26 May

Track systems aren't just for fat/metabolic/lami prone horses. I cannot stress this enough.

The movement, minimal sugar (grass), and constant access to low sugar/starch forage (hay with a ESC lower than 10%) does wonders for every horse, and their feet, as it's how they are designed to live.

This is Dreamer week 1 with us, and 6 weeks later.

Dreamer is a very VERY sensitive boy who can be extremely difficult to catch if you don't speak horse. I've not actually come across a soul so gentle yet so weary of humans. 

He is also prone to colic, likely due to his stressy nature, and is on tablets to help this. At previous yards he was unable to be caught to have his feeds and missed his meds. He was on full livery, and in the midst of a cold wet winter and without being able to catch him in a large field, his health and weight declined. 

He's still got along way to go, and we are currently rehabing his feet so he is off grass completely. 

I manage him by using body language to catch him. Communicating that it's okay, I mean no harm, and mirroring him. Now that he trusts me it takes me no time at all and I can walk over and halter him like any other horse. He was very very scared and head shy at the start. It's sad because he is scared, but lots of people will have seen it as him 'taking the piss' and he will have likely been punished for it once caught. Yes it's fustrating, but all he needed was a bit of time and trust.

He comes into a seperate pen twice a day to have loose hay, a mash and his tablets and spends the rest of his time on track playing bitey face game with Jimmy and grooming and sharing hay with little Buck.

Ad lib hay, freedom to move and friends and one brave owner for making the leap to keep him in a way that goes against the grain.

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