Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Yesterday Destino had a small lump removed from his back. He's had it since I got him. I just thought it was a little owie that would heal over time, but it never went away. It was about the size of a penny, right in the middle of his spine, right where I sit. I talked it over with my vet a couple of months ago and he said that he would remove it in the fall, when I wasn't riding him so often. He'll need a few weeks rest.
WOW! He cut it off. Hubby said he cut about the size of a silver dollar off, then sewed it back up. I guess he cut open the lump and some clear stuff leaked out and it was full of hair. The vet is going to send it off for testing to be sure it's not cancer. What!? Destino is only 2! I pray it's not cancerous. He doesn't have anything else like that anywhere else, I've checked him over thoroughly.
He is pretty sore today. His back is all swollen and tight. I put some Geranium oil on it. It's an antibacterial. Poor Guy!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I can't believe how long it's been since I've posted! What's wrong with me! It can be hard carrying two blogs, and I've been posting over at Ladybug Farm, but nothing horsey...
Destino is doing very well. He is so handsome, I love just looking at him. I can sit out by him while he grazes and just watch him eat. I'm sure he loves all the googly eyed "staring" attention LOL!
He is a funny horse. Very smart and always looking for ways to use his brain, and his imagination. He can jimmy his gates, he tries to figure out how to undo the dog collars that I have wrapped around them too. Luckily he hasn't figured them out. Frankly if he does, WOW. It would be amazing, they buckle =)
He plays and plays with his balls, he talks to himself in his mirror, he watches everything that goes on. He loves it when I go out and play games with him.
We have been working on the circle game. He knows that when I point I want him to go around me. He starts to, then looks around and will walk in a straight line until the lead line pulls him back around the circle. It's so frustrating! He does the sideways game pretty well now, though HATES to do it with a fence in front of him. I don't know why... he's particular.
He trotted up the trail with me riding him the other day. He was following Hubby, Little L and Big B up the trail. They were hopping from rock to rock and jogging a bit. Destino was quite excited by them and trotted gaily up the rocky trail. He never took a wrong step! I was so proud! And WOW his trot it so DIE FOR! It's smooth as silk. Even with his head up and ears pricked forward. It makes me so excited to try his canter!
First we have to work on forward motion WITHOUT someone or something walking in front of him (he'll even follow Angus, if the boys or Hubby aren't around to follow). I've tried all my tricks and he just stands there, foot cocked, licking and chewing, yawning, and not moving forward. He'll back up, turn in circles, stand all-day-long, but no forward movement! Frustrating.
We have a lesson this Saturday at 9am with a Parelli Instructor. We've had several lessons with him and we love them! The lessons are so informative. I feel like an hour lesson tides me over for a month or more. I've saved up and am going to have a lesson this weekend, then another next weekend. Hopefully that will tide me over for a few months!
I'll let you know how it goes =)