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        11-23-2011, 01:04 PM
    So the vet is out. Doing his teeth, looking over his leg, etc. He is getting an X-ray of Tungsten's right front which seems to be having so many issues lately. Hoping for the best but very nervous.
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        11-23-2011, 04:02 PM
    I sure hope you get good news. I am nervous for you.
        11-23-2011, 08:56 PM
    Well it was good news! The issue in his front is not related to his string halt. He is experience side bone growth in his right front. Basically, the vet said this is common in growing large draft breeds. His tendon was not able to grow at the same rate as his body and is starting to calcify. There is a 95% chance that he will grow out of it. It also shouldn't cause him any longer term lameness. We need to take it day by day with him. On days he is more sore from the inflammation he will need to be buted and maintain a regular schedule on cosequin. So overall it is all good and we can continue to work him.

    He is on bute currently and we will hopefully see some improvement over the next few days. The vet was concerned it might be ring bone. So compared to that this a huge relief, just some growing pains. I will be out of town the next few days. An update to come early next week! Thanks for the good thoughts!
        11-27-2011, 11:57 PM
    Went out to see my man earlier today. Took him off bute for now. I am planning on only dosing him after hard rides, but we will take it day by day.

    I free lunged him for a little bit in the arena. I wanted to see how he was moving without restricting him to a small circle. He was definitely full of himself. Looked like a bucking bronco stirring up so much dust. Then got on him bareback for a bit just to get a feel for him.

    He was a little spooky because it was raining. When I felt him tense up I would rub his shoulders, give him a little message. He loved it. Worked like a charm. I think I will ride him bareback the next few rides so I can manually loosen up his muscles like that when need be.

    We just worked on some basics. Reminding him how to listen to leg, seat, rein after his short vacation. I also opened some of the doors to the arena in hopes of provoking his spooking to help him deal with it and played the radio in the arena. He calmed down quickly. I was very pleased. I also have decided to stop riding with my dressage whip for the next few weeks. I feel I use it as a crutch too much.

    The major issues today were with his "avoiding" the scary corners. There is one corner of the arena he finds particularly terrifying. On bad days he tries to bolt by it. Today he would just avoid my rein and swerve from the corner. I worked on leg yields and bending to tune him to my leg and rein on the "non-scary" side of the arena. Once he was listening a little better, I was able to keep him between my aids and into the corner.

    My next day out will be Tuesday. We will see how his leg is doing, but hopefully I will be able to do a little trotting. The vet has cleared him. I just want to be sure he is comfortable before I ask for too much.

    I will hopefully get some pictures either Tuesday or Thursday. My camera has been on the fritz lately, but I need to get his Christmas pictures taken this week.
        11-28-2011, 09:13 AM
    T-Man is very handsome. You have that right to take it slow and not skip any part of his ground training. You are doing a great job with him! I like his close-up pic:)
        11-29-2011, 10:08 PM
    Very good day today.

    I went out with higher goals than I ended up achieving. I wanted to do some trot work, but due to the weather I decided against it. The constant depressing rain has kept the horses in for two days. Therefore, he had baby brain and was a little stiff. So I got on bareback again. He was as calm as could be. Don't want to put words in his mouth, but he seemed to by enjoying himself. Very willing and interested. But heck, it I got a message everything I did something right I would be pretty willing as well. I think he was beginning to see riding as painful. It was putting too much stress on his joints. Now that we are working through that. I think he is starting to enjoy work again.

    He did some amazing stretch work. I could not be more pleased with how relaxed and responsive he was. Makes me feel good that I am doing the right things with him. I did get some pictures. My friend had to take them so I will upload them the next couple day when she sends them to me.

    Also, we took his christmas pictures :) I don't want to spoil anything. They are adorable though so check back.
        11-30-2011, 10:57 AM
    And here he is! Only two pictures from riding sadly the others didn't turn out.

    But look at that lovely stretch.


    And a little glimpse of his cuteness. For more pictures check out my thread in the photos section!

        12-14-2011, 03:20 PM
    Everything has been going really well. Hence, why I have been slacking on posting. I have probably ridden about three or four times since the last post. And have taken further steps to improve my riding as well. Here is my written commitment to deliver a long, overdue update by the end of the weekend. Promise.
        12-14-2011, 05:00 PM
    There's some interesting alternative therapies for stringhalt on the blog at Green Mountain Curlies. Look for entries pertaining to "Red". Don't know if any of it would apply to your situation but it is interesting reading. Good Luck with T--he's lovely!.
        12-14-2011, 09:36 PM
    Thanks for the information. I was aware of the listed information. Tungsten has had his string halt from birth. It is most definitely related to injury, most likely during birthing and only cutting the tendon would alleviate it. However, as you can see in the video of me riding, his is very slight and does not greatly effect him. But, I appreciate the thought and it was interesting. Is this a blog of someone you know?

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