Ignoring the bad, rewarding the good. That is how he works. I do a lot of that. If you do not ignore the bad he'll set up a battle that is very hard to win, the reason so many people have trouble even being around him. And yes, he really prefers to be asked.
Originally Posted by tinyliny
Can I ask how you treated the arthritis? And how was it diagnosed? Xray?
Was this addressed to me?! :s He does not have arthritis. He fractured his ankle and tore a tendon as a yearling, playing with his weaning buddy. I am sure he will have arthritis, but for now its just like my badly sprained ankle. If I jump or run wrong it'll act up for a few days.
As far as a lameness specialist. He has seen two, neither of them really impressed me. However I have got to imagine that if he can trot and canter with very little walking time for an hour down a trail, that trotting in the arena shouldn't be an issue. If he does twist his ankle in the pasture and is sore, he does not get ridden. As much as I don't love the diagnosis that he's been given of "ride him when he's sound" it has actually made a difference.
He has had now 3 sets of x-rays in his life and one ultrasound. They feel that he healed but it is what it is. It will cause him trouble if he twists it in the pasture and they suggested that he not be exersized in deep sand. The vet suggested he wear a SMB for workouts if I'd like some ankle support.