Wednesday, November 6, 2013

O’Grady

"Umm, rumor has it there are apples in here for good horses"
 

Mr. O’ Grady had a little exercise on Saturday, too.  I’m so impressed with how well he is doing and how far he’s come since my daughter took him in.  Grady is a big guy, at least 18 hands or maybe more; we’ve never taken a measurement.  He is one of the sweetest horses we’ve ever met, with a heart as big as he is.

He does have shivers but with the proper care and maintenance he’s doing very well.  After letting his feet grow naturally and some corrective shoeing he travels much better than when we got him.  My daughter has also done extensive work on retraining him.  When Grady first arrived here he was very nervous, worried and stiff to ride. Now he’s as easy going, relaxed and goofy as the rest of the herd, and seems to enjoy his job for the first time, too.  I really like this wonderful horse. 

It just goes to show you that any horse who is given the time to trust you can become the horse he wants to be, not the horse he’s been told he is.

Until next time
Quote for Today

The horse through all its trials has preserved the sweetness of paradise in its blood.
    - Johannes Jensen

27 comments:

  1. He looks very sweet. Is shivers something that is more common in certain breeds?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He's a big sweetheart. I looked up some info from the University of Minnesota and found this:

      The syndrome principally affects the draft horse breeds. Shivers has been also reported in Warmbloods and Warmblood crossbreds, and occasionally in lighter breeds of horses, including light harness horses, hunters, hunter-jumpers, hacks, Quarter Horses, and Thoroughbreds. In ponies, shivers is considered uncommon to rare. The condition develops slowly and can occur at any age with reports in horses as young as one to two years of age. In a recent study on Belgian draft horses, no significant difference was observed in the age and sex distribution of horses with shivers from horses without shivers.

      Many horses that hold a hind limb flexed and tremble are said to have Shivers. However, many disorders can create irritation in the hind limbs of horses and cause this type of sign. The classic disease called Shivers is a neuromuscular disease in horses that is characterized by trembling of the tail while held erect, trembling of the thigh muscles and a flexed and trembling hind limb. It occurs most frequently in the draft horse breeds, but is documented in warmbloods, harness horses and other breeds. One study of the prevalence of Shivers in Belgian Draft Horses found that 19% of horses examined had signs of Shivers. No investigation into estimates of the prevalence of Shivers in other breeds exists, although anecdotal evidence suggests it is much less common in non-draft horse breeds

      Delete
  2. The quotation selected is so perfect for him. Where do you find them?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Years ago I found a web site with lots of quotes and so I printed them all out. When I started this blog in 2007 I thought it would be a nice touch to add quotes at the end of my posts. A lot of people must have thought it was a good idea too. When I started no one had quotes but now there seems to be many who do. There are also books you can buy with horse quotes too, I have one of them.

      Delete
  3. Look at that handsome boy - so glad he is doing well. Now I need a Nate update. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, he is doing so much better than when we first got him. Nate is doing well too. J. rode him last weekend and he was a little silly but he's feeling good these days.

      Delete
  4. What a lovely, kind face!

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a sweet boy. Hope the rumor about the apples was true! ;D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The rumor about apples was never in doubt. He got a few stud muffins too.

      Delete
  6. Mr. O'Grady is a knockout! Kudos to your daughter for taking it slow with him...what a difference it makes. Sorry Blue gets so much attention from the ticks. All of your horses seem to love people...of course they do have the good life!!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It seems that no matter what their personalities are like when they get here they all become very sweet and loveable sooner or later. Of course, they do live the good life, just like yours do!

      Delete
  7. He has such a lovely, sweet face.

    ReplyDelete
  8. He has an old soul in those eyes

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree. He's been through a lot too.

      Delete
  9. I see that kind eye and the pricked ears in the direction of apples. Grady is in his heaven and deserves to be with you and the beloved herd.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Diane. He does seem to be enjoying himself.

      Delete
  10. Love the new look. It is so much easier to read. Love that you open your home to some unfortunate horses and have given them the kind and loving care to let them trust enough to show their unique selves. Thank you

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Over the years I've come to the realization that each horse has its own unique personality. I enjoy watching their personalities emerge once they have enough confidence to just be themselves.

      Delete
  11. Very cute! I loved that last line, being the horse he is and not the horse he's been told that he is. Treat a horse right with love, care and understanding and they will move mountains for you! Glad to hear that he has settled in.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Wow 18hh -- that's a lot of horse!! And what a lovely face. So glad he found his way to you, and that he's coming along so well :D

    ReplyDelete
  13. He's a big guy. I'm not going to ride him even though my Erik was 17-2 hands and it didn't bother me then. I'm used to Dusty and Blue now.

    ReplyDelete
  14. And another lucky critter who hit the jackpot :) what a handsome boy! That was a really wonderful update-so nice to hear that he is loved and that you and your daughter found a way to build his confidence and unleash his joy at being a horse :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Grady is just so sweet. I'm glad he's having fun being himself right now.

      Delete
  15. Hello! I am a horse lover too! I made a website for cowgirls and I would like to share it with you! Check out our horse crazy site at: http://cowgirlsclub.weebly.com/

    ReplyDelete

It's so nice of you to take the time to visit. I appreciate your stopping by and commenting on what I've written. Even though I sometimes don't have the time to reply to each comment, I do enjoy reading them.