Yesterday Santana saw the Vet about his pain issues. He definitely had a shoulder injury at one time that caused him to put most of his weight on the other leg. He has a shin split on that leg. On his injured side the leg is a little crooked from putting his weight on the other leg. The Vet said he will probably be able to be ridden for 5 years before the Arthritis in that shoulder will set in. There is a test that can be done, it costs about $1200, that would tell us the extent of the damage to muscle. It is were they shoot a nuclear dye into the muscles and then scan the body. It would show them everything. But we won't be doing this procedure anytime soon. We will Bute him for 3 days to get any swelling down and then try and ride him next weekend. Bute IS NOT a drug in is an antiinflamatory, like an Aspirin! He saw a farrier last Monday and he said that with corrective trimming and maybe shoeing we can correct his crooked leg. It is amazing that he survived out in the wild for so long. We are thankful to have him in our lives! We have completely changed directions with Santana. He will no longer be a 90 day horse for the competition, but we will be attending and definitely do in-hand unless he miraculously gets better.
Santana has not gotten any better since just after his chiropractic visit. It seemed to help for awhile. He was seen by a vet for his cough and she thought it was allergies. We are watering down his hay but it still hasn't helped. I have not been able to ride him without him being in pain. We are not sure what is wrong with him as it would cost a lot of money to get e-rays on his hip and shoulder. He will be seeing a vet this Saturday to try and determining if we can figure out were his pain is originating. He is such a sweetie and we would hate to send him back to the BLM corrals as he would then have a strike against him. Three strikes and you're out, means they have three chances to get adopted. I'm not sure what happens to them if they get three strikes. We have been doing lots of ground work and in hand trail and he is farther ahead on this than I expected.
Today I drove Santana through the trail coarse. This is only the second time I drove him and the first time outside of an arena. He did amazingly well. He Is like a different horse!!! He is much more relaxed (he was so stiff before). He is willing and very smart.
Wednesday Santana had his visit with Dr. Gene the Chiropractor. Gene said that Santana had many issues that had been with him for a long time. He had a shoulder injury at one time that probably caused is body to be so out of whack. His spine was rotated and his neck, his pole, his shoulder and his hips were out. Gene said that Santana would be like a new horse in a couple of weeks and that I could start riding him on Saturday. He gave us some exercises to do for a couple of weeks. Santana was very good for Dr. Gene, but a couple of times he put is ears back when Gene would push him to get an adjustment, then when the adjustment was finished Santana would lick and chew, which means he was accepting it, and even liking how he felt.
We will be participating in the Mustang Heritage Foundation's Trainer Incentive Program. T.I.P. That is were we get a wild horse and have it for 90 days. You can adopt one of these horses! We can do as much with the horse as we want, gentle it and maybe start it under saddle. If we find an adopter for the horse we will recieve $700. The adopter only has to pay $125 for the horse, but mustbe an approved adopter by the BLM.
We have been gentling mustangs since 1996. We love to work with wild horses.
My wife and I have adopted 36 wild horses. We like to train them to ride and find good homes for them. We have a 15 year old Kiger stallion (Dino) that we adopted in 1999. He was 4 years old at that time. He is our show horse and we have traveled many miles to many states to show him. We love to take him places as he attracts a lot of attention and we can show the public what a Wild Mustang can become!
We love to take our mustangs out to ride the wild horse herds in Oregon and take pictures.
The winner of Willow was Lorraine Jones.
Willow is the clubs raffle horse and is available to any you can qualify to be an adoptor through the BLM. She was brought out of the corals last September and since then has had 11 months of training. She is 3 years old and about 14.1" hands. Her ground manners are impecable. She has been in many parades, including the Portland Grand Floral Parade. She was the calmest horse in the parade. She has been to several horse shows and been riden on the trails. She is an exceptional horse and would make a good 4-H horse or a solid trail horse for old or young people. She is one in a milliion people so get your raffle tickets now. Only 20 days left to buy them. Willow will be actioned off on Mustangs days September first at Oregon state fair. To get your tickets contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the wild horse corals
Santana's second week
Santana has had a very easy week for an EMM horse. He is suffering from a cough and is in need of seeing a chiropractor. So he is just hanging out and getting lots of love, eating grass and going for walks. Lisa walked him yesterday in the pasture and when a car went by on the wet pavement at 55 mph Santana didn't even flinch. That is amazing to us. It took Princess an hour to get used to cars driving by on the road.
Santana's first week!
Here is a list of things we accomplished with Santana in the first week. He leads, loads in the trailer, picks up all 4 feet, he has been saddled and sat on. He has been ridden with someone leading him. He stands tied. He has gone to the beach and was ponied behind Dino. He has been driven, got a bath and wears a blanket! He is an amazing horse!
Dino and Kevin
A handsome Pair
Dino and Lisa
Jumping at National Mustang Show
Albany expo mustang demo
A wild Kiger Stallion
Dino and Kevin
3 yr. old 1/2 Kiger gelding for sale
In the BLM Corals
I am a five year old mustang mare from the Beattys Butte Heard Management area. I was rounded up from the wild in the fall of 2007. I spent a year in the corrals in Burns waiting to be adopted. Finally I was chosen for the Extreme Mustang Makeover to be held in Albany, Oregon on March 21st. I can be adopted by anyone who qualifies by the BLM to be an adoptee. I am 14 hands tall. I love people and love to go trail riding. I like long walks on the beach and grazing on pasture. I am gentle and easy to ride. I am not afraid of anything. My full name is Sapheara Warrior Princess. If you would like to meet me you can see me at the Expo.