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        02-03-2010, 01:12 AM
      #21
    Trained
    If Nelson says " Mom, I can only do Dressage" then I am going to become the best DQ out there.

    If Nelson says "Mom, I can only trail ride" then I am going to become the best Trail Rider out there.

    If he says "Mom, I can only be a pasture mate" Then he is going to become the prettiest pasture mate out there.

    Regardless, I'm not giving up on him. Although, I don't think that'll be the case with him since he has improved greatly. He is moving wonderfully at the walk, and tracks up beautifully at the trot - although I didn't trot for very long.

    I am worried about his stall kicking though - something definitely has to be done. I asked if he could come in, eat his dinner and then be put back out and the BO didn't like that idea because he'd be out alone.

    I might have to change stalls around, I don't know - I just might have to find a different barn.

    I can't have him reinjur that leg.
         
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        02-03-2010, 01:16 AM
      #22
    Yearling
    It's so nice to see people stick by their horses. It seems to be such a rare thing to find.

    my BO had a horse break her leg from stall kicking, her stall was on the other side of the tack room and one time she kicked while I was going to get something out of my tack box and nearly gave me a heart attack! The wall shook, I was like HOLY HAY no wonder she broke her leg! She's fine now.....still kicking as they say. I would definitely find another set up for him, if possible.
         
        02-03-2010, 10:21 AM
      #23
    Trained
    Your BO's horse broke her leg by kicking the wall? *feels sick in stomache*
         
        02-04-2010, 12:26 AM
      #24
    Started
    How about putting up a stall mat on the wall for padding till you find a perminent solution?

    I've been to barns were they refuse to let my horse out on extra turnout, because the horse would be alone, or it would be a hassel. I sort of understand if you don't want a horse out alone. My mare will jump the fence to get to her herd mates.

    Maybe you could find another boarded horse (that he gets along with) that would stay out with him?
         
        02-04-2010, 12:31 AM
      #25
    Trained
    Well, we may of found the "solution"

    Tonight while talking with the BO in the isle way, we both caught Nelson in the act again, directed towards the same Pony name Dude. So we figure, he doesn't like the pony.

    So the BO moved the pony out of that stall and swapped him with a mare. After the pony was moved, Nelson quieted *is that even a word?* down and went back to eating his hay.

    The BO said that we'll give this arrangement a couple of days and make a decision.

    She wanted to move Nelson, down to the end of the barn in a stall with no horses around him. I said no way - besides, the pony is her horse, so she can move him since he isn't being paid for by a boarder.
         
        02-04-2010, 12:51 AM
      #26
    Banned
    Knock on wood, that's excellent news!
         
        02-05-2010, 07:13 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MIEventer    
    Your BO's horse broke her leg by kicking the wall? *feels sick in stomache*
    Yes. Sorry, I didn't want to make you more nervous

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MIEventer    
    Well, we may of found the "solution"

    Tonight while talking with the BO in the isle way, we both caught Nelson in the act again, directed towards the same Pony name Dude. So we figure, he doesn't like the pony.

    So the BO moved the pony out of that stall and swapped him with a mare. After the pony was moved, Nelson quieted *is that even a word?* down and went back to eating his hay.

    The BO said that we'll give this arrangement a couple of days and make a decision.

    She wanted to move Nelson, down to the end of the barn in a stall with no horses around him. I said no way - besides, the pony is her horse, so she can move him since he isn't being paid for by a boarder.
    That could very well be the problem, at one of my old barns they tried to convince me my mare was a stall kicker, but really she just HATED the horse next to her. She never kicked any other wall but the one he was behind...and hasn't kicked since we moved her. She's very much the boss mare, too..so if your guy is like that I wouldn't be surprised at all if he just didn't get along with that pony. Good luck with everything, please keep us updated!
         
        02-08-2010, 04:36 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    Quote:
    And if that means me giving up my Eventing, to ensure that he is well kept and taken care of, then so be it.

    Wow. You must really have true faith in Nelson, which is a good thing becuase I don't come across it very often. What you are doing for him is great, keep thinking positive, and don't give up on him yet.

    Hugs. (:
         
        02-08-2010, 10:39 PM
      #29
    Started
    Just wanted to say, I'm so happy that Nelson is making so much progress and that you guys will adapt, and do whatever he's capable of doing. Not that I ever though you'd do otherwise. :]
         
        02-08-2010, 10:53 PM
      #30
    Trained
    Thanks Gillian! Nelson has been hit with alot in the month of January, the poor guy.
         

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