any updates?

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.

any updates?

Postby tontonsmom on Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:35 pm

I'm just wondering if an evaluation of the pastern issues have been done and whether this boy will continue with his training.

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Postby schwung on Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:15 pm

We had a vet scheduled but then Juliane had to move so that got put on hold.

Juliane, I spoke to Dr. Hannah today and she said she can't drive as far as North Bend. So...we can either trailer him in closer, or find another vet to do it. :(
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Postby Juliane on Wed Nov 08, 2006 9:47 pm

Whatever works for you, Jaime! I can either haul him up to your place, or we can have another vet look at him. NW Equine might drive up to my place and while they are EXCELLENT, they are typically quite a bit more spendy. Just let me know what you'd like me to do.

As for training, I am finally settled enough and just tonight, got the round pen ready (replaced about 10 boards and raked the leaves and brush from the sand footing). I am ready to start training again.

With Mi Amigo's future being uncertain, I'm not quite sure what the best plan of attack for him is. I can continue to do basic ground work with him and perhaps start ponying him off another horse on trails or something.

Here's a list of his "Basic" skills as they are now:
    Halters - Needs work as he's still distrustful at first contact.
    Ties - Ties very well!
    Clips - Haven't tried.
    Stands for farrier - Stood for my farrier very well!
    Easy to Worm - Wormed him tonight, excellent!
    Blankets - Satisfactory, he could use work, but mostly stands quietly.
    Leads easily from the ground - Yes!
    Lunges - Satisfactory, but needs more work.
    Bridles - Haven't tried.
    Saddles - Needs work.
    Trailers - Trailers excellent, loaded without hesitation when we moved here a week or two ago!
    Ponies off another horse - Haven't tried.
    Tarp Exercises - Walked over tarp easily when asked, needs more work.
    Bathes - Haven't tried.
    Ground drives - Haven't tried.
    Free-lunging over cavaletti or jumps - Haven't tried.
    Backs in hand - Yes!
    Moves away from pressure (i.e. nudge on side to move over)/disengages haunches - Yes, but needs work! Can be head strong and tries to walk through you!
    Stretching excercises in hand (carrot-stretches, leg stretches) - Haven't tried.
    Desensitized to touch everywhere (with hands, ropes, whips, etc) - Needs more work.
    Joining up in round pen - NO, hasn't joined up yet.


Any thoughts on where to go from here with his training?
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Postby schwung on Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:44 pm

Juliane, I think I am seeing Hannah tomorrow and I'll see if she'd be willing to do a weekend appointment. Then, if you were willing to haul him over, we could do it then. You could bring a trailer full of horses to work in the arena so its worth your while?
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Postby Juliane on Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:46 pm

Hmm, I like that idea! :) Sounds good then! Just let me know when works for you :)

Thanks Jaime!
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Postby ponygril68 on Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:08 am

DO YOU HAVE A DATE YET WHEN THE VET CAN EVALUATE THIS BOY?
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Postby Juliane on Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:52 am

As soon as Jaime is able to get a date with her vet, I will haul Mi Amigo up to her house for an exam. I'm sure things got really busy for both of them as their areas were hit hard with the flooding since the last post :) However, getting Mi Amigo checked out is a top priority!
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Postby Elaine on Fri Nov 17, 2006 10:22 am

Hi Juliane,

I'll be watching for the vets report on Amigo.
I really admire your fortitude. Do you ever sleep? When I read of all you do, it just amazes me. You are truly a blessing to your daughter and of course, horses.
I can't thank you enough for what you have done for Amigo.
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Postby schwung on Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:31 pm

ACK! I had Hannah out on Friday to see one of my horses and completely spaced talking to her about this! I am a little concerned because I think she's actually trying to stick to a weekday only schedule, but hopefully she'll bend the rules to accomodate Amigo.

She has to call me tomorrow to tell me the results of the bloodwork I had done on one of my horses so I will ask her tomorrow!
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Postby schwung on Sat Dec 02, 2006 2:32 pm

Amigo was seen today by the vet, Juliane was kind enough to haul him out to my farm for the visit.

Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with an advanced case of DSLD. No need for ultrasound or biopsy, he flexed poorly enough on all four limbs for Hannah to make a definitive diagnosis. :(

Amigo is now being offered as a companion horse, as he will not be ridable. SAFE has waived his adoption fee. Per Juliane he is very good with other horses, submissive in a herd.

On a positive note, it was great to see how far Amigo has come. He is easy to handle now and do just about anything with. He leads, ties, picks up his feet, and acts much more like a "normal" horse. He got his teeth done and was very good for that, who knows how long its been since they have been done (if ever!). He also got his sheath cleaned, he was NOT happy about that AT ALL, but we got that done also.

This diagnosis is going to make it much harder for Amigo to find a home. Juliane can continue to do some ground work with him for a little while longer, but unfortunately there isn't much more training that can be done and unless he is adopted will need to go back to Elaine. Please, if anyone knows anyone looking for a kind, sweet gelding companion horse, point them in the direction of Amigo.

Amigo is also smaller than we originally estimated. He is a mere 14 hands, so easy to hide in your barn. :)
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Postby Hope on Sat Dec 02, 2006 5:29 pm

Oh no... thats too bad. He is such a beautiful horse. I hope he can find a good home.
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