After riding the Big Guy today, I stripped him of tack and put him in the dirt arena. I usually let him roll – and BTW he can now roll to his spine, all four feet in the air, but still not roll over, but this is a huge improvement and shows more muscle is coming back.
Once he got up and shook, he came trotting up to me, ears forward and stated quite clearly I WANT TO PLAY! and so then I asked him to take off, and he cantered about (lovely, lovely left lead with beautiful natural collection!) and we played some come to me – go away – and he just had a blast.
Ah it was so good to see him want to play – something we can never achieve in mind or body if we are in chronic pain.