Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
It has been a very interesting week. No lesson this week because Cinny was a bit, um..hard to handle to say the least. He has not been himself but I think the culprit has been pinpointed. When he had an ulcer flare up we naturally upped his calcium as it's a natural acid reducer. What I didn't know is that when you up the calcium, you also have to up magnesium or you could end up with a magnesium deficiency. That is what the vet thinks is going on with him.
His symptoms have been: strange muscle twitches, usually in the glutes after work that were unexplained, irrational spookiness (he isn't really a spooky horse ever), irritable, can't seem to relax, has stopped laying down in his stall to sleep, over all anxiety. Just to let you know the level of his anxiety and spookiness.....I had his tail wrapped to keep it out of the mud and from tangling. I thought maybe the bandage was pulling at his tail hair so I took out the wrap to make him more comfortable. He spent the next 10 minutes int he cross ties prancing in place, kicking wildly at his tail, gnashing his teeth and pinning his ears. He looked like a horse tied with a wolf nipping at his back legs, it was horrible.
What we have done, we have upped Cinny's magnesium intake. I added foods naturally high in magnesium to his diet such as pumpkin seeds and flax meal. I took out ALL supplements except for his SmartGut Ultra. I dumped him Strategy (which I thought may be moldy on top of everything) and he is now getting fresh Strategy Healthy Edge as he did very well on that in the past I just stopped feeding it because I have to drive forever to buy it. We are adding SmartCalm which is also high in magnesium as well as B vitamins - this was suggested by his vet. There is nothing herbal in it or chemical, just a vitamin/mineral mixture geared towards healthy nervous system.
He is already showing signs of improvement. The vet will be checking on him on Tuesday to make sure he is fit for the show.
As for the show, there is DRAMA on the horizon, I can feel it. I got the show list today and was pleased to find many of my friends going, and acquaintances that I get along well with. My friend with her paint horse that I have a very friendly rivalry with. We have never beat their scores however. I thought it looked like a wonderful turnout for training level AA's and like a fun, friendly competitive show. And then I saw it....
My old BO is competing in Training 2. She should be open, but who knows what she put. She is riding her aged OTTB RG, the one she had me ride that couldn't canter to save his life. This is the woman who told me Cinny would only ever get embarrassing scores! Neither of them have shown in years, and now...here they are.
I'm probably being overly dramatic but I feel like she is here for a last attempt at humiliating me. I have to remember that when I was going to show RG, I looked up his past scores and he never hit a 60 in anything, not once. Neither have Cin and me but my goal is a 60, and I feel like we can hit it. It's just the one person that I did not expect to be there. And she's one of those people who has to just walk by and say their stupid snitty remarks. If you have seen Dance Mom's, she's like that Candy Apples teacher that can't keep her mouth shut and has nothing nice to so the the ALDC group. I really don't need that on my show day at all.
But time to regroup, she is donig intro b and training 2, as am I among other classes. Her horse is a tough canter, hates to canter, and you can't keep him in a canter and training 2's coeffecients are for, stretchy trot circle, free walk and both canter circles. Cinny has a beautiful, wonderful canter. I can HAVE this and I have to keep telling myself that. Everything else I know we do just as well as RG if not better since we have had an awesome trainer.
I should ignore this person of little mind, but there has been so much mucky water under the bridge that it is very hard to. And if she starts walking by and picking us apart I'm not sure what will happen. I will either gain strength in rebellion or I will fall apart.
May the dressage gawds be with us, and my my husband stand guard of my tack stall!