Cartman got his shoes on one week ago today! Yeah!!!
He got a raging case of scratches too. Boo hiss!!!
We've been jogging and loping the 5 mile path every few days though and he feels great.
I've been coming home with a kinked back and rubbed knees from trying to post his rather boisterous trot in the Western Saddle. I'm pretty sure that I could not complete an LD in it. It is really comfortable at the sitting trot and the canter though and it certainly gives you a "secure" feeling.
I've been using anti-bacterial/anti-fungal shampoo on his pasterns almost every day and he has been spending quite a bit of time in the barn. He's not real thrilled with that, but it's really hard to keep a horses feet dry in this climate! During the day he goes out with a Desitin/Neosporin mixture rubbed into the scabs.
None of the other five horses got scratches so I've theorized that those last few rides pre-shoeing that we did in the sand caused some irritation, and since I was a bad horse owner and did not wash and dry his pasterns off it allowed the Scratches to take hold. Sigh.
Today when I got home from work this little beauty was waiting for me.
Saturday is our fitting appointment. Then I get to test this saddle for two weeks! It's really nicely made; I just hope it is comfortable too. I have no idea how I'm going to tie all my "stuff" to something like this!