Friday, January 26, 2018

Status Report



Sass Wagon

Are you guys tired of Scout progress posts? Because I am.

But here I am typing up more boring notes on how he's progressing. He's been turned out for a little over a week and the leg swelling is staying down. There's still some residual heat which I'm hoping dissipates over time (it took his fetlock quite a while to finally stay cool and tight). So I stuck him on the lunge with some keep-your-shit-together parameters (Ahem, Pessoa rig).

And thank god he's got a good education on the lunge. He was feeling very good about life and tried pretty hard to keep a lid on things, but he was enthusiastic and spicy to be sure. Luckily, I'm well adept at lunging a wild horse, video-taping and holding a whip (#skillz).

That trot, I'm not mad atcha

Moving pretty nicely at the trot
At the trot he was moving out beautifully. Even in both directions with nice over tracking. At the canter he was still noticeably stiff on his RH. In fact, tracking left he was not subtle about his annoyance of having to put lateral pressure on it.



Tracking right, which is normally his tough direction he was quiet and balanced. Ultimately, I just wanted to get a sense of WTC in a controlled setting. The footing was slick and deep, so I didn't want to do too much with him but I was pretty pleased with how he looked overall.

Going forward, I'll start legging him up like I did in September with some long and low walk-trot until the strength in his right hind improves. I was admittedly a little bummed when I saw how stiff he was, but he'd only been turned out for a few days at that point. So maybe I need to recalibrate my expectations and just be patient.

And, if there's a bit of a silver lining about this whole experience it's that his condition is looking REALLY good! Let's give a big shout out to alfalfa for helping him get there:)

Closest thing I've got to a conformation shot for now
Here's to keep on keepin' on.

16 comments:

  1. I'm not tired of the progress posts! I'm glad he's doing better :)

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  2. i'm glad he's continuing to improve!!! and definitely not tired either of the updates. obvi i wish you could be experiencing other fun things with your horse instead of rehab, but at least positive rehab beats a few other alternatives!

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    1. Hopefully we'll be doing more fun things soon! But at least we're moving forward!

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  3. well, i think you need to post more so obvi i dont hate the progress posts. im impressed you can take pictures while lunging, and damn he looks great.

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    1. Taking video while lunging is one of my secret talents:)

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  4. I second what Megan says. I used to be a lunging pics pro champion and now I'm struggle busing it hard.

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    1. hahaha, it takes a lot of practice for sure!

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  5. I am stuck in what appears to be walk-trot purgatory myself, trying to get Murray stronger and suppler and fitter and happier. The frustration is real.

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    1. I feel ya! At least we have solidarity right?

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  6. He is so freaking gorgeous. Also, your photo skillz while lunging are #goals

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    1. AW thank you! I just adore him. Sometimes it's hard to notice the incremental change in his condition until I see photos and video:)

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  7. I love seeing his progress! And, I have no idea how you manage to lunge and take pictures and video, with a whip. I just... can't figure it out! LOL

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  8. He looks great in the last picture - that's some solid winter weight :)

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