A few weeks ago Mojo was in the school, fine in walk but when I asked him to trot he was hopping. We took him back to the yard to check him and his feet were hot and pulses were felt to be bounding. So he was stabled and a visiting farrier had a look at him and thought he had an abscess, so we poulticed his foot, he was extremely good about it.
Over the next few days there was some black gooey stuff on the poultice so we then dry poulticed. He was then seen by another hoof trimmer as I couldn’t get mine out at short notice. He suspected something metabolic, so we called the vet to check and take bloods.Trotting up for the vet he was not as lame but still sore and worse on flexion tests. No pulses felt.
Bloods came back negative for anything metabolic, but he was still 3/5 lame on his right fore.
On the 8th April 2021 Mojo still slightly lame, vet came out and did flexion tests, positive on left fore and very positive on the right. Back on bute and rest, and x-rays booked.
23rd April 2021 x-rays taken of front feet and both hocks.
Mojo was very good, he put his feet on the blocks and stood still for the front feet and one hock. He was very protective of his right hock but it was done with no sedation – just lots of treats.
Lots of changes in both fetlocks and multiple small avulsion fragments of the sesamoids.Hocks didn’t seem too bad so the plan is to turn out – he doesn’t run about anyway, and keep on bute for now.
I am doing the Connection Trainings course on starting to lunge, this starts with going round a round pen.
We have done this before but Mojo was a little unsure what to do.
Around a round pen.
Mojo wasn’t too sure what to do as we haven’t done this for a while. He was a little distracted by the sand school mirror and the other liveries going down the drive.
The first video shows him following the longer target and he is a bit sticky and shows some frustration when it keeps moving.
The next video I tried a longer stick but he got totally confused by that, so we did some poles exercises and some cone targeting. He then seemed ready to have another go.
The last video I walked on the outside of the pen and he seemed more confident doing that, then I went back in the pen, and he followed my hand rather than the target stick. He is a little distracted as one of the other horses is going down the drive.
We are still in lockdown so I try to keep my journeys to a minimum.
Mojo has been good with his feet, but when the trimmer came we had to go to the pony yard. Our part of the yard was having a new stable built. So he was a little on his toes to start with. He did settle but then spooked big time when the trimmer arrived. We tried to do his hinds first – as they weren’t done last time, but no he wasn’t having that. So we did his fronts, he settled and lifted them up, he did fidget a bit but was good with them on the hoof stand.
When I got him out on Monday he was very lively but after a little trot round the school was very good with his feet, they were picked out, sprayed and field paste applied. So it is not that he can’t lift them up but there is a deep seated mistrust of trimmers/farriers.
August 20th 2020, Mojo had his teeth done by the vet under sedation. So I asked my hoof trimmer to come at the same time. We have been working on getting him OK with putting his feet on our small hoof stand.
The hoof trimmer did as much as possible on his front feet before he was sedated. Then once the vet finished his teeth, she started on the hinds. He did need a bit of extra sedation but the vet was fine with that. Mojo only had a small amount for his teeth. All four feet were trimmed well and treated for thrush (it as been very wet recently and even though his feet seemed fine 2 days ago they needed treating).
I am so pleased with how well he coped with all this. We will continue with the hoof stand training, it did seem as if he was better for me to clean his feet with them on the stand. I wondered if he felt more secure with them resting on something more solid than my hand.
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.