- 4 horses belonging to her and her husband on 8 acres, Yoshi makes 5
- Horses out as much as possible, but it is a 5 stall barn and she's retired so they come in if it's extremely hot or if there are nasty thunderstorms
- She feeds orchard hay supplemented with some coastal and any kind of grain I want
- Footed jump arena, cross country field, dressage arena that can adjust small to large easily
- 2 miles from my house!!!
- They have access to dirt roads around them as well as a 30 acre and 40 acre parcel to hack out on. They also haul out to other trails frequently
- She events and has a gelding with crappy feet too that she just went through the process of getting sound after being diagnosed with negative palmar angles
- Cost is $600/month which is $225 more than I pay currently, but for much better facilities, much better hay, and by virtue of GY being retired, exactly the turnout/stall situation I want.
Friday, April 30, 2021
|From a pivo video, don't mind the quality|
|Sometimes a bit too game...|
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
|Ideally I end up here. Pretty damn relaxed and at peace, not flailing and falling off the wheel.|
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
The surgeon who saw Yoshi finally emailed over the report from his exam there as well as the insurance form.
The report was surprising to me for a few reasons:
1) Mild navicular changes in the right front. I am positive that he said the good news was the navicular bone looks fine. Okay, fine, this wouldn't have changed our current treatment approach, but certainly changes my thoughts on his future career.
2) Recommendation for stall rest and shockwave. My understanding was we were going to recheck after 3 shoeing cycles. That's not the recommendation in there (recheck at 60 days). Also... horse clearly has not been stall rested. I'm pretty sure the quote was "I don't see why he couldn't go out." And had I known they were recommending shockwave of his suspensories, he would've been getting shockwave of his suspensories.
This does bring together the initial lameness on the left front though - likely proximal suspensory rather than the fetlock I keep dragging on and on about that looked improved on the rads. As soon as I got this, I scheduled an appointment to re-ultrasound the suspensory and start his damn shockwave - Friday May 7th. I am hesitant to go anywhere else because of everyone's disdain for looking at others diagnostics, but I am sure going to nail him down in a lot longer conversation while taking notes to make sure that I get everything straight before waiting 6 weeks for a report. I'm hoping the navicular changes were so mild that they slipped by on the initial quick review of the rads. Hopefully getting his feet straightened out will help there. Time will tell I suppose.
He gets his feet done again today. Hopefully things are going well under those clogs. I'll take pictures this time for sure.
Still working on finances to work on that lease that now seems all the more needed.
Friday, April 23, 2021
- Hip stretch- this was challenging for him on the stretching out to the side part. We persevered though and made it through 20 seconds after a few tries.
- Shoulder stretch down and back- definitely liked the release it gave him. Leila was very one sided, probably due to her neck issues and would stand with her left leg back all day long after I put it there, but wanted to move the right one immediately. Yoshi was pretty quick to move both back to a normal position and pretty slow to release the shoulder down/back in general, so definitely a good one to keep working on.
- Removed fly wraps because he had some irritated skin on his left front and right rear and it was supposed to rain all day + Sunday + Monday. His fly mask had actually stayed on for more than 12 hours for once and he had some fantastic bed head forelock.
|Ridiculous forelock + his latest battle scar... At least he missed his eyeball|
- Lifting the hind legs- he found tapping on the hocks or hind legs surprisingly not stimulating at all. Leila was highly offended and therefore did the exercise very quickly. I felt like I was borderline beating him with the dressage whip on his hind legs before he lifted them. Given his lack of understanding of the exercise we settled for a few half hearted lifts with a light tap and loads of praise. On the plus side he didn't try to kick me, which I was a bit concerned about.
- Pelvis tucks- we do this one fairly frequently while grooming so it was a cheap cop out exercise. He's very sensitive across the sacrum so he tucks up and under really well. I just have to not overdo it so feet stay in one spot.
- ToH he did really well. We're still using the fence as a block for backwards movement, but he was correctly crossing the inside front in front of the outside front.
- Fly gear back on. We'll see if the mask stays this go round.
- I groomed him while he grazed in the barnyard since their hay bale was gone... Completely... Again. It let me use the SleekEZ block on him though since he was so focused on noms he couldn't be too offended by it. His rain rot is completely gone thanks to the equiderma. Now it is just a light application near trouble spots when we groom to maintain. Well worth the money on that one. Especially because I'm trying not to get him wet too often with his clogs.
- Shoulder stretch down and forward- pretty symmetrical on this, very good boy with letting me manipulate his legs.
- Lifting the hind legs- since he didn't really get the concept Monday I wanted to go through it again. The left hind leg was very easy and good. After getting two really nice, quick lifts we switched to the other side. Then trouble started. He nipped at me after I praised him for a tiny lift of the leg. I think it's because he was expecting a treat. I got after him and then after that his mind was too busy being hurt about being yelled at to be able to figure out lifting the leg again. We'll keep at it.
- Even with a new hay bale (after being out for 48 hours... Grumble grumble...) he still walks up to me in the pasture when I call him. So cute.
- Clipper work continued. Storing them on top of my grooming supplies is definitely the best way to remind me to keep at it. It doesn't seem like anywhere other than near his head will be a problem. Near the head is still very much a problem. Hard to handle clippers, treats, and lead rope. So I dropped the lead rope. This was fine. He only protested by sticking his head straight up in the air, not by moving his feet.
- No effusion in the left fetlock!
- Shoulder stretch down and back and pelvis tucks. Ones I know from memory because I stopped by the barn on my way home from my overnight shift and overwhelming my brain is easy on such mornings.
- We took a step back from clippers to just focus on touching around his poll. Taking the easy way out (see above about no brain power, also typically I am much shorter on patience with no sleep than one should be for working with any horse especially a relative baby...) I just stood with my hand as close to his poll as possible after putting his alfalfa cubes + grain in his feed tub. He went forward and back and sideways and up with his head to avoid the touch but then eventually got it figured out and even kept it together while I removed my hand and replaced it. Interesting that the clippers uncovered this hole in places he can be touched.
- Removed fly wraps+mask again. We had a nice cool front come in and the flies shouldn't be too bad. The wraps are rubbing the lateral sides of his front fetlocks. Le sigh.
- Back to mild effusion in the fetlock.
Monday, April 19, 2021
Thursday, April 15, 2021
- Work through all doable exercises in the Equine Fitness book. Do 2 each time I see him.
- Improve ToH so that we can do a correct 1/2 circle of it in both directions
- Work on standing still over grass for up to 2 minutes without needing corrections
- Continue to handle ears until it is no big deal all the time. Generally he's fine with it, but I think he was ear twitched in the past because sometimes if I move too quickly he will get kind of panicky and then I can't touch it at all for the next few minutes until he forgets about it.
- Continue to behave ourselves for the farrier.
- Improve handling of hind feet
- If allowed with this next set of shoes, start hand walking 30+ minutes 3 times a week. Trailer to new places to do this and continue to practice ground manners while at new places.
- Clip bridle path again. Assess whether it seems like I'd be able to body clip and if not, start working on desensitizing to clippers.
|A good friend came to visit- we kayaked "the Chazz" and saw manatees and otters|
|There's only so many different pictures I can post of Yoshi from the ground, so I figured this was more interesting anyways|
Friday, April 9, 2021
|Hi mom! Thanks for the mask, I'll take it off later.|
|Forgot to take a picture before I walked him through the dirt/sand. They looked much more awesome initially.|
|Not a fan|
|Really pleased with his progress in the weight and growing hair over bite marks departments|
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
|I LOVE these pull out cards, so handy|
|Pre-nipping friend on the ass, looking so innocent|
|At least he's cute|
Friday, April 2, 2021
- 1 month of Smart Pak's "Smartgain"
- 1 month of a full scoop of alfalfa cubes soaked and fed with 1/4 scoop of Cadence Ultra when I'm out there (5-6 days a week usually)
|Day he came home|
|Where we're at now. Definitely need to stand him up for a better comparison picture|
|About a week ago. So much mane.|
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