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Wagon. A cranky contary female / an ugly female. She\'s some wagon eh?

wagon. wagon - an awful woman. than one is such a wagon!

wagon. a woman thats a bitch. dat ones a right wagon.

Wagon. A cantankerous old woman.. Yer wan's some wagon, I asked her could I feed the seagulls and she lifted me out of it!

wagon. car or other mode of transport. i'll drive my waggon.

Wanderly Wagon. A much loved Irish children's TV program which ran from 1968 to 1982

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Barefoot - Week 1

We're coming up to the end of the first week now, so a Barefoot progress report is warranted.

Best of the three horses is Flurry.  He's walking fine on level concrete and soft ground, he's just a bit tender on rough or stony ground.  I rode him today for the first time, he was pretty good.  His usual stiffness to the left and perhaps just a tiny bit tentative in trot.  I gave him a brief canter on each rein, too (couldn't resist!), he felt fairly normal.

GiGi initially looked good and then worried Anne quite a bit on day three by looking rather sore in trot. Anne backed off immediately and then just walked her the next day, and by day 5 she looked a bit better.  Lazy to lead but walked and trotted on well on the lunge!

Aero is the one I expect to benefit from "barefoot"the most, but he's the one who is suffering the most at the moment.  Within two days of his trim he was looking very sorry for himself and was quite reluctant to move around the field, let alone walk onto the hard standing area.  I moved him into a drier area where there is a good pick of grass for him, and thankfully within a day he had perked up a bit.  He has had some heat and slight swelling in his left hind fetlock, probably due to the sudden change in the angle of his joints when he had the trim last week.

He has been quite sore while doing his daily walk work in the arena, but by day 5 we were beginning to see an improvement - he's walking carefully and not striding out like he normally does, but he is looking less sore than before.

He's now asking to be let back into the very muddy paddock with his buddies again, by standing at the gate looking hopeful!  We'll keep him where he is for another few days, though, it's done him good.

In case anyone is wondering, my arena is not covered in gravel!  That's rubber chip, made from old tyres and with the metal bits removed.


  1. They're doing well, Flurry in particular. Nice to see him moving! It is really a question of keeping your nerve at this stage, but you do write in a very calm manner about them all.

  2. I have two barefoot horses under my care. Kingsley, the Irish Sport Horse, was very sore in the first few weeks but it was worth it, year on his feet are excellent and he works comfortably on rough ground now too :)
    Good luck!

  3. GiGi is quite 'choppy' all right...

  4. Interesting to see how they are all getting on

  5. I am very pleased to report that Gigi was, in Martine's words, orders of magnitude better today, and was quite happy to canter even. So will plan on riding her on Friday, but tomorrow she has a trip to the equine chiropractor so she might have to rest for a while. More later!