July 3, 2015

help. :(

I’ve never had this issue before, so I’m not 100 percent sure how to go about it. I have a 3 year old, almost four. And this week the mounting process has started to become more difficult. Monday he stepped away from me and let me get on. Same with tuesday. But then Thursday he wouldn’t get close to me at all to let me mount. So I had a friend give me a leg up and Otto took off crow – hopping and bucking before I got my feet in the stirrups. And he wouldn’t stop. It got to a point where I felt safe enough to emergency dismount and so I did. I then lunged him and brought the mounting block over to where he was between me and a wall so he couldn’t move away, and got on and he was fine. Today I put him between me and and jump and he started backing up. So I moved him to a place where he was between me and a wall and if he backed up he would hit the fence. I got on fine and we took a few steps and when I went to go adjust my stirrup he took of again. This time nearly taking us through a wire fence and through a shelter… finally I cranked one rein to stop him. This is brand new, and I don’t want it to turn into a habit. Today I got off and got back on half way through my ride to make sure it was quiet calm and he stood still and he was fine. But It’s scary when he bolts. Now, that being said, I should mention that Otto was abused in his past and he is very over – reactive and very sensitive to the littlest things. Like me getting mad or upset. So I don’t know if him bolting is a side affect of me getting upset that he won’t stand still. He feeds off every emotion and I think he gets very scared when I get upset. When he takes off, I panic a little and I think that makes him want to take off more. He’s never done anything like this before. I’ve had him since february, and will his age he is still learning. Any advice anyone can give me would be extremely appreciated… I’m at a loss and I need help before it gets worse. He lives at my house, and I usually have no one around to help me or watch when I ride.

lame from a trim?

So, the farrier was out the other day. Normally she only does seven horses max, but she added my horse to the list to be done as well. Tess was desperate so I was thankful. I wasn’t able to be present when the farrier was there, but the only comment she made about my mares feet is that they were long. My mare has never been lame in the four years I’ve owned her. After her trim the other day, she is now lame. She was putting very little weight on her left front. Can a trim that is very short cause lamesness? I knew their feet are slightly tender after a trim but its been three days. If she is lame from a trim, what can I do to keep her more comfortable and to help speed the recovery process? I’ve had her on stall rest for a few days and I cold hosed her leg. I guess another horse at the barn had the same thing haooen and he abcessed. What can I do to prevent that? Thanks!

To Clip or Not to Clip?

So, I live in Maine, and the weather here is always changing. I trace clipped my horse back in oct/nov and her hair has basically grown back. The barn she was at was really cold and drafty, so I’m not surprised. I just moved her to a new barn last week, and now when I ride she is really sweaty. She is fairly out of shape, too, so that doesn’t help. But with the length of her coat, her hair wont dry. I’ve heard that you shouldn’t clip a horse any later than feb because you could ruin their summer coat if you do. But I want her to be comfortable while getting her conditioned. What should I do?

Novice level schooling Event.

So, I know its not our best picture with Tess’s Knees uneven and I could have a better release. Mostly it was my fault because neither of us were really fit enough for novice at that time, but going novice that day gave me a better idea of what I need to do for both of us to be fit. But shes really cute in this picture.

Hunter show 2012

Not sure if this will work, but this was from a hunter show last summer. Low working hunter 2’9″. Getting excited for show season this year. Let me know what you think critique both. :) I hope it works.

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