We had Joan Ranquet out awhile back to help us communicate with our horses.  We have been so diligent in our attempt to ‘do what’s right for the horses’ based on our fledgling knowledge, that we continue to wonder… Are we doing the right thing?

As has been mentioned in previous posts, the horse industry is awash with opinions on everything from bits to blankets and shoes to supplements.  If you put 10 people in a room and ask – ‘what type of bit would you recommend?’, you are likely to get at least 12 opinions.

In our attempt to do the ‘right’ thing, we have immersed ourselves in the never-ending information available online and talked to anyone and everyone that we feel has valuable knowledge to impart.  And we continue to come back to the same answer…  NO ONE has the ultimate ‘right’ answer.  So we just continue to do what we have been doing to the best of our ability and watch and listen to the horses, and try to keep it as003 simple as possible.

Dolly is recovering from surgery and on stall rest.  We have been diligent in keeping her confined and as calm as possible, but she decided to exercise her ‘free will’ and launched herself out of her stall, over the muck cart being pushed in by Mark to clean up and unfortunately… through Mark.  After making sure Mark was okay, we followed Dolly down her escape path fretting and worried about what her adventure might be doing to her leg.  She had made it to the freshly sown grass in the new pasture, where she ran and jumped and spun to evade Erin and I.  When she decided she was done, she just stopped and allowed me to calmly walk up to her, put her halter on, and lead her back to her stall.  Fortunately – the following doctor visit showed no damage done.

022Kiera has suffered from escalating heat cycles turning her from friendly and loving to distant and downright unfriendly.  We started with Mare Magic, graduated to Mellow Mare, made a few changes to her diet and did an ultrasound to check for cysts.  When she kicked the rasp out of Seth’s hand just missing his head, we decided it was time to do more.  Another ultrasound disclosed a CL and she was given lutalyse.  When she returned to heat with her agressive mood within 5 days – the decision was made to start ReguMate.  After a few days – she was almost back to her sweet self, with I think a little ‘learned’ behavior left to go.  We will follow this course for a couple months and see where her behavior goes, re-evaluate, and then make another decision.

The horses can’t tell us how they’re feeling, what’s going  on, or what they need or want to make them comfortable and healthy, and unfortunately, most of the time, all we cSammy-Kieraan do is make  the best educated guess we can.  If we transfer our own ‘human’ ideas of what they need on to them to meet our needs, it can create more discomfort and loss of health.  So we try to let them be horses as well as we can on a small piece of equestrian property, keep our human emotions in check as much as possible and when necessary, start small and then take the next indicated step.

050Dolly is still on stall rest, but she is now being walked almost daily and is tolerating her confinement better.  Kiera is getting back to being the sweet mare she was… and currently all is well in the land of The Urban Herd.

The horses did have some interesting things to say to Joan, but most were on an a personal and emotional vein and related to us as their keepers.  I think the one that stood out for me the most was for us to quit worrying so much about them and just let ourselves ‘be’ with them.

So the order of the day is a little less talking and a lot more being…