Blue is always a handful but lately when under the saddle, he has resisted the bit especially while walking. In doing so he brings his head up and down as though saying 'yes' but it is really a 'no'. Sometimes there is a fly on his chest or on his forehead or just those persistant gnats but during the summer (besides the usual fly spray), I put the Cashel riding mask which helps a lot. But it is no longer summer....
Last Sunday we traveled down to Lexington to practice cross country at a local park. I never went cross country with him and of course he was wired. Jessie was in the trailer munching on hay and out of sight. Uh oh! I knew there would be nervousness from that alone, but he was with three other horses and the wide open fields has several horses and riders running around. He finally settled down but this head bobbing during the walk was constant, as though I put a quarter in this horse machine....up down, up down, it was getting tiresome. His behavior required a more firm feel of the mouth than the usual arena work although he settled down somewhat. His bit is an expensive copper three part D ring snaffle which supposedly fits horse's mouths better and enhances acceptance. I thought the little bean would make the bit more comfortable for him.
We went to the vet the next day at 5 pm. Blue needed some vaccines so I saved $60 by hauling in. This is what the vet saw...this is part of the reason for the head bobbing though my vet and my instructor agree that the resistance will not stop...that is just Blue until I correct it and they know I spoil him. I didn't notice the dot on top of the mouth until I zoomed in on these photos and I know my vet didn't notice either! (And his tooth looks chipped in the front but it isn't! )
So, there is no ointment or meds to administer as my vet says these cuts are very minor and nothing to worry about. He said that I should see some of the mouth sores that are out there...no thank you, Doc. I think this is awful enough. I did get some vaseline to cover the dot and I was told to give it five days with no riding. I guess I will be doing a lot of handwalking!
|Blue, you are a baby! Those marks probably came from all of your head tossing in Lexington. Why can't you be good like me and be brave?|
So that is the lastest on Blue. They were happy to get back into their paddock although they like short trips. I will try Jessie's medium stainless steel eggbutt snaffle. I checked all the bits for rough edges. I had originally gotten him a larger bit, but my instructor said it was too big. I thought I measured correctly but I readily listen to those who have more experience. Maybe I shouldn't have....time will tell. Ok big Blue, get ready for some groundwork and there better not be any resistance!