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.