Progress Report- and bad some bad news
Progress first- He had his first bath last week, we got him all nice and clean for the first time. I never knew my horse could be so white!
-That same weekend, I found out he could jump =] I took him on a lunge line and had him cross a little creek (he could have stepped through it or even over it if he wanted, but he jumped it!)this made me so happy, cause I wanted to train him to be a jumper
- Finally got him to pick up his feet last month, his feet WOULD have been done weeks ago, but the farrier keeps postponing, its getting frustrating
- WOULD have had him gelded two weeks ago, but the vet sliced his hand open and also postponed, the procedure was put off until this coming tuesday
-the round pen has been moved, it is now nice and even
-i ONLY tie him with a lead rope
-He let me get on him bareback =] he didnt like me getting on, but once I was up there, he went back to eating grass
BAD NEWS ='[
- my mom is starting to tell me that I can't work as an instructor because it Might Not* pay as much as the boring desk job she has for me at her office.
*it all depends on how many lessons I give a week. I could make half as much or 2x as much, but she doesnt want me to take the chance
- He kicked thru a wall in his stall, supposedly playing with his Jolly Ball. He tore a decent chunk of flesh away from his gaskin, you can almost see bone. The barn owner/my boss (who was a vet tech for most of her life to this point) says it looks worse than it is, and as long as we keep it clean and medicated, it should heal fine. No bones were broken, no arteries severed. She said it would take a month to close up, but im not sure if she said that to make me feel better or what. A vet vet is coming out tuesday anyways to geld him so he's going to look at that too. This also totally halts our training progress, and im afraid that since we have to stop training, that we'll end up beginning back at square 1. Once he starts to put weight on it again, Trina(boss) said I should take him on short walks, keep improving his ground manners.
I have a few questions though
How long can I expect for the wound to actually heal? As in, close up, and stop causing him discomfort? (if you look at the picture of him eating grass, see that big brown spot inside his left hock? The place he was cut is just above there)
Will this undo all of his training? We've been working on vocal cues, personal space, halts, trotting on a line, backing..
Will this impair his ability to jump in the future? I can't tell you how excited I was to find that he could jump last weekend, and he looked GOOD doing it.