Trail Journal of Tango and I - Page 2

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Trail Riding

Trail Journal of Tango and I

This is a discussion on Trail Journal of Tango and I within the Trail Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-11-2010, 03:28 AM
Lots of hugs
Sponsored Links
    07-13-2010, 01:21 PM

Don't beat yourself up to much. Its always hard to figure how these things happen. She could have done it in the pasture. Watch how she behaves out in the pasture and she will probably show you when she is ready to go again. Hopefully she will heal up quickly.

Grandpa Knickerbocker
    07-13-2010, 01:55 PM
Oh, woops, forgot to be writing here. I've given her almost an entire week of absolutely no work (she's getting quite round), with her pills daily, as recommended by the vet. Yesterday I went out and made her run and get moving, and she doesn't seem to have any sign of lameness or a limp, so I'm hopeful. Of course, that's after a week of doing nothing. As soon as I start riding again she could very well develop the limp again...I'm really hesitant to ride her just because of that. What if it is chronic, and she'll never be sound again? She'd be miserable if she could only do light work for the rest of her life, and she's only 6. That's really young to retire. And if she needs an dad wouldn't do it. He'd probably rather just buy me a sound horse than pay for an expensive surgery that might not even help her anyways...I guess I just have to cheer up and hope for the best.

Well, anyways, the farrier's coming tomorrow to trim her up and shoe her, so maybe that will help a bit. I certainly hope it does.
    07-13-2010, 02:01 PM
*And I do think it happened in the pasture. Before she was in with my dad's horses, who are big and aggressive and dominant, and for some reason, the boss mare just did NOT like Tango at ALL. She would pick on her just because she could. It got to the point where they were actually hurting Tango-I mean, hurting like me not being able to ride because she was sore-so we finally separated them. Tango's in with the 2YO filly now.

I just think I triggered the actual lameness. Always before she would have a very slight limp, just around sharp corners or before we had warmed up, but it was never really serious or stopping her from doing anything. Last week I rode her really hard, and packed in the miles, covering some relatively tough terrain (rocky gravel pit, steep hills, uneven ground etc), and me and my instructor both are pretty sure that's what caused the severity of it, and her to actually go lame.

*Sigh* The only thing is, at the end of that week of hard work, she was nice and quiet. I could actually trot without having to slow her down every 3 seconds. Clearly, though, it came with a large price..
    07-14-2010, 09:04 AM
Sounds like you 2 are having an absolute blast!!! Don't feel bad about her going lame I am sure it wasn't your fault!!! Looking forward to hearing your next day of adventurous riding!!!
( it is weird not one of my horses have ever gone lame and they are always going in LOOOOOOOOONG endurance rides!!!...WEIRD!!!)
    07-14-2010, 09:27 PM
Wednesday July 14, 2010
Back in the saddle again! But we'll get to that in a minute...

Well, the farrier came. It's so great to have a farrier come on the scheduled day! It's even more amazing to have him right on time! Seriously, the last guy we hired showed up 4 hours late, did the horses, then within a few days Tango threw her shoe. Dad tried to call him back and they planned a day for him to come, but he didn't show up or even bother to call saying he couldn't make it. How professional. Anyways, we got our original farrier back (he was just crazy busy in the spring when ours needed done) and I like him a LOT better. Tango offered a small amount of resistance, but nothing major. She pulled her foot away a few times, but she probably could've been a lot worse and she wasn't. Yeah, and she got shoes btw. Both the vet and farrier agreed it would probably help her soreness.

It cooled down later so I just wanted to take her out for a short, easy ride to see how her leg was faring. Pah! A short, easy ride? As if Tango would let me do that after keeping her in her field for a whole week! She was out for retribution! The second I was seated, she tried to move off repeatedly, so I made her back up. She put up a huge fight and wouldn't back for a few minutes, but finally, with her head shaking in frustration, she did, and we were on our way. She tried to trot without my cue, and I knew we weren't just going to be able to go for a leisurely stroll around the field. We walked and trotted down the long field (no sign of soreness or a limp, that's good), and she got idiotic turning to face home, so I refused and made her go across the land bridge over the drainage ditch and right up to the edge of the forest.

Doing circles and weaving around, we started for home, and that helped rate her speed some, but she has a really annoying habit of looking at home at ALL times, no matter the shape we go in or how bent she is around my leg. The only time she doesn't look their is when we're faced directly away from it, but that's kind of counter-productive to where I want to go. So I'll put my leg on and tap and shivvy the outside rein or whatever to get her neck and head straightened out, but she just bends her neck over but continues looking with her face towards the barn. It's hard to explain, but I really don't know what I should do about it. Any suggestions, you guys? I'll see my instructor tomorrow anyways, and ask her then, but I'm willing to take any advice I can get.

Well, we finally got home and I rode her around their a bit to show her that home does not=work ending, but it never seems to change her attitude. She doesn't care how much work she does as long as she's home. My brother and his girlfriend were home from their place in London (just for a couple days) and they wanted to ride her. Well I had already said it was fine if the girlfriend rode, because she's not likely to do anything stupid, but my brother wanted up first. I look up to my brother so I agreed. He's about 6 feet tall and probably over 200 pounds, but I knew it wasn't too heavy for Tango. He certainly doesn't fit the saddle very well. I think it's a 15" saddle, but anyways. After walking her, he wanted to trot, so I let him. Tango started a nice slow trot for him, quite surprisingly. Then the girlfriend got on. She's more reserved, and was willing to show her nervousness, so I just walked beside her and we went up the lawn and back.

Brother wanted me to canter, so, even though I wasn't sure we should be straining the leg so soon after lay-off, I did a short little run. She was strong and fast, of course. And then, what can you expect, brother wants to try that too. He did ok, took her up around the house, and said on the far side where they were out of view she tried to take off. I got on again, just to check no damage had been done by all these green riders, and she was fine. Having all those people on and off her back, running and walking had mellowed her out, so I guess some good did come of it. Anyways, I like getting new people into's just, Tango really isn't a horse for a beginner rider. She's really not, and most people can respect that and the really green ones are even happy to stay off her. I love my brother, but no matter how much I respect him, he's still in his early 20s, he's still young and cocky and after a successful ride thinks he is something special. And so he asked me if, the next time they came home, he could ride her somewhere. As in, back to the forest. I reluctantly said Ok, but my mind is going a mile a minute. No, no, no! She's going to take off on him! He's going to ruin her! I honestly don't think Tango would actually throw him or hurt him, so it's not him I'm worried about. It's the fact that his over-confidence will probably lead him to believe that he can do something stupid on her, like gallop her or let her sprint home...Honestly, if Tango was a 20-year-old, quiet, dead-broke trail horse, I would let him, but she isn't. How can I tell him no without hurting his feelings?

And this is just one of the many times where it would be really awesome to have a second horse. A good, well-broke, gentle old trail horse that any rider with any level of experience could ride, and who is going to take care of these green riders that my friends and family all seem to be. Because I'm sure they'd all love to come riding, and I'd love to take them riding, but no, instead we have three insane, spooky draft crosses, and an unbroke 2YO who is either going to be ruined when my sister's bf tries to break her, or sit in our field taking up space for the rest of her life, or both. *Sigh* Oh well. I'm already spoiled rotten. I can't hope for another.
    07-15-2010, 09:55 PM
Thursday July 15, 2010
I am...........

The barn had a games night tonight, and Tango is limping again. I thought she was ok, but even when she felt alright to me, my instructor said she was a bit off. Then she had some steps that I could feel were wrong. So, we only walked and trotted. At least she was quiet. The other horses were spooking at stupid things that didn't bother Tango...but I'd rather have her sound.

I don't cry easily, or a lot, but I feel almost heartbroken. If I ever said anything like: "What if she doesn't get sound again?", dad snaps at me to "quit whining". I'm not trying to whine. I'm worried, and upset. If I cried in front of him he would probably just yell at me to stop being so negative or something. So I need to talk here. I feel so stupid and weak saying it, but I need a shoulder to cry on. I have no close friends I want to tell. My parents would either yell, or not really understand how I'm feeling. The only other one I have to bawl to is Tango. She could lend her injured shoulder for me to cry on.

I should never have cantered her yesterday. I should never have let my brother, an uncoordinated green rider, canter her. Did I push her too hard yesterday? I really hate crying. It gives me a headache, and it doesn't achieve anything.

Even when she felt ok to me, my instructor said she was off, so there's a pretty good chance that she was off yesterday, too. Dad said she was fine, but that's dad.

I can look at this as glass half full or glass half empty. On one side, she might still be limping, but it is an improvement from the total lameness last week. And there is that very slim possibility that she could just get better from here. On the other hand, she's still half-lame after a week off, shoes, and medication? How likely is it that she's going to miraculously get better? I mean, sure...if we gave her 6 months off, but...I can't afford to do that. She's the only horse I have for riding. I mean, if it was a matter of her getting better or not I'd give her time off, but I really don't want to not ride for 6 months.

I am so, so upset. I hope dad will actually call the vet.
    07-18-2010, 10:11 AM
Sound like you're having fun on the trails you know except for the lameness issue. I think my only advice is to take it nice and slow with her; if she's limping or sore give her a rest. Give her time to heal properly and don't expect too much too soon you know. If and when she's sound and not limping or showing signs of discomfort bring her back into work slowly and gradually. The first day take her for a little walk, the second add a little trot. Don't expect that when she's sound to just get on her and ride a long trail at all gaits or for her to canter.

If you had a limp/sore leg you wouldn't expect to be back up to optimal fitness straight away would you? These things take time.

Originally Posted by ilyTango    
Thursday July 15, 2010
I am.............
I can look at this as glass half full or glass half empty. On one side, she might still be limping, but it is an improvement from the total lameness last week. And there is that very slim possibility that she could just get better from here. On the other hand, she's still half-lame after a week off, shoes, and medication? How likely is it that she's going to miraculously get better? I mean, sure...if we gave her 6 months off, but...I can't afford to do that. She's the only horse I have for riding. I mean, if it was a matter of her getting better or not I'd give her time off, but I really don't want to not ride for 6 months.

I am so, so upset. I hope dad will actually call the vet.
No offense, you sound like you care about your horse but this bit bothered me. As a horse owner your first priority should be for the well being of your animal. If she needs 6 months off to heal that's what she needs I know she's the only horse you've got but i'm sure for the sake of her health and well being you could sacrifice not riding (or riding a friends/other barn members horse) for that time. When my horse had issues I had to give him almost 2 years off before he seemed sound enough to bring back into work. It's unfortunate but if you want her to be sound and get better this is the price you might have to pay.
    07-18-2010, 12:54 PM
I didn't literally mean it when I said I can't afford to not ride her for 6 months...I was being dramatic and emotional. Obviously I'm going to give her as much time off as she needs...I was just saying, it would suck if we couldn't ride. Which it would, but I'd rather that than her have to sit in the field for the rest of her life because of something stupid I did.

As of Thursday night I planned to give her another whole week off. Her pills end tomorrow, so after that the vet will probably want to see her again.

At first I was absolutely devastated that she was lame and we can't ride, but now I'm thinking I can deal. I took her for a walk yesterday, and it has been a long time since we just went for a quiet walk and didn't go out to ride, which often means fight, battle, argument, frustration for us both. I can't believe I didn't realize before why she was becoming cold and prickly towards me. I was so stupid! Always before we've gone for walks most every day, even if we were riding. A more experienced rider probably wouldn't need to have "bonding time"-they bond as they're riding, but Tango's such a high-strung horse and I am still only learning (yes, after a year of owning her) how to deal with all her quirks, and riding usually just causes more frustration than not. Walks were always sort of our time to just relax and enjoy being together, and the time for me to sort of "apologize" to her. She always forgives, but I have to give her a reason to. And trust me, in the last few weeks things have been so...weird...that I've given her every reason to hate me, not forgive. I don't know if it's normal or not, but when we did have "bonding time" every day and we were pretty good buddies, it did make her a little bit easier to deal with under saddle. Maybe because she just wanted to please me more? Anyways, from now on I won't forget how important our relationship is, as cheesy as that sounds.
    07-18-2010, 04:24 PM
I'm glad you didn't actually mean it, i've know some people who think they should ride a horse through an injury and it just causes more problems. Glad to see you're not one of these people :)

That doesn't sound cheesy at all. I've had my horse for over 4 years now and I still take every opportunity to just be with him in a non-lessony type of environment so we can enjoy each others company. I talk walks with him and sometimes i'll take a brush out to his field and just love on him for a while. Having a strong bond and relationship will definitely transfer over to the work you do under saddle.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tango foaled! CheyAut Horse Breeding 9 05-30-2010 09:02 PM
Tango with me jemulchia Horse Pictures 10 03-06-2010 10:22 AM
My Journal horseoffire Member Journals 9 01-05-2010 10:18 PM
can you critique tango please? krazi_katie Horse Riding Critique 32 05-18-2009 09:16 AM
Critic Tango Tessa Bear Horse Riding Critique 3 09-09-2007 03:06 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:33 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0