Schwartz had another massage and we applied some kinesiotape to see if we can get him even more relaxed. This makes three massages, two acupuncture treatments, and a week on ulcer medications. Interestingly, I have not seen him cribbing for two days. He still may be doing it, but not when I've been watching. At the very least, he has definitely decreased his cribbing.
Because of how the timing worked out, I had to teach a riding lesson when the massage therapist began working on Schwartz. I had him tied with his evening mash and a hay bag, and I left to go to the round pen to teach my lesson. Amy, the massage therapist, said as soon as I was out of sight he quit eating. She said that he was distinctly more anxious when I disappeared, and he never took his eyes off the arena. She also said he became very oral, nipping and shoving her with his head, which he has not done before. He also didn't want her to touch his face. When my lesson was finished I came back and stood with him, and he was very quiet, smoochy and relaxed. Amy said it was impressive to see the difference in him. It sure looks like Schwartz has gotten attached, now I'm his security blanket. I've had other horses who were like this, too. As youngsters Cecil and Highboy were very dependent on being able to see me or they would very nearly melt down. It makes me wonder if Schwartz will decide he is ok with eventing. If he trusts me enough to try something when I say he can do it I may have a brave and bold horse on my hands.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
I got some wonderful photos of Monty today so potential buyers can appreciate his great conformation. For more information about Monty you can view his sale blog post here:
Schwartz has been coming along really nicely. He has had two massages, two acupuncture treatments, and one kinesiotaping. We took some conformation photos of him today and some photos of me riding him in my favorite orange shirt. He sure does clean up nicely! He is for sale if the right home comes along, otherwise he will be going with me to the Retired Racehorse Project makeover in October in Kentucky.