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!

‘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!

Beautiful day for grazing

10 03 2010

Picasso is enjoying the sun and grass today. Had a good hydrohorse session. We’re at 12 minutes!!! Go Picasso!

Question to the other horsey bloggers:
What are the best ways to rehab or restrengthen the stifle and hind end?
I’ve heard hills, ground poles, and trail rides.


1 03 2010

I have been experimenting with endotapping lately. Endotapping is a technique for inducing relaxation. It is best explained by JP Giacomini at the link above. Anyway, I have been trying it out on Picasso and according to Margaret Manion, massage therapist extraordinaire, it seems to be providing a benefit. He is less tense. That could also be from my massages as well. Either way, I see the change in Picasso when I tap him. He initially resisted as most horses do. If you think about it, he has held his tension for so long, it probably hurts to release it. But now he is really letting go a lot. Drops his head, BIG yawns, small sighs, and an overall body change. Today I got him to be practically asleep!

His eyes were fluttering to stay open…

Now trying to experiment with tapping in motion to increase his range of motion….

Visit from the Chiropractor!

17 12 2009

And not just any chiropractor…… Todd Gregory works on the Olympians!

I made the appointment for Picasso because he was supposed to see Todd before he had surgery, but Todd was in town only a few days before Picasso was set to have surgery, so I saw no point to doing it then. Also Picasso will be starting the Hydrohorse after the first of the year and I wanted to make sure all his ducks (vertebrae) were in a rows. lol

I also have been concerned about his neck. Picasso has a very overdeveloped under neck muscle. I was hoping Todd could tell me if that is a compensatory thing, i.e. we can fix it with proper work, or if it was a structural defect that wasn’t fixable.

Todd started out with a tool I can only call a tiny jack hammer! It is a percussive massager. Picasso was HIGHLY suspicious, but Todd introduces the device by firt percussing his own arm while he lays his arm on the horse. He then gradually moves toward his hand so the horse feels the machine more and more. Excellent technique! After that he used the cold laser. The cold laser emits energy at a certain wavelength that helps cells heal, gets mitochondria to produce ATP, and promotes overall healing. Picasso really wasn’t sure about this and so he just HAD to investigate….

The cold laser has a power source that has a small fan in it. This minor hum had Pica questioning its safety….. So he kept a close eye on proceedings…

He had to make sure Todd was doing his job correctly…..

Todd followed the cold laser with a stim machine. It’s a ring of wire that emits electrical pulses. These pulses cause the horse’s muscles to pulse underneath the ring! Very cool and I do such a bad job of explaining what it does. Either way, Todd then did some minor adjustments to Picasso and finished up. Picasso looked so pleased and relaxed at the end. He dropped his head and started to snooze!

Thanks Todd (and Pam 😉 ) ! Great visit!

10 minute walks and paddock

21 11 2009

I have been woefully delinquent in my duties as a blogger. I am just not cut out for posting regularly! Especially when there isn’t that much to post about….. since my last post, Picasso has increased his walk time to 10 minutes, and he now has a medium sized paddock! It started as a 12 x 12 paddock, but since he has been good and Tere, the vet, cleared him, his paddock is now 12 x 20 or so.

This was him in the original 12 x 12.

Still seeing the Zapper Ladies once a week.

So December 16th is the day he is allowed to have a slightly bigger paddock, and come January 1st, he gets to start the hydrohorse treadmill!!!!

I have no documentation, but last week Picasso decided to try and see just how many caprioles he could squeeze into a minute. I think he may have made a record. He just couldn’t take one step on his handwalk without striking or bucking or caprioling! It was insane! I was laughing out loud at him. He just could not contain himself! Poor guy! Luckily the Zapper Ladies saw him soon after and said he was fine. Goof ball!!!!