Our local large animal vet has recently closed their doors. That means that the closest vet is about 1.5 hours away. She is a great vet but if there is an emergency, a horse needs immediate care. So I decided to take the standard first aid course with Equi-life Canada. I knew some basics already and I learned a lot of new things. I especially look forward to taking Wilderness First Aid in September.
I was expecting to learn how to dress wounds and I learned that and much more. I was most impressed with learning the Sulis Method. This method was developed by the Scottish military to assess pain in horses and treat it with massage and stretches. I am really excited about this because Toby often has a sore back and this will help me assess how he is feeling before riding and help him feel better in his body.
Teddy and Toby have been amazing in the last couple of weeks. My daughter decided she wanted to ride Toby for a week-end clinic instead of share Teddy with me. Toby has been off for 2 months due to throwing his hip out. He is still young and reckless with his body. He has been getting PEMF and myofacial release treatments. I am also keeping him confined to his paddock with no play area anymore. There are too many trees and the space is very large. He seems to hurt himself when he is unsupervised with too much freedom. He has been doing great with the time off and doesn't seem to mind not going in the play area anymore. So my daughter started riding him and he has been a perfect gentlemen. When I lunge him first, I double check that he is feeling good in his body and can pick up the canter leads in both directions. He has consistently shown he can! This is a relief because I believe he bucked my daughter off two months ago because he picked up the right canter lead and was in pain due to his hip/pelvis issue. We are so glad he is feeling good again and he is willing and keen to partner with my daughter. Teddy, of course continues, to be a cross country machine, brave and bold over (most) jumps and excited for more.
We are so proud of Teddy at our first Eventing Derby in Kelowna this last week-end. It is amazing that my 10 year old daughter and I can ride him at different levels. He was so gentle, brave and willing through it all.
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.