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This teenaged bay Arabian gelding is in rehabilitation. Watch his progress as he goes through eye surgery, gains weight and returns to his original beauty!

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Postby Juliane on Tue May 29, 2007 2:08 pm

Buddy has had some time off lately as I've been busy with other horses and life :roll: However, as the spring and summer approaches, I'm realizing that now is my best chance to rehome Buddy. So, in an effort to make him as placeable as possible, I've been trying to work with him as much as possible lately.

On Friday afternoon, I pulled him out and decided we'd have a clipper session. His mane was uneven and his bridle path was long. So, I used the scissors to even up his mane, and then clipped his bridle path. I even worked with him on clipping his ears, which he was really not very happy about, but tolerated to an extent.

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Then, after brushing him down and saddling him up, I took out to the round pen to lunge him. Friday was a very hard day for Buddy as all of the mares were in a raging heat cycle, causing Buddy to be completely out of his mind. All he could think about was where they were, who was with them, and how could he get to be with them right away. Ugh. I have a really hard time dealing with Buddy when he is like this!

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After lunging him for a bit, he seemed better. So, I mounted up and rode him around. I used my new PonyBoy Rope Bridle on him, but he seemed to brace to the pressure and toss his head at every request. He didn't do this with a regular rope halter or snaffle bit. Hmm...

I rode him for a short while untile Ally showed up. She was able to see that he was not paying much attention to me and offered to work with him. I was also using a different saddle and saddle pad on him, so we wondered if that was also part of the issue.

I untacked him and then let her work with him. She did some calming groundwork exercises with him which seemed to help. I always admire Ally's ability to work with these horses and get their attention. I really cannot wait to learn more about the natural horsemanship techniques and theories that they use so that I can implement them myself!

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When Ally felt that Buddy was paying attention, she mounted up and rode him around. He was much, much better with her, though she commented how he felt completely different under her than usual - distracted and anxious. We ended on a good note, but I'd sure like to find a resolution for his intermittant studdy-ness!

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Postby cat_67 on Tue May 29, 2007 2:48 pm

I wonder if there is a male version of Regumate? That sounds like what he needs!

I have to say, he looks REALLY good, Juliane. He has shed out and gained some more weight. Big difference since the last time I was at your house.
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Postby seahorse on Tue May 29, 2007 3:06 pm

yes you need to add that shot of him in front of the trailer to your ads.......he is stunning in that pic!
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Postby ptownevt on Tue May 29, 2007 4:56 pm

He is gorgeous. Poor boy with all those tramps flaunting their wares. Isn't that called sexual harassment? A hostile work environment? I'm afraid so.
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Postby Altanera on Tue May 29, 2007 7:51 pm

Apparently Rasberry leaves help gelding as well as mares. They help my mare a lot. Maybe those would help buddy.
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Postby Hope on Tue May 29, 2007 8:08 pm

IF I remember right, you have or use alittle of the Dynamite products.. I'd see if you could get some Easy Boy for him, and keep him on that for awhile.
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Postby busted on Wed May 30, 2007 8:38 am

I wonder if Mare Magic would work on him. It helps calm mares when they are in heat and also helps calm anxious geldings too. I had Cabo on that for the last year and he calmed down tons. It has some sort of calming agent that does the same thing as dope does to anyone who does it. You can find it at any feed store.
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Postby Altanera on Wed May 30, 2007 9:54 am

busted wrote:I wonder if Mare Magic would work on him. It helps calm mares when they are in heat and also helps calm anxious geldings too. I had Cabo on that for the last year and he calmed down tons. It has some sort of calming agent that does the same thing as dope does to anyone who does it. You can find it at any feed store.


Yup its rasberry leaves. Great stuff. Nala is on it! :wink:
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