems I have with my OTTB. I currently am spending approximately 20 mins warming up on the lounge line before I ride. Then I have several soft stretches. Then finally I start with the riding lots of shoulders in and haunches in to try and build up his rear muscles. also have learnt a few massage therapy techniques that I've been trying to use several times a week.

It will be nice once I can get outside again to do some hill work. There is far too much snow and ice here to do anything outside at all.