DSCN4480-sm3August 22, 2011 – You would think I live the busy life of a horse mom or something by the lack of “ramblings” I have posted here. Oh ya… that’s right… I am a busy horse mom… not to mention entrepreneur, wife, mother and Jill of all trades. And this summer seems to be busier than any other summer that I can remember.

Summer is usually a time when we have more time on our hands to enjoy something besides just working and school but this summer has been just crazy busy (for both my business and family life). For many years, we did a scattering of horse shows, usually on someone else’s horse, but this summer Megan has a wonderful new show horse with loads of potential so we have been busy trailering out for training as well as doing lots of riding and lessons at home.

DSCN6151-smHowever, she hasn’t done as many shows this summer as she would have liked as Buddy has had to overcome a few challenges. First, when they increased their training  in the spring, Buddy’s body built up and his saddle no longer fit. As he isn’t one to complain about anything, we didn’t realize that he was uncomfortable until it got to the point that you would run your fingers down his back and he would drastically flinch. So, we had to get him a new saddle. It wasn’t in the budget, that’s for sure but he is so much happier now that he has a good fitting saddle. We ended up getting a second hand Pessoa at Baker’s Saddlery… they both love it.

DSCN9473-smThen we had an issue with head shaking. Every time she would ride outside, he would shake his head up and down which made him hard to ride. We did a lot of research on the cause and how we could fix it… after all, she couldn’t ride inside all the time so we had to think of something. The causes are endless and include everything from allergies to being photic (a reaction to the sun in the nerve down their nose). We tried nose nets and supplements and just about any suggestion that people came up with and nothing seemed to work. Then one day we saw a video of a homemade nose net made out of a pair of pantyhose. It seemed farfetched and although Megan made a few, it took several weeks before she finally agreed to put one on his nose. It was like a miracle… it worked instantly. During one lesson he went from a hard to ride headshaker to a dream ride. So now Buddy wears pantyhose on his nose when he is ridden outside.

Then we noticed that Buddy’s butt seemed to be uneven and he wouldn’t stand square. After a while the unevenness took its toll on him and he wasn’t the lovely mover and motivated horse he used to be. Again, we weren’t sure what to do so researched a bunch of options. We tried a chiropractor and that seemed to help him tremendously. However, the adjustments didn’t seem to hold for very long and he was back to not being happy. We were then told that he made need to get injections into hocks. Unfortunately, doing the x-rays and injections was going to cost a lot of money so we had to think about that option.

DSCN9467-smWhile we were considering the injections (and whether we needed to do the x-rays first or just the injections), Megan’s coach at Sher-Al suggested we try getting acupuncture. We figured, why not? It was worth a try. The vet that came out was a lovely man who knew, as soon as he walked into the barn and saw Buddy standing in the crossties, exactly what was wrong with the horse. He did an acupuncture  treatment which was very interesting and the next day, you could tell Buddy was feeling much better. The acupuncture stimulates the nerves and muscles helping to break up scar tissue that had developed by using the wrong muscles while he compensated for the unevenness.

We waited 5 days and although he was much better, he wasn’t back to his regular self so Dubro came out and did another treatment and that one definitely helped. The first couple of rides Megan did with him … he was like a big kid… happy to work and loving that he wasn’t in any discomfort. So now we are working on building up the right muscles and he is slowly coming along. Megan has been riding him almost daily to help his muscles tone and the helpful advise and training from all of the coaches has been invaluable as well. It’s funny, each one has their own way of doing things but when you combine them all together, it is nothing but good for Buddy!

DSCN9779-smThis past weekend, Buddy did his first show in almost a month (and only back working for just over a week) and he was a such a good boy. He isn’t 100% yet but Megan is really happy with how well he did. They pinned in each class (unfortunately the classes were small) and we were so happy that he was feeling good and willing to work. However, by the 4th class, we could tell he was getting tired as he knocked a couple of poles so they decided to call it a day. Next weekend they will do a Trillium show in Palgrave. He likes the big Grand Prix ring so we will keep our fingers crossed that they have a good time and, if they pin, even better 🙂

So, it has been a bit of a busy and challenging summer as we figure out each new issue with the horse that we have some much confidence in but the remainder of the summer, and the show season, look very promising. I hope to have a little more time to post updates as things settle down.

About the Author
Janice Byer is the mom of a teenage equestrian jumper, a horse lover and rider, and a successful entrepreneur. She and her family own a small hobby farm, Shady Ridge Farm (http://www.shadyridgefarm.ca) in Orangeville, Ontario where their two horses enjoy a lovely new barn and all the hay they can eat. As mentioned, she is also a successful web designer and specializes in helping other horse oriented businesses to get an eye-catching, customer-grabbing website or blog. Visit Equine Web Design at http://www.equinewebdesign.ca for more information.

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