Hello everyone, I decided that I might wanna do a journal, so its easier with all the things I decide to share..
I have 2 horses on my property, and one of them is mine. A big baby.
The other one is a 5yr old gelding my friend has. Mine is just 3.
We have had our ups and downs, but overall things are going great.
Grand - 3yr old Latvian harness horse, with some weight issues. Up to now in 3 months he has learnt to lead, stand for farrier, vet, just got his teeth floated, so he has learnt that. He will lunge to both sides in all gaits, yield to pressure, back up, and finally today I managed to brush him all over. We had our meditating brushing time together, so in the end I could touch his hind legs without him tensing up or trying to shove me away with a slight kick. So impressed with everything. He doesn't care much for new things being put on him, he has had a lunging belt, a saddle pad, even a tyre on his back. He doesn't bat an eye for plastic bags, he accepts a standard halter, a rope halter, a caveson and a bridle. He lunges in all of those too.
Now due to a leg injury, cannot find the correct translation, but he has pulled his leg, the muscle that runs along the cannon bone, near the tendons... The vet cannot tell me for sure if its a micro tear, or something bigger, but for that I would need to call the other vet with and ultrasonogramm to tell me what is going on there.
That means that now he is not to be worked, we cannot stall him, so there is no point for crazy medicines etc, time is the best healer. The vet was a bit worried about him running like crazy in the pastures, but hopefully he doesn't injure himself too much. Confining him to a smaller paddock might just mean he will run more to try to get to his friend and injure himself again. However, we can still do walk groundwork, introduce a saddle, driving reigns, start ground driving him, walk him over poles to get him attentive to whats under his feet, and meditate together. Practicing braiding, brushing, standing for farrier even better etc.
He was thinner before, we have managed to put a little weight on, however he rather grows than collects fat on his ribs, so that will change later. He does get enough, and his teeth were just floated to help him use his food better. He has grown at least over 1 inch this summer, and he now stands around 169 cm. Muscles will follow when we can work with him. IMG_6544 (800x533) (2).jpg IMG_3781 (1024x683).jpg IMG_3796 (1024x683).jpg
This is for comparison, how he looked a while ago.. all Meh, and thinner... unhappier. IMG_2979 (640x450).jpg IMG_1284 (640x427).jpg
That's all on him for now, and yes, he only has one eye. He lost the other one when a mare kicked him in the face. But he has found his forever home where he is loved and taken care off.
I am off to see if the anesthetic has worn off and I can feed him.