Hi, I'm Ev. I'm training to become a horsewoman. These are my adventures and misadventures. I'm green as hell, but so far, so good. I'm now learning from Bo (and sometimes his wife DeDe) at D&D Ranch in Pope Valley. I am extremely lucky to have this opportunity, I feel quite blessed, and I feel that they, and horses, have really turned my life around.
Solomon is my baby- a big old flea bitten grey Appendix gelding who is very kind and way too smart! I love him so very much. He is a rescue and was meant to be co-owned rehabbed, and maybe rehomed to a good home. He turned out to be over 25 years old with injuries that ultimately do not make him riding sound, so he is retired.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Pics and videos!

Today I dragged my boyfriend out to the stables. He's not really a horse person, but he was willing to come along to meet Solomon and take some pictures and videos.
Not the best quality videos, but maybe someone can see if he has any soundness issues?
I found a small rock in his rear hoof that he must have picked right after I started walking with him. :(
This one looks like he's moving his back leg a little stiffly. Sorry that it doesn't show the whole horse, heh.
Normally, he'll trot a little when I ask him to, but today he didn't want to. That's when I checked his hooves again.
Don't worry, the walking in the videos is about all we did, that, the hoof picking, and the photos.

I think Solomon was a little jealous and wary of my boyfriend. He kept trying to watch me and keep an eye on him at the same time, and when Thomas brought out the camera, he did this:

"Who are you? You keep away from her! She's mine!""Ooh wait mmm loves."

"I guess it's okay, but why are you lookin' at us?"

"Ooooh yeeeeah skritches! Mmm right there. That's the spot."

Yeah, I know, I'm showing my face and physique on the internet. Oh no! I think I'll live, heh.
And yeah, I'm not getting on his back until he is in much better condition, and then it'll only be short walks if he is comfortable carrying me. I know I'm a big girl. It all depends on what he's willing and able to do though.


nccatnip said...

Good job!!! Look how happy Sol looks. Good for you both

HeatherAQHA said...

On one of those videos, he looks like he's short-strided in the left hind. I don't see a hoof/foot problem, but maybe some soreness higher up (hip, stifle, or hock). But at a walk, he's only maybe a 2 out of 5 on the lameness scale. He's got other issues that are more important for now (weight, mainly!) Good job with him, nice blog!

Evergrey said...

Thank you! :D He seems to not be doing the short strided thing now, as far as I can tell, so maybe he just bumped his leg, or maybe it was the big rock I found in there, not sure. I'll certainly keep an eye on it though!