Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Not much has happened riding wise... actually nothing really. I have not had lessons since December and have not ridden Pumpkin for a while due to his back. :/
I have started holidays though, so I am looking forward to the 2 weeks of doing nothing school related :)
Pumpkins back seems to be doing alright. There does not seem to be any pain when I put pressure on it with my fingers and the muscle around, but i will not be riding him, just to be safe. We can't have him being in pain.
BUT... My family and I do have reasons to believe that he has been mistreated at night...
A couple of weeks ago, he would not let anyone near him at all. No one could go within five meters of him with out making a run for it. He also seemed to have a bit of a sore leg, and we found little stone shaped sores on him. His behavior only lasted the morning and some of the afternoon, but he has never acted this way before.
It then happened again the other night but not quite so bad. The ducks hadn't gone home (this is very unusual), as they always do so i had to put them away. Sign number 1. I always have checked on Pumpkin at night, so I know where he usually grazes and sleeps. That night he was in an unusual area for him to be in ( sign number 2), but once he saw me, he started to come down to say hello. That was all good. The only thing about that which was unusual, he bolted to the corner opposite me when he reached a little way down the fence line. He is a lazy boy, so this is very odd. He then refused to let me get near him, and any movement above slow and steady, freaked him out. Sign number 3.
Again he was fine in the morning, although still a tad touchy...
Could this be a result of people messing around with him, or could it be I am just to worried?
Mum, Dad and my sister think that it could have been people throwing rocks at him. He is a friendly boy, and will always come over to people who stop at the fence, in hopes he might get a treat.
Any thoughts will be appreciated. :)
Thanks in advance.
There is one principle that should never be abandoned, namely, that the rider must first learn to control himself before he can control his horse. This is the basic, most important principle to be preserved in equitation - Alois Podhajsky
Last edited by PumpkinzMyBaby22; 03-29-2011 at 12:56 AM.