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        04-24-2010, 06:33 PM
      #221
    Weanling
    Dear Journal...

    A lot of epic stuff has happened in the last...while. Recently Honor got a stomach ache...heres the story...

    So last Saturday I hooked Honor up to a lead rope with a chain and went on a trail walk (like every saturday...) about halfway back Honor rears up and starts acting silly. So I decided to stick to the first half of the trails. As we were going around Honor spooked big time and I looked back to see what he spooked at. It was either a cyote or a wild dog. Either or, I didn't want anything to go down so I went back to the barn and he was cool as a cucumber. Well I hooked him up to a lungeling and he went balistic. He hasnt been this crazy since the seinor grain saga. He would buck, rear, bolt, tug and so on. Then would face me, which is a no no. So I would shake the lungeline at him and he would move again. Well about a half hour into this rampage he started kicking at his stomach...like big time. I walked him around a few rounds and then he was fine so I sent him out to trot a wee bit more without the sass he was giving me and he would just stop, kick at his stomach and walk towards me. I figured I would give his belly a listen (which meant nothin at the time, because I had no clue what to look for) I cooled him down by walking and stuck him in crossties, gave him a good rub down and put him back out in his field. I watched him for a while and he went right to the water tank and never rolled. So that Sunday I talked to my instructor about it and she said he may have a stomach ache from the grass and he will be back to normal in a few days. Well Monday at lessons she got a good look at him and he looked like he just didnt feel good. So on Wednesday I realized that there was something way wrong that didnt involve the grass. There are three other horses in that same field with no signs of anything. So I was driving home and was going to call the other instructor that is out there more often to ask her if there are any possibilites that could be wrong with him. As I was getting out of the truck I had a missed call from her...coincidence! And she wanted to talk about Honor. She said that she wanted to take him off any thing man-made and see if it is agrivating his stomach. So I didn't ride that Thursday but that Friday, It was like a switch flipped! He was better and mostly back to normal. I got talking to the instructor and she said he may have an ulcer and they are very common among thoroughbreds. So now I am looking for some organic alternatives so if you read this and know of any, please post them!! Anything for stomach health or a shiny coat would be great. But whew, cookies to anyone who just read that.
         
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        04-25-2010, 01:13 PM
      #222
    Weanling
    Horray he is feeling better!! :) im glad
         
        04-25-2010, 03:09 PM
      #223
    Weanling
    Well not completley better, but getting there!!

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    So talked to my instructor today and found out that it is mostlikely not one ulcer but more than one. I am no where near a expert on the subject so I am learning as I go here. She also said that he could be uber stressed which flares them. Also adding a just like his mom to the end of the sentence. Hehe Oh how I love Laura for things like this. We are more like eachother than I originally thought! So were going to be working on that whole stress management thing for both him and me as a team. I am looking forward to it!
         
        04-25-2010, 03:25 PM
      #224
    Weanling
    Well yes that is what I meant ahah. But he is getting there! And yes you too are very similar :) but that's a good thing <3
         
        05-31-2010, 07:01 PM
      #225
    Weanling
    Well lemme see here, what is there to catch up on...

    Well 1st show went extremely well. We got a 3rd in halter, 4th in showmanship, 2nd in English and 1st in western. Biggest shock everr!! Were doing canter classes in July (FINALLY!!!) and now were working toward jumping classes by first show next year.
         
        07-05-2010, 01:04 PM
      #226
    Weanling
    Dear Journal for Which I Almost Never Post To Anymore...

    Well I just give a quick rundown of all that has happened in horsie world in the recent...months. Well Honors on some new grain that has no starch and stuff thus no heat :) and he seems to love the stuff too, which is a plus. Our western jog is pretty amazing if I must say so myself, seeming we couldn't sit the trot just a month ago with out wincing in how much effort I had to put into making it 'look' comfortable. Oh and golly gee, we only have one more show where we can show western. Well were sticking to walk trot until next year and THEN we will be intermediate level for one year...then seinor here I come. I feel so old :P. Were jumping 1'6'' now. Somedays well somedays ...not so. But then again, when he hits it, it really doesn't feel any different. He just floats along. Were going to try dressage in August (hopefully). Just intro, nothin big. Just so I can do the pattern I have had memorized before they go and change it next year.

    Oooh!! I have taken Honor out on trails...BY HIMSELF! Which is close to a miricle with his herd-boundness. Although me and a friend of mine were in the back and a guy decided to turn on his chainsaw as soon as we were in front of him....no comment.

    Well I think that's all I've got for now with Honor... :)

    Megannn and Honnnor <3
         
        07-05-2010, 03:03 PM
      #227
    Yearling
    Wait, I thought you were doing canter classes for the next 2 shows?
         
        07-05-2010, 08:33 PM
      #228
    Weanling
    We were going to, but I just decided that I am not ready for them. Like, I know he would do just fine but I just figured Ill give him the winter to prepare for them and then just do them next year. English and Western then.
         
        07-05-2010, 09:11 PM
      #229
    Yearling
    Oh. Ok. :) still doing dressage?
         
        08-02-2010, 12:12 PM
      #230
    Weanling
    ...wow I havent been on here in forever...but yeah Shelbs I iz doin Dressage...and now that I'm practicing it again, I nearly forgot how much I love it!!

    Okie Dokey well new Honor update. After everything we worked our butts off doing (aka finally having the guts to jump on his back (were up to 1'9'' now! Plus I can't do any higher than that in saddle until my instructor helps me out a bit...which I'm fine with)) We are now at a screeching halt due to my horses ability to be injured. But I love just going out and cleaning up his wounds...yep theres more than one. Well heres the story...

    One lesson day I went out to get my horse, Honor, out of the field. I noticed he was walking slow and waited to get him in crossties to check him out. I walked over to the grooming buckets to start to clean him up (I don't let him get very dirty so no hard work there lol) and my other instructor Sarah (because Laura is extreeeemly pregnant and still doesn't wanna give up anything but is being pretty much forced to...gotta love Laura:]) saw an injury to his left hind hoof. It cut through both the hoof and the cornet band and the hoof was sheared upwards. I didn't ride him for days after this clearly because he was limping really bad. I felt so bad for him...but that's what he gets for getting all four legs caught in a gate...yes a gate. So a few weeks later (last week) I figured he was getting a lil stircrazy, so I let him loose in the indoor arena. He went nuts! He was running around, bugleing (sp?) and flagging! I was so proud of him! I don't know why! But he was enjoying himself for the first time since the day before that injury. So when he finally calmed down and started sniffing around I pulled him up in crossties to give him a rag bath (he cannot be hooked up outside anymore because he has broken too many things..) and I cleaned up his old wound on the back leg and happened to look over at his other hind leg....THAT hoof was covered in blood! But he wasn't lame or anything on it! So I cleaned up both hind hooves and put some wonder dust on him and stuck him back out in his field. I didn't ride him for two more days due to this...because his back was minorly tender too.

    But now (thank heavens) all of these injurys are healing well! My trainer said that if he didn't have an owner like me taking care of these things like I am, that some bad infections may be setting in. But they are not! So were all good in that aspect.

    Were working on Dressage at the moment, and as soon as August 23 rolls around (my 16th birthday, plus the first day Im going to be riding after the last show of the season) we can be slowly getting back into jumping! I'm probably going to start him out at 1'3'' and see how he does with it. I don't think anything will happen; I honestly think he misses jumping!

    Well that's all for now! Quite epic if I say so myself. But just another month in the Megan and Honor chronicals :P

    ~Like Horse, Like Rider~
         

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