My ride on Monday was the most....interesting ride I've ever had.
First of all, I ALWAYS lunge him before I ride. I expect at least a buck or him questioning respect out of him when I do this, especially if he hasn't been ridden in a few days. He was doing awesome! I hadn't ridden in about three days, but he was pretty calm and just chuggin' along. Until a little kid knocked one thing or another and he took off. I got him to stop, made him stand there for a moment, and then continued what I was doing with him. It's werid; when stuff like that happens I don't think, I just know what to do. O.O For a 13 year old (I've been riding for 8 years), I honestly find that a bit strange. But whatever. The moms watching complimented me, I made him work a bit more, then I went ahead and got on.
Clyde was lazy; totally not him. But being his idiot of a self (I guess being green in a better excuse), he dropped his head down in the trot and totally lost it. Since he's been under saddle for not too long, his balance is still all over the place and, who would've guessed, he tripped. Not just tripped. Fell down to his knees. - we were tracking left - Ahhh. That really shook me up. Anyways. We kept riding, and everything was fine.
Asking for the canter the first time: Woo! Good boy! But wrong lead. Haha. He knew, too. Stopped and then picked it up again with a bit of help from me.
Second time: Eh...He didn't want to. I knew that because he went ahead and tossed a buck out there before picking up the canter. Er...Good boy?
Third time: Still didn't want to. Couldn't he learn? A bigger buck. Luckily I stayed on both times.
Fourth time...Almost: He started limping seconds before I asked. I pulled him up, walked around, and then with the help of my trainer and his actual actual owner figured out that it was his left shoulder. They think he pulled it. It makes sense because when he fell to his knees, we were tracking left...
Anyways. I do have a point here.
I haven't been able to get my trainer OR his actual actual owner to tell me how he is. I've been with him about a month now, and he already walks out of his shelter when I call his name, even with his new-found shoulder issue.
But how long will it take it to heal? It isn't going to really effect him, is it?