My one Thoroughbred is built very stocky and looks almost like a Quarter Horse in Western tack; she has that wide chest and the muscular appeal. She's a gorgeous English horse who will be great at dressage once I catch up to her in my English abilities! This week I took her on trail and threw a Western saddle on her for the first time....and she was great. Her trot is very even so it was smooth and not jarring, and she was very responsive and seemed to enjoy the change. So all this week I've been riding her Western and started toying around with gaming. She has the speed, the body control, the stamina, and the ability to take sharp turns at a fast pace. Her lead changes are also excellent. So my friend and I worked with her being more responsive, working on her turns, and keeping her in her sane mind while doing the pattern, and she is getting excellent at it.
I want to do gymkhana with her at fair this year instead of with my Paso Fino Gelding as his uveitis is getting worse and he can't see at all out of his one eye.
However....yesterday we were practicing at just a walk, trot, and slow canter, and when we came down the straightaway Molly slipped and fell, bringing me down with her, and I passed out and had a concussion. When I woke up I couldn't remember anything, like why I was out there and why Molly had a Western saddle on. My head hurt, so we put Molly away (she was fine, my mom says....I don't remember) and went to the e.r. Things started coming back, and I remembered up until Molly slipping and falling. I remember wakign up and feeling like I was in a dream. The doctor said I had a low grade concussion.
Now I'm having second thoughts about even the light gymkhana work I've been working on with Molly. What if she's not cut out fot it? What if she hurts herself because she's a Thoroughbred and wasn't bred to run barrels? She had a past injury (slab fracture) on the track and doesn't have any limitations from it now other than jumping, and it's not apparent she was injured at all other than a small bump in her one foreleg if you run your fingers down it. But what if she slipped in part to the knee injury that healed over years ago? I want to do what's best for her and would be devestated if something I did ever hurt her.
I asked her old trainer her opinion and she said she personally would not do barrels with her because she's not build for it, but didn't seem concerned about the knee. I don't think her conformation will be detrimental to her for just some practice for the 4-H portion of fair, do you? She looks almost like a QH with her broad chest and muscular neck. I'll post pics and a video of her so you can get an idea for her conformation. She's 15.3hh on the dot.