What supplements and feeds does your horse vaccuum down everyday? Gatsby
2 flakes of alfafa in the morning (has to be separated from his gf or else she will eat it all)
2 flakes of grass in the evening Rice bran and beet pulp (don't know exact weights, sorry! It is a ton though because he is a super hard keeper) In SmartPak: Cosequin ASU & SmartDigest Ultra (total = $94.40, definitely pricey but I really like both supplements for him)
Alfalfa morning and evening (exact amount varies depending on who feeds him and how big the flakes are, just know that he gets plenty) Purina Senior with Amplify (all of our pasture horses get this and it is pretty great) In SmartPak: SmartVite Thrive Pellets (total = $19.95)
I've never been a whiz at feed or supplements but I have tried a few things with Gatsby and what he is doing currently seems to be working the best so far, especially in terms of keeping weight on. He has always had a really nice coat; his feet were not-so-great when I got him but have been good for a while, needs shoes all around though. Kanye seems to be doing well with his current program also except for his feet; not sure if it is the supplements or the shoeing schedule but something is not quite right. I am going to start with adding a hoof supplement but may start front shoes soon if that doesn't help (he is barefoot all around right now)
A day late but I obviously needed to wish a blogging birthday to my main man, Gatsby of course! Knucklehead turned 17 yesterday!!! Most people still guess he is under 10 which seems like a pretty good sign.
Monday I got in a wonderful dressage ride after work; it's so nice to be able to spend more time at the barn now. A friend of mine is going to start riding him a couple days a week to help pick up the slack a bit. She is also going to be riding him when I am in England.
Headed out tonight for another ride and then sadly no more this week as I am headed to Big Bear for the weekend.
Ack! How did it already get to be mid-March and I haven't done this yet?!?!?!
February Wrap-Up Gatsby
Be ready to move up to 30 minutes of trot-work by the end of the month. Fail. We are currently at 25 minutes/week. Things are definitely going much slower than planned but I think that has only helped the healing process so I am not complaining! Gatsby feels stronger than ever.
Work on relaxation/stretching at the walk and trot. Really get that back swinging. Success! We've been working on lots of stretching and really using his back and he has been doing great! I can't wait to see what effect this has on him once he's back in full work.
Straightness! This is a great time to get us on track in this area while we don't have much else to focus on. Success! This can be a little bit difficult depending on his mood but it is definitely something we have worked on every ride which is success in my book:)
Lunge in the faux-ssoa at least once!
Maybe try some more pony rides or...one or two short actual rides?!?! February was another failed month as far as completing the goals I set out for us. I did take him out to ground-drive once and it was apparent that his ground manners had deteriorated a bit so we have been working on that. Luckily he is a quick learner and I feel like we can try ground driving this month. He also "learned" to graze which was pretty exciting!
March Goals Gatsby
Be ready to schedule a check-up with the vet in April to get the OK to start cantering.
Continue to work on relaxation and stretching.
Continue to work on straightness and strength-building.
Stay happy and healthy!
Get that faux-ssoa on!
Get on under saddle ride in!
I am super excited about daylight savings and all the extra time it gives me to spend with my boys! I have plenty of time after work now to work with each of them!! I plan on splitting my evenings with them, probably 3 week Gatsby and 1 or 2 with Kanye, depending on how he is doing learning-wise.
My blog story isn't very exciting unfortunately. I was introduced to horse blogs by Nicku at The Polka Dot Periodical and stalked a few blogs for probably a few years before deciding to try one out myself. After I moved to Berkeley in 2010 I felt pretty lonely and decided it would be a good time to start building a larger community of horse friends and also to chronicle my journey with Gatsby.
I didn't really think much about my blog name, I wanted something sort of clever and horse-related and, as cross country has always been my favorite phase, Out of the Box just jumped out at me. I like the name because I feel like nothing about my journey with Gatsby has been routine, I bought him as a crazy OTTB when I should have been looking for something much more mellow and with much more experience and our journey together has had ups, downs and jumps all over the place as we've tried to figure out what works for us.
After my seven deadly sins post last week I felt pretty bad about my Sloth list. Luckily we had some amazing weather this weekend and I didn't have much in the way of plans so I was able to tackle some of my items.
Saturday was about a bazillion degrees and I was running late. I contemplated having a slightly short ride but when I brought Gatsby down the barn and saw how horribly dirty he was I opted for a bath instead. I think he enjoyed the extra on-the-ground attention and he definitely looked way better afterwards, definitely need to up my grooming routine though as he has developed some icky fungus recently on his belly and near his stifles.
Gatsby would never stand this nicely for a bath.
Sunday was fantastic because I literally had nothing else planned so I was able to spend from 11:30am to 3pm at the barn guilt-free. Brought Gatsby down and gave him a thorough grooming, lots and lots of currying to get that winter coat out! He was clearly feeling a bit fresh so I threw the draw reins on and I am oh so glad I did, he practically exploded in our first trot set, complete with canter piaffe, sideways bucking, etc. Luckily he calmed down after the first 5-minute set and I was able to get some really nice dressage work in without using the draw reins much. I was even able to do one whole sit sitting and I had a feeling we looked pretty fancy! Gatsby got hosed down and ice booted afterwards while I cleaned my tack for probably the first time since October (possibly longer).
Got back in my car to head home and realized that my new BoT gear had arrived and I had totally forgotten about it! Oh well, I will break that out on Wednesday. My knee has been a bit ouchy so I think I will wear my knee brace tonight.
Sorry about the lack of blogging updates guys. Gatsby, Kanye and I have not been up to much and I couldn't really think of anything to write about. I am very excited that daylight savings starts this weekend and I will have much more time to go riding! Expect better updates soon:)
On a non-horse related note, (those of you who are friends with me on Facebook and/or follow me on Instagram already know this) I have been accepted to a volunteer program at an orphanage in Kenya for 3 weeks this September!!! It was a sort of impromptu decision but it is something I have always wanted to do and I couldn't be more excited. Unfortunately saving for that trip means cutting back on lessons/showing but I am ok with that. As much as I want to compete Gatsby again there are also a million non-horse related adventures that I don't want to miss out on. In a perfect world I will be able to make time and money to do both but I have decided that either way my experiences will be fantastic so I really have nothing to fret about!!!
Make Friends!! And maybe learning to lunge... (Kanye)
Enjoying some downtime with Gatsby and getting to know Kanye. Can't wait to get back out there next season!
Show Name: The Great Gatsby Barn Name: Gatsby Sire: Slewgoodtobetrue (Slewpy x Count Us Mary) Dam: Lou's a Dancing (Your Dancer x Mystic Tuesday) Color: Chestnut Markings: Blaze, partial white coronets on both hinds, white spot on left hip. Height:17.3hh DOB: 3.18.97
Show Name: Chi-Town
Barn Name: Kanye
Sire: Awesome Spirit (Awesome Again x Tizsweet)
Dam: Exclusive Charm (Silver Charm x Only Princesses)