He broke his clavicle (which is why his left side hurt so bad, and I always had to help from the right). And he broke his ribs in 9 different places. He broke some ribs multiple times. That, my friends, is a pretty nasty fall.
He stayed at the hospital overnight, and he will stay a few more days for them to watch. Their fear is that since he cannot take deep breaths due to the rib fractures that his lungs will fill with fluid and he will get pneumonia. I feel so bad, and I hope he has a speedy recovery.
Anyways, that pretty much puts a damper on any post! But me and pony had a great ride today.
|Aw, pony and her mini were bonding.|
I worked a lot on two point (ouch my muscles!) and then, going into the corner before the caveletti, she picked up a lope once! She loped over the cavaletti, over the ground poles, and then started crowhopping/mini bucking!
I was so surprised. By two things. 1) That she picked up her lope and watched her feet and did so good over the poles and 2) That she started crow hopping!
My first thought was that I had her head too much and didn't give when she went over the cavaletti. But, my best riding trait is that I have super soft hands (its something I just naturally have, I am so thankful for it, since its so hard to train yourself to have softer hands!) So I honestly did not think that was the culprit. I went out of the arena to find my trainer and let her know, and she told me its something that green horses do, they get excited and proud of themselves for completing the task correctly.
So, that made sense, and is pretty cute. We did it again, and she didn't do it, so obviously it was just an excitement thing.
We went back into the arena, I wanted to try it again and end on a good note, not a confused note (ok lets be honest, I was really excited that we had loped over it all and wanted to do it again!) but I was SO proud of what I received.
I trotted her a few more times, and she didn't pick up a lope. I really didn't want to push her into the lope, since there were so many things she had to watch her feet over, I didn't want to push her into it and then regret it, and give her a bad experience. However, I picked up a lope and went all the way around the arena..she was going pretty fast so I figured we would go around and not go through the jump. Instead, coming into the corner in front of the jump, she slowed down and collected her limbs and did it perfectly. It was SO freaking adorable.
If she's going to crazy-canter, I would much rather have her do that when we're not facing a jump, rather than her be calm until we get close to a jump!
It was quite awesome.
Then....the day was not over. I washed her high whites, because she's cute. She wasn't really a fan of that. She kept just walking away from the wash rack, which is funny, because she isn't afraid of it...it was more of a 'yeah, maybe if I just walk home she won't notice....'
So he got all prettied up! He's so good though, once you take the hose to his butt, he lifts up his tail and really lets you scrub around in there....its quite hilarious. But he looked absolutely gorgeous afterwards!
|Tell me that is not the sweetest arab face you will ever see! This guy honestly stole my heart a while ago, I'm sad I don't ride him anymore.|
|He's so chill hahaha. But, LOOK at that wither. Like a dang shark fin! It definitely gave me a stopper when walking downhill though!|
Then, I even managed to get close enough to pony to untie her and pony her over to her home, which is where I finally got off of him to put her away. That gate is impossible from horseback, otherwise I might have tried!
I spent about 7 hours at the ranch...it was pretty awesome.
|And this has nothing to do with anything, but are those not the creepiest lawn ornaments you have ever seen? I mean, who would buy those?|