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post #1 of 8 Old 09-30-2011, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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New Lease Horse! Training and Trail Ideas

I'm sorry if this isn't in the best section.

I am getting a horse in about a month. I'm leasing him over the winter into spring. His name is Levi and he is a 15ish hand grullo QH.

Any suggestions on what to do the first day I bring him home or stories would be great.

Also, he LOVES trails and I'd like to do ACTHA trail with him. He isn't in the best of shape now, no obvious shoulder or butt muscle but is not too bad either. The only problem with getting him in shape is that his shoulders aren't that great and he'll start to limp after awhile. I need to get him in shape but not overwork any of his joints. So obviously no toning or muscle building jumps. (No full out running, not even cantering for too long) Any help on that is greatly appreciated too. We've bonded very quickly over the summer and I can't wait to get him! He is 9 years old this July, so about 9 and a half now. We're boarding him in a boarding and lesson stable right over the hill from my backyard so it's full livery in a stall , but I'll be able to see him all the time.

As for his shoulder, they make popping sounds sometimes, but his chiropractor and vet gave him the ok, and he'll limp after awhile of good running (Limp at a walk or trot-I think he may just do that with the campers though to get out of work)

And he's on a mixture of oats and sweetfeed and we're getting his tack. He's western with a browband, but I'd like to get him in a double ear and neck reining, he has to learn that too.


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Is he on any supplements for his what seems to be joint and shoulder problems? I find it odd that he is only 9 years old is a camper horse and is have such a serious issue.

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post #3 of 8 Old 09-30-2011, 11:32 PM
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That is odd. What IS the problem with his shoulder? I hope you can that figured out. I have wanted to do ACTHA, too, but have no trailer, so am limited there.
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I think you should really look into that shoulder thing, we have a horse that sounds exactly the same...but he's 29 years old, an ex show jumper that has arthiritis as well.
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Is he on any supplements for his what seems to be joint and shoulder problems? I find it odd that he is only 9 years old is a camper horse and is have such a serious issue.
It can be a little intense sometimes. They are used 2-3 hours in the morning and depending on experience it can be walk, trotting, and cantering a little. One week they do trails for hours at a park. Sometimes jumping. And then when we ride since we work there and are morse experienced sometimes it's all out (not me), training at a trot or canter, or trail riding. He was also someone's personal horse before.

It's not very very serious though. As long as your put liniment on and a good hoot bath every once in awhile he's fine, but when someone doesn't for a week or so you can see the pain in his eyes. I wouldn't say it's arthritis though, he was just ridden to much to soon (probably, we don't know) and then just sold off at auction by his old owner.

He also gets source everyday and Bute if needed and bran oil, but I don't know what supplements my new barn will allow yet.
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A horse with caudal heel pain will tighten the muscles all the way up his leg including his shoulder muscles and right up to the poll. The popping usually comes from the tense neck muscles. Because the trapezius muscles are also involved which meet in a v behind the withers, this is mistaken for poor saddle fit.
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A horse with caudal heel pain will tighten the muscles all the way up his leg including his shoulder muscles and right up to the poll. The popping usually comes from the tense neck muscles. Because the trapezius muscles are also involved which meet in a v behind the withers, this is mistaken for poor saddle fit.
His muscles on his legs aren't tense whenever I rub in the Liniment. And his saddle seems to fit fine. He's going to the vet soon again so I'll know exactly what's up in a few days or weeks.
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I forgot to mention he uses Magnetic Boots on his front legs all the time, except for a few hours, for his shoulders and he just got this pad that goes in between the pad and saddle that seem to be helping him.
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