I've not been here for a long, long time. I don't even know the news and what everyone has been doing, as I can't access HF on any mobile device, and in the summertime, computers are not part of my life. So I've been seriously out of the loop!
But I am alive, my horse, Boo is alive, and we are actually, perhaps, maybe, making a tiny
bit of progress...
I joined Lorna Leeson's OTTB program, figuring that my Haflinger is about as off the track as a horse can be, in every sense of the word, and I am really enjoying it, although, as I said, progress is sporadic at best.
Never have I ever had a horse who is so scarily clumsy! Both Vet & Chiro say he is fine, but half a week ago he fell down, at a WALK in the mud. Right over on his side! Granted, he walking through a muddy patch and entering said muddy patch from a turn, but still. He was walking! To leave the barn he has a 9" drop to the paddock. Leading him out the other day, he was looking up or something and stumbled; almost hit his nose in the dirt!
This is the same horse who I have seen twice fall over in his stall from rushing in and not stopping in time. And he has cast himself at least three times where he required rescue.
So, he is not surefooted or careful with his body, both his saddles roll just being led about, and he tends to bolt and buck.
I ride with a helmet, and am considering a body protector.
Anyway, tomorrow I have to work (diving with squid) but Friday I hope to take him down the road to the farm and ride in the round pen. I hope the footing will be better.
We worked in the bay and up the river yesterday and were watched closely the whole time: DSC_90024.jpg
What a mess! DSC_90053.jpg DSC_90096.jpg
...and we got blown out for TWO DAYS in Canada, so I got to take pics of horses: DSC_8643.jpg DSC_8621.jpg
Of course, I am in love!
And finally, me, diving, but not in Canada...