Good friend of the TIER horses, Stephanie McGregor, came out today to get an idea of how much training Bo-Dee-Oh-Doh (BODEAN) might have.
He's put on some weight and is also getting his winter fuzzies! The bruising on his heels has pretty much resolved. He is eating and dunking all his alfalfa hay, eating all the Teff Hay, and he gets soaked pellets w/some senior feed. When he dunks his alfalfa to make it softer (due to old lacerations on his tongue that healed badly), he does so with GUSTO and makes a mess!
Stephanie worked him in a Bosal because we were hesitant to put a bit in his mouth due to his mangled tongue. He was willing, but seemed a bit confused by the Bosal or maybe he hasn't had much practice and is a little rusty.
Bo-Dee-Oh-Doh (as we call him) is a sweet guy for the most part. He was turned out to introduce himself to the TIER residents a week or so ago. He made some friends along the way, but when he got to Lukas' corral things changed. He and Lukas took an immediate dislike to each other, BoDean reared a couple times and when he came down the last time he hit his knees on the top rail of the corral. Those knees were puffy the next day, but he seemed to be okay. Just in case, we gave him some Bute for a couple days.
He was quiet enough when Stephanie was working him that she felt comfortable getting up on him bareback. He was fine and seemed to say..."I don't need no stinkin saddle".
BoDean needs to put on some more weight and muscle. We will hopefully be scheduling a chiropractic visit for BoDean, Deacon, Ruby Too & Glory in the near future as funds allow.