2nd ride after injury (about 10th ever)

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    03-23-2011, 09:43 PM
2nd ride after injury (about 10th ever)

I'm on cloud 9 and thought what better place to babble about it Woodstock was on extended stall rest for a tendon/knee injury for awhile. I had put a few rides on him before he got hurt. We have been handwalking, stretching, gradually back into lunging, I even balanced my check book in his stall to keep him company and we read Equus mag together lol! Hubby thinks I am certifiable at this point. This week the vet finally gave me the go ahead for light riding!

I was sure we would be back at square one but with his limited allowed exercise he got lots and lots of ground time. I rode him for about 15 minutes yesterday and he exceeded all expectations! Quiet, relaxed and light after months off and was very green before his time off. I was hesitant to get excited because surely a 4 yr old stud who's been on stall rest for months would at least have one tizzy to get the kinks out, but none at all.

2nd ride tonight went very much the same, only with added distractions. My 5 yr old daughter driving her Barbie Mustang up and down the barn aisle (our indoor is connected, but seperated by a 16 ft gate) and the rain rolled in while we were working so we also got thunder and rain on the barn roof. He didn't bat an eye or take a mis-step. I'm kinda at a loss and wondering when the green colt blow up will come....this has went waaaay too easy
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    03-23-2011, 10:08 PM
That is terrific! Don't you love rides like that?! Don't let your guard down though, read his body language, but continue what you are doing because it sounds like you're making a lot of progress! Good luck!
    03-23-2011, 11:03 PM
MHF loved that you read equus together and your comment about your husband thinking you are certifiable haha! There's a good chance there will be no blow up because you have put *that* much time into bonding with and understanding this horse. When you ride him, really try to connect with him and listen to his thoughts and movements and you will find your answer there :)
    03-23-2011, 11:16 PM
Thanks :) I'm sure we will have at least one silly episode at some point, but wouldn't it be fab if we didn't!

CJ we love Equus! It's just about the only horse mag that has more useful info than ads. As far as the hubby, I think he's just jealous that he isn't the top stud in my life HAHA!

I totally agree with the connecting thing, he has been a long work in progress. I got him as a 3 yr old virtually unhandled, he was halter broke kind of, he had just been tugged from one stall to another and had never been outside of his box. I think with all that I've been through with him we do have a very good read of each other. Can't wait to be posting about first rides through a herd of cattle and our first trail ride! :)
    03-23-2011, 11:21 PM
Ahh you make me excited to have that with my QH logan. His mom came to us from auction and she was "sound, easy to handle, never been bred, and well trained." wanna guess how many of those were true? Yeah... none. She was dangerous and unhandlebale at foaling - literally would rear/strike/charge/bite anyone within reach it was horrific. We had to separate them via hog tying him to get a halter on him to be able to handle him and wean him at 3 mos to the day to give us a fighting chance at making him handleable.

Since weaning she is in a foster home and is NOW easy to handle. Obv she will NEVER EVER be bred... she's still not sound but thank god a handleable happy friendly pasture pet.

Back to logan - well he's now soooo handleable that his typical stubborn qh side came out. When he doesn't want to do something he plants his feet and it takes one to push and one to pull we joke haha. It's nice that he's going to be a year end of april and has come so far. I can't wait til we're working under saddle in a few more years :)

Keep us posted on your story with your boy - can't wait to read more!
    03-23-2011, 11:42 PM
Don't you just love the honest people out there..that's awful. Glad they both found a happy outcome :)

Logan sounds like the typical ornery youngster! I love them at that age! I have a filly, Pella that will be a yr at the end of april also. She's a really good girl, went to the 4-H fair with one of my students along with momma who got pulled out of retirement for a couple of pleasure classes, Pella was even used in showmanship at 3 months old...but she still has her share of turd moments! It's so great to be able to do it from start to finish, they generally make the most willing partners. Good luck with Logan, can't wait to hear more!

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