My new shadow!

15 year old 14hh sorrel Peruvian Paso gelding by Regalo de Dios, foaled June 1991. Amigo was gelded when he was 3 and was always easy to handle up until the last few years, where he has not been handled at all. SAFE is assisting his owners in finding him a new home.

My new shadow!

Postby Juliane on Sat Oct 14, 2006 9:46 pm

Amigo has turned into quite the cuddlebug! When he first came here, he was difficult to approach and catch. It took me a few moments at the very least, each time I wanted to catch him. However, today he was right there, when I entered his paddock.

When turned out in the pasture, he tends to buddy up to another horse in training, Romeo. They are side by side the entire day. The funny part is the way that Amigo has decided to protect Romeo from my ex-stud, Ace. Ace is top-dawg in the pasture. He's fair and kind, but no one tends to challenge him as he doesn't back down from his position. So, to see Amigo trying to bully Ace around, who is twice his side, is quite hilarious.

Tonight, when I put Amigo away in his paddock, he was in a new paddock next to Ace. Before, he was in a paddock that was not next to another one. After eating his dinner, I went to Amigo's paddock to brush him down and put his blanket on. The ironic thing is that he felt he needed to protect me from Ace! Hahaha!!!

He was right there, by my side, keeping himself between me and Ace. He'd look at me, prick his ears forward, then look at Ace and pin his ears while arching his neck to make himself look bigger. Oh my gosh, I was laughing SO hard.

I kept maneuvering around the paddock to see if Amigo would follow and he did. He did this for about 20 minutes. It was very funny. :) I stood there giving him lots of loves and talking to him - he's finally starting to enjoy attention!! :)
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Postby Elaine on Sun Oct 15, 2006 6:19 pm

Juliane, this entry makes me feel so good. He's living up to what I knew was there and why I named him Mi Amigo, (My Friend). Thank you so very much for taking him on.
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Postby shireluver on Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:59 am

It is wonderful to see him coming along so well. Keep up the great work. I love reading your updates!
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Postby Elaina H on Thu Oct 19, 2006 5:54 pm

It was exciting and impressive to see how far Amigo has been progressing, and so rapidly. I've been hoping to hear more on his progess and how he's doing? Any chance of an up date? Thank you and keep up the great work!
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Postby Juliane on Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:22 pm

Amigo's official training has been temporarily put on hold until we can get a vet to look at his sunken rear fetlocks. Once we can verify that this isn't going to cause him any harm to get him started under saddle, we will proceed. In the meantime, he's getting daily love. I will continue ground work training with him next week. Tomorrow I am leaving for the weekend and won't be home until late Monday :)
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Postby Elaine on Thu Oct 19, 2006 10:10 pm

What might this mean for him? Might it mean a very bad outcome for his future? Will be waiting to hear what the vet says. Don't know if you'll be checking the site over the weekend, but if you do and you know when the vet is going to check Amigo, and you have the time, please let me know. Thanks again for all you're doing with and for him.
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Postby Juliane on Thu Oct 19, 2006 10:18 pm

Well, hopefully his hind legs won't be an issue and I can start him under saddle without causing the problem to get worse. It will definitely make Amigo much easier to place if he is at least rideable.

However, even if we can't start him under saddle, we can at least get him solid and trusting on the ground, so he can be placed as a confident, friendly pasture pet :)

I am waiting to hear from SAFE about the vet check. I'll post more about Amigo next week in regards to his training :) He sure is a love and is getting more and more friendly every day! I'd love for you to come visit him!
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Postby Elaine on Fri Oct 20, 2006 7:41 am

Good Morning
I'd Love to come see him. Will need to talk my husband into making the trip, if he will. I'll have to get your address from the Safehorses folks and then make sure you'll be available. (I can't drive more than about 25 miles without my legs going numb, so my husband has to do most all of our driving.)
A vet had told me, when Amigo was about four, that Peruvians tend to have weak tendons in their pasterns, so I just thought his legs were normal for the breed.
I really enjoy reading about all of the horses you're working with.
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Postby diamondindykin on Fri Oct 20, 2006 9:12 am

I sometimes watch that show on RFD-TV about Paso Finos and I noticed that they do have low pasterns/fetlocks when they travel but since I have not seen Amigo in person I could not tell you if it is the same. It is really noticable when they are on the sounding board!
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Postby schwung on Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:19 am

Juliane and Elaine - I'll give Dr. Hannah a call today and talk to her about what type of evaluation he needs. There is more information on this potential issue here: http://dsldequine.info/

Elaine - back when we first listed your horses I got a call from a woman in Oregon who has PP's. She told me about the DSLD problem in Paso's and how common it was. Apparantly it is genetic and is running rather rampant in the breed. She sent me a bunch of information, but at the time, I didn't have any reason to suspect any of your horses had this problem.

Now seeing the photos I am more concerned so I feel like we should investigate further before continuing to push him under saddle. Of course our long-term goal is to get him into a suitable home, and if that is not as a riding horse its better to know this now then adopt him out as one and have him turn up lame.
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Postby cutiepiepmu on Fri Oct 20, 2006 2:48 pm

Rear suspensory issues ARE extremely common in peruvians as well as paso fino horses(which I would say he is) It is not a horrible thing, and many who are dropped are fine for light riding. He is still up-right while standing and normal walking - when he moves out is when it is most noticable.

I have seen horses who are much more dropped than he is actually showing... :)

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Postby schwung on Fri Oct 20, 2006 4:22 pm

I have left a message for Dr. Hannah and also posted on the DSLD Yahoo group. I still think we need to figure out if he's going to be ok before we stress him with riding, he may have only gotten this far without issues because he has not been worked (at all). I would hate to push him over the edge with something his body isn't capable of handling.

Also - with regards to his trotting - he *does* still gait - I am sure that I saw it when I saw him at Elaine's and this picture Juliane took earlier shows it:
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Another PP trainer is telling us that PP's do trot at liberty, and some PP people consider a PP that does not trot to be less athletic than one who does. She also thinks he looks more PP than Paso Fino, so who knows. I don't know anything about either breed, but do feel that what's most important to getting him into a good home is making sure he will be suitable for his intended purpose, so looking into his pastern issues is step 1.

Hopefully, he will be fine, we can continue with the under saddle training and find him a wonderful home as a trail horse. Whatever he is, he is certainly beautiful and a fancy mover!
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