Sunday, August 9, 2009

Gus goes western!

Well, got nearly half way to the barn and realized that I had forgotten my saddle. Uggh. There it was, sitting right where I left it - on the saddle rack in the basement. So, I keep forging ahead to the barn, I know that I can ask my fMIL if I can borrow one of her western saddles. She says no problem so we fit Gus with one of the saddles... then we fit me to the saddle.

Boy, I swear that those stirrups were too short. It wasn't comfortable at all. Anyways, here's the video from that great adventure.

I think Gus, for the most part, looks really sound. He has a bad stumble when we go for our second canter depart, but recovers nicely. Not sure why he did that... the ground was fine in that area. Anyways, I'm glad he's looking better. Can't wait til Tuesday to have a "real" ride... dressage style.

Friday, August 7, 2009

The photos, finally!

Here's some new photos... finally got them uploaded!

This is what happens when Gus decides to "rock out".

This was taken the better part of a month ago. I really should get a new photo of Gus's fetlock, but it's all healed up, very nicely in fact. I'm very pleased with the progress of his battle wounds... can't even tell that his legs were all messed up (as seen from the photo above).

Another photo of the fetlock sore, again taken a month ago.

These next few photos were taken on Thursday, one week and two days post hoof trim.

Left front.

Left front.

Right front.

Right front.

I don't think his hooves look all that bad. Perhaps too much of his sole was removed, but honestly it looks fine otherwise. This right front looks "crooked", err the frog looks to be off center, but that could just be from my camera distorting it. Who knows? Least he's sounder... I'm very pleased with that.


Well, I had this nice long post complete with updates and photos, and then my internet went offline. That seems to be happening a lot lately and I'm not sure why. Anyways, Gus is doing MUCH, MUCH better now then he was a week ago. I was out yesterday and lunged him for about 5 minutes both directions and he looked good, except for the fact that he wasn't being asked to move out, so he's just poking along. Here's the videos:

So, what do you think? I think he looks fairly sound. I'd like to get another video taken where I'm actually getting him to move out, but that's impossible when I'm the one lunging him and filming at the same time. Weight wise, I think he could stand to put on a few more pounds, he just looks a little too skinny for my tastes.

As far as the photos go, well here's the album. I'll try to get the uploaded on here, again but not sure if it'll crash on me again or not.

Still waiting on the Magic Cushion to arrive. I do plan on using that for a couple days too, just in case. It's supposed to arrive on Tuesday, so here's hoping that it does.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Long Overdue - Updates!

Sheesh. Can't believe it's been nearly 6 weeks since I blogged last about the boys. But here goes.

Gringo, in short, hasn't changed much at all. Still lame, but surprisingly doing quite well in the hot and humid weather. J (the farrier) loves his weight. He seems to be maintaining quite well, so I'm pleased with that. He's still harassing the heck outta Gus, but thankfully Gus doesn't have as many battle wounds as before.

Just a quick diet rundown on him, he's getting 1lb of Triple Crown Lite daily along with:
5000mg Magnesium
10,000mg MSM
1oz Mega-Cell
Grapeseed Extract

The latter two he doesn't necessarily get all the time, but probably 75% of the time.

On to Gus. Well, he had been doing really, really well up until last Wednesday (July 29th). The day before (Tuesday) the J was out to trim both boys. Gus got his routine trim and we actually trotted him off when done. He was sound, well like 90%. Still a hitch in the hind, but nothing like before. I guess he turned up lame on Wednesday... this was news to me come Friday when I got out to ride. Ride was cut short when I noticed he really was head-bobbing lame. Great! Well, there was nothing really that could be done, so I started him on some Previcox (firocoxib) to see if it'd help with the inflammation. He was better Saturday, but got significantly worse Sunday (this was all second person, I haven't seen him since Friday). Anyways, he was better again Monday... go figure.

Anyways, I did end up calling the farrier Sunday, not that she can do anything now. I'm hoping she just trimmed him too short and that time will allow things to grow back out. My future MIL (BO) said his hooves are unbalanced and he has no toe. I just find that really hard to believe, as J is super anal about everything being correct and balanced. So, photos will be taken tomorrow, when I'm able to get back out to the barn again and we'll go from there. I'm hoping he's sound... but not counting on it.

I did also order some Magic Cushion, see:, to see it that'll help with the inflammation and pain. Should be here 8/11... may not be needed by then, but well I'll have it should I have this issue again.

On to other things about Gus. Well, his fetlock sore is nearly gone. Just the size of a small pencil eraser. THANK GOD! That took 3 months to heal fully... but it did. He's got a matching sore on the left front fetlock now too, but I think that's just from interference. It's well scabbed over and healing just fine. Gus's legs otherwise look great.

Since I posted Gringo's diet, here's Gus. In addition to 2lbs of TC Lite, Gus gets:
5000mg Magnesium
10,000mg MSM (upping to 20,000mg for a while)
100mg HA
1oz Mega-Cell
10mg Lysine
Grapeseed Extract
1lb (dry weight) beet pulp

The latter two, well I'm using the Shavegrass until it's gone cause when Gus wasn't on it, it didn't seem to make him worse (i.e. he doesn't need it). He's on the beet pulp (BP) to help put weight back on. He's just a tad skinny and I'd like to be on top of everything before winter comes. He only gets the BP when I'm out there, so like 2-4 times a week. He LOVES his BP.

Anyways, I will be posting later this week those photos, both of Gus's hooves and his body condition and what few photos I have left of his fetlock sore. I should get some new photos of Gringo too. I'm thinking I want to pull his mane again, but don't ask me why I think that...