Ninja Belly and New Grass

Updated: May 9, 2019

Weeks of complications, too many questions and not enough answers.

Although some improvements seen

You think you’re doing your best.

You don’t talk the same language so it’s mainly Trial and error.

But you can listen to them and listen to your heart.

The new feeding programme is still looking promising and the freedom in his stride loose lunging has really improved. Stride length and hind leg activity loose lunging over the logs is showing more activity and the stride is starting to flow rather than staccato.

He is also lunging loose in a good balanced rhythm in walk trot and canter

Still early days to see how the Ninja copes with the fresh grass whilst on his new Biome supplement.

Our pads and Cavallo Hoof Boots gave him the extra cushioning he needed

He still has a fairly strong pulse and although sound enough to ride he was swinging back onto his heels as I tried to tack up at the begging of the month.

I am obviously feeding him way too much fresh air, we couldn’t get the boots on mid-week his feet had grown so much. Farrier trim and boots back to fitting.

The feet trimming went smoother this time so he must be comfier

Normally I dread booking him in in case I get that call to say I am not doing him anymore. Luckily, I have a very lovely farrier who has put up with the Ninja antics/fidgets over the years.

Tacking up abandoned for now: The grass is definitely growing as both boys are leaving some of their overnight hay and their bottoms are rather stinky !

We have taken a big step backwards with the ridden work. Honestly thought he was coping with the grass, but his facial expressions said it all as I tried to tack him up.

Grass or No Grass:

I went for the no grass approach midway through the month as an experiment to see if we could settle his belly.

He had to spend a lot of it in the stable as he is rather destructive out on the yard when he is bored.

To be honest I was surprised at how well he coped he didn’t get shoulder bolshy at all when you opened the stable door.

All day in with hay didn’t get the pulse down and the hooves stayed hot.

He will always scoff till he explodes regardless of how much or how you feed him.

I didn’t want to keep feeding him watch him scoff it then starve till the next haynet and to honest the girthy issues remained, so this can’t be our answer.

I can’t see him keeping a grazing muzzle on but I don’t know what else to do so we are going to give it a go next month.

Whilst he was on his new routine I took the opportunity of him being in to use the MagnoEase boots for some lami therapy.

Good idea but didn’t go too well, he managed to get the boots off and managed to tear off the Velcro wraps

The Ninja Houdini Antics will require some serious Ready Rugs Equine Laundry wash and repairs.

Green Grass and a Ginger Ninja do not go well together but it never seems to follow a pattern we can watch out for

Whatever routine we try we get some positives BUT there always seems to be a but with this boy.

Ridden we are still getting an overreaction. Although ridden and on the lunge has previously helped and he seemed more confident to take us into trot, but we need to get the saddle on and girthed up first

We will get Back2It Chiropractic out soon to see what the SOT comes up with. It will be very interesting to see where the pathways take us this time

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By Gaelann East
The Wacky Racers Dressage Team
England UK

© 2017 Gaelann East

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