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post #1 of 8 Old 03-08-2013, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Rumor's first ride after injury!

Today was beautiful! Sunny and in the mid 40's! So I told my mom we are going for a ride! Rumor is set up for XRays in the next few weeks to assess how her hock is. But she's been doing SOOOOO good, I couldn't resist!

If you want to peek at all that she has been though, here is the original thread. completely freaking out

Anyways, I tacked her up, and she just stood there. She so enjoyed all of the attention. I hopped on her and she just stood there mouthing the bit. The very FIRST thing I did was shift my weight to my pubic bone (her signal to back up) and BOOM, she goes backwards. She was only at my trainers for 2-1/2 weeks back in August! And she remembers! I couldn't believe it!

My mom gets on her horse, who is just a major A hole the WHOLE time. He will NOT walk, he has to prance. He wont stand still. He is backing up. (He's going to the trainer's next week and by God does he need it!) But Rumor, who hasn't been ridden since AUGUST, just stands there looking at him. She didn't budge when I mounted her. Didn't act up ONE time! I was so impressed.

We first walked around the pasture fence like and a little bit in an open field. She was very good. SUPER forward movement. Whoa when I asked her. Waiting patiently while Nutmeg was being a jerk and my mom was spinning him in circles. She was just SOOOO good!

Then I took her into the pasture so my mom could get a video of her first ride post injury. And she just walked along wherever I wanted. I decided to see what her trot was like. She sprung right into a trot like she had no time off what-so-ever. She was just good as gold and I'm so happy! I was crying as we trotted around. I did 2 laps, both directions. I do NOT want to push it with her and she's SUPER out of shape. She lost all the muscle she had built up and needs to gain it back gradually.

Her walk is very forward and steady. Her trot is always been big strided and not a trot that you can sit easily at all. But the trot felt good too. Watching the videos over, I am not seeing anything jumping out at me regarding soreness or inability to do what I was asking. I kept it super simple and she seems to enjoy getting back into work.

I am just ECSTATIC!

Videos aren't the greatest that's to youtube, but...You get the drift!



What's really nice is that she was using her hindend considerably well. She can really propel herself from behind when she wants to. I was feeling it when she kept dropping her head down. She has a bad habit of trying to tuck her head like a hunter under saddle horse. I think she missed the memo that she's a Racebred Quarter Horse and is supposed to be running barrels. LoL

Also, Rumor turns 6 tomorrow!
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-08-2013, 08:34 PM
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The orange looks great on her! So great to see her doing so well, have been following both of you from the beginning. I love your matching saddles too! What are they? You both look awesome together. (: Keep it up.

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post #3 of 8 Old 03-08-2013, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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More pictures from a few days ago!
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That is great to hear! Ill be looking forward to hearing how the X-rays go. For 7 months off, I don't think it could have gone better!

P.s. Love the saddle on her. It looks really nice!
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Thank you! Both of the saddles are Billy Cook (Oklahoma) Barrel Saddles. It is SUCH a comfortable saddle and really holds you in. In my old saddle I was constantly losing my stirrup. Last season, I did not lose my stirrup once. I'm very happy with it.

This one is the one that's on Rumor. My mom's is less...extravagant.
15inch 16inch Billy Cook Barrel Saddle

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Beautiful saddle! You look great in it
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post #7 of 8 Old 03-09-2013, 10:50 PM
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I'm so happy to read this last post. I read the whole story and was on the edge of my seat! I was kinda scared to go to the next page (I was afraid she was put down!). Really happy things are coming together!
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She looks great!!
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