On the dog and horse front, I may be starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe. This morning I’m feeling the most optimistic I have in weeks, so we’ll take that happy momentum and roll with it regardless of what ends up happening.
Today, let’s talk about Simon. I want to thank everyone for taking the time to read my post on his NQR’ness and offering their insight. We left it with seeing how booting worked, and I had pretty much decided that if he felt off to my trainer this past Wednesday that I’d get the vet back out.
Imagine my surprise when I get a text from my trainer saying how awesome Simon was. That he felt great and was a super star.
Oh horse, how you confuse me.
So I made a plan to take a private lesson Thursday night. That way the trainer could witness our every move and if I felt “weirdness” I could ask her about it there on the spot.
Before my lesson, I put Simon’s new BoT hock boots on for the first time. He wore them about 30 minutes before and after our ride, and I’m going to do that for about a week until he’s used to them. Then I will
ask nicely bribe our amazing farm hand to put them on/off Simon for several hours a day when he’s in his stall to get the maximum benefit.
We also wore our new fetlock boots for the lesson, and Simon’s hind end may or may not have looked ready for war as he stood in the cross ties while I tacked up.
During our warm-up hack, he felt amazing. He was very stretchy and loose through his back and poll, and his stride had great cadence. My trainer remarked that he looked fantastic for just starting up, and usually doesn’t look that good until he’s thoroughly warmed up. She also said he was tracking extremely even in the hind and better than she had seen him in a while.
The negative is, he would feel funny in the hind every now and then… especially turning. I was legit crazy person going, “There! Did you see that?”
She did, and said he was hitting himself. When he hit, he felt weird – even with boots.
At the end of our lesson (which was good but nothing to write home about), I asked again if she thought there was anything going on with his stifles or anything else. She said no, that she had seen a lot of horses and think she is just interfering.
With that feedback, I asked my farrier to re-balance his hind feet on Monday. We will see how Simon is after that. If the interference/tripping continues, I will potentially pull his hind shoes. I will also probably send my vet some video just to make sure he doesn’t think anything else is going on. In-between these “funky” steps, Simon feels amazing. I mean he felt good this past weekend too, but last night was even better… BoT hock wraps maybe?
The other thing to note is that I have to wave my “Bad horse owner card” a bit for y’all.
A while ago, my trainer mentioned that Simon had “cracks in his heels” and I needed to put iodine in them. So I did, but half heartedly. I didn’t really know what the cracks meant and I squirted iodine in them 1-2 times a week.
After his training ride on Wednesday she mentioned it again, and that they were painful. I did some research, and stupid me – it’s deep sulcus thrush. As in “certainly not helping my foot sore horse” thrush.
Feeling like an ass, I upped the arsenal last night to fully get rid of these. I thoroughly dug out the cracks with a mix of anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and triple antibiotic cream on a q-tip. Then I soaked cotton pads in iodine, and shoved those bad boys up in the crack.
So for those of you’ve that have made it this far – here’s the NQR’ness summary: Horse is actually more right than NQR. Horse needs shoeing adjusted, and if that doesn’t solve the problem I will troubleshoot more with vet & farrier. Horse has thrush, which his mommy is finally taking care of properly. Horse continues to be a nerd.