Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Outside of Oklahoma City
Thank you guys so much!!! And don't worry, I never did even lope the pattern on him in the grass. Trotting was enough. He was picking up the pattern really nicely. You'd sit down and say easy and he'd whip around that barrel like a pro. I always did slow work with him, and I only worked the pattern once a week, at the most. I was really hoping on one day getting him to the APHA World..
However, his running days are over. He started to get lame, so we had a vet out. Did several nerve blocks up and down his leg, and she sent us to a huuuge vet clinic to have a block done on his shoulder, no help, and when the vet pulled the needle out, he said there was blood in it, which is normaly a sign of arthritis. Okay, that's not bad..one of my best friends has a barrel horse with arthritis and she keeps it in check well. They did xrays on him, and found out at some point in his life, he fractured his left shoulder blade by the joint. It healed well, just wrong. A chip of the bone has slowly grinded away at the joint, causing him pain when he stretches his leg all the way out. The vet told me straight up "his riding days are over"...he's only 7... its not fair :"(
Be wary of the horse with a sense of humour. - Pam Brown