Not sure if I have updated you all on the barn situation. The BO's of my current barn are telling me that Rodeo is due for his shots that he got 5months ago. He is UTD on everything, and they are telling me that if I dont get them updated that I have to move him. I tried explaining everything to her, and it became apparent to me that she just wanted me out. So I got a hold of the new barn BO, and was asking if the barn would be ready tomorrow, as she said it would be ready on Aug 1st. Well low and behold its not ready. So I had to make a decision and FAST! Got a friend to trailer Rodeo and shortly after he is in my backyard. He trailed great! Walked right on without any hesitation what so ever, it was great to see! Unloaded perfectly, and is doing great out there! Luckily my back yard is the size or close to the size of one of his paddocks at my friend's barn, and they have a good 4+ horses o
Went to the barn today, talked to a few people out there and we were all going to go for a short ride. I got there earlier than anyone else, so I had a good bit of time to get him ready. Once I walked into the barn, I could tell something wasnt right, he was anxious, and nervous and wasnt his calm self. But I decided to work with him anyway. I went in, groomed him, threw the saddle on, and he started getting really antsy, and started to spook with the saddle on. Of course I had just literally throw it on, so I grabbed it before he threw it in his dirty stall, and called it a no ride day. Put my tack away, and went and got him and lunged him for about 10-15min. He was full of it, you could just tell, had a few head tosses, grunts, ect, ect. He calmed down after but still wasnt quite himself. I know horses have their off days, but he has never been like this before.
Also, no word on how the new barn is going, havent been able to get a hold of the woman that was going through with everything, so Ill be bringing him home most likely sometime next week.
Im sure as you have all noticed that I havent been going out to the barn as much lately. Besides this intense heat, I have no money. :) No biggie, I have everything that I need, just wish I had more so I could go out there everyday as I normally would.
But anyways, I did go out and see Rodeo today. And once again, it was awfully hot! My hubby came out with me, and after a quick check over, I decided to groom Rodeo. Next thing I know, Im covered in dirt and dust, and my hubby is holding Rodeo and there I am braiding his mane!! Haha, funny how things can go from one thing to the next without you even meaning to start them! I do have to say though, this was probably one of the best braids Ive done on Rodeo's mane in quite some time, and I was quite pleased with both myself and him!
Gonna bring 3 kids out there this coming week, that should be fun. Ill have to make sure to take lots of pics, Rodeo does love kids!!!
Havent been out to the barn in quite some time. Been a lot going on lately. But I finally went out today, kind of pathetic considering I had the past three days off, but oh well nothing can be done about it now. I ended up deworming, and giving Rodeo some Vitamin A. I have no idea when the last time he was wormed due to the BO not being able to tell me, and I figured why not give him some Vitamin A since he is only getting out at night.
But anyways, I tacked him up Western, which I havent done in some time, and my saddle was covered in dust!! But he was great. Had a little issue with getting on him, was a little antsy so I worked with disengaging his hindquarters and then he stood willingly for mounting. Had him walk down the arena a little and took him out and hit the trails. I rode him over to the trainers next door by himself, and he was great, didnt neigh or holler once, and he was just really good! Turned around and came back, and I decided to have him trot a little bit, and it felt great! Got back to the barn, untacked him, and hosed him off. Couldnt have asked for a better ride considering the circumstances!
Since it was so much cooler today, I figured that it would be the perfect day to hop on Rodeo. I believe its been about 2 weeks or so since Ive ridden him. To be honest, although I feel as if its a little bit inconsistent, Im not too concerned that I havent been on in 2 weeks. For one, he is still very young, and two, its been WAYYY too hot out to even think about doing anything at the barn!
But anyways, he was great! Tacked up no problem, got on no problem, he was great! We even trotted a little bit, which we will be doing more and more. But I couldnt have been any happier with him! I think he looks a little wormy, not sure when the BO wormed him, as I cant get them to tell me, so I will be worming him myself on Tuesday. I have 3 days off in a row this week, so if the weather stays nice I will be out there hopefully all three days.
I love my horse, have always loved horses but today and lately to be honest, I just havent been into it. I dont know if its the fact that the barn is shutting down or what, but I have no desire to go out there, at all right now. So today since it was so much cooler than it has been, I was going to work on his feet some more, but the BO was doing work and Rodeo had been inside the past two days, so the combo just wasnt going to work. So I lunged him a little bit, and then called it a day. I was only out there for a total or about 45min, so nothing too strenuous what so ever. I did however go and look at a new barn that I think I would like to keep Rodeo at, so we will see how things go from here. Still havent ridden him, I think its been about two weeks or so now, but to be honest Im really not too concerned about it, for one its been wayyy too hot! And two, hes still a baby, no need to go 100% all of the time!
Started trimming Rodeo's feet today, and I completely forgot just how much work farrier work is. Doing it everyday back in 2010 for 9months straight, you had to get used to it, and fast, but since then I havent done any horses, and have lost all that memory and stamina of being able to trim a horse. So I started off with just knifing all four feet, and then just finished one foot completely off with the rasp. I was exhausted! Besides the obvious strain of trimming, the heat was awful!
Rodeo was great though! Didnt have a single issue with him, he willingly lifted all his feet for me, and willingly let me hold them up for as long as I needed to, which to be honest wasnt long, but it was just enough to get the work done, and just enough so he wasnt tired and fighting me for his feet back! I feel great about this whole thing to be honest!
I went to school for Equine Science, and while there, I took 9months of Farrier. While not a lot of time, I was there long enough to really get the hang of trimming feet, and to be honest I really enjoyed it! I didnt go into it like others did, I stopped before I got to shoeing. Didnt have a desire to go any further than just the basic trim. Well with the scheduling and rescheduling of the farrier lately has made up my mind for me. I will start trimming Rodeo's hooves myself. Besides the fact that he was a good month overdue, $40 a trim every 6 weeks adds up.
So I started working with him today. As many of you know, Rodeo has mainly 2 issues. Bath time, and farrier/vet time. I started getting into farrier position on every foot today. He did great on all feet except his front right. He would rip it from me, and just really fight me for it. So every time he would rip it from me, I would lunge him and make him work. Stop him try it again, and so on and so fourth. He ended up throwing a kick at me at one point, and it started to get pretty intense as far as I was asking more and more of him, but nothing that he couldnt handle. By the time everything was said and done, I was successfully able to pick up each foot, and get into every farrier position with no issues what so ever! Looking forward to starting this new adventure with him! I think it will make us closer if we surpass this little issue that he has.
Will be trimming next time I go out, weather permitting, its been awfully hot down here!
I want Rodeo to be as versatile as possible, and he seems to like switching things up to be honest. So I tacked him up in the English saddle. We did more arena work than anything. Just worked on staying on the rail and changing directions and what not. We even got some trot work in as well, which was great! After that we went out on a little trail ride, and Rodeo did amazing! Didnt holler or neigh once, and he was forward and didnt stop or question where I wanted him to go. He's just an outstanding horse!! I had this thought the other day of putting him into the lesson program when he gets older, but Im just toying with the idea. I know he loves kids, but I want to be able to ride my horse as much as I want at the same time, so we will see what happens with that. Wish I had brought the camera out today though, hes looking outstanding! Planning on taking him for another ride tomorrow morning. Farrier comes out, and I would like to get some energy out of Rodeo before we get his feet done.