Monday, June 30, 2008

Welcome to the Pasture

Well folks, today was a big day for Augustus and I. He has made the move from his stall to a nice pasture. The stall was very important in the begining, essential for training and the gentling process, but my boy is growing up fast. This is such an important step for Gus and I look forward to his continued happiness and health. Mustangs in the wild have extremely healthy feet and are constantly moving, allowing the hoof to flex naturally. The hoof is supposed to flex with every step and that simple act of flexing is just about the most important thing a horse can do for good health and long life.The flexing provides shock absorption for the joints, tendons and ligaments in the leg and shoulder and acts as a circulatory pump for hundreds of blood vessels in the hoof mechanism. It also helps the heart get that blood flowing back up the leg. Being in the pasture will enable Augustus to move at his own will and explore with his pasture mates...his "herd." He can eat all the free choice grass hay he wants and will still be able to enjoy his well water over on this side of the ranch. Hopefully, he'll manage to place pretty high in the herd's pecking order. :) His two bestfriends, Borrego and Cochise, are also moving to the pasture so they will not be separated.



1 comment:

Karen C. said...

Hi Eric, thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! It in turn made me look up yours....

I love that you are telling how the hoof works by itself. I wish more people would realize how much more there is to the hoof other than the outside.

Gus is a handsome dude! I am going to go read some more now.....