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post #41 of 50 Old 03-20-2013, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Had Jems' hooves done this morning and he said they are close to being back to normal. One more trim should have her where she should be. He did Sugar and Little Man's hooves too, but we still working on Boo to let us pick his feet up so he got skipped today. He will be back out for a regular visit in 6 weeks, but will stop back by when I call about Boo being cooperative and trusting having his feet picked up. I'm at work so I didn't get pics. The wife said they all did great and were perfectly mannered during this visit.

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post #42 of 50 Old 04-01-2013, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Another updated couple of pics on her improving condition.

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She still needs some workouts to build her muscle, but her health is so much better than when she got here. She got the skinny butt.
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post #43 of 50 Old 04-02-2013, 01:44 AM
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So glad there are people out there who do what needs to be done for these animals!
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post #44 of 50 Old 05-01-2013, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thought I would post another couple of updated pics of her just for reference.

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I'm going to start doing some ground work with her as soon as the weather gets decent again. She is good with being saddled and walking around, but as soon as you try to put weight on her back she is ready for flight. I've checked over her really good and its not from soreness, pain or tenderness.
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post #45 of 50 Old 05-01-2013, 09:35 AM
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She is looking so much better! Hope she enjoys her work-outs & becomes a good riding horse.
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post #46 of 50 Old 05-02-2013, 03:19 AM
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She's looking so much better great job with her!

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post #47 of 50 Old 05-02-2013, 06:48 AM Thread Starter
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Got some ground work in with her last evening. Spent a while working on leading and stopping and it didn't take long til she was doing it like she knew it all her life. We were both getting bored so out came the lunge line. Took her a couple of rotations to get the idea and then it was smooth sailing. Worked her for about 10 minutes each direction until she showed some relaxation and picking up on my cues.

I am trying to convince myself to spend the time to transform her into a riding horse instead of a broodmare or pasture pet. Oh and no good post every lasted without pics right?
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post #48 of 50 Old 05-02-2013, 10:04 AM
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she looks so good!
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post #49 of 50 Old 05-02-2013, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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she looks so good!
she's puggy..lol Her veins were definitely popping all along her body after the work out, but got back to normal after I walked her along the perimeter of the pasture to cool her down.

Even though she is atop the ruling throne, she has never been one to come to me or invade my space. I figure a man abused her at some point because she is fine with the females of my home. She actually followed me all over the pasture even after I removed the lunge line. I stopped a couple of times and she stopped about 3 steps behind me then started again once I took my first step. It wasn't until I went through the barn that she finally veered off and went about her own business.

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Forgot to mention that I also worked on her about taking a bit. While leading her around by the lead rope, not the lunge line, I stopped and started rubbing it against her lips softly. When I got no fuss from her about it then I fingered her mouth and gently slid the lead rope in to where a bit would be. She began trying to push it out with her tongue, but did not throw her head around. I would slowly remove it from her mouth and then gently work it back in again. Did this about 10 or 15 times without a single head throw from her and called it a night.

We are suppose to be getting a good rain this evening so I'll just doctor Boo's leg and pack more triple antibiotic/ athlete's foot cream in Trusty's hooves this evening after feeding. Then may work on her taking an actual bridle and bit tomorrow if the weather permits. I'll try to get DW to bring the camera out to get photos of the process with Jems.

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