Jan.2020- riding with light contact, still some reactivity and inconsistencies
B.D. 2005, unraced 15.3 h.h. gelding.
Zero was actually renamed "Hero", because that was a more appropriate name for this fellow who has been without his own person for too long.
Hero has had a few issues to deal with since coming into the placement program some years ago, however, he has overcome them for the most part, and has now been in more consistent work . He was diagnosed last year as "possibly" having head shaking syndrome since there was no physical abnormalities which suggested any thing else based on his symptoms.
So far through spring and summer (2016), he has displayed minimal symptoms of the condition and we have been able to further his ground skills and start some work under saddle.
He will continue to be worked on a regular schedule and is available for viewing to suitable prospects.
This handsome fellow deserves a very knowledgeable and caring partner who will continue monitoring him as his training progresses and be prepared to deal with the highs and lows that may arise!
Hero has beautiful gaits and is a very personable guy with lots of endearing qualities . He is a quick study and enjoys the interaction that training provides as well as just hanging out with company.
If liberty training is your thing, he may have the qualities to succeed with this type of work. We will be able to determine his aptitude for ridden work with more time under saddle.
UPDATE- June, 2017
Hero is progressing well under saddle and seems to be enjoying the work . He stands very well at the mounting block and is accepting leg and seat aids with a solid whoa in place
Hero has had some set backs with his head shaking over the winter, however, he is back to work with the help of a "nose net". The nose net has been very helpful with horses suffering with this condition and so far so good! We have been advancing his long lining skills and will be back under saddle shortly. This boy is a true worker , he always tries his best when unhindered by his condition and is full of personality!.
With time and patience Hero has made amazing strides ! Although his head shaking will likely never disappear completely, he is at a point where he is able to work even if symptomatic. This is most notable under saddle , however, lately it seems to be limited to head tossing and leg rubbing. He appears to be able to focus on the task at hand without increasing anxiety and is gaining more confidence as he progresses in training.
We have been able to discontinue using a nose net , however, he continues to be on a supplement ( Curost formula) that we feel has enabled the lessening of symptoms and should continue as needed.
I could pretty much repeat what i wrote in the last update ! Additionally, we have been able to work outside on occasion without an increase in symptoms ( sunlight can trigger symptoms) and he continues to improve under saddle.
Hero is quite responsive to seat and leg aids which has helped to ride him with minimal contact . He is much more comfortable riding with a loose rein. Leg yields, sidepassing,rein back , turn on the haunches, anything asked , this boy is willing and seemingly able to accomplish. He has beautiful gaits and is progressing in consistency . He used to stop unexpectedly and abruptly, but is overcoming that tendency now.
This has been a learning journey for myself as well, having never worked with a horse with this condition. I continue to keep up with his bodywork to reassess where he's at and keep him comfortable, however, his requirements have not been above a normal level of care.
I am grateful that he has been able to live a pretty normal life given this condition . He is happy , social, and very personable - with the occasional ADD moments!
To find out more about Hero , please contact Kathy at 403-519-6698.