Since Sam has been back my life has become very busy once again! I don't really know where to start as so much has been happening. The pasture hay that Sam wasn't eating has given him chronic diarrhoea. Poor bugger it was explosive and just running down his back legs. We have changed him back to oaten hay which he prefers to eat and it took about three days before his poos started to firm up. Now we have firm cow patties. A big improvement! Also the dripple has just about stopped. Poor bugger. I guess now I know - just leave him on oaten hay! He never had a temperature, he was never lethargic or depressed, never dehydrated and happy to work.
He has been a gem to work. We are only doing fitness work at the moment with about min of circle type work. He lost all of his fitness and is finding it hard to keep a canter but he is still very happy to go out and have a go at working! We are also doing a lot of gully work to help strengthen those hind quarters.
Already we have been called upon to go out to the large riding area with other horses to help as a calming influence. A friend has decided to sell her horse as she just isn't working out. I went down with her twice now and twice she has ended up dismounting due to her mare pigrooting and trying to bolt home. She is fine heading away from home but once we start that homeward walk all hell breaks loose. The owner is an unconfident rider and doesn't have the skills or knowledge to deal with a horse like she has and I think she has made the right decision.
You know what, Sam is working so well and I am having so much fun I have put getting another horse on hold for a while. I think he really needed that break, mentally. He just seems so happy and willing, I don't think I have ever felt him like this before.
Work is flat out as well so I am riding after work at the moment which makes it a very long day, I get home around 8.30pm, have dinner, check emails, go to bed and do it all again the next day! Daylight savings is ending in the beginning of April so I will have to start riding in the mornings instead.
I LOVE MY PONY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PS I have just ordered a new browband, reins and stirrup leathers for him from England. Can't wait for them to arrive!!!!!!