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post #1 of 129 Old 02-19-2019, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Teaching Diablo to Jump

I met Diablo when he was 6 months old. He had been started on leading, grooming, and had run around the round pen a time or two. Around the same time my horse Louie passed away.
I trained Diablo on the basic groundwork stuff, and always made sure he got that magic from all the horses I'd known before him. I would tell the horses that Louie taught me this so I could show you what it's like to be an amazing horse.

When he was about to turn 2 I broke him for his then owner to take him to the track. He was the first horse I broke. He went to the track training facility for around 6 months before he made it to the track. He was at the track and got timed as a 2 year old and was fast, but started having some issues with his hind end falling out. Around the same time his half brother had a surgery to cut the patella ligament to stop him from locking up. I was worried Diablo would have permanent damage from this and that he wouldn't have a chance to be the amazing horse I had set him up to be. I knew then that I wanted him to be my horse.
He took around a year off and I went back to school. Diablo seemed to have escaped peril and was just resting. Better him resting on someone elses budget than my own with school in full swing.
Then another horse I'd known needed help. Dodge had a terrible summer sore and was being neglected. His owners all though they could handle a mustang, but turned out that Dodge was suffering. I arranged to buy Dodge to take care of him, because for now Diablo was safe.

I found out a few months later that Diablo would be going back to the track to run as a 3 year old now that he had grown out of the hind end issues a bit. I was upset and told his owner I wanted to buy him. She said ok, but she wanted to try him at the track first. My worst fear was that he would become permanently damaged and that I would still love him enough to want to care for him, even if he were lame, for the rest of his life.
Diablo was running fast, 3f in 32 seconds. I would drive out to the track to watch his warm ups, and he really seemed happy. He always had his ears perked and was happy to go.
He ran a race on April 2018. He started fast but gave it away around the last turn. Part of me wanted him to win. Part of me wanted him to lose. When he lost I knew he could be mine!

I moved with Dodge in August, then a month later Diablos owner said I could have him. He got the OK from the vet and the same hauler who brought Dodge picked up Diablo and he was mine!

Diablo took some time off in pasture, until it got very very muddy. Something I wasn't used to. All the wet areas I've boarded have had tons of sand to keep the footing nice, but not this place! Just recently he came up a little lame, then worse and worse. I moved him from pasture to a proper barn. Abscesses came out of all 4 feet, then after 2 weeks of care he was sound once again. His feet still have damage from when I got him that is growing out, but hopefully it will be gone in a few more months.

Now we are back to riding. Diablo is turning 5 on the 21st of February. I want to start him in a more professional sense. He is a typical track built horse and looks like a real athlete. He is getting visits from the chiropractor as we start bringing him up to riding so that he can use his body well.

I'm planning to start Diablo jumping, and well, I've hopped him over some tiny verticals just for the fun of it and he was fine with it considering he had no preparation, I just wanted to see what his reaction would be.

The first steps for us will be walking, some trotting, shortening and lengthening, walking over poles, and working on turning the haunches and forehand. Might do a little trotting over poles as well. Planning this for a couple weeks.
Hopefully the next steps will be to work more on the trotting over poles, lengthening and shortening the trot, working on a quality canter, and trotting some small crossrails.
He has good transitions already, but after that might work on getting those really sharp. Will also need to work a lot A LOT on flexion. He is straight, only sorta bends, and has no round in him right now. I think the trotting over poles and the chiropractor will help that, which is why I'm waiting it out before I start refining circles and directional changes.
I think then I will start doing a combo of jumping little courses (3 jumps?) and working on the flying lead changes. His half brother gave it up pretty quick on the flying changes so I'm hopeful that Diablo has it down too.

After that it might be in the plans to have some students ride Diablo to help me afford this fantastic barn. He is a total babysitter, but also honest and if you are messing up he will tell you. Perfect combination to learn on, and for him to get some experience.

Well, that's the plan! Hopefully I'll be able to keep a little log going here of our progress each day. Today is going to be some walking before the chiro arrives, then probably just a rest day tomorrow too, then Thursday is his birthday! Maybe I'll get him out for a little ride then.
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Good luck with your horse.
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post #3 of 129 Old 02-20-2019, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks!
Today I rode Dodge, who will inevitably end up in this journal. Dodge was good starting out then decided to go rodeo bronc on me instead of cantering forward. I stayed on for the 8 seconds then he gave one last good one. I remember looking down when he went up and thinking wow I'm up high. I didn't think Dodge could rear like that, bucks, sure that's his thing. Had a couple witnesses and got some compliments for staying on as long as I did... Lot of expletives yelled in that ride after that. My aeroware outlyne vest should get here tomorrow for riding Dodge and jumping, he's just not really predictable and doesn't pay attention to me unless I ride every step, and were still working on him thinking about taking care of me rather than the other way around.

As for Diablo, he got a visit by the chiropractor today. She started working on him and immediately started talking about how awesome he is. He really impresses everyone who meets him. He just was still and let her work and was really receptive to the work she was doing. He got his neck spine and pelvis adjusted. She said I should start working him out a lot more and heavily, so that he can get some muscle toning. She was really happy with his conformation and said he is going to be a great horse once he starts working.

We talked about the rings on his feet, which I haven't been sure about, founder, injury? She mentioned a drug reaction which I hadn't considered. We also talked about how between his 2-3 year he came off the track lame. She said he had broke his sacrum, which is why it sticks up in that one spot. She said that happens most commonly when they rear and flip over. Thinking about that happening to Diablo is sad, since he is so complacent, but when I broke him on our 10th ride he gave a good hi ho trigger rear, which I think to this day still was the best and most dramatic rear I've ridden through, so I can't put it past him to have tried that again at some point. Just putting pieces together to figure what happened to him at the track.
We talked about some stretches I can do with him to ensure that his pelvis stays aligned and what sport work I should do to keep his muscles supporting his joints. I'm happy that his hunter's bump is reduced and his pelvis is aligned better now. He enjoyed it and is standing better than when I first got him.

Here's just some pictures of him standing and feeling a bit better afterwards. Planning to ride him tomorrow with some walking and trotting. Still gotta use the wintec with cair until the new half pad gets here for the cc saddle. I know some people and horses like the cair, and some don't. I personally like it and Diablo seems to too, haven't done much than walk him around in it so I'm sure it's not hurt him. Supposed to be a saddle my bf can use to ride him anyway and I've kinda taken it over I guess haha.
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Wow, what a beautiful color. Can't see his head, does he have any markings there or is he solid?
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Wow, what a beautiful color. Can't see his head, does he have any markings there or is he solid?
He doesn't have any markings on his head exactly...
He did hit his head and had to get stitches when he was a baby so he does have a clump of white hairs from that, kinda where a star would be, which I don't think will go away.
He has a holy coronet band on his right rear. His brother are both maximum sabinos and are nearly totally white.
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I went on a mini vacation to a friends house for a couple days, much needed!
Before I left I rode Diablo and after that chiropractic adjustment he was just amazing! I'm super excited to see him moving like he is now. He's got stuff in him I didn't know he had! I just had to keep him calm, since his body feels good, but his hoof is still hurting him a bit. It's that delicate balance of giving him what exercise he wants and needs without it leaving any negative impacts.

On his birthday I walked him around and through the other barns on the property we hadn't visited yet. He was happy to do that. A lot less nervous than previously. Not that he was ever really nervous to begin with, but he was more curious this time.

After our walk I put him in the turn out and he had a bit of fun galloping around for a few minutes then he was done!

I did manage to get hooked up with a tack locker at the barn too so that's super nice! Going out there to see them today and I have a new saddle half pad that I think he will like better.
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Both horses were happy yesterday. Raining and stormy again here so I just brushed and fed them. Probably going to be the routine for the next few days.

Diablo's hoof hole is growing down, and his whole hoof has grown nicely too. Hoping that in another couple weeks there will be enough sole under the hole that he can go out without an extra bootie on.

I am also going to be running a schooling show or a few at the barn this year which is great! I'm hoping I can get Diablo jumping a bit so someone can ride him in crossrails at the show!
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Well yesterday was a weird day. I got Diablo out tacked him up with a new pad, the same one I rode his brother in all the time. He seemed to like it, but he was really excited to get out! Maybe I shouldn't have free lunged him... but that was my choice. He was fine until he flung the bootie off his foot. That was his choice, then he kept galloping until a rock went right in the hole in his foot!
I tried to clean it out and out the bootie back on, but i couldn't find the rock so I ended up riding him around a tiny bit walking mostly to cool him out.

After I noticed he had some patches of hair falling out, like normal winter shedding, but there's no new hair underneath. He has some bald spots. He has a stable blanket, and there's some missing hair in normal areas for a blanket, but then he is also missing hair on his neck and face. I don't think he is rubbing it out through itching. I'm hoping he's not allergic to the shavings or hay.

I gave him a bath, since really he hasn't had one for a while... and put him back. I know it's not fungal or parasite, there's no skin legions, just missing hair.

As a baby he did get some weird crusty skin and hair loss under his chest, so I'm hoping it's that...

My plan right now is to watch it, and thinking of making some moisturizing spray to put on the areas with some oils and maybe acv and fly spray to see if I can get the hair to grow back, He's due to get wormed but our microscope isn't working so I'm going to just worm him without a count to see if that helps at all too. Otherwise I'm probably looking at some cortizone shots in a week from now if there's no changes.

Hoping it's just some weird shedding thing and not something more serious.
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Probably not, this time of year all kinds of weird skin issues.
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Looking at it again today I think it's seasonal alopecia.

When he moved up here he didn't have a lot of time to get a coat in for winter. My other horse turned wholly.
Now that they are shedding one horse is still fluffy but Diablo is still out of wack with the seasons here. It's like he's trying to loose a full winter coat which he doesn't have!

Just sticking to the barn isles walking till the weather clears up! There's a covered arena but I'll want to lunge him first before riding him in there. Might be able to pull that off if I show up at an odd time. Trying to be more cautious with the hoof.

I got to visit the chiropractor, I think Diablo will appreciate that. I'm sure my hip digging into him wasn't the best for either of us!
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