I had to bring Chorro back to a stall and am working him in the round pen every day again. He started swelling up again. The round pen has been good for both of us. He now turns towards the fence to change direction without "extra" encouragement from me. He stays on the rail the whole way around no longer trying to cut in and take short cuts. Best of all you can tell that he respects me a lot more now than he did before. He never tried to run me over or anything but he would pin his ears and hop with his back end when I'd make him work harder than he wanted. Now he just puts his head down and does what I ask. You can tell the exercise is helping him heal. He was really stiff in the back legs when I brought him in a few days ago. So bad, in fact, I wondered if he would ever be sound after going over the fence. But after 5 min of walk/trotting you could tell he was loosening up. Now he has no problem going into a trot after only a time or two around the round pen at a walk.
Chorro is still REALLY thin. I've got him on beet pulp, corn oil, a senior weight building feed, and all the grass hay he can eat. The vet said he has a few things going against him while he tries to gain weight. 1: stress from his injury and being gelded 2:still being a little high strung and "studdy" 3:being a TB over the age of 10 and 4:right now we are trying to get him to gain weight while exercising him. If anyone has any miracle cures to get him to gain faster it would be appreciated.
Now the bad news, my aunt has decided that if I can't find someone who wants Chorro in the next couple of months she and her husband want him to be destroyed. My grandfather was put in an assisted living facility yesterday and since she has power of attorney she is running with it. The biggest problem is Chorro will still be a skinny mess in 2 months. No way can I get him fully healed, his weight up, AND find someone who wants to work with a 14 year old, recently gelded, OTTB.
Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground. ~Author Unknown