Pickles recently injured his leg, have been following vet advice and icing it etc.. Well of course he's been cooped up in a small pen for coming up on two weeks now...no exercise save for some light hand-walking. I had this horse in a demanding workout routine and now he's suddenly had to do nothing but sit.
Lately it's been quite cold! I go out there, put the ice boot on, take him out to walk him. ALL the horses on the property have the friskies and it's only natural that my little invalid does too! In fact he's feeling MUCH better! Walking on his leg with less of a hitch, the swelling is going down.
When we start on the walk he bounces around me a little. Not into my space or anything but he's definitely feeling good. Makes me smile to know he's feeling well enough to do this...I can sense he wants desperately to run but I tell him to be patient, this is what he gets for going and banging his leg!
A twirl at his muzzle with the end of the lead rope reminds him that he still has manners and for the rest of the walk he was well behaved.
During all this a lady, referred to here as S...is watching with my mum and her SO who had kindly driven me out. She's a nice enough sort, but she owns one of the only quarter horses there and is not an Arabian lover...let's just put it that way...
My mother told me later that as we were first walking away and Pickles jigged a little, S remarked "You know he should REALLY have a stallion chain on."
Thankfully good ol' mum stood up for me and returned, "She knows what she's doing" or something along those lines.
Gods, this woman! Pickles was hardly being unmanageable, he was just fresh! I don't blame him...I mean, he has a lot of energy to begin with and having to be cooped up 24/7 now due to that leg?
A few days ago he would just drag along by my side, obviously hurting. I am HAPPY that he is improving enough to flick his head and pick up his gait a little. It wasn't like he was knocking me over or pulling me around.
I've been with this horse since he was 18274832x more dangerous and S still persists in her comments about what *her* ideal horse is -- a dead-headed QH type (I've heard her complain about her own QH mare getting high on the trail before so she's sort of being a bit hypocritical here).
Gosh all because he flicks up his heels in cold weather after being in his pen all day!! Hardly stud chain material!
Why can't some people accept the fact that I LIKE my hot horse, I know how to deal with his occasional hijinks (which are extremely short lived whenever they do occur) and I AM NOT SCARED OF HIM.
Unlike the other woman, rich snob she is who has ignored my every attempt at being nice and social...who is AFRAID to longe her own puchased-for-14k-specifically-for-Nationals 5 year-old!! (Yeah...want to see a horse you should honestly be afraid of? She should have been there when I first began longeing Pickles!)
She snubs her nose at my two arabs all because they're not 16hh ribbon-swept typey Egyptians and she can't even longe her own horse. Give me a break.
AND DON'T EVEN get me started on the gaggle of other like-minded middle aged women I've encountered over there.
I will be so happy when we move. I love the BO/trainer, we'll continue to enlist her services, but one of the stupid things about boarding at a show barn is putting up with all the attitude.
So this sort of deviated from my original point. Sorry. I'm sort of stressed out for various reasons and what better place to vent than on HF wooo.
Here are some pics so this thread is worth comment.
The hat right before it fell off. You can tell he's thrilled.