It seems that both ponies are on the mend from their various maladies.
As I mentioned before, Mr. P started being really blah about his grain and we had a few days where he was pooping less than normal. As a result, he had a couple of weeks of light work along with some bran mashes and later some Maalox. Once we decided the Maalox was helping, the vet proclaimed him to basically have a sour stomach or maybe light ulcers. So I made an order for Ranitidine which he has now started and will be on for a few weeks. Evidently he finds Stampede’s hoof issues as stressful as I do!
Last weekend we took a fun bareback ride in the snow, which really brightened our spirits.
Mr. P and I finally got back in gear this week and did both of our flat lessons. He was definitely a bit stiff from his couple weeks of less movement, but he was willing and happy to go around with me.
Opening up the hole in the bottom of Stampede’s hoof, while annoying for me since I have to keep it clean and wrapped every day, has helped him feel so much better. I’ve been steadily weaning him off of the Previcox, and hopefully today was his last dose.
For a horse that has been going outside in just a double stall sized pen for the last month, Stampede has been really cooperative and quiet. That said, he has made it clear that he’s tired of this whole thing.
So far, the biggest positive of this whole hoof drama is that Stampede seems to have figured out laying down in his stall. Almost every day now he will lay down in his stall to roll and relax for a few minutes after he comes in from his outside pen. I’ve caught him doing this three times in person, plus gotten a picture of it from both my barn manager and my friend D. Let’s hope this sticks when he starts going back to normal turnout and he will no longer have sleep deprivation issues!