If there was a way to bottle this and stamp an Rx on it, many would be cured.
There is no better siiiiiiigh than your horse's sweet face waiting for you to come get him to be played with...
Yikes though, it was COLD and windy today. Not HORRIBLE but cold enough that I made a mental note to finally cave in and dig out my thermal underpants for riding. Laz was a good boy. We worked on a little Parelli games (A+) and then our figure 8's which are my homework. I don't fully understand why they calm a horse down, but I have seen almost all the Natural Horseman People use it. I can assume it has to do with giving a worried horse a mental task to focus on, all the while moving their bodies so they don't feel trapped??? Input!
Anyway, we did ground work for about 15 minutes and I decided to hop on and ride despite the cold and wind. Nothing better than a warm bare back and Laz's coat is THICK.
Not Cushings thick, just 'are you jealous of my mink thick fur coat'
We started out just walking as it's been a week since we rode (what?? Ground work took over) so I wanted to get reacquainted. He was great. I could tell he was a bit tense and ready to spring but I just sat heavy, gave him rein support contact, and talked to him. No spooks. We worked on some trot work but not too much because he was a bit limpy so I just asked for about 15 minutes of Circle 8's at the trot and 15 minutes of Circle 8's at the walk. He seemed to be really focused. I was worried about him getting b.o.r.e.d. but he was into it. I did feel a difference in him where he was snorting more and extending a tinsy bit more. It was a good working ride. He was a gentleman despite some of his worries he never bucked or spooked, until after our ride when I was hand walking him out of arena and he blasted out of the gate TB style...but then stop and circled facing me like "Shit...sorry, I totally thought we saw a horse eating bear."
Speaking of extending-he is so chop chop choppy with his trot. I wonder if he'll ever be able to extend out and give a beautiful leggy action springy trot like so many of your horses give.
Whats odd is to me, it seems his limited by his front end vs his back end.
Thoughts for when you review pictures and videos-please!
His extended trot (leg leg leg!!!) in Sept 0'9 before laminitis-puh
Comfy YES, flashy no
Major extendo which broke out into canter (ignore my jockey position)..see how his fronts look like they are so limited and don't extend from shoulder?
April '09-pre laminitis-most extended trot I've been able to capture/see
I think there may be a Unicorn in the pine trees too
I wonder if that is from laminitis or is that just him? I see MUCH improvement in his trotting and balance from healing, but I just hope and wonder; as he gets better, more balanced and stronger-will he have a big, healthy, sound trot?
Is there a way to achieve it by building different muscles, exercises, etc?
Maybe just time and we are in no rush.
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