We’ve had a busy day today!
Half the herd was trimmed today, the difficult half. Very frequently our new arrivals have been through experiences that do not make standing for a farrier fun or they simply haven’t had the proper training. Once again Kasie proves why she’s our excellent choice to keep our herd on the proper footing.
Niache started us out because she loves her Kasie! She ground ties beautifully. Shady and Cinnamon came next to get that pasture completed. No issues found with these three. We missed the picture of Cinnamon.
Next came Penny because we knew she would be difficult but easier than her brother. She only required a little work before she was ready to stand with the lead in a back pocket for all four feet.
Lady and Blue were up next with a check in for Nick.
Lady is definitely thrush free! Apparently her new location is a plus. She is a lot shorter in the toes and was daintily walking back to her pasture.
Blue had a small bit of thrush in one hoof but stood great. Considering that he didn’t want to be touched at all upon arrival we think he has finally realized he is safe.
Nick has an ugly absess he’s working through and did not get trimmed.
Last but definitely not least Hiawasse was up. He wanted to dance instead of trim his hooves. Finally after some discussion he learned that Kasie wasn’t going to hurt him either and cooperated.
We do work with the horses on picking up their feet but it’s not nearly the same as having all of the equipment and an extra person about. We’re happy to have found a partner who is willing to help us make the horses better citizens while taking good care of their feet.
Dr. Myran visited us this morning to ensure everyone was current on their vaccinations and Coggins. He also checked out our new arrivals and gave us some good and so so news.
Cheyenne is doing so well that she is able to go back into rotation with light exercise.
Sebastian is cleared for same light exercise once his topline fills just a slight amount more.
Blue and Lady are as we all expected and just need some groceries. They have determined that Nick is their buddy and love the back pasture.
Dr. Myran suggests that Avery, Hiawasse, and Penny are all at least 20 years old and Moses is around 18. Penny’s leg wound and Hiawasse’s eyes will have to be watched for cancer growth as they are both prone. Moses is clear for exercise with proper padding and saddle fit, we just have to ensure he does not drain from his old withers injury.
All of our new residents need some additional groceries but otherwise seem to be in good health. Fly masks will be fun trying to keep on these guys since quite a few are having allergy / conjunctivitis reactions. Let the scavenger hunts begin!
Some of the 385th Military Police Battalion from Ft. Stewart came to visit today and help us build a permanent quarantine pen for inbound and ill horses so that we would not have to use our training space. We started the day with meeting the herd and giving a short background for each one.
The day was warm and a lot of work was done! Nick got a little love in the way of grooming (and teaching some of the group how to do so) and was a perfect gentleman.
We sincerely hope that each of you knows just how much we appreciate your assistance and cannot wait to see you again! Thanks to you we now have a safe, permanent space to keep our new guys and the ones who may need some additional care.
On Sunday we had a long day getting this handsome boy. He is an 8 year old Thoroughbred, with no tattoo, around 16.2 h, with a small attitude problem. He was becoming a danger to himself and his herd mates.
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He has had some type of trauma in the past with loading into a trailer because he just did not want to load. He did not misbehave but just was not going. Once he did load he rode beautifully except on the Interstate when the rigs would pass by.
Yesterday we had the Farrier out to trim half the herd and included him. She knows him from previous clients so they were able to relate. We also checked him out more thoroughly and took some additional intake pictures. On Sunday we noticed some swelling in his right front leg and found a small puncture wound that has some infection.
We are still gathering his history, more difficult without the tattoo, but he has worked in the past as a jumper and originally came from Ocala, FL. He can easily complete 2’6″ and will jump 3′. He’s going to require frequent exercise once his leg is healed to help keep his energy levels constant.