As many of you know, my two year old APHA/TB Rodeo has been lightly started under saddle and is going great! Many of you also know that ground work has been the focus of his training since Day 1. Well this past week he's been awful. Monday when I went out, he was just so full of himself on the lunge that it was like we had to start everything over just to get to where we should be. He wasnt respecting me at all, so we had a little discussion that day, and by the end of it he was much much better!
Well today I go out, and decide heck, you havent even tried to get out of the arena in a good 9months! So I decided to free lunge him in the arena. He was doing great, we were working on transitions, changing directions, slowing down, speeding up, ect, ect. Well about 30min or so into it he decided that enough was enough and that he would jump out of the arena.
The "gate" to the arena is a PVC pipe, which last time he got out he jumped, knocked over, tripped over it, and proceeded into the barn. Knowing that there would be a possibility of him trying this again, I decided to put a few barrels up in front of him to discourage him from jumping it, well apparently those barrels didnt mean a thing. They actually made things worse.
He cantered up to it, jumped it, cleared everything with his front legs, and got tripped up, and then hung up on the PVC pipe with his back legs....he got his legs over it, and trotted into the barn and into his stall. I went and got him, brought him into the wash room and immediantly started to cold hose him. I put sprayed some antibacterial, antifungal, and healing spray on him before I left, and he was walking normal, nothing was hot, the marks look like rug burns.
Im sure it could have been a lot worse if I had panicked, but I stayed cool, calm, and relaxed. Well on the bright side of the day, I got a great join up and he stood like a rock for hosing him down....so thats a plus!!
But my gosh, I dont know what has gotten into this boys head lately!!
Here are some pics of his "injuries"
Already told the BO to keep an eye on him tonight when they turn him out, and that I would be there in the am to check on him again. We were doing so good with him not getting any little injuries too!