Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Vote for Quick Study NDF!

There is a cute foal contest going on at Equine Legal Solutions. Please vote for Pants. He is listed as Quick Study NDF (his registered name). This is his photo.


http://www.equinelegalsolutions.com/2011foalcontestvoting.html

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Pictures of the weekend

Pant's is getting so big! He can look over the top fence rail now

Riding Tarra's boy Mystic. This is one lovely 3 year old! She does a great job starting young horses. 

Gator Dude-my lesson pony :)

The final indetermediate ride at Inavale.

Hoof photos

Pictures of Roz's feet taken after his last shoeing....



Hoof pictures after getting his "nikes" on


I think you can see that he has shorter toes and his feet are more upright. He seems to be doing well on them. We will give riding a try late next week. 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dancing Shoes

I hauled Roz back in to OSU today for an appointment with a corrective farrier. The vet showed him the xrays and discussed what they need to do for his feet. There were 4 things she described in his discharge report which I don't currently have in front of me...so sorry for the poor explanation/descriptions.

1) Fix his hoof angles so that the angle of his feet and the angle of his pastern match. Previously his feet were more sloped than his pastern and you could see how the bones in his foot and lower leg do not line up  straight.

2) Raise his heel! His poor heel bulbs basically sit on the ground. This is going to be achieved right now by using wedge pads.

3) Shorten and roll his toe to make for an easier break over. On the xrays you could see that there was room to shorten his toe.

4) Finally, she wanted to increase the weight bearing surface of his hoof. One way we are doing that is by putting pads on him and having his hoof packed underneath. His shoes are also out just a tiny bit past the end of his heel.

How many people get to take their horse to work with them?! I must say it has been fun to have Roz tag along with me this week. There are so many things I love about this horse. One thing is the fact that he is such a good traveler. He nickered at me when I got out of the truck this morning, charged in to the barn for breakfast, and then almost trotted out to the trailer.  It is a requirement for my horses to load and haul well since I frequently have to take them places on my own. It's so nice to not have to worry how long it will take to get them in, or if they are going to come flying out backwards when you reach your destination.

Another thing I love about him is how good he is! Many people at OSU commented on how well behaved he was and what great horse he was to use for teaching purposes. I didn't get to be there for much of his shoeing today but he was standing quietly just chilling, with a large group of people around him. It's also adorable that he nickers very enthusiastically when I come say "hi" to him. Monday I took my morning break and went down to visit him. I cam around the corner and said something to him and he nickered up a storm. One of the techs came out of the room next door and said "that was SO cute." I commented that he is just a talker and she said he had been silent all morning. I think he was happy to know I hadn't forgotten about him. :)

I am really hopeful that the shoeing will work. His feet look really good to me. I snapped a few pictures but am house sitting right now so I am away from my computer. I will post pictures of his new feet this weekend. Now the plan is to give him a week to adjust to all of the changes. He is getting bute over the next 5 days or so. Next Thursday or Friday I will take him down to the arena to see what he looks like.

I am heading out to Inavale Farm's Horse Trial this weekend and am hoping to shop for a few things for Roz. I want to get him a new pair of pull on bell boots took keep his new "nike" shoes on and I am also thinking about buying him a new bit.

I also had a lesson on Gator Dude last night. I definitely feel like I am getting stronger and more skilled. We worked on a lot of lateral movements again. It's a challenge for me to get my body in the right place. I can get my inside leg but then I forget the outside one...when I fix the outside leg my inside leg quits working. It's a constant challenge to keep everything together but I am getting better at it. We had a few really nice steps of half pass left were I really feel like we "got it." So many people talk about dressage being boring but honestly they have no idea. It is so much more than just being able to walk, trot, and canter with your horse on autopilot. I have done that and is doesn't even compare!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Answer?

Roz went in to OSU today for his lameness exam. I lunged him on Saturday and he looked pretty decent. I had already decided that he was going in regardless so off to work we both went today. We got there and got his weight at 1160lbs. I left him happily eating in his stall while I went off to work. I went to check on him around 10:30 and he nickered so happily to see me. One of the techs came out and told me he had been totally quiet all morning until I came to see him. I love that boy. :)

They started his appointment off by just looking him over. They palpated his legs and used the hoof testers on him. We then moved outside for them to watch him move. Trotting in a straight line he looked pretty good and the vet remarked that if she saw him in the show ring like that she wouldn't kick him out. Once he was on the lunge line he did begin to look off. They opted to start using nerve blocks to narrow down where it might be. After blocking his right front foot he looked quite a bit better to the right but actually a little worse to the left. They then blocked the left front and he went back to looking worse on the right front. At that point they blocked a little higher on his right front with very little difference. They ended up doing flexions on all 4 legs. He didn't have any real issues with the flexions.

They moved on to radiographs of his feet. On his right front he has a lesion on his navicular bone. His left front navicular bone looks great. They also noticed that the bones in both front feet are not lined up quite right. We are going to try corrective shoeing to shorten up his toe and get his heels off the ground. Hopefully that will work and we will get him sound again and ready to work. Yah!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Eye for lameness?

Roz appears to be getting better! I have video of him 1+ week ago and then of him yesterday. Neither set of video is great but what do you guys think? I definitely think he is getting better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ci_wEClfAE&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

Today I got to ride Tarra's horse, Mystic. He is an adorable 3 year old gypsy vanner. He was so fun to ride! You can't help but smile when you watch him go. He is now solid walk, trot, canter and is really easy to ride. Tarra has done a great job getting him going.


Friday, June 10, 2011

Pictures

A handful of the great shots my friend Erica got of Roz and I. 











 On a very cute note, I heard that Roxanne was grooming Pants on his withers looking very content while he was happily working on her knees! How sweet is that!? 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wow...

It has been a long time since I have posted. Things have been busy around here. One of my friends did a photo shoot of Roz and I on Saturday and I am looking forward to viewing the photos. Of course I will post a few here. :) We took him up to the forest near his house and I enjoyed the time spent with both of them. I also trotted him on the blacktop and he looked pretty decent. His first few steps were most off but after that he didn't look bad. I am hopeful that we will be able to figure out what to do with him at his appointment.

In other news, I ordered a new pair of clippers from SmartPak a couple of weeks ago. I wanted a medium sized pair of clippers for doing a trace clip on Roz and for shaving my dog once a year. I have the big Oster ones which cut GREAT but they are big and the side vent blows little pieces of hair all over. It's very annoying. I also have a pair of the Wahl Stable Pro's. They are okay but really best suited for very small jobs. I used them last year for my dog and it took me 3 hours!

Shortly after ordering my clippers SmartPak had a Memorial Day sale. Of course I wrote to them to see if they would honor their sale price on my order...and they said yes! I have always been so pleased with their customer service and really appreciate them applying the discount. Then, my clippers came a day earlier than expected so I was able to clip Annie over the weekend rather than waiting until Monday. I think she turned out very cute.

I had a great lesson on Gator tonight! It’s been really nice to be able to ride him a day or two a week in between my lessons so that I can practice the things that we are working on in our lessons. It is so nice to finally be moving beyond just working on the walk, trot, and canter….over and over again. J Of course we do work on that stuff too, but we have also been working on other things. Tonight was so much fun as things are really starting to fall into place. I am getting better at correcting problems as they come up and continuing to ride the whole time.

We started the lesson with leg yielding at the walk. Once I had him moving well of off each leg we moved up to the trot. Starting with the leg yielding already had his inside hind leg engaged and stepping so the trot work was good right from the start. We continued our leg yielding at the trot with me working to keep his neck straight instead of him being over bent to the inside and popping his shoulder out. I corrected this by using a small amount of counter bend to straighten him back out and to keep him stepping over.

 We then worked on travers at the walk. It took a little time for me to figure out where I needed to be sitting. I started out holding too much on my outside rein so Gator wasn’t able to bend around my inside leg the way he needed to. Once I was able to release the outside rein and sit in the correct spot this got easier for me. We then continued on in the sitting trot to riding travers on the diagonal line with his shoulders point towards whatever corner letter we were coming to.  We set it up by doing a 10 meter circle in the corner before the diagonal to establish our inside bend and haunches in. Once on the diagonal line I just had to keep what we already set up. Once we got to this point we were doing half pass! Mary explained that in thinking of half pass this way you will always have enough bend and the shoulders will always be leading, keeping you from just leg yielding along the diagonal. This really makes sense to me. The lateral work really makes me have to think about where I am sitting and how my body is positioned to get where we need to be.

We did a couple of walk to canter transitions and worked on canter lengthening and collection. Another big thing we worked on at the canter was straightness and me keeping him down and round on my outside rein. We played around with flying changes too.  I am looking forward to my next ride on him Saturday. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June 20th

I have scheduled a lameness exam for Roz on June 20th. Maybe he will be better by then....but if not at least we will hopefully get some answers.