Papoose is still a young horse and has been with us since May 2010. He is a striking young fellow, but he has been dificult to bring on, and we have had a few problems to resolve - initially not realising what was the cause, but now we trying to listen to him, and understand what he is trying to tell us.
Papoose was born and bred on a lovely small hill farm in mid-Wales. He was sold to us as his breeder had suffered a riding accident, and although he wanted to keep him, could not train him. Shortly after he came to us as a five year old, largely unbroken and unridden, he started to show a few signs of 'difficulty' in handling and riding. He was shaking his head, did not take kindly to saddles all the time, had most of us on the ground occasionally, and finally 'told' us that things were not right whilst doing dressage lessons.
At this point we started to pay attention, and called in some specialists. He was diagnosed with C1 and c2 muscles out of alignment on his poll, his right hand shoulder had at some time suffered an injury, potentially causing him nerve damage, he was quite locked up in both his shoulders, and his hind quarters were a little stiff. The vet also found that he had pain in his tushes and filed the one which had erupted, the other still beneath his gums. We also put him on a diet of hay, instead of haylage, and what a change in a horse after that! This had taken us 18 months to arrive at these conclusions! Poor Paps.
As a result of being thrown from him in October 2011, and being unable to ride him because of injury and fear, we started to explore other ways of working with him.
And so we discovered the principles of horse agility. This worked like magic, taking his mind, and our mind off the real problem, and working with many other challenges at the same time. Initially he still did not like us taking him round on a right lead, but now, (just six months later) he is absolutely fine, easy to handle in-hand, lovely to ride, shows no signs of grumpiness and is quite a different horse.
I would recommend that if you have a problem horse, or a horse with problems, give him some horse agility exercises to get his mind to work, give him some stretches to exercise his muscles, and give him some treatments to help his muscles. We all benefit from such care, so he can too!!
Paps is my star, and my teacher - hopefully we can help others too.
We are now riding him regularly, and he is taking out all levels of rider. He currently enjoys his schooling, LOVES horse agility, and rose to International Champion at Level 2 class in July 2012. Since then it has rained nearly every day, but we are all longing to get back into liberty work and horse agility once again!
IF YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN HORSE AGILITY, AND WOULD LIKE SOME HELP AND GUIDANCE, OR SIMPLY A DEMONSTRATION, THEN PLEASE PHONE AND MAKE A BOOKING. We do not offer a home consultation, but we are very pleased to help. Check out the International Horse Agility Club and the Equine Tourism Community websites.
Paps and I are really looking forward to some more work together during 2013.