My horse is 8 yrs old and came from the track. He is a TB gelding and was raised by my family. When he was pulled from the track due to my protets he was given to me in 2006 when he was 4or 5. The thing is I have been an injured person for the last 5 yrs and unable to have him here in my state.
As some of you may have read the post about the Navicular cyst this is my horse.
I will have an ultrasound on Thursday.
Here is my problem. I have dealt with rearing horses before and usually can get them working and done with the unruly behavior but I have a dilema!
He has solar fractures of his coffin bone and the cyyst. He does not need to be running around and working to hard.
Right now the vet only want him hand walked 2 minutes a day.
Another thing to consider is this....
He just arrived here with me at the end of May. His feet were long I had the shoes taken off and he has been trimmed. I was thinking of going natural but he has always responded better with shoes.
So he nees the shoes off for the ultra sound this thursday
Yesterday His behavior was obnoxious! When he first arrived I had established some respect in the round pen and graduated him to some hand walking aorund his new home. He did do sme rearing which I had thought I had gotten a handle on. Well I was wrong!
You all have to also understand that I had Knee surgery in march and can not run... But I can move pretty dang fast... I am recovering way ahead of most with this issue.
Yesterday I was walking in the gras and his paddock buddy was out being ridden by a woman with another lady form a nother barn. They were coming down the road on the ohter side of a treeline along the grass. I saw them before he did.
The ladies we commenting and talking to me and out of no where my horse just exploded! Next thing I know he up on the hid legs and Since he caught the rope with his leg I let go....Not holding on to that....SSorry
He took off and galled away to be caught by one of the workers. I was so disrespected by him that despite his injuries I put him into the round pen to establish some respect.
I put him through a series of manuvers until he was litening and licking his lips with his ears towards me. I finally got him walking and cooled out the took him out an hosed him with no issues.
Now there are a few reasons for rearing and I suspect he has a few of those to check of.....fear (being in a new unfamiliar place) Pain (from his bad feet and the cyst and no shoes yet) then the obvious frisky and forgot about manors since he has not been handled like this on a regular basis for years....
I have asked some people at this barn for their assistance. No one wants to help and usually I don't need it other then I have a leg that can't move as fast as I want it to....
I have lived in the area for 13 years but have little horse contacts here. In my old state I had many mnay horse contacts and could easily have some assistance...
I never walk him without a whip ..not that I beat him with it because I too am a natural type horsmanship person but rearing...forget it!!!
I will not stand for it.!!!
So...I have my work cut out for me....I took the day off from working with him today. I had him turned out into a large round pen today by the barn staff so that he could move around and have some different things to look at. He is also not used to benig kept in such a small area. He was in a 40 x 40 at my parents home.
At this time I am tring to still figure some things out. I may have to aks the vet some things as well and I have a good shoer that does vet referrals lined up. As much as I would like to go natural I know his past experience has been much better with shoes on the fronts....but the thought of nails going in his feet just haunt me to some extent....
I am somewhat unsure what I want but the first this I want is for him to stop with the rearing.
So no I am back to the darn basics...Round pen 101....respect me and my darn space or I will ask you to ge the heck out of it.....
Really I feel as though handwalking is boreing to his mind....I think he is board with it or possibly the opposite...
If there is one issue that I hate the most to deal with ...with any horse...it is rearing...it is so dangerous and I have already had my fair shore of injuries ...not horse injuries, but there is no desire to add that to the list.
What types of suggestions do you all have for me and m horse since he has some limitation and so do I. So far at this barn I have not found anyone to assist me but I know right now he can not work hard so I have some conflicting issues....
I would like to restore him to some sense of sanity and soundness
What to do?