Horribly Outdated

26 10 2010

Yes… I know…. I have been serious BAD about updating my blog with Picasso’s progress. I should be whipped…..

But here is an update: SO FAR SO GOOD!!!!!

Picasso has been steadily increasing his workouts the past couple months. We added in cantering and are doing pretty well!

In a recent lesson with Emily Giamonna, we experimented with a shorter rein. I have been riding Picasso long and low in an effort to get him to use his top line correctly. But either due to my lack of skill or some other variable, I have been unable to accomplish this… One theory is that his underneck is so well developed, which he did in his spare time…. that even in a long and low position, he is still using it…… Hmmm…. In the photo above he is still using that underneck…..

So how are his cysts?? So far, not a problem. I believe the combination of stem cells and Tildren have shored up the weakness… at least for the workload we have been doing. We have been doing 15-20 minutes of lunging, followed by 10 mins walk, 10 trot, 15-20 of trot with a smidge of canter. That’s about a typical day. I also mix in hill work.


In Hand with Manolo Mendez

20 08 2010

I had the opportunity to have a lesson with an amazing dressage trainer, Manolo Mendez. Manolo is an artist with horses. That’s really what it comes down to. Artistry, dexterity, and unimaginable skill. Picasso was a bit back sore last week, so I opted for an in hand lesson. The lesson was amazing. Pica and Manolo hit it off and liked each other very much. Have a looksey…

If you ever have the chance to work with him, do not hesitate, do not equivocate…. Just do it.

What’s he doing now?

19 07 2010

Alright alright, I feel hopelessly off the wagon and have not kept up on my blog… Very bad me….

But Picasso is doing rather well! We are riding 5 days a week, up to 20 mins of trot, 40 mins of riding total. I lunge him for 20 mins or so to warm up, then we’re off! He is now, as of TODAY, allowed to canter 2/3 of the arena both ways…once…. 2 days a week and only if he feels nice and even. Go Pica!

We are working on accepting a contact and staying steady. Picasso is a master of evasion, either curling, inverting, or pretending to be on the bit…. He has the most wiggly neck too, so we’re working on keeping that neck straight between his shoulders.

He was recently a participant in a photoshoot, so I thought I’d share some pics. Thank you Marcie Lewis!!

Mmm mmm mmm, he’s such a stud!

Such a handsome horse….

And finally, mama love. I was in no condition to be photographed, so thankfully I am only HALF in this shot.

Hokay…. doing better now

8 05 2010

So my vet came out on Friday morning to check out my gimpy boy, and wouldn’t ya know…. he was sound! She checked out both the front right and the rear left. We ultrasounded the front right and found no tears. Just a possible irritation of the tendon sheath around the suspensory. But nothing major. Then the rear left had some adema and he was sensitive, there was a bit of focal heat in the foot which leads us to believe it is probably an abscess. Phew!!!! We have slightly reined in his exercise, but only for a week or so. No trotting. But I get to ride! Woo hoo!!!

So I am so incredibly relieved that he did not tear anything. I would have been devastated. Truly devastated. But he didn’t, so we’re doing better now….

Our repertoire now includes icing or cold hosing both legs each day, some bute, and wrapping. He does get to stay out in pasture as long as he doesn’t run around like a fool. 🙂

He is trying to put me into an early grave

3 05 2010

So Picasso being Picasso. Today he was set to be picked up from Circle Oak and taken back to Wine Country Sporthorse. He was standing tied in the sun drying from a morning hydrohorse session. As it got warmer I moved him into the shade and retied him. I left to go over to the barn office to wait for Annika to come get us. When she got there I showed her where to go and found Picasso with his right front left over his lead rope. He looked quite calm about it so I unhooked him and he was fine. Then I checked his legs. Guess what. The right front leg was slightly swollen. Joy oh joy.

Now back at WCS he has been cold hosed, iced, poulticed, and wrapped. What a great homecoming.

Picasso wants to be a paint

21 04 2010

On Saturday I decided to give Picasso a bath. Figured he could use one…. Big mistake. After returning him to his pasture, he promptly rolled good and hard. Ground that dirt in there. Clean side

The dirty side

Now for the fun! So on Monday, he went into the hydrohorse. I was not there. Tuesday I went to see him, and he had done more decorating…

Today I went out because it was another hydorhorse day. I go over and say hi to Picasso. After a few minutes of scratching his nose, I look down and see his left front fetlock is bleeding! What the hell!!! I take him up to the wash rack and hose it off. One of the Circle Oak staff comes over, and we clip it to see what is going on. Neither of us can figure it out. It’s oozy, bloody, and raised. Doesn’t immediately seem to be anything recognizable.

I proceed to clean him all off. During his de-mudding, I use my shedding blade to get the caked mud off. On a pass down his right front leg a whole chunk of hair comes off!!! What the hell is going on here!

We decide to shave this section too and discover it is quite large!

After getting both areas cleaned up and after some texting with my vet…. we all conclude this is mud fever!!! He did not have it Saturday, and the Circle Oak staff swear he didn’t have it Monday…. hmmm……..

So poor Picasso is locked in his stall for a few days until the mud in his pasture dries up some. And he is getting his sores cleaned and treated with an antiseptic every day. Great just what I needed 4 days before I graduate!!!!!

After more discussion, we came to the conclusion that hydrohorse + bath + wet weather + mud rolling all contributed in a perfect storm to give him mud fever. So he is restricted from the hydrohorse for at least a week depending on how fast these things heal…

Oh and I shaved off all his feathers just for good measure…

Ride and shine!

15 04 2010

This week, we are up to 25 minutes of walk and 4 minutes of trot. The last couple weeks have been busy for me as I prepare for my final business plan presentations and GRADUATION!!!!! But back to Picasso….

I have yet to have consistent training with Picasso, nor a consistent trainer. But I cliniced with a great trainer last year named Manolo Mendez. Manolo is a Spaniard living in Australia! He used to be the head rider for the Royal School of Equestrian Art. He is in California 2-3 times a year, but I needed help today so I asked my friend Pam, a long time Manolo student, to come down and give Pica and I some pointers. She took pics too!

We started out with trying to get Picasso to stretch down and out in the walk. As noted above, he has a tendency to want to curl. Need him to stick his nose more out.

Much better, nice reach too! We walked around working on straightness. Pam caught my tendency to use my left rein therefore causing Pica to brace. We have this little game and have trained each other well. But now I know his game…. I’m wise to his antics……

On to trot! a whole 4 minutes! 2 minutes each direction. He did pretty well!

Nice and long and low. He has good reach under, but he is on the forehand. I asked Pam about that… Basically, he’s a stone cold greenie. First we gotta get his muscle structure correct, good back, flip that neck muscle over. Once he’s got a good long and low frame, we can add some more contact and the lift in the withers will follow.

Pica is a trick to ride. He has a habit of curling…. he is very good at evading…. little monster. So as seen above, he will curl. I then drive him forward to get his nose back out again. We also talked about Pica’s habit of positioning himself like a giraffe. Pam is pretty sure it’s habit for him. So there is hope!!!!

Go Picasso! I am so thrilled to be riding again and he seems to enjoy it too. 😉