Grooming and Treats

Gabby’s home and back in her stall.  I went out and saw her, bringing along a bag of carrots. When I groomed her, she seemed sensitive and the twitching in her shoulder was back — not as big and bold as it was, but I felt the grooming made it flare up.  Her hay’s in a net because she has trouble reaching the ground to graze (bad for a grazing animal) but she seemed pleased to have company. 

This is\where things stand.  Nothing to be done.



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3 responses to “Grooming and Treats

  1. I’m glad you’ve got her home. I wish I had something profound to say, to make you both feel better. 😦

  2. Erica

    I hadn’t checked your blog for a few days, and was so glad to hear Gabby’s problem isn’t herpes. But…! I’m very sorry that she has a problem that may make her unrideable. But Kelly’s comments to your Jan. 31 post were right on the mark. If she is unrideable, even for “just” a year, and your goal is to be a rider, then you should definitely try to find another home for her.

    I recently went through something kind of similar when I decided my old QH couldn’t be the dressage horse I wanted him to be and bought a 3-year-old. I couldn’t afford to keep both horses and despaired of finding a GOOD home for my best friend. I sent e-mails all over the place and lo and behold, the president of the local USDF chapter bought him for her little girl. Now he has a wonderful, low-stress home and I only feel a little bit guilty for letting him go!

    Someone who has land and only one horse may be very happy to take her as a companion horse. And if Gabby recovers and is rideable but only at walk/trot, you might check out the nearest therapeutic riding center — they might be happy to have you donate her for their riding program. The other option — if she’s rideable — is a full lease to a beginner or trainer who wants a lesson horse.

    Do NOT decide to be a martyr and sacrifice your riding career! It’s bad for everybody’s karma!

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