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post #1091 of 1323 Old 11-26-2015, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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I just got home, went to see her tonight and was glad I did. I did the steps that Golden suggested when checking if she was warm and she was. She wasnt wet at all, even though on her ears and under her mane, she was dry but the fur was a bit cold to the touch. Im guessing that is normal? Her front armpits were the warmest spot of all of them.

Maybe its just me, but I find with her winter coat I very rarely have to use my curry comb on her. Usually any dirt on her just comes right off with a brush. Anyone else find the same thing? A soft brush seems like its more than enough to do the job for the winter.

I was contemplating if I was going to continue on from Sunday in getting her to pick up her feet and hold up for 3 secs then praise and reward. I decided not to and instead just go ahead and pick her feet and see how it goes (since its been a good week and a bit since ive picked them). Except I decided I was going to use treats to reward her.

I first put her up against the barn wall and started with her front foot (I always do) and then onto her back foot. She was really good on both! I was amazed! Her front foot, as soon as I bent over and was about to tap her leg, (I didnt even tap it) her foot went up so nicely! I literally bent over, was about to reach over to tap and her hoof was already up and held up in the air for me. This was literally the best Ive seen from her!

There was no way any horse could have done it better in terms of timing and how they pick their foot up. After she picked up both feet and I grabbed it, I said "good girl!" cause even though i wasnt able to treat her and physically praise her right away, I felt that over the top verbal praise would at least have her make the connection when she hears good girl, that shes being rewarded verbally! I picked her feet (she was good, didnt lean on me) and as soon as I put each one down, I gave her rubs and scratches and gave her a treat.

After those were done, I decided I would try doing her other two feet without her on the wall. What do you know she picked up both feet without taking a step away from me! Her front foot, she immediately started pawing when I bent over for it, so I just grabbed it and held onto it. Cleaned, rinse and repeat from the 1st side. She was leaning a bit on this one foot, so I kept holding it for a few more secs until she stopped leaning on it and then I put it down and praised her. Did I do this right? (Remember Im still workin on excersize #1, the second one will be later on when I have #1 down pat and cleared.)

Her back foot, same thing, she did the same as the other back foot. Quick tap and up it went. I was really impressed with her! She very much deserved the treats I gave her for all 4 feet tonight! I was so proud of her and her effort tonight. I gave her lots and lots of over the top praise. Very good mare tonight.

I wish I had this recorded, it would have been something to watch again.
Im surprised no one noticed this.
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Im surprised no one noticed this.
Ever consider that people may have noticed, just felt no need to respond? Some days are just like that..

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Ever consider that people may have noticed, just felt no need to respond? Some days are just like that..
Ok just checking
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Regarding Christmas...I think you should enjoy it any way you can. It sounds like you might be able to start a pretty cool tradition with your mare!

As far as their hooves and legs getting cold- they are built to handle it. Do try to keep her hooves picked clean when there is a lot of snow. Mine tend to get ice packed into their hooves and they look like they are walking on a ball. It's not very comfortable for them and they don't get very good traction like that.
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Regarding Christmas...I think you should enjoy it any way you can. It sounds like you might be able to start a pretty cool tradition with your mare!

As far as their hooves and legs getting cold- they are built to handle it. Do try to keep her hooves picked clean when there is a lot of snow. Mine tend to get ice packed into their hooves and they look like they are walking on a ball. It's not very comfortable for them and they don't get very good traction like that.
Oh really! Totally didnt know this, thanks for bringing it up with me. Is packed snow as bad (if not worse) than packed mud in the hooves?

We've only had 3-5cm of snow the past 48 hours (and didnt snow today, already starting to melt) so its not too too bad. When I checked them yesterday, it was mostly just dirt and mud in her hooves. Shes getting a trim done this Sat morning so I will see how it is again then.

What kind of tradition to you think I could start with my mare? Im still thinking what I can do with her. I will forsure get some peppermint candies and put them on top of the kick cookies. Maybe just give her a few of those, put some apples and carrots in her feed bucket and hang out and brush her.
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OK, I read the first few pages of this thread and then skipped on to the last page.

Hoofpic, it seems that you are learning and making good progress! Keep it up!
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OK, I read the first few pages of this thread and then skipped on to the last page.

Hoofpic, it seems that you are learning and making good progress! Keep it up!
Thank you, yes I've made great strides all thanks to you guys!

I'm sure she's happier today than she was 1-2 months ago.

This is only the start, looking forward to much much more with my mare.
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Ya my mare is definitely soar somewhere on her left side (around withers or barrel). When i was brushing her there today, (i went really gentle first with the curry comb, while watching her ears) she turned her head and made the biting gesture. She was quite aggresive cause i could hear the "hhhh" sound from her teeth. I was trying to find her sore spot so i used my hand to just skimmed the surface of her hair to see if i could get any reaction from her again but nothing.

I didnt want to annoy her so i just put her back in the field after.

My equine massager is coming back out in the next while again. Im wondering if i should bring in a chiro as welk? I wonder if shes out somewhere.

Maybe she got kicked by one of her mates and is soar?
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Ya my mare is definitely soar somewhere on her left side (around withers or barrel). When i was brushing her there today, (i went really gentle first with the curry comb, while watching her ears) she turned her head and made the biting gesture. She was quite aggresive cause i could hear the "hhhh" sound from her teeth. I was trying to find her sore spot so i used my hand to just skimmed the surface of her hair to see if i could get any reaction from her again but nothing.

I didnt want to annoy her so i just put her back in the field after.

My equine massager is coming back out in the next while again. Im wondering if i should bring in a chiro as welk? I wonder if shes out somewhere.

Maybe she got kicked by one of her mates and is soar?
You're never wrong to bring in the Chiropractor, most horses love to be adjusted. So, I'd Chiro first then massage and hopefully she'll be good as new. If she's sore enough to clack her teeth at you, I'd definitely go with an adjustment first. Then maybe some Banamine after so the massage feels really good and it keeps the inflammation down.

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Ya my mare is definitely soar somewhere on her left side (around withers or barrel). When i was brushing her there today, (i went really gentle first with the curry comb, while watching her ears) she turned her head and made the biting gesture. She was quite aggresive cause i could hear the "hhhh" sound from her teeth. I was trying to find her sore spot so i used my hand to just skimmed the surface of her hair to see if i could get any reaction from her again but nothing.

I didnt want to annoy her so i just put her back in the field after.

My equine massager is coming back out in the next while again. Im wondering if i should bring in a chiro as welk? I wonder if shes out somewhere.

Maybe she got kicked by one of her mates and is soar?
You're never wrong to bring in the Chiropractor, most horses love to be adjusted. So, I'd Chiro first then massage and hopefully she'll be good as new. If she's sore enough to clack her teeth at you, I'd definitely go with an adjustment first. Then maybe some Banamine after so the massage feels really good and it keeps the inflammation down.
Im thinking ill bring in a chiro ASAP, i have a strong feeling she is out somewhere. When she clacked her teeth at me and pinned her ears, it totally reminded me of when my ex's mare did that to her and turned out she needed an adjustment. One of her ribs was out. After she got that done, she was instantly night and day better.

Im here at the barn reading (waiting for my lesson coming up in couple hours) and its too bad I cant talk about this stuff with my trainer cause she doesnt believe in chiros and massage (which is really unfortunate how against it she is).

Cause if she rides her, she needs to know about her possibly being out. Though she said she hasnt noticed anything when she rides or brushes or saddles my mare. But would it be a good idea for my trainer to not ride my mare until i get her checked by a chiro?

If she is clacking her teeth at me and pinning her ears, i doubt its just a minor sore spot. Either she got kicked from one of her mates or its from the saddle.

I highly HIGHLY doubt its from her being ridden over the past 8 weeks.

Also and MOST IMPORTANTLY, did I do the right thing when my mare tried to bite? By me trying to find out exactly where she is soar by skimming her hair with my hand and after i didnt get another reaction again I stopped and put her back in the field. I was curious and felt I needed to find out but i didnt want to **** her off and as much as I wanted to find out, i feel its best left to a professional to assess.
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