Saturday, 17 February 2018

Teeth Problems

This week did not start well, I discovered last Sunday that Chesney had broken a tooth.  It wasn't just cracked, nearly half of one side of one of his front incisors was gone!  He won't let me take a photo for you though.  It wasn't that new either, I don't check his teeth that regularly.  Basil's I look at every few days because he can get things stuck between his but Chesney has such big gaps because of his age that I don't look very often.

I guess he could have broken it a week to 10 days before as that is probably the last time I looked.  I really don't know how he could have done it either, he must have seriously knocked it or bitten on something he shouldn't.

Chesney wasn't really showing any of the signs that I wrote about in my blog a while ago about teeth.  He was eating fairly normally, he has always dropped food as he eats because he tries to stuff as much in his mouth as possible at a time.  He goes back and clears up afterwards.  

Obviously I called the vet, as Ches didn't seem to be in any pain and I could see no swelling or infection I waited until Monday morning.  The vet came at lunchtime and Chesney was really good, he didn't need sedating which was good news too.   The vet agreed he could have done it up to 2 weeks before as the gum had started to grow across the gap.  After having a really good look, flushing it out and prodding to check there was no pain, we decided he didn't need an x-ray.  He has also not had to have any antibiotics although I am keeping an eye on it.  It doesn't seem to have damaged the tooth into the pulp cavity which is where the nerves and sensitive bits are.

At his age I am really hoping he isn't going to need further work and that he can just live with it and the vet didn't think this would be a problem.  I am just going to have to watch more carefully and I am now checking all of their teeth every couple of days - it is good practise for Tommy too :)

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Shergar - greatest horses!

I remember reading an article when I was young about Shergar and being fascinated by his story and the mystery surrounding his kidnapping.  In the years since he was taken many ideas and conspiracies were talked about until finally it was discovered that he was taken by the IRA.  It is now 35 years since he disappeared.

Born in March 1978 Shergar was bay with a white blaze and 4 white socks.  Bred in Ireland by his ower the Aga Khan, his sire was Great Nephew, another racehorse, and his dam was Sharmeen.
Shergar went to Newmarket to be trained by Michael Stoute, in his first run he set a new course record at Newbury, winning by just over 2 lengths in 1980.

In 1981, racing as a 3 year old, his first race of the year at Sandown, he won by 10 lengths.  He won the Chester Vase by 12 lengths that year aswell as the Epsom Derby by 10 lengths and the Irish Derby by 4 lengths.

The Aga Khan decided to sell shares in Shergar (but kept some) whilst he was winning and thus worth more.  Shergar went on to win at Ascot, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth stakes.  He then was beaten to finish 4th at Doncaster. 

Retired to stud in October of 1981 he sired 35 foals before his kidnapping. 

On February 8th 1983 he was taken from Ballymany Stud.  The head groom was forced at gunpoint to load Shergar into a horsebox, £2 million was demanded as a ransom.  Nobody knows for sure what happened to him but he (or his remains) were never found. 

I have read differing accounts of him, some that he was a difficult horse, and some that he was a kind, gentle horse.  However, he had one quirk - he always ran with his tongue lolling out the side of his mouth.

Whatever happened to him it seems incredibly sad that such an amazing horse could end his life in such a terrible way.

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Sunday, 4 February 2018

January Reveiw 2018

This last couple of weeks I have really started noticing that the days are getting longer, it is light until 5pm now.  So far there is no difference in the morning as it is still dark when I finish the horses but the time the sun rises is creeping forward every day :)

Basil has now started to moult, he is the only one so far.  Chesney's moulting has been a bit odd for the last year or 2 but I would think he will be 'normal' this year as he has been on Prascend for over 7 months now.  Tommy is holding on to his thick coat but I can see days coming where he will be too hot with all that hair!

I am expecting the physio out to Basil on Friday so hope that she will say there is further improvement in his back tenderness - I think he is even better than when she came last, at the end of December.  He is desperate to do some more work, I am trying to do 3 lunge sessions a week and 2 pole exercise sessions but the weather is making it tricky.  I can't try the pole exercises if it is too windy because Basil is much too jumpy and for my safety it would be a bad idea.  I can lunge if it is a bit windy but don't like to if it is raining, then he gets all wet and I can't put him back in the field. 

We haven't done too badly:

1st - pole exercises - first time trying these, quite good
5th - lunged, a bit loopy but he did stay on the circle
6th - tried to do the pole exercises today but Chesney was being very naughty and ran up and down the fence alongside the arena, this made Basil bomb about too :(  so I had to give up
7th - pole exercises today and pretty successful
9th - lunged today and he was silly to begin with bombing around the arena, then settled to proper normal work

10th - pole exercises - making progress
12th - lunged and very good today
13th - pole exercises again - v.v. good :)
14th - lunged and very good again
16th - lunged and started well, had a loopy moment in the middle but then settled back down again
19th - lunged - very good
23rd - lunged and quite windy so pleased he was good
27th - lunged, good boy
28th - pole exercises and pretty good

I am hoping to get his saddle this month so should be able to start riding a bit again - let's hope he is not too silly!

Over the last few weeks I have been putting hay out in the field, I usually do this just after working with Basil so he and Chesney are still up by the gate.  I have been taking the opportunity and working on getting up to Tommy to pat him and give him a treat and he is getting even more confident and less jumpy every week:)

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Sunday, 28 January 2018

My First Pony

I started riding when I was 8 years old, thanks to my aunt but it wasn't until I was 12 that I finally had my own pony.  Cocoa was really dark bay/brown and a similar size to Tommy at 14.1hh, he had a white slipper and a lovely white stripe!  He was about 9 years old when I had him and the yard where I kept him was like a dream yard x

He was a riding school pony and stayed on working livery when I first had him.  He looks like butter wouldn't melt in this picture but he could be a real monster.  He was difficult to leave tied up as he often jumped at something and then either broke the string, rope or his headcollar - whichever broke first when he pulled back.  He did slowly get better at this but I never went far from him if he was tied up.  He was really difficult to load and sometimes a NIGHTMARE to catch as he would run around you in a circle just out of reach!

However, the reason I wanted him in the first place was because I was out on a group hack one day and as we were hacking up a driveway next to a stubble field one of the horses decided to gallop off up the field.  He was quickly followed by every other horse on the ride, except Cocoa, in my eyes at the time that made him pretty much perfect. 

He looked incredibly smart when plaited up and I was always really proud to be riding him.  We used to help out at the local one day event running the fence sheets to control (before they replaced horses with quad bikes) and he was always really good.  He could be a bit slow but it was possible to get him going and he had a buck if he was excited.  

He could spin around on the spot in half a second if he saw something that he wasn't sure of and I ended up on the floor a few times but it helped me develop good stickability! We had some lovely hacks and I always felt safe on him.  He had a lovely jump, when he wanted to and that took some work because to start with he would just refuse everything, but he got better.

He was lovely to look after and I think, looking back, how lucky I was to have such a lovely pony, sadly he broke the sesamoid bones in a front leg when he was about 17 yrs old and had to be put down, but he got to meet Chesney first. 

I didn't know his breeding although looking at him now I think he had some New Forest in him (see picture below of a New Forest pony).

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