My buckskin plateaued. His belly has not moved in a couple of weeks now...
(Okay, not the best picture of his belly because his gigantic butt is in the way...but trust me...the horse still has a significant belly-LOL)
I have been loping and long trotting him a lot and he's actually in pretty decent shape, wind-wise. But that belly is not moving.
I think it is time to PowerPak deworm him. He is slick everywhere but his belly and hip area and that hair is just curled and nasty feeling...
Hopefully that does the trick and gets him moving along again. It's just incredibly hard for him to do a lot with that darned belly hanging down. His back is getting stronger though, he doesn't require daily massages with liniment to prevent soreness anymore. So there has to be another reason why his belly is not coming up and parasites seems the most likely culprit.
I'll probably end up doing the same with Spooks. His hair looks pretty rough and he is not shedding out like the others have either, even though he does not have a hanging belly like Frosty.
If it seems to help quite a bit, I might do the others as well, but Moon (who usually looks like hell in the Spring), Turk and Bugs all seem to be doing fine for now. I know...the only way to really tell is with a fecal count...but for now, I'm going with how they look and feel. :-/ I might have a fecal done on Moon because he always seemed to be the one who needed additional deworming, but I gotta slow my roll on this spending. I have dumped a ridiculous amount into horses over the last few months and it never seems to end.
Turk's belly has sucked up in the last couple of weeks...
I haven't been getting him rode as much as I should be though. Unfortunately, he was kind of low on the priority list.
Moon HAS to be worked.
Frosty HAS to be worked.
Spooks gets worked.
Turk...I was just kind of getting to whenever. Megan rides him now and again, but nothing regular enough to improve his condition.
I'll give the horse credit though. I sure didn't think he would be much of a 'pleaser'. He's rather arrogant and it's difficult to keep his attention focused on what's going on in his immediate vicinity. He's been really surprising me with his desire to attempt to do what I am asking him to do. A lot of it is kind of hard for him physically yet. For as much muscle as he is made in the hindquarter...
He doesn't have much strength in his stifles or his back. I've started working on that and now it will just take time for his condition level to come up. That means I have to start putting the time in on him so that can happen. He's really unsure of what to do with his feet too. He kind of plops them down however and wherever. Spooks was that way when I first started riding him as well. It just takes constantly reminding them to keep driving from behind and to pick the front ones up and set them down cleanly. Pretty soon, they start traveling lighter and are quicker with their feet and then you can move on to working on suppleness.
It's hard to supple a horse whose shoulder and ribcage move, but their feet don't. LOL...Lots of stumbling and fumbling around. Turk's lope is getting more controlled and he only occasionally falls out of his hind leads now. But he is still at least a month (with regular riding) away from being ready to lope the barrel pattern.
I have been debating whether to send my sorrel horse to the trainer or not. I just don't seem to be finding the time to get rolling on him, but I think I will hold off for now. I've got Moon on a good track, Spooks is coming along, Turk will too with more regular riding, Frosty should (hopefully) after being PowerPaked. I'll be able to start making the time for the sorrel horse. I'd like to have him going fairly well before the bay horse comes back.
Of course, by then I will have Shooter and Sandy out here. Shooter is not going to be a problem to get started and we will just have to see what Sandy looks like. My mom said she is trying to keep him from getting too fat...but I know my mom...Sandy is already fat and she is just hoping to keep him from porking out before I get there. ;-)
Can we say...Full House this summer?