Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Boys Are Back!

I'm delighted to report that both Drifter and Pie seem to be making great progress - it's day 19 of their treatment for EPM.  Drifter was much less nervous today, despite the stiff wind, and we had a great session.  His walk work was very good, loose and relaxed, with nice softening.  So we trotted - and there was no balking, not even a bit - the balk is gone and there were no attempts to trot-a-lope - I expect he was trying to tell me something with the weird behaviors.  At first, his trot was somewhat tentative and a bit lurchy.  We did some straight lines at the trot, with walk around the turns.  And, then, suddenly, Drifter's big trot was back!  Drifter has had an exceptionally fine trot - huge impulsion and lift and the beginnings of extension, and full of fire and brio.  I hadn't felt that trot for a long time, and then, today, it was back in spades!  He really seemed to be enjoying himself - every time I asked for trot, he sprang into it and offered the most amazing, engaged, round trot - it was probably the best trot we'd ever done.  It was almost as if he'd figure out that it no longer felt weird to trot and that it was OK - he seemed relieved and delighted. It was hard not to overdo things - we stopped after about ten minutes of trot work and we didn't do any tight turns, but the boy is back!

Then Pie and I went on a short trail ride with Charisma.  He led most of the way on a loose rein, and his ears were up and he was interesting in, but not alarmed by, what we encountered, including barking, lunging dogs and suddenly appearing school buses.  His walk was swinging and he motored up the small hills without any trouble although he was clearly having to use muscles that were out of use.  He seemed very happy about the whole thing and it was the best trail ride we've had in a long time.  This boy is back too!

And not to neglect Dawn - her tender toes seem to be be better and we had a gentle walk work session in the arena, and she was very good.

It was a very good day with horses . . .

And tomorrow, I'm getting a delivery of another 14 tons of pea gravel for Pie's paddock . . .


21 comments:

  1. Great news - I know you're feeling good this evening :)

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  2. Wonderful news! So happy for the boys and you!! Life is good. :)

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  3. Wow. Reading that post made me a little misty eyed :) How wonderful that Drifter felt that great! His trot sounds magnificent. Such great news on all fronts. You must be on a high after a day like that.

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  4. That's great news, and probably a big relief for you.

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  5. Incredible! I'm thrilled beyond words!

    14 TONS of pea gravel? Whoa, he's going to sink to his knees.

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  6. Breathe - believe it or not, a ton of pea gravel only is about as much as would be needed to fill a bathtub. We put 14 tons in a couple of weeks ago - it covers an area about 12 by 40 feet only about 6 inches deep, in the lowest area of his paddock where the drainage is poor. The next load will cover a similar area, around two sides of his shed for winter loafing.

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  7. What incredibly awesome news about your boys!

    As for tender toes Dawn. I also pulled Bonnie out of shoes and am going the route of barefoot. She's a bit tender as well so I've ordered bioflax 20 from Horsetech. I'll let you know it goes.

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  8. I'm happy that the boys and Dawn are all doing well.

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  9. now this may sound strange but I love pea gravel. All those little stones thatbreallymdo make you think of peas! 14 tons does sound like a lot but I'm not surprised it's not really so much. As for the horses, I am relived each time they make progress. EPM sounds dreadful. Good thing you are so very on top it. It must have been so heartening to have such a good ride. May the progress continue.

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  10. Drifter's trot sounds wonderful! What a great day you had -- so glad they are all sound again.

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  11. Oh wonderful rides for you and your horses. It was lovely to read!!! and I really enjoyed your previous post ...very informative and well written ....happy days

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  12. Great news! So glad all are doing well.

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  13. Glad the boys are doing better! Those trots sound wonderful and sounds like both are happy boys!!! I love happy horses! :-)

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  14. So happy to read this post, it made me smile to hear about Drifter's big trot again.

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  15. What great news! So happy to hear your Boys are in fine form.

    Yea!!

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  16. That is such wonderful news. I can well imagine your relief.

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  17. That's awesome! I'm so glad they are getting better!

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