On the eve of Stampede going to see the vet about his back (again), I thought I would do a quick update on him and share a video of his current movement so we can compare during and after his treatment and rehab. This week I lunged him on Monday and Friday and rode him Wednesday and today. I would say the increased lunging is definitely helping him under saddle, but it’s definitely not enough on its own. I do think Stampede can trick people into thinking he looks normal as he still has a long stride, but he’s not moving correctly (or happily). I got a new iPhone, so I now have the slow mo option, and I think in slow mo it becomes clear something is not right in his back.
I’m trying to remain cautiously optimistic about his future, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t have some doubts about his ability to be comfortable under saddle in the future.
Either way, this adorable beast isn’t going anywhere. Worst case my husband will cry when we have to welcome a third pony into the family and keep Stampede at home.
Meanwhile, Phoenix continues to be very eager to be my lesson pony. Honestly, he pretty much works on running away with me when we canter the first direction because he’s so excited to be there. It’s just so cute that I can’t really get very mad. Not sure I will ever meet another horse with his work ethic and happy attitude again in my life, he is truly special.
So wish Stampede and I luck tomorrow on our journey tomorrow. I will attempt to update on his status in the next few days.