Check on scratches and hack

I thought I had seen some scratches on her pasterns lately, so I mixed up a batch of the treatment and went to put it on her before our ride today, and, nothing!  I guess the dry weather we have had lately helped that.  Good enough!  I used the treatment on Bravado, who seems to have developed a good case of scratches on his right hind out of nowhere.  I owe you some scratches treatment.

I groomed her and headed out on an active hack to get some conditioning on her.  We went out to the ghost barn and back, doing a lot of trotting and cantering.  It was muggy and there were mosquitoes in the woods, so we beat feet to pass through quickly!  We got home and just as I got done rinsing her after I let her roll in the sand, a lovely front passed through, bringing in drier and cooler air that the horses can enjoy this afternoon.  Great!

She was rateable and happy.  Good ride.

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Stretching

I brought her in and cleaned her hooves.  We are officially done with thrush treatment!  He frogs look great!

I brushed her and tacked up and rode in the indoor, focusing on relaxation and stretching.  She is improving all the time.  I’m riding her in the snaffle and encourage you to bring out her snaffle bridle so that you can have access to a snaffle for her for flatwork.  The pelham is fine for jumping or riding out.

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Stretching hack

I brought her in and groomed her and treated her thrush, which continues to improve.  Both her hind hooves are completely healed now.

We went on a hack across the road and spent the first half mile in walk, focusing on taking a bigger, slower step and stretching over her topline.  Then on to more of the same in trot and canter and then  back down to walk for a cool down on this muggy day.  She did quite well!

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Hack out and lost shoe

Brought her in and groomed her.  She is missing her left front shoe.  I treated her thrush, which is definitely on the right track.  Her back hooves are in the clear, I think.

We went on a hack across the road.  She feels a little looser in her body after the chiropractic treatment earlier this week, which is great!

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Lexie on a hack

We treated her hooves today.  We have been doing so every second or third day and they have dried up nicely and the sulcus should fill in nicely in the coming weeks.  Magee rode Lexie and I rode Howdy.  We did some flatwork for warm up in the indoor, again working on stretching and elasticity.

Then we went out on a relaxed hack, which included all gaits and she did well.

Flatwork and hack

Magee rode Lexie and I rode Bravado.  We started out with flatwork in the arean where I coached her on encouraging Lexie to stretch to good success.  Then we rode down the grassed waterway across the highway in all gaits, which went well.

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Morning hack with Magee

It rained 1.5″ early this morning, so we went on a hack down the gravel road, Magee in the tack on Lexie and me on Howdy.  Surprisingly they were both a little tender on the gravel, so even though we had intended to take a mostly gravel hack, we ducked into the CRP.  We worked in all gaits and everything went well.  I forgot to take pictures because Magee and I were mostly chatting when we weren’t cantering.  LOL.  So this picture isn’t from today; I subbed in one so we would have a featured image.

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Morning hack

Beautiful morning.  I treated her heels for thrush and went on a nice hack.  My whole goal was to get her to relax and enjoy the scenery and just chill out. She started out a little tight, but by the end, she was nice and chill.  Duggie came with us, which is always hysterical.  Great day.