Things are looking up!

30 03 2010


Picasso will officially move out to a stall with an attached pasture on the 1st of April. He has been grazing in this pasture for a month or two now, but NOW he gets to live out there full time! The Circle Oak staff were a bit weary about letting him out, as was my vet. Everyone was rightfully concerned about Picasso pulling some weird move and hurting himself. That is always a risk with pastured horses. But I just knew Pica would continue to be kind of a jerk the longer he was stalled. Yes, my dear, sweet, loving, gentle Picasso has been kind of a wanker lately…. But today we experimented with having him out for longer. I thought he might be a little looney…. but he turned out to be rather mellow the whole day even with the raging wind. We started in the attached stall where he was given his grain. The stall walls are made of upright tick “sticks”. Basically 2-4 in diameter “branches” that have been cut to be even and layed side by side to make the walls. These “sticks” are strapped to metal bars. Ok I suck at describing this, just look at the photo.

The whole point of telling you how it was made was to tell you that he was pretty nervous. The wind was whipping through the opening between the sticks. Plus stuff was falling around the neighbors property and the geese where honking a lot. He couldn’t see anything of this and it made him nervous.

Enter endotapping! I got my endostick and tapped him into submission! Just kidding. I did tap him into relaxation. He was still concerned, but post tap he would stand still instead of circle the stall. His breathing slowed and he as more relaxed. I then let him out and he just sauntered out. Very nice. Anyone interested in endotapping, please comment and/or email me. I’d love to share the knowledge!

So he was out all day! And he was great. He actually was very sleepy by the end of the day. Nice. Now that it is pouring rain and the wind is whipping outside, I am glad he is back in his stall in the barn. 🙂

Also got the all clear from the vet, the gracious Tere Crocker, that we can add 5 minutes of walk and 2 minutes of trot to our riding regime EACH WEEK!!!! Woo hoooo!!!!!!!!!!!!


Endo-tapping video

28 03 2010

Been experimenting with endo-tapping. Here are some of our results.

It seems that Picasso has better rides, is more relaxed and stretches better after he has had 15 minutes or so of lunging and endo-tapping. Kinda cool!


27 03 2010

Oh my gosh, I can’t stop grinning! I got Picasso out this morning and planned to do some lunging and endo-tapping followed by a short ride. Now when I say lunge I don’t mean on a circle. I usually have him just stay on the arena edge and we go around that way. He isn’t really supposed to lunge on a circle…. Anyway, I spent the time tapping him here and there to see what responses I would get. Concentrated on getting his head low and stretched out, stepping deeply from behind and using his back correctly. After about 15-20 minutes of this, I bridled him and got on.

Right there, oh wow, his back was round! It was such a nice feeling to know the tapping had paid off! We walked off and I continued to tap him while we rode. By tapping the inner shoulder as it extends, I can influence the opposite hind leg (because it is just leaving the ground at that point). This article has a good diagram of the horse walk. He responded very well but lowering his head, lifting his back and stretching out his stride. Still working on getting him to actually tilt his pelvis to REALLY reach under, but it’s a work in progress. I was so tickled with his progress and his relaxation.

Good boy Pica!

No side effects so far

19 03 2010

Picasso did well last night. The owner of Circle Oak Ranch, Ron, went out and checked on Picasso around 8:30. Said he was quiet and had good gut sound! I went out to see Pica this morning for a shortened hyrdohorse session (did 7 minutes, taking it easy for a few days), and he seemed great! Now when we first started the hydrohorse, I was told that eventually horses get to the point where upon coming out of the hydrohorse they are all jazzed and excited. We have reached that point. Picasso comes out charging and usually has to be restrained. Then once he is hosed off he is usually led to go graze. On the way over, he gets quite acrobatic… Today, he had to go back to his stall while they mowed the paddocks (why the are mowing when they have free grazers was puzzling lol). So he was mighty miffed and not going out IMMEDIATELY. He was striking and trying to push me in the direction of the grass. I told him to knock it off and it out right defiance and angst, he pulled quite an impressive rear! Cheeky….. Sorry no pictures of it. 😉

Here are a couple of pictures of Picasso being “cheeky” before we went to Circle Oak. I love this first one because he and I are in sync with our steps.

This is quite an impressive shot. Not sure how he managed to bend that way, but he did…..

Tildren Today!

18 03 2010

Picasso began getting Tildren around 12 pm today. He was sedated and heart rate, temp checked to ensure not reaction. My vet Tere Crocker gave him a few vials diluted in a bag of saline to see if there would be any reaction before giving him more. All was well, so he got the rest and ended up using 2 one liter bags of saline to administer. He did very well.

I stayed with him until about 7:30 pm to ensure he wasn’t going to colic. Still a chance of it occurring over night, but when I left he had a heart rate of about 36 beats per minute, which was normal for him. So I am pretty confident he will be ok through the night. He attacked his dinner and pooped a couple of times, providing that at least for now, the digestive tract is still in gear. Fingers crossed no complications over night!

The Tildren will take a little while to have an effect. Some say one month, some say 3-4 months. Time will tell. But most people who have used it call it “magic.” We could use a little magic…..

‘nother chiro visit

16 03 2010

Today, Picasso saw his sensai again, chiropractor Todd Gregory. Todd used his gadgets to fix my little Picasso. Pica was of course suspicious of these new fangled gadgets, so he observed Dr Gregory quite closely, and inspected all equipment before allowing him to use it…..

And after Picasso was so relaxed he was dizzy, MOM got an adjustment! So nice to have a relaxed back again. But what was most memorable was Pica’s eyes when Todd set up the table. “What the hell are you gonna do to me now?” But when I got on the table he was even more intrigued!

He was very confused as to why I was on a table and getting contorted in all kinds of odd positions. Goofy horse….

In other news, Tildren came and will be given to Picasso on Thursday. Wish us lots of luck!

Nice bareback ride today

12 03 2010

Rode Picasso bareback today. He was great except for one spook. We were walking by some paddocks when the horses in the paddocks spooked at Picasso. He wasn’t aware they were there and scooted away. Goofy boy. Couple of pictures. The second one shows a classic Picasso evasion.