Not only does Frosty have to work individually, I decided it was time for a little roll reversal. Usually Frosty is getting ponied while I ride Moon, but since Moon needs exercise daily, but not necessarily ridden...guess who is now responsible for helping me with that?...
Yup...hot rod worked himself into a lather...(giggles evilly)...he didn't think he wanted any part of this scenario, but Moon is a good sport and trucked along beside while Frosty tried to figure out a way to avoid letting that happen.
Ya know...acting like a fool at a public event is a whole lot different than acting like a fool in the middle of a 20 acre, plowed field. Frosty finally figured that out and settled into his new role.
On a more serious note, I am ordering a stronger IR supplement for Frosty (Command IR Ultra) and have put him on the equine version of pepto-bismo that I have been feeding Moon (ProCMC). It really seems to have helped Moon. He's not nearly as crabby as he used to be and is a lot more relaxed.
I get mad as hell at Frosty for acting like a fool, and lord knows the horse needs some wet saddle blankets, but upon reflection...his behavior at public functions is not really 'normal'. He just seems to lose it and while Frosty has some quirks about him, going completely ballistic and getting more and more radical is not really his nature. While I hardly think it's possible for the horse to have full blown ulcers, it's possible that the nervousness he experiences when he is out of his normal element could be causing him some gastric distress. From what I have read, over-reacting and blowing up are pretty common symptoms.
Another thing I have noticed about the horse is that he smells bad. Particularly when he works up a good sweat. It's almost a rancid smell. So something is still not quite right with his system. There's more going on here than just a bad attitude and I am determined to get this horse fixed. He's too darn nice to let languish any longer. I really think he has the potential to run barrels on par, if not better than Moon. I'd say that I've only ever tapped into about his 3rd gear and that was plenty fast...and that hip...OMG...that HIP...this horse is built to just drive out of a barrel.
Yea well and vanity rears her head and says...How cool would it be to have both of my yellow boys running well?