This has virtually nothing to do with Louie, but I thought it was really cool, and would love to get one of these for him. My friend boards out a few racehorses during the summertime. Of course they are serious about conditioning and treating their horses ailments. The other day we were out just after some of the horses were worked and we saw their leg soaking system, which is really cool! The horse was standing in crossties, with a cooler on and a tubing system over the cooler that neatly draped over his back and wrapped around each leg just above the knee. A slow stream of cold running water flowed through the hose, essentially cold hosing each of his legs from the knee/hock down. They put any of their horses with a tendency to stock up in this system after working them- but instead of spending 30+ minutes cold hosing by hand, this gadget does it for you- now how awesome is that? Apparently you can purchas the soaker coils from Big Dee's, and the trainer had put together a Y system to attach 2 together to do all 4 legs at once. I have to admit I was super impressed and want one for Louie! Of course he doesn't get worked as hard as those racehorses, and it might be excessive for his purposes, but WOW I am so in awe! Photo here from http://www.bigdweb.com/ showing one leg coil.
In other news, Louie is driving very well- he got to drive with another driving horse for his first time on Friday night, and he did great. Of course, this other Morgan mare that was driving is an old pro, and very calm and business-like. Just right for Louie. :) However, he also had his first minor spook in the cart on Friday night. I think it was a combination of a sudden loud noise coming from the barn aisle and the Morgan's owner putting her cart away, covering it with a tarp that raised Louie's attention just a bit. All he did was take a few quick scooting steps at a trot (we're talking like 1-2 strides), then settle right back down and get back to business. So that was very good.
Tonight we had a very nice drive, and we even enjoyed the beautiful sunset and took a quick drive down the driveway all by ourselves- of course Louie was great. Tomorrow we have got the saddlefitter coming out, probably to give us some bad news about our impossible saddle search. I'm hopeful she can help us- if people can ride draft horses, QH's and Arabians, we ought to be able to find a saddle for Louie!
Hello and welcome to my blog! Meet my horse Ro & Me's Master of Illusion or "Louie" as we call him. He is an 8-year-old American Saddlebred gelding sired by Trust Fund and out of Everything in Return by Royal Return. Louie was an exciting new addition to the family in October of 2008 and shows tons of potential both in the show ring and out. His friendly personality, curiosity and remarkable intelligence are characteristic of his breed. This blog will follow Louie through his daily life and training as he learns what it means to be a Saddlebred pleasure horse.