Sunday, October 21, 2012

survived!

Shyloh survived the night! The only mark she had was a tiny bit of hair missing, which could hardly be seen through the thickness. I felt her legs all the way down to her hooves. . .no heat!

Today, I just spent some time grooming Shy and picking her feet. Her feet! They have changed in the few days that she has been at the new place. Too bad the farrier was just out at the old barn to trim her feet. The weather has been wet and rainy, but the ground is very sandy and not muddy. Her frogs seem softer, something is different with her heels. I am not sure what is going on and if it is good or bad. At the old barn, there had no been much rain all summer, so her hooves were hard as rocks. I might give my farrier a call to see if these changes are anything to be concerned about. I think no, but I am a bit of a worrier, especially about her hooves.

We brushed up on some clicker training tricks: smile, wave, and kiss. Because Shy is not 100% comfortable yet, she was not willing to perform her tricks at first.

Then. . .we went with some other people and their horses on a trail ride!! Okay. . .I walked Shy and they rode, but it was awesome! Over four miles, round trip! My feet hurt.

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  1. One day soon, you'll be riding instead of walking :)

    Glad she's survived her first night.

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  2. Hoorah! And yes, her hooves will change with the weather, it's all OK and good. I think you are probably seeing more moisture on her hooves and they will be just fine, promise! Laz's change w/ weather and seasons in terms of how they feel and look. She may end up self trimming a lot too if the terrain is varied, which is super great!

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  3. Good girl Shy! And sounds like you guys had fun on your trail walk :)

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  4. Sounds like a great start! AND YOU'RE STILL ABLE TO CATCH HER!

    I agree with Kristen about her hooves, they will also beef up a lot more around the frog and heels because she is constantly moving now and now standing in a stall for most of the day.

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    1. I did catch her. . .but she was up front by herself. The real test will be after she gets comfortable with her herd. :)
      But she is being so good about this whole thing!

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  5. Excellent news - glad Shy survived her intro to the new gang :-)

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  6. I love all of this news. Shy is doing so great. I am sure you will still be able to catch her. You have bonded. And treats in your pocket never hurt. You are a madwoman for that long walk!!! Dickie wears me out just doing a short lap around the property.

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    1. I did not know we were going that far! But it was such a nice day out, I figured why not.

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