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    04-08-2013, 11:45 AM
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Hey all I have alot of Catching up it looks. I had such a hectic busy weekend.
Work Chores on the ranch 4H pancake Feed. I did get a ride in yesterday.

I think I have figured out I may need to change Cody's bit. He is not listening to the Myler D ring snaffle with Roller at all. I am getting very frustrated with him. He does (ok) at a walk but even at a slow trot he is a Brat. <--- that's a understatement. To me it seems he is grabbing the bit and it will take me turning (one rein stop) to get him to stop. I feel like I am always putting preasure on the bit. He used to be a (school) horse so he tends to be hard mouthed.
:( I just want a trail ride where if my daughter wants to trot the horses we can. With out haveing to worry he is going to take off with me
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    04-08-2013, 12:39 PM
  #7832
Trained
Hi everyone welcome new members
See you around
     
    04-08-2013, 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Roadyy    
Sorry I didn't get on this weekend, but it was a full load.

Corgi, I am truly sorry to hear your father has not waken yet. Your family will stay on my prayer list.

PR, I hope you get a good outcome on your truck repairs and get it back on the road. To touch on something Stan mentioned, in the event the ins. Company does total it(if you had full coverage) you will have first option to buy it back from the ins. Company (in most cases) at a really cheap price then do the repairs on the cheap. I must admit I didn't read all of the updates on this thread and may have missed something on this and if so then I apologize.

CW, good morning and happy trails.



Update on Boo,
We walked every length of fence on the property and could not find the scene of the accident. Then focused on properly caring for his wounds and keeping him as comfortable as possible in the stall. He does not like being stored up at all! Especially when he can't see the others when they go into the big pasture.

Saturday I was doing some yard work in the nook on the back of the house and found the scene of the accident. Apparently the previous owners halfway covered the old septic tank without filling it in and he found the weak lid on it.

Here are a couple pics off my phone and will have a few more pics from the camera later.. I felt so bad about not checking the property out better before turning them out to graze on the grass in the yard.




I have been giving him a betadine bath every afternoon then covering the superficial scraps with corona then wrapping the left hind leg where the rug is gone to the tissue.
I am hoping to get the salve in today that I ordered and start using it on the wound.



Sorry for the novel and I probably should have posted this in the health section.
No, you posted it in the right section over 40 means we have earn't the privilage to talk about anything and its what keeps this thread alive along with the great people. As for the tank lid, that could have happened to anyone living in the country. Same as a fence wire breaking and causing injury. We can't be held to shame if an animal breaks a wire and its a while before we find it. I check my fence regular but some thing always happens just after my go around. My horse Stella had a bad skin issue, I posted on this thread and took on board tips and advice given. In the end I found it was a tick treatment that was causing all of the problems, but it took two summers to sort it out, and the experience of the over 40s.
     
    04-08-2013, 01:11 PM
  #7834
Green Broke
Thanks for the encouragement Stan. I feel like he is determined to be strictly a pasture ornament with all the incidents he has had to full fill his name.

I wished I had downloaded the pics from the camera last night, but it was so late by the time all the chores were done that I had just enough energy to point my body towards the bed in a falling motion after my shower.
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    04-08-2013, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Critter sitter    
hey all I have alot of Catching up it looks. I had such a hectic busy weekend.
Work Chores on the ranch 4H pancake Feed. I did get a ride in yesterday.

I think I have figured out I may need to change Cody's bit. He is not listening to the Myler D ring snaffle with Roller at all. I am getting very frustrated with him. He does (ok) at a walk but even at a slow trot he is a Brat. <--- that's a understatement. To me it seems he is grabbing the bit and it will take me turning (one rein stop) to get him to stop. I feel like I am always putting preasure on the bit. He used to be a (school) horse so he tends to be hard mouthed.
:( I just want a trail ride where if my daughter wants to trot the horses we can. With out haveing to worry he is going to take off with me
I'm using a Myler combination on Bugs and also have used it on Stella.
It has a nose and chin strap, roller and tongue release. Has three rings so pressure can be increased, but I use it with the reins on the cheek ring so little pressure is used. It also has a stopper on the check ring so when pressure is applied it remains soft but if more is required the cheek ring slides around to the stopper and increases the downward preasure which brings in the nose band and chin strap. Very light touch.

Both horses responded well to it. On the photos of Bugs posted yesterday you can see the bit. If you use it on the bottom ring the pressure is increased by enormous amounts and care is needed.
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    04-08-2013, 02:29 PM
  #7836
Green Broke
My DW just sent me the pics from the camera so I'll post a couple here of the worst wound the day after the incident.

     
    04-08-2013, 07:57 PM
  #7837
Yearling
Oh gosh, Roady, that looks terrible. I bet that just makes you sick....best of luck healing those wounds!!!!!
     
    04-08-2013, 11:00 PM
  #7838
Yearling
CW, when are you moving? Good luck with all that. Is your knee feeling better -- and if not, be careful with carrying stuff!

Stan, love love love the pics. Such a good boy is Bugs. I so hope he remains sensible when you put him to the test; his personality and willingness to work for you are just awesome!

Roadyy, I must have missed the post of when Boo got hurt. Those look nasty but hearing what you found at the scene of the accident, it's a wonder he didn't do himself a worse injury. Wow. Also, thank God you were not riding him when he went down, or it could have been so much more tragic. Since I missed the original post of the injury - are tendons and ligaments involved? Or just skinned up?

Lost, love the pictures; glad you found us again!

Corgi, hoping you are eating and resting. Your mare's face seems to say, "Now, what was it you were supposed to do?" and of course to a horse, eating is job #1! So get to it. Hoping you're finding it easier to take care of yourself. I love your husband's encouragement - he sounds like a keeper!

Critter, I wholeheartedly second Stan's advice on the Myler combination bit. I think I have 2 just like he's described. I am 2 1/2 hours from you & you seem a trustworthy lady & I would be happy to discuss sending you one on loan for a trial. It worked GREAT for my young gelding when he was fighting the bit, nose in the air, and couldn't be controlled. I was driving him and then moved to under-saddle work so I had one on each type of bridle. Now we're in a Myler comfort snaffle with hooks and he's retained what he learned in the combination bit. I think if your guy is responsive to a rope halter/nose pressure, you'll find that he becomes much more responsive in this bit. Like Stan said, you have either a feather-light touch or you can adjust for a maximum amount of leverage. The thing I loved about this bit is that if they respond to the reins by lowering their nose, the bit's mouthpiece doesn't engage and they become responsive to reins, even before the bit engages. That translates 100% to the next bit. By borrowing, you can see if it works. If it doesn't, you're not out over $100. If it does, you know what you want. Or, you can graduate back to the bit you're using now. PM me if you're interested!

Hunter, I agree with what you're doing. A trainer to work with the little delinquent (lovingly said) is a great thing; then the trainer can watch you work with him as well. You must accept that he intended to deliver a painful bite, although of course if you were a horse it wouldn't have been such a nasty injury. You're totally correct that he has to accept your leadership and respect you and I think you're giving him the best, fairest chance to succeed. I hope you make him think he is going to die for a few seconds if he even looks at you crossways! When my gelding was 4, I thought I was going to have to get rid of him - I hated that age. I also was told by my trainer that I was moving my feet and body out of his way when *he* moved first into my bubble...that's one of the hardest lessons I had to learn and I still have to remind myself. To this day, when I greet him in the pasture or corral, I'm pointing at his chest to make him back up and then I walk to him. When I put feed in his bucket, he has to step back and can't start eating until I allow him to move toward the bucket. Simple things can make a big difference, so you might have great success with Hunter.

The pictures over the past few days of people in saddles have been great! Love the vistas in Montana and beaches - awesome!
     
    04-09-2013, 01:42 AM
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Roadyy yes the injuries do look like they will be hurting but flark happens. Some of my friends have lost horses on treks, one where the country got the better of the horse, it slipped and ended up down the bottom of a gully in a stream unable to be retreived. Others have had the same type of experience and survived. Don't knock your self around over the accident. The thing now is avoiding infection. I'm sure the horse does not blame you but I'll bet it is looking where it is going now. Good luck with the getting it well again.

Bugs, Today he has energy to spare and ran flat out from one paddock into the next occompanied by a cracking sound. No I was not hanging on for dear life, my two feet were firmly planted on tera firma. But the sound drew my attention to the fence as I thought he had gone over it. I found a fence strainer had broken and the wires had come loose. An accident looking for a place to happen and I only checked the fences a few days ago. More repairs. Horses, just like having kids around, can't take your eyes off of them for a moment.

While writing Bugs is still doing the rounds running from paddock to paddock, He seems to have energy to burn perhaps he did have worms and now he is getting the benefit of his tucker. Think I'll give him back the worms and quiten him down again.
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    04-09-2013, 06:52 AM
  #7840
Green Broke
Ladytrails,
It happened this past Thursday afternoon sometime while I was gone to town. Found him around 6ish staying away from the rest of the herd and I knew something wasn't right. None of the tendons or muscle are damaged and it all appears to be rug damage.

I was hoping to start treating it with the salve I got in yesterday, but my first church board meeting lasted a lot longer than I expected. I didn't get home til nearly 10pm and did not want to pester him that late since DW had already rinsed and treated him earlier. He will get a coat of it this evening and will get a close up pic of the 2 open wounds on the leg..

I hate moving CW and respectfully refuse to offer help doing it..lol I also hope your knee is feeling better for the move without you over doing it.

NM71, it does look bad and I felt bad about leaving them in the yard to graze while I was gone, but, like Stan mentioned, it could have just as easily have happened out in the pasture. If it were going to happen it would not have stopped even if I were home or where ever he/they find a place to get hurt. That is accepted as horse truth.

Corgi, please continue to keep us updated on your father and please, please get some rest and a healthy meal as to keep your strength up.
     

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