Monday, November 7, 2011

Improvements

I rode all three horses today - it was a beautiful day in the 50sF with almost no wind and we're supposed to have a lot of rain starting tonight.  Dawn and I continued her lateral work at the walk; she was great - focussed and responsive.  She's getting a trim tomorrow, and assuming she doesn't have any soreness from that, we should be back to trotting shortly.

Drifter continued to show me how good he's feeling by trying on some stuff on the ground - there was one attempt to nip and some pawing while I was asking him to back in hand (both of which got immediate corrections), but we worked through it.  Our goal today was to work over some poles to strengthen his hind end and also have him really lengthen the walk, and if he felt very good, to try a bit of trot in short, straight sections.  We did all of that - and when I asked him to trot there was no resistance or balking, which I also take to mean that he's feeling good again.  And the trot was pretty good too - he was a bit tentative at first but there was no unsoundness.

Pie did well too - we had the same exercise agenda as Drifter, but I wasn't going to trot him yet.  Before I got on, we did the turning test and this time he crossed over a little bit immediately in both directions, which is a big improvement even over yesterday.  And he was able to back straight under saddle without a lot of support with my left leg, which was also a big improvement.  After our short session of arena work, we took a little trail excursion, which he seemed to enjoy.

Drifter and Pie are getting trims tomorrow, too - I had deferred that for a week to allow them to complete their Oroquin-10 treatment.  Pie particularly had a lot of trouble holding his feet up for the farrier last time, and it'll be interesting to see how they both do this time.

I'm encouraged . . .

11 comments:

  1. Kate, what good sessions with all three horses! I'm glad you've seen some improvements in both Drifter and Pie- that sounds very encouraging. It is interesting to follow their progress, and I hope they both continue to get better. And Dawn continues to make lots of progress in general- she is amazing the more you work with her.

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  2. All of that is encouraging and just great news!

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  3. It sounds like you had three great rides.
    Good luck for tomorrow.

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  4. Once again, some very encouraging news. Pie and Drift seem to be making good progress. I'm keeping positive thoughts for both of them.

    And Dawn...who woulda thunk? I remember when you first started riding her and found her such a difficult ride.

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  5. Great news. It will be interesting to see how it goes for the farrier.

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  6. I'm ecouraged, too. It sounds like all your horses are on the mend. Looking forward to the update on the farrier appt.

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  7. This all sounds wonderful. I'd be encouraged too, I think they're coming around. So glad for you all.

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  8. Kate it is lovely to hear the weatrher has been kind to you and you are getting positive rides. Glad to hear Drifter and Pie are on the improve ...all the best for the blacksmith visit tomorrow

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  9. My Oberon pawed at me after some ground work after I backed him up. He pawed two different times! And to think if he had only known I had been about to quit. But, we put in a bit more time. I couldn't believe he sowed me attitude as he can be a sweet boy most of the time. But he is only six. I never ebpven knew what pawing meant until a couple of weeks ago... I might have thought this was "cute".

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  10. I'm just catching up on what's happening with you, and I'm so glad that Drifter and Pie are feeling better. I'm going to read your EPM info since I really ought to be more aware of it. I haven't seen any opossums in our woods, but I'm sure that they are out there somewhere. There's always something else to learn about horse health, but you really should have been a vet! Thanks for all your great information. Hope the horses continue to improve and you're back to normal soon!

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