Tux and I have been through a lot. From a bad accident, to health issues, weight problems, and more...there have been a lot of days where I thought it would be best to give up. But, every time I start to get down I look at the pictures of him now compared to how he was the day I got him. I look at all the things we have been through and going from not even being able to control him, to finally being able to canter him. So here are the photos :) in just four months he's come a long way.
The first time I rode Tux, I had a bad spill. It was the first cool day in long time and I mistakingly let him canter. We came down the short side of the arena, and he threw his head strait up, giving me zero control. I lost my seat coming around the corner to the stretch and fell. I fell between him and the metal railing...not being able to get away, he stepped on my pelvis and fractured it. I was lucky that's all that happened...that was the first time I had forgot to wear a helmet. There was maybe two feet between us and the metal railings and I'm so lucky for not hitting my head.
When I brought him home, he continued to evade the bit. Since I was still healing, my aunt rode. It was all she could do to stay on as he went from a walk to a gallop down the arena. We had the vet come out and apparently the old owners had not had his teeth done in two years...the front teeth had never been done. This is what was causing this. I also got his shoes removed. The farrier said he'd had shoes on all the time since he was old enough to ride. His feet where bad and they are just now getting back to normal.
So here's the photos :)
I'm so proud of him and glad I never gave up.
The day I got him
(Sorry for the bad photo! We're still working on that neck!)
He's a TB/QH :) registered APHA.