Hoof Abscess

I found out from Mrs. Fenwick that Lena has an abscess in her hoof. I learned how to treat an abscess from http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-exclusives/treating-hoof-abscess.aspx 

Abscess made Lena very lame and she couldn’t walk very well. I saw that Mrs Fenwick put tape around her hoof. From what I heard Lena had abscess after she had her shoes taken off. Then she must have got it from the dirt and it infected her hoof. 
What ou need is a flexible shallow bucket or tub. Animalintex pads and Iodine.
When bandaging you will need sheet cotton or a diaper, elastic bandage and duct tape. 

With the tub or bucket add warm water, than put salt in until no more of the salt will dissolve. The hoof goes in the water until the point of the coronary band and it will need to soak for 10 minutes. It helps the infection go away.
(Picture by Noelle Harris)

Then soak the Animalintex pad in hot water, than place the pad on the sole of the hoof. 
If you don’t have Animalintex pads, you can make a poultice with Epsom salts and iodine. Than pack the paste into the hoof so it covers the sole of the hoof. 
(Picture by Noelle Harris)
Wrap the hoof with the sheet cotton or diaper. Then secure the Sheet cotton/diaper by tightly wrapping it with the elastic bandage. Cover the entire bandage with the dict tape. If the horse tries to get the bandage off you might want to use a hoof boot.
After it is better you can keep the hoof bandaged up to keep it from the dirt for a few days or so. 

My second lesson

On my second riding lesson I got to trot! It did look easy if you see other people do it, but it’s much harder than I thought. At every step you feel like you are going to fall out of the saddle, unless you hop up and down to the rhythm of the trot. The rider goes up and down. You push yourself up by standing in the saddle and go back sitting down. Up and down at the rhythm of the trot. For me it’s very difficult! 

(Picture by Noelle Harris)

Steering is also difficult when you're trotting. But my teacher said that it would be easier when I get used to it. It would be like riding a bike! So I can’t wait until my last lesson and that’s when I would be able to trot easily and I know it will be fun! 

I have also learned how to turn more easily, as well as to go straight. I have being "working on the rail”. By that I mean I'm keeping the horse by the side of the arena.  I have also being working on turning more sharply. I had done a full turn around a couple of times. 

But when I trot it’s hard for me to do everything at the same time. In fact I could only do short trots because I keep forgetting to make sure my hand is down to “give him head”, or else I stop him. My teacher said I could hold on the horn if I wanted to, and that really makes me feel better. I have to make sure my hand is down just enough so I wouldn’t pull on the reins, and do up and down in the saddle (which really makes the whole ride much more comfortably in the saddle). Also I have make sure my heels are down and toes up, and I need to steer with my legs and hands.

Before I got on the horse, I made a mistake when I led Trigger into the arena. I went between my mother’s car (she parked it there when we started) and I half went over a log when I went into the arena.  Instead, I should have led him around the car where there was more space. The horse could have tripped over the log and ether bucked at the car (that might damage both the car and the horse). Or the horse could have bucked and might have hit me! Or he could have just tripped and madly hurt himself. 

And also the last thing I also learned today is what makes the horse more upset. There are many ways, but this is one way: the weather. People also have changing moods in the weather. It’s either you hate the kind of weather or the weather changes you. Like sometimes when it’s hot, it makes you mad or it could make you happy.  Summer always makes me happy. I love it when it’s hot because of what it reminds me of: swimming, lazy days, clear skies and being outside with friends. I like the sound of lawn mowing because it reminds me of summer.

Horses have the same feelings as well. The hot sun makes them feel: lazy, annoyed, or tired. Not all the time are they are like this but they are mostly lazy in summer and sometimes it makes them annoyed because of the heat. They can be annoyed especially when it’s hot because they have thick coats. Their coats come handy in many things but they can get hot in them very easily and it will make them unhappy about it.

In colder days they might run around more. They will show their happiness by running, bucking and making warm greetings to the horses around. By this the other horse might follow and also run and buck with happiness. They would do more of this in colder days because they have nice thick coats to keep them perfectly warm. The reason other horse might follow another horse’s acts will be because they are herd animals. If one horse runs in a herd the whole herd will run. That will be usually the leader who controls the others.  

I would have never known this until I saw Cole (my dream horse) show me. On a fall day when it was cold but not too cold or too hot I went over to Cole’s paddock. He came friskily to the fence. Then after greeting him I was about to leave when he start galloping around in his paddock. And then he would start bucking. I thought I must have scared him, but when I went up to the fence he came to me happily. So I watched him as he showed off by galloping, jumping and bucking. He did scare a horse next to his paddock who seemed grumpy, but there were two horses who started to follow Cole’s acts. And they did seem very happy.  

How to hold the lead rope

You have to be carful on how you hold the lead rope. If the rope is around your hand it could be dangerous. If the horse pulls on the lead the rope will be tightened and will squeeze around your hand very hard.

You have to hold both loops on the rope. And always walk on the left side of the horse. And to make sure to stay just enough away so that the horse does not step on you. 
(Picture by Noelle Harris)
And also not to walk in front of the horse or too far behind. And don’t let the horse do the same. You two should walk side by side shoulder to shoulder. 

Riding lessons

I got riding lessons a few days ago and it was really fun! I rode on a horse named Trigger, the name was from a famous cow boy’s horse.  I even got new cow girl boots too! 

Anyway the riding wasn’t that hard. But I think putting on the saddle and stuff was hard for me to remember! But learning how to ride wasn’t that hard at all! I thought it was going to be very hard for me to get into the saddle, but it wasn’t as hard as I thought. I just put my left foot in the stirrup and swing my right foot over and onto the horse. You have to swing your right high over. It’s hard to remember that and do it, but my teacher told me to think of it as the saddle was on fire and you had to pull your leg high over the fire. 

Before I started riding, my teacher took me out to the arena and showed me how to “Lunge." Lunging is to warm up the horse and make it a bit tired before I got into the saddle so he wouldn’t be too wild. Lunging is when a horse circles around you. (I saw Mrs. Fenwick do this often with Peppy or Lena). You have different commands for the horse to understand how fast you want him to go. And I knew from Mrs. Fenwick that you always have to stay at the shoulder of the horse. 

Making a clicking sound tells the horse to trot around you. If you say “woah!” It tells the horse to stop. And if you make a kissing with your lips the horse will ‘lope’. Loping is a little faster than trotting. It goes from ‘Walk’ ‘Trot’ ‘Lope’ and ‘Gallop’. So when that was finished I got to ride!

Then when I was on the horse, it was high but not as scary as I thought it would be. 

First I rode with the lead that my teacher held while telling me how to ride. I first learned how to go and stop. I kick my boots into Trigger’s sides to make him go. And the more I do it the faster he goes. To stop, I pull on the reins until he stopped. By now I had no lead so my teacher told me to ride five steps and then make him stop. I did but sometimes I wasn’t very good at it. 
Then she made me ride backwards by pulling on the reins and pressing my boots onto his sides hard until he walked backwards. She had me ride five steps and then stop. 

(Picture took by Renee Harris)

A picture of me, my teacher and Trigger. (about to start the lunging)

Ankle and down

I am reading a horse anatomy book to help me understand horses more. I have drawn this picture of the hoof, Pastern, Fetlock and Coronet.

(Picture by Noelle harris)

The Coronet (the yellow lined part) connects the hoof to the Pastern. Pastern is part just above the hoof with the Coronet in between. The Fetlock is another word for ankle. The picture below is Raleigh's hoofs. So this is a picture of a real horse's hoofs and as you can see the hoof, Pastern, Fetlock/ankle and the Coronet. 

(Picture took by Noelle harris)

Raleigh the horse

I go down to the EQ center about everyday now. Raleigh is very sweet and kind. I do my job - scooping poop - and then I warm my hands on his soft coat. And when it comes to food he likes, he is very smart and clever. Raleigh loves wild grass that grows just outside his paddock. If the gate isn’t locked then Raleigh can push the gate open and get out. But at least he won’t run off because, like I said, he just wants the grass and doesn't like being away from his paddock. In fact, Mrs. E lets him out and leaves the halter on with the lead rope. Raleigh wanders a little, but if he starts to go faster, then he steps on his lead rope and it stops him. It's kinda like if your shoe wasn't tied, and you tripped on your shoelace.

You have to really make sure the gate is locked, because Raleigh can open it. He would even grab the lock and pull it until it comes out! Like I said, Raleigh is very smart about the food he likes. Also, He has two paddocks that he is using. One is his and the other one is a empty one. He is allowed to go in there to eat the grass as much as he likes.

Lake CA (Where I live)

(Picture took by Renee Harris)

This is a herd of cows, I see them on my walk to the EQ Center

(Picture took by Renee Harris)

This is where I walk over hills to get to the EQ Center

(Picture took by Renee Harris)

This is Raleigh down at the EQ Center

Raleigh, day 1

Raleigh is a 19 year old brown horse. He has black legs, tail and mane. He even has a small white star on his forehead. Mrs E (A different owner that owns Raleigh next to Lena and Peppy) is having me scoop Raleigh’s poop every day. She went down with me once to see how I was getting along and now I am doing it alone. (I do it in the mornings so far.)

And she told me how much to feed him also just in case she couldn’t feed him and I could do that. The whole reason I am doing it is so she doesn’t have to, but mostly because I love being down at the EQ center with the horses.  Mrs. E works during the day and she comes down to feed her horse twice a day. She used to have her horses on 30 acres of property in Cottonwood.  Her daughter used to have another horse named Titus who was a creamed colored horse. 

Anyway, I worked with Raleigh a couple of days now and it’s a lot of fun so far! I even got to lead Raleigh around and I got to run with him. Even in the arena it was fun to watch Raleigh run a little. Today I went really early to say hi to Mrs. F. She comes down early, but for once I was there first. It was cold down there. Frost everywhere! And I forgot gloves! But at least Raleigh was nice and warm (under his mane was really warm!) So he saved me the stiff hands. He stood in the sun while I scooped the poop with the shovel.

I also had a jacket on that has buttons on it and Raleigh tried to nibble them when I pet him. It has being very fun just like with Mrs. F! Also I saw her this morning and she said she needed to take Lena to the vet because something was wrong with her leg.
(Picture took by Renee Harris)


I have known this along time, but have you ever noticed a horse's ears? 

When a horse's ears are pointing in front or towards you, it means he/she is listening to you. 

When it is pinned back, it means he/she is annoyed, upset, or angry with something. 

Sometimes when his/her ears are back, it could mean he/she is happy and would show off by running around, jumping, or do something wild because he/she feels happy. (sometimes other horses near by will start to do the same because they become happy as well). 

There are also many other ways the ears go, which you can almost read there ears. But it is not only about the ears that can talk. There are other ways a horse can say things with. 

(Picture by Noelle Harris)

Day seven: Watching Cole

Simeon and I haven't been down at the horses for two days. But it really seemed like a week or more. Mrs. Fenwick had her dog, Sophie with her too. We scooped the poop and then we talked about the horses. 

Mr. Fenwick was talking with some other guy. Simeon asked things like how they caught wild horses. Mrs. Fenwick also told us that you can't ride a horse it's at least two years old. I knew all the questions Simeon asked, because I read them in a book I used to read. When we were done, Simeon and I were going to leave but I still wanted to see one more horse. Mrs. Fenwick went to talk to some other people who had horses there too. 

The horse I wanted to see was a black mustang that I have been watching for along time. Today I finally went over to him. His owner was there too and she was feeding him. I asked what his name was and she said it was Cole. 
(Picture by Noelle Harris)
Then she told us about four or five other horses around her, including their names. She also had a small jar with a gold fish in it. I asked her what that was for and she said it was to clean bacteria out of the water troughs.  
(Picture took by Noelle Harris)
Now that, I have never heard of before! I must say that was smart. So hopefully when I go down again, I would love to ask more about that. She seems very nice too. So then we walked back home.  It was exciting to see and finally know what that mustang's name was.