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post #1441 of 3239 Old 07-14-2016, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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@Jan1975 this is for you:

Ana looking not so cute and oblivious to the gelding who's very interested in her:

Failed attempt at a confo pic:

Not so flattering liberty pic:

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post #1442 of 3239 Old 07-18-2016, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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Rode Ana Friday and Sunday. By Friday the new girth had arrived so I was eager to give it a try. Ana wasn't feeling this whole riding thing:

But after a couple of circles she finally relaxed:

And she did a lovely canter down the longside and a nice TOF in both directions:

Then I had the bright idea to hose her off in the wash stall; she was not having any of it. So I tied her to the gate and dragged the hose out of the wash stall to hose her off outside and she pulled on the lead rope so hard that the gate dislodged from the concrete blocks. So I told her to whoa which she did so that I could free her and walked her back to her stall.

I don't know what to do with her sometimes; she can be so stubborn! Chunks of fur keep falling off her face because I haven't been able to rinse her face off after every ride like I used to be able to do at the other barn. Granted, this wash stall is a little more scary but I didn't anticipate this much push back from her.

I'm gonna need to do some serious ground work with her to break her of this stubborn streak; otherwise her face will be completely bald by the end of the summer.

Saturday, I had to cancel my ride on Dante in the party lesson because I had to take one of my dogs to the vet; he's fine, just a badly infected paw.

By Sunday, the new bit had arrived as well so I was eager to try it out. I had a really nice ride on her:

She does appear to like this bit better as she wasn't quite a fussy with it. I decided to end with some lateral work and when she reached the long side, she didn't pick up her left hind toe high enough and it folded over under her; it looked terrible on film. I hope that doesn't cause any long-term damage; she continued on without any signs of lameness.

I decided to take some pictures after our ride but Ana decided she wasn't in to the whole model thing and proceeded to just walk off:

So yeah, we need to do some groundwork asap.
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post #1443 of 3239 Old 07-18-2016, 09:07 AM
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Which girth did you end up going with?

re: face washing. Maybe I missed it, but will she let you sponge off her face? I just use one of those little circular tack cleaning sponges in a bucket of cool water on Izzy's face.
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Originally Posted by egrogan View Post
re: face washing. Maybe I missed it, but will she let you sponge off her face? I just use one of those little circular tack cleaning sponges in a bucket of cool water on Izzy's face.
ditto about using a sponge. I use a small sponge intended for dishes...
Not that it does us any good with regards to keeping fur on her face. She gets so goopy under her fly mask, that the fur just comes off when I wash her face off. But it's either no fur or horribly swollen, teary eyes...

Oh and your not-as-perfect-shots: Ana is still sooo shiny and beautiful! Her attempts at hiding it don't work ;)
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post #1445 of 3239 Old 07-18-2016, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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@egrogan - I got the 22" Smartpack Fleece Dressage girth. It seems to fit her a lot better; plus I would imagine that soft fuzzy material is more comfortable than solid leather.
@egrogan & @SwissMiss - I'm going to include sponge baths in my regular summer routine. She will let me clean her face with a damp paper towel so I would think a sponge would be fine as well.

Ultimately, it's a training issue though; she lets me be in charge to a certain extent and then she takes over and makes decisions; so we need to work on that. She's been challenging me a lot recently so I need to get that under control.
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Ana looks like she's going SO much better! She looks a lot happier and more compliant. Her coat looks great! She looks really healthy! She's such a pretty girl, even if she can be sassy with an opinion about everything she does! You'll work through it!
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Thanks Cass. She has been going a lot better but she still stumbles on occasion:

I guess it's somewhat normal for horses to stumble here and there but it still worries me; the way her foot turned over it just looks like her joint is not a stable as it should be or if it was stable to begin with then maybe stumbling causes the joint to be more flexible causing more stumbling?

Anyway, I'm not a vet but I cringed when I saw this.
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I think I've felt that sort of stumble happen, under me, at times. it feels like the whole hind end is going to drop out from under you for a split second. it looks worse on film than I realized. I've always just kept on. but, if a hrose is doing that a lot, then it could mean they aren't feeling the ground correctly, or that the there is some nerve impingment that is keeping them from lifting the front of the hoof?

(I am sorry that I have not kept up on what sort of vet work you'd had done on her recently, so I may sound really stupid )

you are so lucky she didn't pull that gate right off the hinges and toward herself, and have a major wreck on your hands.

is it possible to wash her outside, on the lawn, perhaps? sometimes, if a horse can move around a little bit, they are more accepting of the water. I usually don't even try to squirt the face, jsut do the sponge or wet rag thing.
we've been having a lot of hair loss issues at our barn, too, but vet said it was due to fly bites, which are bad this year due to cool , wet weather.
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Yes "water gate" was scary! Not doing that again!

In regards to the stumble, she doesn't do it all the time; maybe 2 times a month at the most. She only does it when she gets tired and/or in deep footing. We had just finished a leg yield and hit some deep footing when she stumbled.
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post #1450 of 3239 Old 07-21-2016, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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Took Ana trail riding Tuesday night:

Afterwards, we did wash stall training with BO's help; here she is looking mighty proud of herself after her bath:

The wash stall is a pretty scary place so I was very proud of her. Also happy to see that the gate was an easy fix:

I took yesterday off and we went and visited her:

I love this pictures; look at that tail!

And a close up grazing pic:

Would love to get at least one good schooling session in this week; just don't know when I can squeeze it in; got plans everyday through Saturday night. Maybe I can sneak away Sunday.
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