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    09-28-2011, 12:33 AM
Tonight was the barrel clinic at Latigo - Jennifer Smith, several time APHA world champion, runs the clinics and is giving us pointers for Scooby - she noticed him really fussing with his head (the probs we have been having) - and let us try her S-hack for him to run in to try to isolate what he truly hates ... he was better - not perfect, but better. She is letting us use the hack this week and we are going to see how he reacts with it - here is Kellie's run:

I am laughing because she almost knocked down the last barrel but reached back and pushed it back up - you can hear someone yelling "cheater" - but hey - whatever works...

Then I got serious about actually asking Whiskey to turn her nose into the barrels, lift her shoulder, and cleanly trot the barrels. With one month til worlds the goal is to have clean lopes for our speed events.... nothing crazy - here she is:

Jennifer recommended a junior cowhorse bit for her, so I can ask for that lift a little smoother than the snaffle - I am ordering one tonight and we'll see how that works, it will have the added advantage of having the snaffle for horsemanship and the cowhorse for speed - give her two different bits so she can understand two different expectations...

We are having such fun with these guys!
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    09-28-2011, 12:44 AM
PS - Scooby was with all the other horses tonight and didn't have any thoughts of kicking - he had his ribbon in his tail though - keep everybody safe...
    09-29-2011, 10:55 PM
Things are ramping up - one month to go!

Ordered Whiskey's tail today on ebay, got a 1 lb light sorrel tail, should look great.

Started working with her riding english as we are going to start showing in the local shows in hunt seat eq., which is very hard for me because I am not a strong english rider. It is more suited to her than horsemanship and western at this point, though - so that's where we will start. I am not really into showing, but anything to expose her and make her a more well rounded girl! So here is our first hunt seat eq. Pattern:

Another neat thing, her sire's owner found this blog and sent me some very nice words - she is a really kind lady and it was nice to hear from her - So thanks, Megan - I think The Big Gun did great making her!

My oldest daughter, Chelsea, rode Whiskey today after filming me riding english, and rode her in a S hackamore for speed events, and Whiskey was very responsive, so that makes me happy - I will ride her with the S hack for speed and her snaffle for her eq. Events... she is doing really good. Im pleased.
    09-29-2011, 11:00 PM
Forgot to add that I will be getting little english spurs for quieter cues, and we are going to start really pushing pivots and turns on haunches for the pattern classes upcoming - her backing and lope departures are getting better, but we need more consistency with her head placement, a more consistent speed, no breaks in gait - and I need to do lots of english riding and posting without stirrups to strengthen my legs. Holy cow - one month to go!! EEEKKKK!
    09-29-2011, 11:17 PM
One more video of us practicing english - I can't believe I brought her home four months ago as an unbroke filly - we have come along way! I know we both have a long way to go, but I am very pleased with our progress...

    10-05-2011, 01:46 AM
Looking online at past patterns, saw some with flying lead changes - some horses doing simples, some doing actual flying... did some work with Whiskey this week doing a canter, pause, then off on the other lead (we don't really have a lope yet, but I have gotten some soft, slow "flashes of brilliance" - so it's there, just need to give it enough time to develop... anyway, this video was shot with the wind howling, so she isn't really going that fast, the wind is just taking the dust away fast - her jog is getting very nice.

Scooby was a little off today, when I was riding Whiskey Kellie was filming me while riding Scooby bareback and at the walk and I didn't notice, but saw him gimping when he cantered in for dinner from the pasture - told Kellie and she said he felt a little off when she rode in the morning for the first few minutes, but he worked it out - going to look at that closer tomorrow ... hope he just dinged himself somewhere - there is no heat or swelling in his legs... he stocks up slightly in his stall overnight so will have to look when I get home from work and he has been out...
    10-06-2011, 12:49 AM
Took both to the barrel clinic - Scooby looked really good loping circles to left, but very off heading to the right - Kellie got off him and I'll be calling the vet tomorrow... he looks sound at the walk, but the trot especially right circles were not good - no heat or swelling anywhere, we'll have the vet block it tomorrow so we can see what's happening - hopefully it's a minor problem....

Whiskey loped the barrels pretty nice, got a little sassy at the end of the run and hopped a bit - her poles were better, and I am sad to say I missed the beginning of the run, but comparing this to her speed debut at the saddle club and there is some huge progress there, so I am very happy about her day.

Here's the poles, she is loping them smoothly and that is exactly where I want her to be right now, speed will come later..

    10-06-2011, 04:46 PM
Scooby is not sound at the trot... got lucky - the vet had a cancellation... sitting here with my belly in knots waiting for his truck to pull in the drive :( .
    10-06-2011, 09:52 PM

Vet just left - I am cold, hungry, tired, and ready to cry.

Scooby is off on his right front. Easily seen from the trot circling to the right. Did nerve blocks to the hoof, got 80 percent improvement. Vet thought perhaps he fractured the wing of the coffin bone or perhaps showing early navicular. Did xrays, which didn't show any fractures or causes for the lameness, but did show early sidebone calcification and also some other calcification, but they weren't in the lower frog area that Scooby showed sensitivity to with hoof testers, so vet says they are just side issues. Scooby also has upright pasterns and this may be causing strain to the deep flexor tendon. Navicular bone looks great.

So, after four hours and hundreds of dollars, there are some potential causes. 1) He has a soft tissue injury like a sprain or twist, and will be better with stall rest and bute.
2) He has a deep flexor tendon injury, which can be diagnosed with a MRI that costs 1800.00 to have done.
3) He has a different issue, such as an abcess or stone bruise, that we can't see and will be better with stall rest and bute.

We pulled his shoe to do the xrays, and he is now on stall rest for the next three weeks. We will do 5 days of bute, 5 days of no bute, watch for improvement or worsening, then another 5 days of bute, then vet back out two days after that. Obviously world show for Scooby is very up in the air.

It may be a stone bruise that resolves in days, and won't I breath a sigh of relief. Or it may be a deep flexor injury that requires months of therapy. Either way, we'll treat for the hopeful problem for the next three weeks, then if no improvement we'll get the MRI done.

Complete bummer, but the vet says the odds are 50/50 that it's nothing, or something pretty serious. Praying hard over here right now. And Scooby on stall rest will be difficult, as he is the active type....

Wish us luck.
    10-06-2011, 09:57 PM
Here's pics of Scooby getting his xrays:
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