Not to much of an update aside from pictures today..she basically got brushed and stood ground tied for two hours with a half hour hand grazing, lol.
The owner of the mini Alahna does NOT like (I know where the part of her ad about not liking ponies came from now xD ) was there with her granddaughter and wanted some help saddling and told me there was a goat in one of the stalls XD I was too interested and left Alahna ground tied in the arena while I went to see a goat in the stall with the beautiful dun mare I have to ask BO about, lol. The mini's owner was so amazed that Alahna hadn't moved since we were gone, haha.
Well..today's pretty much just bad news, good news, and pictures, haha.
Alahna's been lame lately, as we all know, but she's sound walk/trot in the indoor arena sand, so I figured I'd hop on for a few minutes just to work on sidestepping, getting her to back faster, and to do a little more stopping with just seat. Well, we didn't get much of a sidestep..but I can't make her do it from the saddle until she fully gets to yielding as soon as I ask and not right before I take the whip on the ground..So we moved to backing and it fell apart, completely. I'm devastated. She backs amazing on the ground as soon as I ask and was fine last ride to back with me leaned forward on my pelvis and jigging the reins, and today she just flung her head around and didn't wanna back. I finally got it to a little less pulling on her mouth and pretty much called it a day. She is stopping with very little rein though. All I have to do is sit my butt down deep and lift my reins about half an inch, she stops; from the walk anyway, lol.
So..that was pretty much it for the day..uneventful, haha. There IS news though..I'm putting her up for sale (listing her $2k, willing to sell to a good home for around $1k). I don't think boots will work for her anymore, and I really don't want to pay to have a farrier I don't even like put shoes on her. I really like her, but I don't have money to keep a shod horse that needs grain and pricier board than just normal pasture. Soo, I'm hoping I'll get calls for her and that I can possibly pick up another OTTB gelding named Silver if he hasn't already found a home. If not, I plan to get a 2-3yr old to start and show and resell again next year. I guess BO is also suppose to get two more OTTBs off the track with a few months to let down in the next couple months, so I could always get one of those too. I'll just have to cross that bridge when I get to it though.
Sooo, pictures! She is ALMOST at the right weight! Almost!
Sooo..She may have found herself a new home as a trail horse. (:
There's an old lady looking for a solid trail horse as a pasture buddy and riding buddy for her gelding Dually who's currently boarded at our barn. She treats Dually like he's going to be the next king of Spain and gives him the best feed/supplements one can buy. She's not stupid, she's ridden for years and just wants another one she can use as a guest horse, which Alahna would be great for. So, I think I'm going to throw front shoes on her thursday when the farrier is out (don't like her, but she's the only one available within a month) so she can be sound for me to start atleast fixing the last of the backing issues that popped up. So, if this lady decides to not buy (said she'd give me a call next month when she finishes moving), I'll be putting her up for sale online and officially. Otherwise, today I pretty much just hand grazed her and showed her off to this lady, so she had a niiice, easy day, haha. Posted via Mobile Device
She's going to be one sturdy gal when its all said and done! Do you know what, exactly, is making her lame though? I'm no expert ofcourse, but seems to me like unless she just has super thin soles or an actual horse deformity, putting normal shoes on isn't going to help. I could be wrong though! Its good that she might be getting a nice new home though :) she looks like such a sweety.
I'm sure you know this, but most OTTBs tend to need something besides just pasture as feed. Not sure why, but TBs are typically hard keepers (though there are those few that aren't) and a OTTB that is coming down from the track and likely finishing growing is probably going to need at least something extra to help them boost up their weight! :)
She might need some hoof boots and a supplement then, to help her grow better feet and protect them in the meantime. I'm having trouble with keeping Kenzie comfty for the same reason. Thin soles, recovering frogs that were thrushy for FOREVER, and high susceptibility to bruising. She's fine in the pasture and trail, but when I brought her out on the gravel she immediately started acting a bit sore and earned herself a little bruise on the front toe. Darned TBs and their crummy hooves! Lol
Soo..my horse is not my horse! I know I haven't updated much, but I did want to make this a point.
She has lost it. She's usually very forward, but calm on trails, even if I run her up one hill and not the next. She flung her head around, pranced, threw little bucks, balked, bolted, etc. I have NEVER seen her like that! What should've taken a half hour took up almost an hour out on the trail.
But..I was just beyond livid and if I'd have had a gun on me out in the woods..I'd have shot her. She switched within a week from a kids horse to a maniac, and I can't see something that quick be because of feed/weight. I don't see that as normal.
This is what I ended up with after deciding I'd cool her off with a trail...
Soo..she is NEVER getting Alfalfa again. I couldn't think of anything that would cause her to change so quickely (I also thought they were on the same hay); that is, until I was there and I saw the hay in her stall that she was happily munching away on. I asked the BO my suspicion and it was confirmed..so I asked that she make sure she not get any because I was ready to shoot her the other day, lol.
But, I took her on a nice trail ride monday evening (after almost going into heat stroke at work D: ) and she did amazing!
She wanted to turn back a few times but we just kept on trucking (switched back to the snaffle) and eventually she was fine and walked straight, lol. We came across the neighbours on their ATV and we talked for a bit..and then we came across the neighbours again and had to ask them to move up some on the trail where we could pass them (very large stones covered in moss with lots of possible leg catches), and then we got down to the creek! It was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I didn't want to push it since last time we were in the water she wouldn't move..at all. She'd stand in one spot and put her head down and paw (hitting her face!). So, I actually got her to move this time, tentatively, lol. I was proud enough though, so I took some pictures and jumped back out of the little opening in the trees.
She was a little forward on our way home, so I figured I'd take it as it was (shouldn't have training-wise..but I'll deal with it next time I guess lol) and we held an extended trot the majority of the way home...Until we started to hear the bullfrogs xD We were trotting along just fine and then BAM, she jumped into the bushes shaking, lol! I thought it was a person at first (trotting along not paying much attention to sounds lol), and then I realized it was the bullfrogs. I stood there for a bit before I just made her walk through the narrow (holy cow) crossing between the cliff and the filthy ponds with the evil monsters in it..We made it across and then a wood pile we see regularly sent her sideways almost into an old bus with a 90* turn towards the pile with lots of loud snorting, haha. So, we continued our trot home (walked the hills though) and as we got to the driveway, before she could even ask to run up it I asked for a gallop, and a gallop is what she did, haha. She actually stopped at the top this time as well.
So anywho, this time she's actually sweaty from almost 2 hours of work, haha.