I decided that it has been too long since I last worked Rodeo with the tarp, and I figured it would be the perfect thing to do since he is still a little tender. I took him out to the arena, laid out the tarp, and had too poles on either end laying flat. It was really breezy today, and I didnt want the tarp blowing around. I walked him up to it, then walked across it. He stopped sniffed it, and then walked right over it like he has done it before, which he has of course! So we went back to the car, and put it away, then returned to the arena. Hes getting so big! I wrapped the rope around the fence, and just let him stand there for a few. I was just astonished at how big he was getting. I also noticed that he seems to have a HUGE head!! LOL. After I did some groundwork with him I brought him back to his stall and did some carrot stretches with the mints. I saw something up on the board at the barn today about barrel races, Im hoping there are some th
Went out to see Rodeo today. Ill be able to go out there today, tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday with my schedule, and I am beyond excited!!! Went out to see him today, and the instant I got him out, I picked up that something was ouchy! Took me a while to figure out which foot, but it appears the farrier didnt leave enough wall for him to walk on, and that he is walking more on his sole than anything. Bummer! I was hoping we were going to stop having farrier issues! Luckily, the farrier is coming out Oct 12th, so maybe I can have him look into it a little bit. All in all, I finally figured out that it was his right front, or his white hoof in front. That was the first foot the farrier did,so maybe it was like the experiment hoof, who knows. Hoping that he gets over the tenderness pretty fast. Weird thing is though, it went away
All I can say is, this farrier is the best I have dealt with by far! He was quick, effective, and told me what he plans to have his feet looking in the future, and what he wants to do next trim! I am very happy! Rodeo did great the first foot, second, not so much, so the farrier put a twitch on Rodeo, and he did great the rest of the time. I am more than pleased, and look forward to the next farrier appointment. I meant to ask him a few more questions, but didnt get the chance. I also asked the farrier how tall he thought Rodeo will get, and he said he thinks big.....14.3hh- 15.0hh is big for a horse where I am at. Anything bigger is considered enormous!!! LOL Anyways, he measured from his coronet band to the middle of his knee, and it measured 15.3hh. Therefore, according to the theory on this, Rodeo should mature at 15.3hh. We'll see if he gets that big. Farrier also asked me if I wanted another yearling, I so badly wanted to say yes, but as I looked to my side, I saw my husband giving me the stink eye, and had to
As Im sure you've figured it out I have been going to the barn every other day. Gas is so expensive, and with Rodeo being 20-25miles away, it takes its toll on the wallet! So every other day for know. We are actually working on getting some property to keep him on. This will save us some money! Board is $385 at the moment, which is cheap for the area, but at the same time. Thats $100 more than what board was in WV. SO if we can get some property, we can keep him, and a friend there and just pay for what we have to have.
Rodeo was good today! Worked on the lungeing for a few minutes, took him in the barn, groomed him, picked his feet, did some carrot stretches, and called it a day! I put him in a red halter too, which looked GREAT! Ill have to take a pic of him in it sometime! Farrier is supposed to be out at the barn around 9am, so we'll see how that goes :)
Wasnt able to go to the barn today, which is a bummer. But hoping to go tomorrow, since I get off at 1pm....I did hear about Stoner. He is doing well, and coming home today. Apparently, he just had gas colic. Im assuming, he didnt have surgery, and came through everything alright. Which is great to hear!!
Went to the barn today, cars everywhere, and a farrier/vet truck. I was excited because I thought the farrier was there, and Rodeo would be able to get his feet done today. But that wasnt it. I pull in, go into the barn and 5-6 people and a vet are standing around my BO's granddaughter's horse Stoner. Stoner is a very nice horse! He has won state here for barrels a few years in a row with his owner Jesse. Jesse is the first person I met, besides the BO, at the new barn here in NC. She is in love with Rodeo, and all the horses there really. But Stoner is her baby, she has had him since he was a yearling, or a two year old, and he is now 7-9years old. They have accomplished a ton together! Well, he has colic, and has had it all morning, vet said it didnt appear to be impaction colic, seemed to be gas colic, or a twisted gut that he couldnt get out. He was trailed to the clinic, and I was told he might have to have surgery that could cost at least $7,000. Please send prayers out to Stoner and Jesse, as this is her baby, and I could not imagine what she is going through right now!!!!
As for Rodeo, he was in his stall, neighing once he saw me.Since there was so much commotion going on in the barn, I decided to just groom him in his stall. I usually dont do this, due to he wants to move around all the time, and hes just better out of his stall for the most part, not that he is bad, or has bad manners, hes just not as good. Well, today he was GREAT!! Couldnt have been better, I threw the lead rope onto the edge of the stall, and he literally just stood like a statue the entire time. I curried him, hard brushed him, picked his feet, brushed his tail, and put sun block on him, he was fantastic! Once the commotion settled down, I went out into the barn, and I worked on picking his feet, because if possible, I would really like to keep the drama down when the farrier comes! Keep an eye on this blog, Ill try to update you on Stoner as I know :)
Went out early today! Got off of work 2 hours early, so I took the chance and went to the barn as fast as I could. Rodeo was out in the pasture. I went out got him, brought him back, show sheened his mane a bit, combed it, braided it. I then groomed him, picked all his feet, fly sprayed him, threw on a fly mask due to getting sunburn, and the flies, and turned him back out. It was a nice relaxing day!
Here is a picture of his mane all nice and braided!
Here is a pic of him with his fly mask
And I wanted to take a picture of the love of his life, at the moment...Princess
Bummed out big time! Wont be able to get to the barn today due to hubby having the car at work. Luckily, I get off at 1pm tomorrow, so Ill be at the barn the second I can!! Really hoping to braid Rodeo's mane, its getting sooo long, but I dont want to cut, or pull it.
Heres a pic of Rodeo with his bridle, took me a while to get it on here.
Wasnt able to go to the barn to see Rodeo yesterday. Work is killing my time with Rodeo!!! But anyways, went out early today, was there a little after 3pm.....as I drove down the driveway to the barn, Rodeo and "his" Princess were out in the pasture. He saw my car, so I rolled down the window and said his name, and he popped his head up instantly and ran over to the gate. I parked the car, went and got him, and he was all excited!! He had his head hanging over the fence as I went up to get him. I went and groomed him. His feet need to be trimmed!!!! Desperately hoping the farrier is coming out soon. He is on a six week program, and was due for another trim just last week, but after the horrid trim he got six weeks ago, his feet want a good trim bad!! They flare a little bit as it is, but with the combo of softer ground, a horrid trim, and a week longer to grow, they are taking full advantage of it!!! Planning on getting before and after pics of the trim too.
But Rodeo was good! He stepped on my foot as I was grooming him, but he learned not to do it again pretty fast. I turned him back out, and he stood there at the gate with his head over it watching me the entire time as I went back to the car. I was praying that he wasnt going to attempt to jump it like he did in the arena. But luckily he didnt!!
Success!!! I am so proud of both of us! I went out to the barn the work, and perfect loungeing. Its still not perfect, but I got him going to the left. So I cant complain. He did great! I couldnt be any happier with him. I got him a candy apple today at the store, and I brought it to him. He bit into it, but spit it out. He is so picky when it comes to some things. He just loves his peppermints! Im starting to run out of things for us to work on. Loungeing isnt something I want to work on a whole lot, if any more. I do know that I will have to work on it a little bit every time I go out there, and want to work him know, due to I really dont trust