LOOK AT WHAT MY JERKWAD HORSE DID ON TUESDAY.
I’ve been trying to turn him out more often lately. The barn just restructured their monthly turnout service (more reliable and you pay a flat fee instead of per turnout) and I want to be able to take advantage of it, but Raglan’s got a habit of trying to giant-horse-smash his handler on the way to the paddocks. We’ve been working on his manners. Lately I’d almost even call him “civil”, if not “polite”.
In case you missed it, Raglan’s not a normal pony. When I first got him my farrier pulled his (weird, square-toed, set back) shoes off and he immediately went lame. We put regular shoes on him and he was still lame. Eventually we narrowed it down to a sole sensitivity problem, so Raglan’s been happily rocking bright yellow No Vibe pads on his front feet for close to a year now without any troubles.
A couple of shoeing cycles ago my farrier thought we might be able to take the No Vibe pads out of the equation. I wasn’t so sure about it, though, and since they’re only an extra $30 I decided to err on the side of caution and keep them on. I liked knowing that he could strut across the gravel without having to worry about any ouchiness, that no matter what he walked over he was going to be A-okay.
But when he came in from turnout on Tuesday with one front shoe missing and the other one hanging on by half of its nails, my farrier and TrainerM both agreed: pull the shoe, ride him anyways, see if he complains. Raglan’s thoughts on his missing pads/shoes setup? He DGAF.
Yesterday we had a fantastic ride. Raglan was feeling fresh, but he was in such a good mood that it was easy to channel all of his energy into positive outlets. I made some adjustments to his canter, practiced my two point, and worked on using my core more through canter to halt transitions. With the help of a few words of advice from TrainerA, we even managed to do another clean lead change!
And then I took him back to the barn and started to untack him and found THIS.
I stared at the crack for all of thirty seconds, then put my horse back in his stall and didn’t look at him again until I came to get him for his farrier appointment. #ASHAMED
The farrier’s verdict? Since he wasn’t showing signs of lameness without his shoes, we decided to leave the No Vibe pads out of the equation for now. We can always bring them back into the picture if his soles get sore again, but with any luck he should stay sound without them. He was also able to cut most of the crack off, nail on his shoes, and then file out the rest of it. I forgot to take pics, but his feet are back to looking 👌
ALSO THIS LITTLE VOLE WANDERED UNDER RAGLAN WHILE WE WERE SHOEING SO WE PAUSED SO THAT I COULD SCOOP HIM UP AND MOVE HIM BACK TO THE GRASS.