It feels so good to sit down on my computer again to blog. It's so infuriatingly slow and buggy to blog on my mobile device so I put blogging away till I could have access to a working keyboard again. Woohoo!!
There's quite a bit to talk about this handsome guy, so I'll get to it!
After I put Max back in a regular training program with my trainer, he seemed to settle down. I'd make sure to lunge him in side reigns before I ride to get all the kinks out. He still continued to feel a little reluctant here and there, but I assumed it was just the horribly cold and long winter days. It was really irritating everyone!
About a week or so ago he started to have an on/off wandering lameness. My trainer immediately requested we pull a Lyme Titus test.
True enough, Max has chronic Lyme :( The vet says he's had it for a while too, which makes me feel awful about how I've been pushing him. It could explain the behavioral changes in him (bucking, scooting forward, reluctance to move forward).
Listen to me dammit I'm ouchy!!
He's now on a month's supply of apple-flavored doxy, with Probios for added tummy comfort. Hopefully the meds will kick in soon and make him feel comfortable again.
Next month I'll be starting him on grass turn-out. I'm very excited to have him out in a field. He's gotten a bit thin so I'm a little concerned about his weight. The b.o. added more grain to his meals and an extra flake at lunch. Hopefully that and some juicy grass will help fill him out! I am also starting him on SmartGut and SmartDigest to help his tummy and hindgut, so we'll see what happens.
Hopefully more to report soon! Fingers crossed the Doxy kicks in soon!