Two old nags trying to re-educate each other, our journey to getting Nathy back under a saddle and me back in the saddle after 20 years.
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Sounds like an easy question right? Not for me after reading Joe Camps books, The Soul of a Horse and Why Barefoot, I really don’t want to shoe Nathy but with all his hoof problems, I don’t feel like I have a choice. I decided to go barefoot with him and found anCamps awesome farrier...
Sounds like an easy question right? Not for me after reading Joe Camps books, The Soul of a Horse and Why Barefoot, I really don’t want to shoe Nathy but with all his hoof problems, I don’t feel like I have a choice. I decided to go barefoot with him and found anCamps awesome farrier who also is experienced in barefoot trimming.
Nathy’s hooves are looking so much better but he still gets chronic soreness on his near front hoof, so do I wait it out until his hooves are back to the way they should be and watch him with his chronic pain, or do I get his fronts shod until his hooves inprove. I believe most of his chronic issues in the near front could be because of our rock hard ground in the paddock. After last winter and way too much rain and 2 horses in the paddock there is barely a flat section of paddock most of it is hoof prints from last year.
I don’t like walking in the paddock for fear of a sprained ankle or 2 so I can imagine poor Nathy who has had sensitive hooves it can’t be pleasant. My dilema is that I want to keepmeverything as natural as possible for Nathy which includes going barefoot. My other dilema is I’m a mum and I don’t like seeing anyone I Iove in pain, constantly.
I can live with the decision to shoe my boy but only because I know he doesn’t need to be shod forever, shoeing him will take the pressure of his soft feet, he’ll be more confortable and happier and I hopefully won’t have to see him sore. It’s not a forgone conclusion shoeing him will solve the problem but it may give his poor feet time to toughen up and heal. Thankfully our paddocks are being ploughed and fixed before this winter so they have better drainage and don’t become a swamp again which will also help Nathy and is good news for us.
Having depression can be a real pain not to mention it can make a person hide away and at times it doesn’t take much to set it off. To be honest the last few months Nathy has been the only one to drag me out of my room. The good news is I’m coming out...
Having depression can be a real pain not to mention it can make a person hide away and at times it doesn’t take much to set it off. To be honest the last few months Nathy has been the only one to drag me out of my room. The good news is I’m coming out of it, it’s time to get it all together.
There were a few things that sent me on my trip back to the dark, I really thought starting my new business was going to be the beginning of some really good times I really believe in the products I was selling but my inexperience led me to believe the mis-information that was given to me by someone I thought knew what they were talking about.
I ended my business and was devastated because Nathy was doing so well and people commented on how good he was looking. I sorta felt like the bottom dropped out and yeah I guess I just gave up. Then not much longer after my daughter moved and I think I missed her and the kids more than I realised…we did get up to mischief together and they made me laugh. To top off the last few months Sid my gorgeous little pony was bitten by a snake and passed away.
Nathy got an abcess in his near fore leg and as soon as that healed he got thrush, the calf has potty belly which I’m working on and he’s improving…I thought what the hell haave I done to deserve all this. Yep I had an over extented pity party.
The good news is the pity party is over and I’m back in business selling Paradise Nutrients again, I don’t know why I didn’t question the mis-information earlier than a few days ago but I should have trustec my gut and kept Nathy on tbeir minerals. A lovely lady who is also a horse nutritionist made up a diet for Nathy and also looked into the ingredients in the minerals and gave them a big thumbs up. It was such a relief and Nathy is now back on them and I can’t for them to work their magic again. If I didn’t believe in PN I would not endorse them but at the end of the day the proof is in the pudding, it was my self doubt and inexperience that swayed me away frommthe best horse products I have ever used. It’s a bit late to kick myself now and time to move on with my business.
The top pic is Nathy on the minerals, the second was taken about a week ago before I put him back on them.
I’m stumped with Nathy’s hooves, just when I think I’m winning something else pops up. I discovered he had thrush again and treated it with PN Hoof Rehab and Cetrigen and he seemed to improve quite a bit. I ran out of hoof Rehab but have more on the way. I had the Chiro and...
I’m stumped with Nathy’s hooves, just when I think I’m winning something else pops up. I discovered he had thrush again and treated it with PN Hoof Rehab and Cetrigen and he seemed to improve quite a bit. I ran out of hoof Rehab but have more on the way. I had the Chiro and farrier out Wednesday and as usual Nathy was a little sore after his trim.
I went to feed him last night and he was lame in both front legs and I have no idea why, I’ve been cleaning his hooves twice a day to keep him comfortable but it’s not helping him. He was on steroids about a month or so ago and the vet said to watch out for Laminitis. I saw no signs but now I’m really worried that’s what this is. I’m going to send some pics to my farrier and see what he thinks. I so hope it’s not Laminitis, I’ve read that Thoroughbreds very rarely get this but it’s not impossible and being he was on steroids for scouring, maybe this is what it is.
No brainer the vet will be called as soon as I know, I’m hoping it’s only because I’ ran out of Hoof Rehab because it was helping the thrush and his overall hoof health. I’m also coating his hooves with oil to protect them from Nathy’s stints in the dam. I’m so worried about him and are hoping my worse case scenerio isn’t the cause of his pain.
It’s so frustrating, Nathy’s hooves are so soft and brittle and any amount of trimming and care isn’t fixing the problem. I have a great farrier and he trims him every 6 weeks which helps with the flaring but his seedy toe is still an issue. I spoke with a barefoot trimmer and she said...
It’s so frustrating, Nathy’s hooves are so soft and brittle and any amount of trimming and care isn’t fixing the problem. I have a great farrier and he trims him every 6 weeks which helps with the flaring but his seedy toe is still an issue. I spoke with a barefoot trimmer and she said a lot of hoof issues have a lot to do with diet, I thought I had him on a great diet, looks like it’s back to the drawing board.
I’m lucky I have good people around me who can offer me advice…slap on the forehead moment for me. I talk about keeping everything with Nathy as natural as possible, I keep him barefoot, want to train him in natural horsemanship, he’s on plant based minerals but on processed feed. I myself prefer freshly grown fruit and veg, I try and avoid processed food…except the occasional feast at KFC…I’m only human, yet I don’t take enough notice of what’s in my boys feed, dumb right?
Things are going to change, a very smart lady who gave me Nathy’s new partner in crime Sid, does keep her horses on natural feed and has advised me on which foods I should feed him, which I’ll slowly introduce as the feed I have goes down. I really do. I can’t add them here yet because quite frankly this is new to me and I am still trying to get my head around getting it right…once I do I’ll add a page here with what he’s being fed.
Anyways back to Nathy’s hooves, I’ve started using hoof rehab again daily and motor oil on his hooves…yes I said motor oil, it coats the hoof and keeps his hooves protected when he plays in the dam. They are like naughty children sometimes and love doing exactly what they shouldn’t and it’s not like I can say “Nathy your suck…Stay out of the dam” and if I did he’d just give me this look.
The good news is Nathy is looking awesome since I put him on plant based minerals, you’ll see in the feature pic my beautiful, shiny boy. along with Sid…spunky little monkey he is too.
I’m going to post a post from my other blog When Darkness Storms I created this blog many moons ago when my depression was at it’s worst and may explain why I fsde away at times. You’ll see some things in this post that you already know and some you don’t. My name is Pauline...
I’m going to post a post from my other blog When Darkness Storms I created this blog many moons ago when my depression was at it’s worst and may explain why I fsde away at times. You’ll see some things in this post that you already know and some you don’t.
My name is Pauline and I’m 59 years young, I’m learning how to love life again and find passion in the things I do each day. I moved to the country 15 months ago, before that I lived in a unit, in a caravan park. I love animals and could only have my cats at the park. It was frustraing because I’ve always had a love for horses and used to ride a lot when I was younger. I also wanted a dog but couldn’t have one at the park either.
Moving onto 5 acres on the outskirts of a quiet little country town was my dream come true. I bought a horse, not the type I was planning too, which was an old plodder I could get back in the saddle on, but a beautiful Thoroughbred named Nathy, he’s been off the track since 2014 and is yet to be re-trained for pleasure riding.
What was I thinking lol! I had lost my confidence, just being near a horse had me shaking in my boots literally, so why did I buy this blank canvas….easy I saw his ad and fell instantly in love. The day I meet him my confidence started to return and since I’ve owned him he has taught me so much and helped me in so many ways.
He helps with my depression too and doesn’t react when I get anxiety, he’s an amazing boy. I also have a beautiful Kelpie named Kira, she also helps me deal with my anxiety and depression. I haven’t walked her for a while because my anxiety has been rearing it’s ugly head but she gets a run around the 5 acres almost everyday.
I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety for over 10 years, and there have been plenty of ups and downs. Trying to find the motivation to have more ups than downs is bloody hard sometimes and I have just given up at times. I can’t be bothered getting out of bed some days and by the end of the day I feel so hopeless because I couldn’t make the effort to do something fulfilling during the day.
Then I have days like today when I tell myself I’m going to do something to change my mood and make myself feel better about myself. About a week ago I found an old blog of mine that I created when I was at my darkest and I decided to bring it back to life. This is the new version of my old blog.
I wanted to get this blog going again because it’s good therapy for me, just like my animals are and I’d like to think I can help others like me. Over the years of having depression I had no confidence in myself and I didn’t think I could ever be where I am now. I’m still learning to live a happy life, I still have those days, sometimes weeks, that I lose belief in myself, I’m a work in progress and I’m a fighter and will keep fighting and will never give up.
Life can be crappy sometimes and I’ve had more than my share of it and sometimes it’s hard not to give up. I still have to call up everything I have to keep moving forward and I can do it and will do it. Never give up, I know how easy that is to say and how hard it is to put in action but if you look for the light at the end of the tunnel you will find it.
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