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post #521 of 3239 Old 06-11-2015, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Frlsgirl, could be rain scald on the rear cannons, it's a typical place to get it, and would explain chunks of skin and hair coming off. Rain scald is caused by a microbial infection. Has it been wet or humid where you are lately?
Yes it's been hot and humid for about 2 weeks; prior to that we had lots of rain.

Apparently Ana is not the only horse at the barn with this exact same skin issue; hers is actually not as bad as some of the other horses; the MTG stuff worked wonders already; no more peeling and only slight shedding this morning.
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So we did some more ground work today; she was being a total cuddle bug so it was difficult to get much done. It was hard to say good-bye to her this morning as I won't see her for a whole week. I'm sure she'll be doing summersaults in her pasture while I'm gone
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I didn't even get home from my trip until 10pm last night, but my very first stop this morning was the barn at 6am:

I think Ana was happy to see me; she came right up to me, practically self-haltered, and was very eager to walk back to the barn with me

I guess it rained a lot while I was gone, so I was surprised to see Ana still has both shoes on. The indoor is partially flooded along with all the oudoor arenas so we did just a little bit of walk and trot and called it a day.

I can tell she had a week off because she was very stiff on the left again. It's not as evident at the walk, but as soon as you ask for a trot, the head comes up and she tries to counter flex. No biggie; we will work on that this weekend. I'm kind of stiff myself; had a hard time opening my hip flexors wide enough to accomodate her stout frame.
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We've done all kinds of fun stuff this weekend. We hit the local trails, participated in a HJ class, did in-hand work, and went for a long walk.

I tried haunches in with her today:


You can see her pause at the 18 second mark as she's thinking about where to put her feet. So adorable.
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Here are a couple of pics from yesterday as well; LFS on the longside and patiently standing/waiting for a treat. Love this horse
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Something strange happened this morning during our ride.

I was working on our cantering issues; she is generally tense and hollow, has trouble picking up the right lead and carries her haunches inward going to the left. Both her and I also hold our breath when we canter so we never get very far before we have to take a breathing break.

Over the last year I've received numerous tips and instructions as to how to improve her canter so I've been radomly implementing these suggestions.

Today, we did trot, walk, volte, canter depart; it actually worked pretty well; we both remembered to breathe; we did left first which always works, followed by right which also worked.

So then I tried to repeat that sequence; it worked on the left but not the right; so I tried the right again and she picked up the left lead again, so I did something new:

While cantering on the wrong left lead, I changed directions, thinking that this would put us on the correct lead.

Can you guess what happened?

She did a flying change to the incorrect lead! I didnt' even know that she could do flying changes under saddle. So I'm halfway excited, halfway confused.

I'm happy that we got a lot of cantering done and I could hear her breathe.

I also have some new ideas for working on her canter :)
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We did in-hand work outside for the first time today; I didn't realize that the summer campers had decorated all the jumps; one of them has ghosts attached to it (plastic bags with a knot). I was very proud of Ana for being so cool with all these distractions:

I also got one excellent in-hand work pic:




PS: On another note, I threw my hat in the ring for the Denver transfer. I don't know if it will all work out; if we can't come to an agreement on the particulars, I still have the option of backing out. Husband has applied for one job in Denver so far and I've reached out to some of my horsey contacts about possible boarding locations and price quotes. We are keeping this quiet for now as we don't want to spook my husbands employer or some of my local horse connections.
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Good luck with the job prospect. Applying for new jobs is exciting and nerve wracking all at once!
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Good luck with the job prospect. Applying for new jobs is exciting and nerve wracking all at once!
Thanks Egrogan! I have job waiting for me since I would be transferring within the company; we just need to agree on the terms and find husband a job. I've already been doing a lot of barn hunting and have found several options that I think Ana would enjoy. The cost of living is my main concern; if I can't get a decent cost of living adjustment then we can't really afford to live there.
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i finally got a close up canter picture. Still a bit tense in the front but I love how far the inside hind is stepping under.

I think part of our canter issues are solved! I rode her without the sheepskin half pad and risers and she picked up the right lead on second try and seemed a lot smoother.
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