So, I have mentioned before that Eurus is here for a while to recover from an injury. He is doing well and seems mostly pretty comfortable, the wound is healing nicely ,but he is still a little well, off on his hind end. Angela was out this weekend for a visit , and brought him in for grooming and just to check him. He seemed really good so she popped up bareback to try him. Still seemed fine no hesitation or off steps ,but still just not quite right . Tina, from On the Spot Equine therapies was here this afternoon to check him over,and did find some issues(I missed the treatment as I was out catching Johnny,but I will tell you about that later )
It seemed to go well and he was back out in the pen. A few hours later I saw him lying down, sternal , and totally relaxed ! Might not seem like much but since he has been here has not layed down other than to roll or down and up, he tends to rest with one hip leaned against the rail fence . So to see him down relaxed and comfortable was great, also watched him get back up, total fluid movement no stiffness or hesitation! Looks like the Quiet Giant is on the mend!
(I know I have used this pic often ,but it is a good one! )
As to why I was out grabbing Johnny Handsome, well I mentioned a while back that he can be a bit of a fool when we are trimming him, only on the one hind leg, otherwise he is a good boy . This horse is so well behaved and kind on every other level I baffles me that he can be such a tool when it comes to one foot being trimmed, he starts to get iffy on the first hind but the second BAM! He is BAD . Anyhow, I mentioned this to Tina and his history (Badly contractured hind leg as a foal ) and she thought there was a good chance she could help him. Well glad I asked, my poor guy! he was out on his hip, and shoulder, neck and jaw! , don't I feel like a jerk!
In my defense other than the farrier issue he has never offered to resist or complain under saddle , he is willing and honest so... who knew? Appaloosas are notoriously stoic as well. He was funny though , Johnny doesn't really like the barn, was never in it much and at 14 he is fairly convinced that is where he will go to die! He went in and stood , but shook like a leaf and fussed ! When Tina stood up on her block examine his back and adjust his hip , well then ! he buried his head in my chest and just froze! Poor boy! After the treatment though he seemed much calmer seemed to realize she was helping him, and wow! when she adjusted his shoulder what a difference in his range of motion! This horse was good before, he is gonna be awesome now!
Not much else going on at the moment , thinking I will lay low today and maybe look at taking some of my Christmas collections out and getting started , or maybe there is a good movie on...
Stay safe and warm my friends!