Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
We didn't have a very good lesson. I believe Cinny is having an ulcer/tummy flare up. All week he's been flightier than usual and then as I brought him into the arena to warm up he went berserk! He yanked from me so hard I thought he was going to break my hand so I let go thinking he got caught on something and spooked or just spooked in general. Hubby was walking behind and said NOTHING happened that he could see. Cinny then started crowhopping with his back arched and bucking like a bronc...just spinning, hopping and bucking for 15 minutes straight as I prayed he didn't get hung up on his reins and break a leg. He finally came to me with a sad little look on his face.
I checked him all over and could not find a culprit so I mounted and tentatively walked around. He seemed fine. Then Jane came and we started our lesson and he was fine at first but slowly became more and more crabby and irritated with us. We virtually accomplished nothing. I walked him around and closed my eyes and concentrated on the swing of his legs, his muscles and then I realized he wasn't swinging his belly as he normally does. I dismounted and his tummy was hard, especially by the flanks. BIG GUILT TRIP.
I brought him in, gave him some UGuard that I had on hand and called my vet for some more. I'm feeling pretty proud of myself for bumping him up to SmartGut Ultra which arrived the day after our lesson. I am also giving him ground pumpkin Seed, cabbage, oat flour, and ground flax as our vet says they have natural healing powers and he has seen horses bounce back more quickly when given with the traditional Ulcer remedies.
Yesterday Cinny had a very relaxed and serene look about his face. He was playing gently in the turnout with baby Winston. His tummy was flaccid and I am able to sleep again. I think the pain part is somewhat over for him. He will remain on UGuard for a couple of weeks, plus his smartgut and pumpkin seed/cabbage stuff. I feel so bad for my baby :(