Oh wow, we have missed you SO MUCH!!! I was riding today and thinking about you, worried that you had gotten injured on Link. Glad you are OK! Can't wait to read your adventures.
Today as I was grooming Windy, I was thinking the same thing, "What would Phantomhorse do?" Windy is so lovely and fun to ride, so healthy and strong, great feet. I want to be able to take her out solo. She does this bouncing leaping thing and I don't know how to train her out of it.
The cliff notes version of Link: I got him as a 2 year old. I waited patiently to start him until he was 4 and he progressed steadily. He was coming along nicely - even getting to his first LD - and then he had a big growth spurt. He became reactive to the point of being dangerous in the late spring, and after much testing and trial and error (and angst), the working theory is nerve pain in his back and/or neck. I gave him time off to see (hope/pray) if he would grow out of it. The attempts at riding in last month show he has not yet grown out of it. 😖Your thread is huge and I do try to go through the backlog but I don't know Link's story and I feel bad even asking about it considering how unfortunate things are obviously right now.
I, too, would like to turn to the end of the book and see what will happen with Link. Sadly, right now that is still anybody's guess. My plan is to give him more time off and try putting him back in work again in the spring. He will be 6 in May, so basically done growing. If he still isn't right, it will be time for x-rays and ultrasounds to see what is going on in his neck and back. I am hoping for the best, but trying to prepare myself for the reality he may never be rideable again..It's hard to read these daily updates and not know the end result. I want to turn to the back of the book and see how it is going to turn out.