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post #491 of 498 Old 04-21-2019, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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This weekend was...well, WOW! Lol. We did the first treatment on Wednesday. I didn't go out on Thursday because of really severe weather and Friday because we were Spring Cleaning the house, so Alex gave him his doses for those days. When I went out on Saturday, they said he'd still been acting up on the ground. Reared twice being brought in for breakfast with Alex just because he didn't want to be lead, but walk in on his own. Tried to bite her a couple times. Thank goodness she's great at handling horses. She worked at my old barn for 3 years handling 30 horses a day, so she doesn't let them get away with anything. Friday morning, he somehow got out of his stall, and sent everyone into a panic when they realized he was missing. They found him grazing behind the barn. It also doesn't help that the mares in the neighboring pasture are all in season.

So anyhow, I get to the barn Saturday, and am briefed on my little monster. I declare that I'm taking him off alfalfa again. It's been over 2 weeks since I added the cubes back to his diet, hoping he wouldn't get crazy again, but I immediately thought that it must be the culprit. He acted up a bit when I went to bring him in for breakfast, and later when I tried to go in his stall to get his halter on, and he moved away and turned his butt to me! I popped him with end of the lead rope. Clearly someone had lost his mind! He let me get the halter on and I brought him out to groom. Again, he's being funny about being brushed, but I finally saw it. Right behind his shoulder, he had 5 or 6 big bug bites. So after checking him, I brush him everywhere but where the bites are, and once he realized I wasn't going to touch them, he settled and let me groom him with no objections. What's weird is that the bites weren't visible before. I guess it took a few days for them to swell up? So that solved that mystery.

I knew I wanted to ride, but based on his recent behavior, I decided it was probably safer to lunge him first. But the weird part was that as soon as I started tacking him up, he got quiet as a mouse, just standing patiently. Okay... I decided I wanted to try riding him in the front riding area. We hadn't ridden up there in awhile and I really wanted to work in our makeshift dressage arena. I had Alex tag along as our ground support.

Right away he went to work on the lunge. He was listening and responsive and seemed to have no qualms about working. Usually he's a bit looky and nervous when we work up front. It was really windy, and the road next to the barn was pretty active, but he didn't seem bothered by any of it. I was shocked. We did WTC on the lunge for about 15 min, but his behavior was so solid, that I felt no doubts about riding him.

I gotta tell you. I have ZERO clue what was in the vials the chiro gave me. Today he got his 5th dose before we rode. I lunged him today too before riding AND we rode up front again. He was AMAZING. I swear, EVERY SINGLE RIDE, we spend 15-25 min just trying to get him focused and listening and MOVING. Not yesterday or today. He wasn't looky, or nervous, tense or distracted. Today, there was another boarder working her horse just outside the arena, and her horse was running around like a crazy person. North barely glanced at them. I couldn't believe it. And he was so down to work! It was odd. Lol. Whenever I asked, he just said, "Okay, let's do it!" During both rides, mistakes were 95% my fault.

When I say he was good? I mean all parts. Even cantering on the lunge. He didn't get worked up or dramatic, and even started stretching in the canter on right lead! Mounting and dismounting he was a saint. Stood quietly while I got my stirrups. He had ONE small spook yesterday at a paper cup in the grass, but we never stopped, and he went right back into work mode like we didn't skip a beat. This weekend, he acted more like a 6 or 8yr old than a 4yr old, and I was just SO proud. I didn't canter him in the saddle, but I kinda wish I had. We were just on such a good streak that I didn't want to push my luck. Lol. So yea, no clue what's going on with ground North, but work North is on point and I love it! So for now, I'm gonna keep him on the alfalfa. He's filling out really nice.

After our ride today, I gave him a bath and turned him out. He looked so shiny and gorgeous standing out there in the pasture that I snapped a photo. Then tried to run in there, to get some better shots. Of course, he saw me coming and immediately decided to roll. Lol. This kid...he's so freakin cute!

And finally, I got videos from both days of riding, but I'm still going through today's ride. As most of you know, I am a HUGE fan of Game of Thrones, and as we were re-watching all the old seasons to prepare for the new season, I found a song from the Season 6 soundtrack that I LOVE and want to use one day for a freestyle with North. I love it so much, and since we're still a few years away from qualifying for a freestyle, my guy helped me use it for our video. I really wish we knew more and were ready to do more, but all in due time right? Like I said, most of the mistakes were my fault, and please try not to dwell on my still crappy position and training level skill. Lol. We're both getting better each day.

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post #492 of 498 Old 04-22-2019, 09:40 AM
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You canít feel how off he is?
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post #493 of 498 Old 04-22-2019, 09:51 AM
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TBs can be dramatic, but I don't think it's 90% in his mind. He moves like something is sore and I'd try to figure it out or at least give him some time off to see if it improves rather than push him through it.
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Here is video from Sunday and you can see he is moving better. He had 4 days off in that video. The vet blistered his stifle and said I HAVE to keep him working in order to get through the stiffness. I thought I mentioned that earlier. As you can see in Sunday's video, he looks better. The blistering makes the joint tighter, so you have to keep them in regular work to keep it from getting sore and stiff. Thanks for the concern.

I should also add that when North hurts, he doesn't hide it. He's not inclined to work, swishes tail and tosses his head a lot. Let me know if you see a lot of that in this video.

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post #495 of 498 Old 04-22-2019, 10:32 AM
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I agree with you Tina.
He looks a LOT better in the second video from yesterday. If he had 4 days off, it's understandable he was stiff like that. Again, if he wasn't exercised, he was bound to be a bit stiff because as you said, the blistering makes the joint tighter. Your vet told you to work him, you are doing what your vet said to do. Which is pretty reasonable. He's not swishing his tail or showing any signs in the second video that he's in pain/uncomfortable.

EXACTLY. TB's do NOT hide it either if they don't feel well. If he was swishing his tail & throwing his head, you'd know he was feeling crappy. Definitely looks way better in that video. You aren't doing any strenuous work with him either.

I am glad he is more inclined to work, it sounds like that stuff is working! LOL omg don't they always roll after they get hosed off? Like come on now! But it's the cutest thing ever.

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post #496 of 498 Old 04-22-2019, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Tihannah View Post
The vet blistered his stifle and said I HAVE to keep him working in order to get through the stiffness. I thought I mentioned that earlier.
Then his movement makes perfect sense. I missed that the vet had done a treatment, and only read about the chiro saying one tiny spot was sore, and homeopathic treatments, which seemed like they would not be causing him to move like that. But blistered stifles...definitely.

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post #497 of 498 Old 04-22-2019, 04:41 PM
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Those bug bites - do you by chance have Lyme Disease in your area?
If your horse was in my area a vet would suspect Lyme Disease - fractious behavior and soreness/stiffness are key symptoms.

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post #498 of 498 Old 04-22-2019, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Just wanted to say a Thank You to those of you that have followed this short journey and maybe? enjoyed it. Haha.

I waited till I was almost 40 to fulfill my lifelong dream of owning a horse and I have enjoyed every moment of it, even the tough ones. North is my absolute joy and release from the stress of daily life and I very much look forward to the years to come with him.

Unfortunately, I've decided that I have shared enough. For those I am friends with, you know you can always see my updates on FB.

I hope you all have many great rides!

-Tina & North

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