THAT is a long story xD It started with a bit of an obsession with greek mythology. I admit that I'm rather fond of reading it, even if it makes no sense. It's kind of like fairytales, I guess. Not true, but interesting. I was searching greek gods one day and came upon one named 'endiku' or, as it is translated in a few other ways, 'enkidu' or 'ekindu'. He was a man raised by animals, who supposively roamed with cattle and protected animals from the oppressive hands of the people. He was sort of the 'protector.' He would take down traps, and set captive animals free. (read story here?x
) I thought it was an interesting story and started using the name 'endiku' for things. Eventually just just sortof became a pet name of mine that I used for just about all of my usernames on any given site, so that I could be recognized wherever I went, including here. Unfortunately, the site I read about him on didn't give his whole story. It turns out that he abandoned the animals for a harlot!
Eventually he was 'domesticated' and became the protector of humans instead, slaying beast and yadayada. He ended up as a greek god. Knowing that now, my names a bit weird xD but I still enjoyed the story and I can't change names so...I'm stuck with it ^^. Moral of the story? READ THE WHOLE THING BEFORE YOU LIKE IT.
ANYWAYS. Sorry, got a bit sidetracked there...
Yes, that actually makes a lot of sense. I've always thought something was off with the way he carried himself, an d I think you've just nabbed it. I'll try some of those exercises with him, for sure. I do a lot of yielding to pressure (I'm sure you know that, I tend to preach religiously on yielding and flexations) but I didn't think to do it so much with him while on
him, silly me.
I think one of his problems is that his conformation is less than ideal. He's got an extreme shark-finn wither which makes saddle fitting fun (as you can see, he's gone through four or five saddles in the past few months as we try to get the best fit for him) and it seems to limit how he flexes and rounds out. We've gotten past a lot of the original stiff, jerkiness- but it's going to take a while to get him as supple as I'd like. Darned TBs and their odd bodies!