Thursday, January 25, 2018
A Paint Horse Conversation
It is no secret that I love this horse to pieces.
Even when I hate him, I love him.
He loves me too.
We have a connection that transcends anything I have with any of my other trusty steeds. Melody is special and I love her too, and Killian is just a solid rock. But Trax.....we are connected.
When Trax needs to tell me something that he deems very important he does a thing. He will walk up to where I am and touch my hand with his nose.
This is not like "Do you have treats?" touching. It the equivalent of the kid tugging on your pant leg and then pointing at something they want.
He will touch my hand and then point his nose at want he wants me to see. He will do it again and again until I get the message. It is his, "Mom, we need to talk" signature move.
A long time ago, before I had split all my stalls into the size they are now, they were big enough to house 2 horses easily. He had been gone at a trainers for a while, and a different horse had been moved in with Melody so when he came home I put him in with Killian. They have known each other for a long time, and I think that this was before I realized that Killian had decided that he hated everyone.
Trax came to the gate where I was standing and touched my hand with his nose and then looked over at Melody's pen. I didn't get the message. He walked a circle and then came back and did it again. I still didn't get the message. He did it a 3rd time, and I did get the message. It was "Please let me go over there, this guy is going to kill me tonight." I said back to him, "Oh you will be fine, you've lived together before."
The next day I came out to Killian pinning him in the corner biting the crap out of him. He was a torn up mess, and terrified. I felt so bad.
So now when Trax says, "Hey Mom, we need to talk." I always listen.
Recently I have been trying some different feeds with him. He doesn't really need grain. He is a fat boy. But because of the joint supplement he gets, I need to have something to use as a top dress. I have switched back and forth from Progressive Grass Balancer, and Nutrena Special care. Both are low starch, special care I believe is also lower in fat. Both are loaded with Amino Acids for muscle. I believe the Progressive is a little higher. I've also switched between a couple of different joint supplements, trying to figure out which one I like.
Usually he goes right for his food, pushes the pellets out of the way to get at what ever yummy stuff he can find.
Last week he went to his food, nosed around for a minute and then came to me, touched my hand and looked over at his tub.
I said, "Sorry buddy, what we have is what we have." But made a mental note of his request. Clearly he was asking for something that was missing, but I really didn't know what it was because of all the swapping. .
At this time he was on the Progressive, and Tight Joints, and Topline Extreme.
The next day he did the same thing.
And again the day after.
In the morning I would check to see if he left something uneaten, but he is eating everything, which is typical of him.. But he really wanted something else.
Today I finally brought home some Special Care. I didn't change anything but that. He went to his food, took a small bite, looked up at me and bobbed his head, and then went to chowing down.
He doesn't like the taste of the Progressive. I find it odd, because it smells much more palatable to me. But what do I know, I'm not a horse!!!
Luckily the Special Care is much cheaper, so I am good with his decision! I just think it is cool that he has figures out such a solid way to communicate with me. It isn't like I ever taught him this. He is a pretty smart old man.
In other news our barrel racing is coming along. We still have so much to work on, but my trainer says we are making progress. Here are a couple of more pics from a recent Gymkhana. If things work out right we will hit a race down south on Saturday.
I hope everyone has a great weekend, and I hope my cold weather friends are able to stay warm!