Learning from Liam

liam grey thoroughbred mane fling

I originally started this blog back to take some time and log my adventure with the grey beast in the photo above. This horse, I just don't even know how to describe him. I equal parts love him and equal parts want to run him over with my car. He's a dream to ride with an amazing canter a comfortable trot and jump like nothing else. But he's got the brain of a distracted toddler and the propensity to put everything in his mouth. It can be exhausting and wonderful all at the same time.  For your viewing pleasure I give you one of his first free jumps. Courtesy of his wonderful old owner Heather!

Right now we're battling a little bit of lameness (where he is essentially limping) and since he can't tell me why I have to figure it out in the cheapest way possible. The back story is that he came to me with shoes on and my farrier thought he had good enough feet to go barefoot. So we pulled his shoes which led to him being tender. I gave it 5 weeks and he still seemed uncomfortable so we put the shoes back on - he went dead lame. 5 weeks later and he was finally sound again, we thought maybe it was an abscess but it ended up being (we think) a deep stone bruise. Then I ended up taking a dive off of him that was completely my fault and we were sidelined for 3 weeks. Then the winter weather came through so tack on another 2 weeks. 

In the meantime he's been chewing on wood so he's wearing a muzzle in the field and has been playing who can stand on his back feet the highest. So out comes my farrier this week and he says I definitely see some bruising on his feet. So a) that could be from the previous lameness and it's finally worked it's way down. Or b) it could be from his recent airs above ground show he's been putting on. Bottom line is we've got some tender soles and it needs to be fixed stat. I'm tired of having a lame horse. 

Mostly because it terrifies me that his bone chip could be acting up. It's well above his fetlock and hasn't bothered him in 3 years and he even raced on it after re-hab when he was 2.5. So it's not the chip, repeat after me 'It's not the chip!'

So now we need to find out what it is and hopefully he'll be magically sound in the next few days. Because I'm ready - we're moving him to Asheville with us (yay!) and we'll be able to work 3/4 times a week. As well as the trainer is also the barn manager so I'll be able to get more hands on instruction which I really need right now to make sure I get to compete him in the next few years. 

So every Friday Liam's beautiful mug will show up there and I'll update on where we are and where we're going and how his dang feet are. Fingers crossed they toughen up and we get back to normal asap.