We got enough rain on Thursday to cause the big boy to have to stay in his stall for the day. Now, as you know, he doesn't like this one bit and yesterday was no exception. He was bellowing and kicking the gate to the point that I had to get on him a time or two. Now that isn't an easy task, especially when you have an injured foot, which, by the way, is now sporting a brand new air cushioned boot that I will be living in for the next 6-8 weeks.
Trainer Mom is out of town checking on a new pair of SMALLER horses for the business, which has left me in charge of all of the fur kids. It's not too hard, but getting down to the barn multiple times to tell Remi to stop clanging on his gate wasn't too good for my foot.
To make the situation a little more difficult, Princeton the Shire was out roaming and that made Remi a little more aggravated. He didn't like the fact that he was in pony prison, while his buddy was out and about. Princeton has to be able to move around because of his arthritis. He's gone down a couple of times and it takes both of us to get him back up. So, mud or not, he had to be out because I can't get him up by myself. Of course, Remi wasn't happy that Prince was eating his hay from the outside of lockup. You know how my boy loves his groceries.
Now on to Remi's latest trick. If you have read earlier posts, you know that we have been applying medicine to Remi's leg and he doesn't like it. He picks up his foot and swings it back and forth to make it more difficult. Well now, Mr. uncooperative has decided, anytime you come near him, he's going to lift his leg, whether you have medicine in your hand or not.
I went in his stall to strain out the hay in his water bucket and as soon as I got in there, UP CAME THE LEG! I had to laugh, and said "it's ok Remipup, I'm not going to put medicine on you." Down came the leg and the minute I turned around to leave the stall, UP CAME THE LEG again! He did this about three or four more times and I just stood there and watched the big goofball be silly.
His hay bag was empty, so I went and filled it and when I came back to hang it up, guess what...UP CAME THE LEG! Oh for heaven's sake Remi, you are being such a big baby. With a full hay bag in sight, he put his leg down and went on to happily munch away.
When I let Mr. Temper Tantrum out this morning, I needed to check and make sure the medication was still on there. I didn't even get that close, when he started the Leg Up game again. Fortunately, everything looked good and I just left him alone.
But, wait until later when he goes in for the night. This is going to be a real fun time. It's hard enough to get out of his way when you're walking right, but applying medicine on Mr. Leg Action when you're in a boot is going to be a real challenge. At this point, I don't know how many leg up, leg down, leg all around sessions we will go through, but I know it will be many.
So, wish me luck, it's going to be a fun time in the ole stall tonight!
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