Discussion in 'Horse Chat' started by Rachel1786, Jun 27, 2018.
Go for it
On Mark? Wouldn 't enter him abywhere just yet. He is still needing to put on some more weight.
i know you said your vet wanted him ridden to built up his muscles but I would work with him from the ground on that. Or pony him.
I would also not ride him until he gains more weight.
Work on ground driving and ponying for now.
Does your show have any in hand or halter classes?
I don't think one walk/trot class is going to be any big deal as long as he's sound, it's not like he's that bad. I'm not there though.
Sorry I've been MIA, my 48 year old gelding Blue was put down Wednesday morning and I've been an absolutely mess, I had him for 20 years, since I was 12.
He is gaining weight really well, I asked the vet about his weight and she said he is a bit thin and lacking muscle but definitely not to the point that he can't be ridden. I don't have a suitable horse to pony him from.
Its a dressage and combined training show, intro A is mostly walk with some 20 meter trot circles and Intro B is a bit more trot, they are really short simple tests, less then 5 minutes each(longer if your horse walks slow lol).
He really isn't, if he's standing still I can't even see ribs any more. Soundness will be the key, the day Blue was put down he came in a bit ouchy again. I think its from stomping at flies, and occasionally running from them, I tried to help him by putting Bella's old macs G2 hoof boot on for turnout and it ended up rubbing the poor guys pastern , I just can't win.Its supposed to rain all weekend so I might not be able to ride regardless of soundness, and I'll talk to my trainer on Monday about her policy on refunds on entry fees should he be lame again
Keep a good thought and cover bases, sounds like a plan.
I amso sorry for your loss. Is Mark a cuddly horse? If so, let him soothe you with cuddling. If not, just sit with him. I always find hearing them chew hay or grass incredibly relaxing.
Just take it easy. If he is sound and you 're up to it, take him and show. If not, there'll always be another show..
Thanks guys, its been really tough, especially just shy of 3 months(tomorrow will be 3 months) of unexpectedly loosing legacy. I knew that Blue's time was coming for a few weeks, he wasn't eating like he normally would and he had dropped a lot of weight from that but I couldn't bring myself to make the decision (we had said before winter), so when he went down(not sure if he went down to roll and couldn't get back up or what) we just decided it was time.
Anyway, my trainer said that if we have to scratch due to soundness she won't charge me, so if I can finally get on him(if the rain ever stops!) Hopefully we'll go to the show. I'm already riding one of the lesson horses at first level, so I'll be showing reguardless.
Got a few new pics of him today..."did you say dinner time? I'll be right over!"
He's also got a friend now, our donkey was very upset about Blue (they were together for 20 years) so we brought him over to be next to mark, and he decided that wasn't good enough so he went under the tape to be in with him lol.
Got a few pics this afternoon with donkey man with him. Mark picks on him a bit(like when the bugs are bad), but donkey can go under the tape if he feels the need.
Also, this finally happened tonight!
He was super good! We only walked and trotted with a little lateral work but he was excellent! We lunged first just to make sure he was sound and sane lol and both looked good, he might have felt a hair off trotting under saddle, but having only ridden him once 2 months ago, I can't say for sure, if he was, it wasn't much.
I'm thinking we're gonna try to go to the show! I'm pretty sure the last time he was ridden was by me so for him to have 2 months off and behave like a perfect gentleman under saddle, I'm impressed. Bugs were absolutely horrible, but he still listened great.
He is so handsome. Donkey man is pretty cute. He probably feels lonely if he is putting up with Mark. Poor little dude...
Btw- I really like the turquoise you picked for Mark.
Have fun at the show!
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