We offered a Mountain Trail Clinic for the Pony Club kids this week-end. It was really interesting. It is a Western discipline so a little different from what the kids have been learning. We have typically offered dressage, jumping and cross country. It was a wonderful experience for the kids and the horses. Teddy was very engaged once he understood what his new job was. He had to go up and down a sand bank, open a gate, walk along a teeter totter, over logs and through a water feature. He loved it!
Teddy was amazing in cross country again today. We tried several new jumps and he was very brave going over them. I still feel a little nervous about cantering over a jump and landing on the down hill while cantering away. He is so heavy on the forehand that I am worried he will torpedo down the hill. But the next step in our training is to get him on his haunches so he is controlled and balanced in a down hill approach to a jump and on the landing. I also had a very short and sweet trail ride with Toby.
All the training and hard work over the last four years is really becoming apparent. He was incredible today. We were tuned into each other and rode the course effortlessly.
Welcome to the new website fro Canadian clients! It came to my attention from my account that I need to charge GST to Canadian clients. Wasn't this tax supposed to be temporary when it was implemented in the 90s? It seems very permanent now... So everything else is the same with my services except that GST is now charged. To compensate you for this change, the 45 minute Varied Consultation (which covers any topic of your choice) is on sale for $90!
The boys got their teeth floated this week. It had been about 18 months for Teddy. He had a hook on the lower left side. He will be done again in 12 months to ensure hooks do not develop again. As horses grind their teeth from side to side, this can create waves and/or sharp hooks in their teeth. This can make it uncomfortable for them to eat and create ulcers on their cheeks. Their teeth grow continuously so it's important to have regular floats.
Toby had his teeth floated about 12 months ago. The vet found he had waves in his teeth, so it was recommend he have another float sooner than later. His teeth looked great with no waives or hooks. It is worthwhile to be proactive with maintenance!
The horses are give an injection to make them sleepy and then their heads are put in a harness and raised up. The vet pries open their mouths and grinds down the teeth with a Dremel like tool so their teeth are flat, even and symmetrical.
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