Last night RB3 came out and I jumped the TWH, working on trying to keep his lead between a set of 2 jumps so that we may have a shot of placing when we go to our show on the 21st. We started with a set of 2 poles on the ground which worked well when I kept him collected and "in a box". I then bumped one pole into a 12" crossrail and worked on the same exercise with the same relative success. It was not perfect by any means, but we kept it most times.
As going over a tiny crossrail is extremely boring, I went ahead and bumped the 2nd pole up to a 2' vertical and jumped it. TWH had lots of problems with getting the wrong lead both in front and rear, ugh! I finally called it quits when he kept his lead twice in a row both directions. While I normally insist on 3 times I didn't want to start a fight I couldn't finish as we had been riding almost 45 mins at this point and he was pretty tired and sweaty.
I switched horses with RB3 and jumped the App, he had been watching the jumps and had tried to go over them a few times with RB3. App did pretty well, his only issue being hanging his front legs from jumping too close to the jump. Well, who am I fooling? He hangs his legs all of the time, it was just worse because he was jumping at the base of the jump instead of a little ways back. When I jump next I will put a placing pole in front of the jumps to help back everyone off of the jump, I know it will help and don't know why I didn't do it last night. Bad trainer.
When I came out to feed this AM I noticed the App was very lame on his right front, he didn't want to even set it down. Dread filled me, what did he do between night check and now?!? I checked him over and there wasn't any heat or swelling, when I picked up his foot it was an obvious answer. There was a huge fence stable jammed in the apex of his frog! I have absolutely no idea where he would have gotten that in his stall and I know he was okay at night check. The staple was in pretty deep too, I feel so bad for the guy. I pulled it out and cleaned it the best I could. Put some betadine and Scarlet oil in the hole and then soaked the hoof for a few mins, drenched it in hydrogen peroxide and wrapped it up in a diaper with some loose Epsom salt and neosporin. I am really really hoping it doesn't abscess or become infected, he was still pretty tender on it after I wrapped him. I will check him again at lunch and give him some bute if he is still ouchy. Poor guy.