Elix Arrives

by Lori Albrough on October 27, 2011

Me and Elix

Me and Elix

Elix arrived at 6:30 pm today. He was in a 3 horse stock/slant-load by himself, with open slats along the top sides of the trailer. He was relaxed and not sweaty at all, after the rather long trip along Highway 401 including the section right through Toronto. Larry said Elix loaded up like a champ this morning, didn’t even have to tighten the lead shank, just stepped right up and climbed on.

Once the trailer was parked at our place, Larry backed Elix out. He took careful tiny steps backwards, feeling for the step down, stepped down back feet then front feet. He entered the barn cautiously but did not push or crowd into Larry, who put him into the box stall I had ready, right beside Storjo. Elix immediately started eating the flake of hay I had waiting for him, and had a drink of water out of the bucket.

Our first hoof cleaning

Our first hoof cleaning

We came back to the barn later to check him out. I am going to call him “Levi” as his barn name, and I think it really suits him. He has a very dark forelock and tail with a lot of black in them, and coal black stockings up to his knees. His head is quite fine, and he is tall. I meant to put the measure stick on him, but I forgot, so I’ll do that soon.

I took him out of the stall and put him on cross-ties. He stood quietly. I brushed him a bit, and cleaned his feet. Picking the feet up was a bit sticky, they were rooted to the floor, but once I convinced him to lift them up he stood nicely and didn’t try to pull them away.

I sprayed his tail really full of Satin Sheen, because it is quite the rat’s nest of tangles and straw, and I will want to brush it out over the next few days. I had Stefan stand at his head when I used the spray bottle, just in case, but he didn’t flinch at the noise or move a muscle.

Afterwards, I picked off his front chestnuts which were quite thick, which is a pet peeve of mine (I like the chestnuts to be flush to the skin). He didn’t fuss at all when I did this. Some young horses are touchy about their chestnuts being handled but not this guy.

I really couldn’t fault his behaviour tonight, that’s for sure. Tomorrow, vet visit at 9:00 am!


             

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Stefan October 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I like him already! He’s very friendly and easy-going, despite all the new sights and sounds. I think he’ll be my buddy in the barn.

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Sue Kosh October 27, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Just wondering if you could tell us why Levi was considered “dangerous” by the previous trainer? He looks like he has a very soft eye in his pictures. Thank goodness for people like you who give these horses a chance.

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Lori October 28, 2011 at 7:46 am

Thanks! You can read some details of what happened on the About Elix page, http://elix.bluebirdlane.com/about/

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