Triple H Ranch updates

Now that the school year is wrapping up (yay!) and now that I’m finally getting caught up on some much needed sleep (another yay!), I wanted to do a quick follow-up on several of the past blogs before I start on my series of Julie Goodnight clinic reflections.

Kobi and his saddle: Following the bite after adjusting Kobi’s saddle on the trail (see Kobi’s Message from December 2011) I changed back to our old trusty saddle, that concerned me months ago were pinching his shoulders. Since switching back to our amazingly comfortable Fabtron saddle, Kobi has been wonderful. No more pinned ears when I tighten his cinch, no more saddle slipping when I mount up on the trail, and no more refusal to trot or canter. It’s incredible how much difference a good-fitting saddle can make. Thinking I was going to do a good thing and get the bottom of the saddle re-fleeced, it turned in to a $300 saddle nightmare. The good news is that I have a brand new ($300) western Wintec synthetic saddle and as it turns out the Fabtron saddle is just fine. The bad news is that I was without my trusty Fabtron saddle for 6 weeks and spent an unnecessary $300 for a saddle I didn’t need, but is very comfortable and looks great on Kobi. I just refuse to break out the new saddle with any threat of rain!

Kobi’s allergies:  Kobi’s allergies continue to be a problem. After trying every supplement known to man (or at least every supplement that I had heard of at the time), Kobi was still scratching his skin to bloody shreds. I finally called my favorite vet, the amazing Dr. Kristen Kultgen Domingez. We tried a round of strong antihistamines (Hydroxyzine) which made Kobi high as a kite and incredibly sweet and affectionate but didn’t do much for his itchy skin. We went to steroids (Prenisolone) which worked amazingly well, but unfortunately I can’t keep him on them due to possible risks of kidney failure. As soon as I started tapering him off of them, the Sweet Itch (and the scratching) returned. I read a magazine article about this supplement from Europe (Aloeride) specifically for Sweet Itch and requested the free taste samples. It smells awful but Kobi didn’t hesitate to eat it all up. I will be placing an order and give it a shot. According to the enclosed literature and endorsements, I should see amazing results within two weeks.

Sugar’s seedy toe:  The seedy toe is finally gone, or at least at her last trim the World’s Best Farrier, Alan Vizcaino, didn’t have to notch any suspicious places out of any of her hooves – they finally look like normal horse hooves! Just goes to show that consistent trims and a case of Thrush Buster will work for Seedy Toe.

Trailer shopping:  I still haven’t made a purchase, or even decided on what I want. I did come to the conclusion that I don’t want to depend on other people and using their trailer, so until I actually get my own trailer, the horses won’t be leaving the property (I promise, Toni!) I’ll continue to save all my money from tutoring until I figure out exactly what I want.

Tropical Storm Beryl: We finally have a chance of getting rain! It happens to be trying to come on a three-day weekend, but as long as we get some moisture from the sky, I won’t complain. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some nitrogen based fertilizer down today or tomorrow since it needs almost an inch of rain to fall on it before the horses can be released into the fertilized pasture.

I promise the next blog from the Triple H Ranch won’t be so long in coming – stay tuned for Lessons Learned from the Julie Goodnight Clinic.

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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