Thanks everyone! I am going to check for an ulcer. I actually have a friend that was just showing me how to check, bc her horse had one! I'll try cutting grain after talking to her vet on Monday. I also think she should be heavier at this moment. The kids ride her around the yard on the weekends, but we dont make her exercise very hard. i'm scarfed to burn too many calories. When I ride her once a week we do a few canters, hills, and backing up, trying to build up muscle. I only do this for about half hour. I I try to do any little exercise I can to try to get every muscle worked out. I dont want her achy though either. I will definitely try the aloe and elm treatment. Sounds interesting! I'd like to try and report back! I'll try picking it up Monday after talking to the vet. I hate saying "the vet".... I would like to thank Dr. Winnie Maset for being so helpful with her so far! And Dr. Henderson for rushing out and helping with her choke! Unsung heros of the world!
NorthernMoma thanks for reading the entire post, lol... Some of these get really long!
I dont know if I have had a chance to update you on her blossoming personality yet, so I will at this time! LOL
She has turned out to be a "loner". She doesnt quite like the company of the other horses, and she will try to stay far off by herself in the corners of the fields, but stays with the herd. When another horse gets close she pins her ears and drops her head, but she is so tiny, they dont care, lol... My gelding just loves her anyway, and he ignores it and cuddles up beside her. He grooms her, even though she hates it! Well, she tries to hate it. She likes it secretly. I can tell because even though she refuses to groom him back her lips wiggle when he gets the itchy part on her neck, lol....
She isnt much of a "people lover" either. You all know the types. When you go in the field there are the horses that come over for hugs and rubs, and then there are ones that just hang back and wait for you, and THEN there are the ones that when you go to them they try to avoid you. That would be her. I only have to step in her path once and she gives up. So I think she secretly likes it too. She doesnt have very good ground manners either. Altho she is very good under saddle. On the group she will push through you, or step on your feet to get where she wants. I am having a very hard teaching her to stop. ALTHOUGH I think it's mainly bc I am babying her. And partly bc I'm the only one here that enforces it, and knows how to do it.
She will test a rider now. She doesnt just plod wherever. I have come to realize my niece is actually a good natural rider. Since Cricket is feeling better she has started doing naughty things with her aboard. She took off in a lope the other day with her on board, and bc it was such a slow gait, and she only did for about 30ft, and bc my niece didnt loose her seat not once. I laughed. She began enjoying it a little. And at this show we took her too, she began to lope without being cued, and she cried again. Neice just needs to get confidence and work on leg and rein cues, but she handles her better than a kid I put on a few weeks ago. Cricket was just going wherever the grass was greener and eating. And the kid was along for the ride. And I say kid, but this girl is 13. LOL....
All in all though. I am glad to see this behavior. Even though it's naughty, I see that she has enough energy to do it. She needs a little fine tuning, and so does the niece, but they are a great match.
Oh and I also stuck a plastic cover over one of her cribbing poles! She was over there huffing tonight. I think it's called coming else.... But she bites on the woods and then blows air through her teeth with her teeth still on the board. I chased her off, and she went away, but the minute I would go to walk away, she'd circle back to her post. So I got aggravated, found a heavy plastic zip type back, and slipped it over it. She stood there staring at it. Hopefully she doesnt realize that she can pull it off. It's only a short term fix at the moment.
Does anyone recommend a cribbing collar btw? I'm sure she has other posts or trees she's using, back on the hillside. So I need something on her. I dont even leave halters on mine, like some people do. I'm always afraid they'll get caught, and I dont like missing hair! I would like something safe and non irritating. Is there anything out there?
Angels are people who can see and feel the pain in all creatures... -myself