I’ve been pestered a bit about when Big Guy is going to ridden. It’s gotten a bit irritating to say the least and I try not to snap back something along the response of “he f*cking broke his pelvis six months ago!” I mean, I TRY to be patient with this.
Perhaps a bit of history about him is important to understanding why I am not in a big hurry to ride him, hell bent, into the horizon…
He has NEVER been good about balance. Actually he went to his knees with one riding student because she lost her balance and yanked on him. She ended up breaking her arm because she fell like a rock off a log, no roll or bounce.
The last two riding students I had on him, he tried to toss off because their balance sucked so badly.
1.) Not patient with people who fall out of balance.
He has always had a bit of a problem with tripping or stumbling if being ridden by anyone who put themselves out of balance. He gets easily out of balance and even goes lame, if not trimmed properly.
2.) Rather a clumsy horse who has poor balance.
Now let’s add #3.) has poor balance and strength because he is recovering from a broken pelvis.
Likelihood that he would fall over? fall down? toss you off if he was in too much pain? HIGH.
On the first ride, he ended up with his Fight Club moves and tried a halfhearted attempt to toss me because I think he was uncertain of being able to carry me as well as what I would ask him to do. The second ride went much better but since he was not using his hind end well, I postponed all riding and went back to groundwork to strengthen him.
I rode him today for a short period of time. He did okay and far better then 6 weeks ago when he was walking on eggshells and I thought his legs would crack apart with us all falling to the ground in a heap.
Today, he immediately reverted to his bad habit of going behind the bit, nervously chomping the bit. It took about 10 minutes of loose rein walking before he started settling down a little bit.
The right response to this would be too push him out to bigger walk – even a trot – but obviously that has to be balanced with what he is capable of producing safely (that’s definitely NOT a trot) because if he gets to the point that he loses his balance – go back to #1 – #2 and #3.
I am not sure what to do. I think I’ll have hubby watch us ride and I’ll try to tap him out with a whip and see how much he can give me. It’s to a point that he does need to be pushed a bit… they don’t call physical therapists Nazis because it’s all lollipops and rainbows when you are coming back from an injury.
If we fall over, hubby can pull him off and if need be drive me over to the walk-in emergency desk at St. John. We have all medical bills paid off so I guess it’s time to have something else happen…