Well, as you all read, Tillie had lost a hind shoe right after getting shod...Yay for all this mud!
She was find when I rode her New Years Day but wanted my farrier to come tack it back on as soon as possible. Saturday rolls around for our usual jump lesson and he was able to meet me at that farm.
I got to practice self loading her when preparing to leave and she really was not a fan of the whip so got a bit crooked off the ramp on me. So I calmly circled and tried again just slowing it all down and VOILA! easy peasy she walked right on!
|Her shoes cost more then mine|
As he was tacking it on, it became apparent Tillie was not comfortable and kept pointing the toe or acting like she had a hot nail. My farrier removed the shoe, hoof tested her and she was sore ALL around the foot. She also tore a huge chunk out of the outside of the foot which probably was the culprit.
He put it back on once again and trotting her on the driveway she was reallly not happy. Well I was already there and decided I could at least hack her around at the walk with her walking decently on it.
|Depressed watching this really awesome jump lesson.|
What is even more disappointing is the longer we walked it out she sounder she got so by the end of the lesson I probably could have jumped around too IF I had gotten it done earlier in the day. I think the banging on it just got her a bit tender...BUT thats horses eh.
I was at least able to capture some great videos of barn mates which Im sure Emma will be posting about soon! All the horses were sassy and awake!
Loading up to come home, Tillie once again got a bit crooked on me anticipating the whip and proceeding to try to bulldoze me over. One good tap on her shoulder got her backing up and respecting my space and she walked right on.
I am thinking the next few times Ill have the whip with me in case, but just rub it all over her again to make sure she knows it isnt scary.
All in all it was an ok day and watching the fellow barnmates was quite fun!