May 19th 2020

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.

May 13th 2020

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.

horses foot

February 3rd 2020

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.

January 31st 2020

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.

Update on Mojo’s feet

November 4th 2019.

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.

Up-date 25th October

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.

Mojo’s New Trimmer

Mojo has a new hoof trimmer, she spent 2 hours with us and offered essential oils and red light therapy too. Mojo tolerated his fronts doing and they were done very well and he had spray and hoof clay too. By the time we got round to the hinds he had had enough, next time we will start with the feet and end with the esssential oils and red light.

Mojo’s feet 4th October 2019

Penny Thorpe ( the hoof trimmer) came again today to do Mojo’s hind feet. I got him in at 8 am to dry out and gave him a feed with cortaflex, buteless and some calming herbs. He also had some barley grass and a bucket with peppermint in – he wasn’t too keen last time but this time he licked the bowl clean, not sure whether he had the peppermint water. He had plain water too and some hay.

He seemed much less stressed when Penny arrived, she offered some tobacco essence and he seemed quite keen on that. Then she picked out his front feet and just tidied them up. Then on to his left hind – he lifted it well and it was trimmed and rasped, lots of breaks so he could rebalance. One of the other liveries gave me some readigrass for him to chew on – and he loved that along with some grass pellets and herb treats when he needed a bit of extra support.

Lots of praise and bridging when his feet were off the ground. He had both hinds done and then the sole cleanse spray and hoof clay was applied.

After the he had some red light therapy.

All booked in for 4 weeks time, I will continue to work on his foot lifting – which was very good on the fronts and is getting better on the hinds.

 

Mojo progress

Today Mojo was very good at lifting his feet, his hinds seemed easier. He is on Cortaflex and Buteless so hopefully they are making a difference. We then went in the school to do some cone weaving and trotting poles, he did mange one little trot. I have a long driving whip that I use as a target to get him to circle and keep a distance away, he was very good on one side but didn’t stay out when on the left hand circle.
Often he is reluctant to go back out to the field with me, today Victoria (my almost 3 year old granddaughter) was with me and he lowered his head to sniff her and then just followed. V had the lead rope end and I was there to check he wasn’t going to get too close.
Photo is an old one as I didn’t take any today.
Mojo in the new field
Mojo in the new field

Update on Mojo’s feet

August 17th 2019

The hoof trimmer came this afternoon, Mojo was more relaxed with him but unfortunately the trimmer feels he needs more frequent visits to be completely at ease with him, the trimmer lives to far away for this to be feasible.
3 feet were trimmed but the right hind is still a problem.

August 20th 2019.
Mojo was seen by the vet this morning, he was booked in for teeth and vaccinations so I asked her to look at his hind limbs. He trotted up fine but looked a little unlevel.
He was so good with the flexion test on the left leg, trotted away fine. Vet then went to do the right leg and he wouldn’t let her any where near it. Conclusion is he is sore on that leg, probably hock but as he isn’t very co-operative we can’t do any more tests. So the plan is bute for a week before any attempt to trim his feet, and for 2 or 3 days afterwards. He is already on cortaflex and buteless supplements.
Also I need to teach him to rest his hind feet on a stand of some sort so he is more comfortable.
So now just to find a sympathetic female hoof trimmer

Mojo and his feet

On the 3rd August Mojo decided that his hay was more interesting than me. so he refused to come out of his stable, I did his foot lifting in the stable. Then let hi eat but when I went ot put him back i  the field he would not follow me. so my daughter took him out – he followed her and was very good when my grand daughter had the lead rope – she is alsmots 3 years old and he just lowered his head so he could see her and then followed my daughter who was next to the child.

Update 5th August 2019
Mojo was in as the farrier was coming for the other 2. He eagerly put his head collar on and came out of his stable, lifted all 4 feet and did his stretching exercises. Walked following the target – stretching over his back and stood on his mat. He then went back in the stable whilst the others had their feet done.
When it was time to go back out he put his nose in the head collar and followed my hand target out and then to the field, no planting at all. The only thing I can think was that on Saturday he was hungry, today he had eaten his hay and had some pony nuts.

We must always be aware of competing motivations.