We found out the first week that he had a screw that was in his back hoof and had to start him out on penicillin and tetanus shots. My husband was the one who had to give him the shots and of course he related shots to my husband at first. So, right off the horse doesn’t trust him. Then my husband job kept him busy so I took over taking care of Blue Spirit. By that time he was just on the penicillin powder and I mixed it in his feed and feed him out of my hand making sure he got all of the penicillin. It also helped him with the trust issue. At first he would turn his butt to you in the stall when you went to his door. Now, he goes right to the door and greets you. I have been doing a lot of ground work, brushing him down and just handling him. Also, I am getting attached to him. He has the potential to make an extremely nice horse with his beautiful markings and conformation. Still, a little skinny but is common for TWH to fill out when they are around six years old.
Basically, I have starting completely over with him acting as if he didn’t know anything. Teaching him how to lead, tie, load and unload. I have started getting him use to the noise of the clippers and letting it vibrate on his neck and around his ears, it will take some time for him to get use to clippers. I have saddled him up and worked him on the ground work with the saddle on seeing how he responds to it. He seemed to take everything in stride but a little more nervous and insecure then I like for him to be. I just kept taking it slow and tried to build trust between us by getting him to see me as the leader.
We put front shoes on him and he was able to handle it without any problems. We decided to wait on his back shoes, making sure he doesn’t have any problems with the hoof that had a screw in it. After a couple of weeks of ground work my husband decided to ride him in the arena. He did great!! I am not worried about him pacing, he had a nice running walk. An awesome headset and a natural head bob just like we wanted. He is a little skittish but everything is still new for him and it was an extremely windy day.
Well, things never go like you plan. I was doing my daily dangerous routine of cleaning house and dusting when I slid on my hardwood floor and pulled my groin muscle severe enough that I have to lay up for a few days. So, I not only have to miss work from my real job that pays my salary, but I can’t even walk to the barn to work with any of the horses. I am laid up on my couch and hope that I will mend fast and can be back at the barn by the weekend. The weather is suppose to be sunny and in the 40’s on Saturday and possibly in the 50’s by Sunday afternoon. My husband is planning on taking Blue Boy for his first short trail ride. It is going to be terrible for me if I am stuck on this couch and can’t go to see how he does. I also was hoping to ride one of my horses.