Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: North County San Diego
• Horses: 0
Well I got a chance to put this into action today. I go to put the halter on lesson horse today to go get get groomed and tacked up and he tells me loud and clear something is up. He stomped the ground twice as I'm putting it on. He's never done that before and now finally I'm in tune enough to listen. Then it was difficult to get him out of his corral, and then even more difficult to get him up onto the tack area mat.
So at this point I know something is up and I didn't think the lesson was going to proceed. I groom him anyway and he does relax a bit but I hold off and tacking him up until my instructor arrives.
She does and I let her know what's going on. She takes a look at him, feels the pulse in his hooves and sure enough it's noticeable. She thanks me for being attentive and we head down to a tack shed to get him a shot of banamine (which was gone but that's another story). I take him back to his corral and let him go. He literally took a little jump with joy when he realized he wasn't going to be made to ride today.
I'm very glad this went down the way it did. A couple months ago I wouldn't have noticed, would have ridden him in pain and been disgusted with how poorly he performed. Slowly but surely. I just wish I had started 40 yrs ago.