Beka's blog hop this week is: Metamorphosis
We've talked about what your horse doesn't like to do, and I don't want to confuse this with that. I'm not talking about personality quirks or training foibles. Tell me: if you could change something (or things) about your horse, what would you?
If I could change anything about Chrome the absolute first thing I would do is make his sweet itch (or NTWs whichever it is) completely disappear. As in never existed in the first place. It makes him absolutely miserable and it breaks my heart seeing him suffer. It stresses me out trying to figure out ways to manage it since there is no cure for sweet itch (there is hope if it's NTWs).
His sores covered in zinc.
The closest I've found to a cure is neem oil,
but if I miss a single day it's back to square one.
The second thing would be his club hoof and locking stifles... in other words his straight rear end. I think it's all interconnected. If he had ideal rear conformation the problem probably wouldn't exist. To me he's absolutely gorgeous the way he is, but something about his conformation causes his stifle to lock, so I'd make that go away too.
This is a really old picture, but the best I can find that shows his club foot at it's worst.
A video showing his locking stifle when it was at it's worst.
I actually forgot how bad it used to be,
but look at how scrawny his haunches were then! Yikes!!
Those are the two main things I would change. Anything else would be cosmetic and superficial such has a long, pretty mane and lots of dapples. At this point I wouldn't even change his color because I've enjoyed the graying process even though I said I would never own a gray horse. However I definitely wouldn't say no to a magically dirt and stain proof gray. ;)
Speaking of gray, I would also make him not ever develop melanomas. He may not anyway, but if I could change anything, preventing that would be one thing. Can we prevent stuff?? I guess if we're dreaming we can. I don't think I would change his height either at this point. I'm 5'10" so I always said I preferred taller horses, but really I'm comfortable on him and taller is just farther to fall haha.
Once again, that was a great blog hop Beka! Thanks!!