Mojo had his feet trimmed today – July 3rd 2020. This was the first time the trimmer had been since January. He was very good with all but the right side hind, he had a little bit rasped of that but not done completely. Mojo even held his front feet on the hoof stand, so very pleased with him today. All that rasping with him resting his feet on the mini blocks seems to have paid dividends.
We managed both fronts yesterday and got him to put his hinds on the block. Today Liz’s farrier came and looked at them, showed Liz how to nip bits off and even nipped some excess frog off one front. So we are doing things right and his fronts look a good shape.
Mojo was great with his feet, we only did the fronts. Liz feels it better to get those solid resting on the block before we go to the hinds. This was the first time with the block too, he sniffed and then wasn’t bothered when Liz placed his foot on it, he just stood quietly even when she wasn’t rasping.
I then trimmed his feathers whilst he ate, I got my scissors sharpened as they were pulling a bit last time. I may need some new ones though as they don’t stay very sharp.
Mojo had his left front rasped well by Liz. He kept his foot on the block after a little fidgeting. Plenty of reinforcement with carrots.
We plan to do one foot at a time so he doesn’t get too frustrated by it all.
I then trimmed his feathers so we can actually see his hooves.
Visited Mojo today, he was waiting by the gate but then Smoke and Indi came to say “hello”. So I went and got my grooming kit – intending to groom in the field. By the time I got back Smoke and Indi were at the other end of the field so I got Mojo out and took him to the yard. He was still waiting by the gate so it was easy.
I picked out his left front foot and then Liz arrived and did the others. He held them up well, so Liz proceeded to rasp the front ones. We didn’t rasp the hinds but they don’t look too bad – a little chipped at the edges but nothing horrendous.
He got apples as a reinforcement for picking them up and holding them whilst Liz rasped. Too hot to do much else so he had a groom, some fly spray (he actually stood still), and then back out to the field – a few treats on the floor to say “finished”.
Good to know he is getting back in the swing of things.
I went to see Mojo on Monday the 11th May after 6 weeks of not travelling anywhere due the virus pandemic. We have been safe and adhered to all lockdown and self isolation measures. Mojo has been in a field with Smoke and Indi in the care of our excellent yard owner.
When I went on Monday I just picked out his feet in the field and did a few exercises.
Today, I joined my daughter – we are now allowed to see 1 other person we don’t live with – as long as we stay 2 metres apart. I picked out Mojos front feet but he was a bit sticky with the hinds. So I just looked at them.
Liz managed to rasp one front foot before Mojo decided enough was enough. So I just applied some hoof paste and gave him a good groom. Apparently he was not impressed with having to come out of the field into his stable this morning. Even with the yard owners husband leading him – he normally loves him and isn’t a problem.
We will have to do more sessions on the yard before asking the trimmer to come. Liz will rasp one foot at a time if necessary.
Monday 3rd February we did hoof training again, with the new halter and different clothes and on a different part of the yard.
Mojo offered his front feet – once even before the verbal cue.
Liz cleaned and brushed them out and rasped them, so adding duration. Liz wore the chaps and we have a different bucket to keep at all the tools in and he got lots of carrots.
Then LIz cleaned and brushed his hinds, the right hind wasn’t as easy as the left but he held it up long enough to brush and rasp the edges. We worked from left fore to left hind and then right hind and right fore.
I then put him back in the stable and took off my gilet. Then put his normal head collar on and had him on the yard to groom and put hoof paste on all four feet.
Mojo had his appointment with the hoof trimmer. He was OK with the fronts and held them up well. However he was way over threshold by the time we got to the hinds. So Penny will come back and start with them first next time. He seemed to enjoy his red light therapy and was relaxing but still very protective of the hinds, even though he had been on bute for 4 days beforehand.
We have been training with a new head collar and really starting over with hoof care. I consulted and experienced equine behaviourist who came to see him a few weeks ago. Justine thinks it is pain related but how do we get to the bottom of this when he wont let the vet near his right hind?
We will keep on with the retraining and adding duration of his hinds legs being off the ground.
The yard has a visit booked from someone with a Theraplate machine so Mojo is booked in for that and a sports massage. He enjoyed the last massage he had and is OK with our physio too. So we will see how he is with a new person present.
May be we need to rent a few people to come and see him – so he can start associating new people with fun things.
Mojo had his feet trimmed today, started with the hinds, got the left one done then he decided not to pick the right one up. So Penny did the fronts, he is perfect with them now and holds them for quite a long time. Eventually got the right one done with lots of rest along the way. Non of the horses were very settled in the horrendous rain so we were very pleased with him.
December 9th 2019
Update on Mojo’s feet. He needed them done as quite flared and cracked so the trimmer came a week early. He wasn’t at all settled or co-operative, so we decided on veterinary sedation. Fortunately we are close to the hospital and a vet came out straight away. Mojo was sedated and towards the end twitched. I felt a bit bad about twitching but he did need trimming. He also had an injection for feather mites and I trimmed and oiled his feathers whilst he was still sleepy. Hopefully he wont be so bad next time – he lets us pick out his feet and I have been trying to add duration but the vet thought the mites were making him extra sensitive.
Mojo update, 13th December.
Yesterday was the first time I got to see him since the trim under sedation, he picked up all four feet but wasn’t interested in any treats but took the grass pellets.
14th December 2019.
Today I groomed him, poked about at all four legs, to check his skin. He didn’t object to me brushing his feathers. Then I got him out on the yard and held a bucket of Readigrass whilst Liz picked out and brushed his hoofs. He didn’t object to her holding his left hind out behind him – as the trimmer would do. He was a little tense with the right hind and did snatch it just as she had finished and was putting it down. Big fuss for him when the feet were off the ground.
Update 25th October 2019, I had Sally Ede out to do some communication and healing Mojo, today was the second session and she said he was much more relaxed this time.
He still is protective of his hind legs but was better when I picked out his feet before Sally arrived. I did the fronts as they are near perfect now and he holds them up well. Liz did the hinds whilst I bridged and treated, he lifted the left one as soon as she bent down and touched it, the right he lifted as soon as she asked him, held it up with no snatching at all.
He has been on Cortaflex and Buteless for around 8 weeks now, and Sally says he need to strengthening exercises, I have been backing him over poles and trotting over them too.
Long reining is the next stage them Liz will have a few ridden lessons with Sally. Then I can hop on board and continue with the pole work too.
The trimmer is coming the first week in November so hopefully he will be happier to let her trim them all, as long as we go at his pace.