I went back after work to do some more walking around bareback with him. I'm hoping getting him out so he can stretch his legs as often as I can will help him recover. I'm 95% sure it's just muscle soreness, since he's fine at the walk and there's absolutely no heat/swelling in his legs, but that doesn't stop me from worrying, especially since it's been a few days now. I go back and forth between which hind I think it is, too, but then I usually end up thinking "well, his whole butt
is probably sore". Can't wait to hear what the massage/chiro lady says tomorrow.
I keep thinking I should start a journal, but I already have a blog...
At this point I've decided to switch back to my regular cavesson. I fussed with adjusting the figure 8, but I couldn't really find a position I really liked it in... and honestly, I think I'd be kind of sad if I really did manage to completely stop him from sticking his tongue out. His tongueness has grown on me—it's part of his character!
He's going fine with the bit a hole lower (but then again, we're only walking about LOL).
I had the chance to actually MEET Stephani where she boards her horse.
Thanks for coming out, I had a really good time! It's always nice to meet someone new that I can talk to horses about, and I'm really looking forward to getting the chance to ride on the trails with you at some point. :)
I like the stuff you had to say about bit choice for him. I'm open to trying out the Myler-type D-ring with the curve, but I don't love the idea of spending $100 without knowing how he's going to like it (or in general, dang that's expensive!). Also curious about their competition legality (though not a huge deal, since I am just doing schooling shows) and the difference Ezhno will feel with no joint (compared to the single joint he has now).
I wish he could just tell me what he'd prefer (and what part of him hurts). Sometimes life would be so much easier if horses could talk.
EDIT: it's more like "Stef-uh-ni", but no worries!