After a grooming massage, massaging the swelling off his knee, putting more MSM cream on, Grand had some quality munching time with me.. we went to the orchard where the lushest grass is at the moment and just let him graze for a while.. He was really enjoying it, plus the suprise hidden apples he found
However, why would he eat the rotten ones?
Grand stood almost like a champ for his injection, today he doesn't need one. When I get back from uni I will talk with him and massage the leg and look it over..
Teddy got some hard time yesterday, as a friend came over and reminded me of some tricks how to get him more balanced and in control. We got him in a frame for a few steps at a time, got him to elevate his front slightly in trot, and also managed to canter on a correct canter! Right canter he can do, left canter he raises correct, crosses within 3 steps.
Wow... I am tired. Yes, it is to do with the fact that I am nowhere near being fit enough to work the horses like they should be worked (well Teddy atm) but also because we had quite an intense lesson.
Yesterday the friend that came over, told and showed me how to get this particular horse to accept the bit, move into it and get him to start flexing and bending more.
We start by putting the outside reign on as a wall and move the inside hand out and lower to ask for the nose to come inside and a slight bend in the neck and the body (he does drop his shoulder out, so its hard work with my legs too) and lower the neck too, to start stretching down. He knows all this theoretically, just has forgotten it.
So once he starts having and inward bend, we play with circles and spirals, switch directions with long straight lines in between to change the bend, and work on moving off the leg, as he sometimes falls way too much inward. Overall, there is progress in 2 lessons already. Yesterday he had a little too much because I wanted her to see how he canters and the problems he has, however with correct bend in trot we can raise a correct right canter... he can do it.. he is easier to balance and straighten or bend when sitting in trot, but I don't do it too much just yet, because he is not completely prepared to carry me in sitting trot - I need to work on that too..
Overall today he could hold his head/neck position a lot longer (no worries, his hindquarters work all the time, its now all about connecting the pieces), however he drops too close to his chest quite often, like evading the bit and ignores the encouragement to go lower down and stretch out. So every single time I got him to stretch a little he got lots of praises. Even though my legs feel very weird right now, I am actually happy after a ride for once.. and also gives me motivation to keep going, working hard and getting myself fitter, and him too..
They just got a fresh bale of hay (6 days for one) so we will consume about 5 bales a month, which should add up to 1250 kg per 2 horses in 1 month, aproxx 35 kg a day is consumed. That includes hay loss due to mold, rot, stomping in the ground etc.
Grand seems to be very trusting in me, he lets me touch him almost anywhere (havent tried every single spot) however today he has a weird bulge on the inside of his swollen knee. So I worked with massaging that by hand, and will massage him with water from the hose too.. need to go and do that.
Progress appears... I just hope Grand's knee heals well..
So... Grand's leg seems to be improving, the swelling is going down, and he is not too keen on massages anymore.. yesterday for his pain meds, he barely flinched when I put the needle in ( I am no expert, so it doesn't happen that well or fast)
Teddy's owner never came yesterday, so I called my friend that lives less than 1 mile away, and asked if she wanted to go to the forest, for a nice trail ride. She said, as long as the rain has stopped. So we went. It was amazing, just walking around for a few miles, alltogether an hour of walk. Didnt want to trot as her horse is quite interesting and not the most perfect ride.
Teddy greated him as if Teddy was still a stud - a loud neigh, neck stretched out, being all big and proud. But I got him to respond back to me, so I can mount again, and we walked on. I let them go first out of her yard, as Teddy is smaller and easier to hold him back a little.
Then later I joined them at their side, as Teddy wasn't pulling me towards him but walking nicely side to side. Their strides almost matched, so it was no problem for both to stay in the same level. At one point Teddy did try to fall in on that horse, when my aunt called and whilst I was telling her that I will call back later, teddy went quite close, as he was ignoring my leg and the reigns.. afterwards ofc he did fine with moving off my leg.. just not that moment.
It was a great pleasure, and cannot wait for this afternoon when we go together again and try some trot too..
The only time that was not nice was when a dog jumped out of bushes near a house, both horses spooked, well they had spooked already before, as they were waiting for dogs, The other one spun 180° around, Teddy attempted, almost landed on that horses bum, but backed off very fast. Managed to get them forwards, just to get them jump sideways in a potatoe field because the dog jumped out of the bushes.. we both stayed on, regained control really fast, and managed to walk back out with no problems..
I was so happy.. and I am very impatient to see how my baby will train to ride and accept trail rides and other horses..
Today no trail ride, because Teddy's owner came over late afternoon, all ill so his GF went out to the forest with Teddy and then it was raining.. and I couldn't ride.. got very annoyed as I could have organised my easy morning ride for about 11 am when they only arrived at 2pm...
Grand is better - limps very little, seems to have regained some of the joys in his life, tried to jump around a little... but they are trying to stay safe as they know its very slippery when wet.
The swelling seems to be leaving his leg too, so all shall be well I guess..
Grr... Grand went through the fence while I was working with Teddy. I had the electricity off as I was about to tie off some bits of the tape and it would be done. Ok, put him back no problem. He at least lets me get to him and catch him.
Later they both broke out with electricity on - I think the wind helped them. Grand was easy to catch again, Teddy was trying my patience. Got them in, and saw Grand attempt to walk through the fence again, I think he got hit enough not to try again soon. I might need to stronger generator, and I need to think of different options.
Grand seemed not lame, then he had to run like mad, and seemed to limp a little. I was supposed to give him pain meds today, but not sure I wanna do that when he runs like this.
They both need a lot of work to stop this nonsense. But I guess no forest for me today again.. rain started and soon it will be dark. Grand is lame - cannot work. What to do?