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. 🙂


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. 😉

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!

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…..