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.



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.


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!


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!


Hack out with Megan and Archie

When I arrived, he was grazing out in the pasture.  I was loathe to bring him in from that deliciousness.  I talked with Cindy and Caroline for a few minutes and they all came in.  Ok, time to ride then!  I groomed him and fed him 1% of his weight in cookies.

We worked in the indoor with Megan and Archie in all gaits and he did well.  Then we went on a walk hack around the prairie, which he thoroughly enjoyed.


Ringwork and hack

A warm evening, but a bit of an east breeze that I hope will bring rain tomorrow.  I tacked him up after I brushed off all the mud (how did he find mud?).  Kristen was riding Moondancer and we started out in the arena for a warm up.  Leo and I did some suppling work and he did very well.

Then we went out in the prairie and after we walked a bit, we did many sets of 10 steps of canter because Kristen hadn’t cantered in the prairie with MD yet.  So Leo got a chance to practice a lot of transitions, which was perfect.  Then we went into the DNR and had a nice walk in the woods.  Then back through the prairie and more transitions.  He did very well.  Rinse at the end.


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.


Hacking with Archie

Ok, gotta be honest, the picture isn’t from this ride, but we did go to the same place among other things.  I just forgot to take pictures today.  D’oh!

Started out walking and coaching Megan Clements in the arena for her first ride on Archie in a while.  Then the four of us went out on a hack.  We walked down the hill and trotted back up.  Then we went out to the prairie and did some transition work in which Leo was much improved.  Then some canter work and into the DNR woods and more spider webs when I got off the trails I had ridden on Tuesday.  D’oh!

He got a nice cool rinse and then it was supper time, which he was all about!