It was raining like crazy today but I went by the barn anyway since I
in Gray on another matter and there is always something that needs
doing at the
therapeutic riding center.
Amongst all the other things I found to do I went out and got Faith
to bring her
in the barn for a little snack and a little more "cinch" work. She
saw me coming
and pretended to not notice me as she moved away. I headed her off and she
stopped and waited for me to halter her up then we started toward the barn.
Shannon Milner's old Arab Imdal gets a little colicy during cold
weather and she
called me and wanted me to bring him in and feed him a bucket of sloppy food
with electrolytes. I did that and worked in the barn and the whole
time he was
pacing the stall, hollering for his buddies and ignoring his slop
even though he is
ruled by his stomach. I finally decided it was in his best interest
to be out in
the rain rather than stressed out in the stall. I found a blanket, managed to
get it on him then sent him back out. He found a spot in the rain
and just stood
And that's where Faith saw him.
Her Arab side flashed out immediately. She got all tall, ears aimed
him and she got light on her feet and popped back and forth snorting
on the end of the leadline. We got by without being predator bait or me being
run over and headed into the barn. I put her in the cross ties and
then I noticed
her nerves jumping. I've never had a horse nor have I seen a horse with the
"thumps" in all my life. If I had to put a name to it based on what
I could see,
that would be it. Large muscle groups appeared to be spasming - not
I'd seen that in her once before and I had had the feeling she was
going to explode.
I took her out to the round pen and spent a few minutes re-establishing herd
dynamics and when we went back in the barn she was tremor and tremble free.
So out in the cold, rain and mud we went for a few more minutes this
time as well.
She seemed to get the idea real quick and it was cold and sloppy so
back in the
barn we went.
The spasms were less but still obvious and I decided to shell the woods anyway
and see what fell down. There was a kick at nothing in particular
but I got real
careful. I managed to get the surcingle with a minimum of
effort. She was too
busy watching everything else. I set her feed bucket in the aisle
ahead of her
and unhooked her. She walked to the bucket, grabbed a mouthful and then went
to look out the back of the barn. Back and forth she went
the feed and staring out the back. Usually she stays and eats with
few trips to
look out or around while I putz around the barn.
We were both at the gate end of the barn aisle. I was doing
something I'd done
dozens of time that didn't involve her when all of a sudden she
leaped straight up
in the air off all fours for no reason I could make out and hit me
enough to knock
me off balance.
Shannon and I were talking yesterday as we fed the horses and I was
about my observations of breeding horses with opposing
It's great to watch understanding flash over someone's face when you explain
an esoteric concept to them.
The problem with half and half horses like Faith, half Arab and half
App, is that
you don't know which breed is going to control the horse at any given
always have to be right in your actions to deal well with them, there
Faith and I should be well on down the trail with the amount of time
I have in her. I can see progress but it's in drips and drabs.
I shall keep on if only to see where it gets us.
I have received private responses that actually had valuable possible
this type of situation and I appreciate them but I'd like to see them
sent to the
list so everyone can benefit.
Marv "Some days are diamonds, some days are stones. Today a cold wind blew
a chill in my