My husband and I went to his parent's for Easter, and the barn happens to be on the way to their house, so he picked me up from the barn on Saturday, and we stopped back on our way home Sunday so I could work Mikey on the long lines again (and pick up my car). My husband took some video for me, and I grabbed a couple screenshots:
|Two months of stall rest doing nothing but eating certainly helped him fill out!|
|Asking for canter = Ok to buck. What do you mean it doesn't?|
His starting trot work to the right was uneven behind, with the right hind lagging/stiff etc. I wasn't really sure, it looked like his hindquarters had extra wiggle. I'm trying to dig up a video that shows it. He worked out of it within a few minutes, so I'm thinking it's just a stiffness from being in a stall and it just needs some physical therapy.
I took a half vacation day Monday so I could come out to the barn before feed time to long line Mikey again and be there when he went out for the first time. He was super. Quiet, a bit tired behind (go figure- 2 months of stall rest does nothing for the hind end supporting muscles), but is good spirits and happy to work. A few bucks in canter, but nothing bad. He even had a stunning transition to the right from canter to trot where he used that right hind leg perfectly for support.
We turned out all the horses before turning out Mikey and King (the fat lazy pony), so we could spend time watching the two of them. We walked them over to a small field that they'll share for a couple weeks and hand grazed them for a few minutes. Then my trainer took off King's halter, and I took Mikey's chain off, then reached down and unclipped him entirely (halter stays on for now). He grazed for a few minutes then realized he was free.
He trotted off, then took to galloping, and trying to get King to play and run with him. He tried everything: running right next to him, biting him, kicking out at him. Everything. That pony is awesome, he just stood there and grazed and pinned his ears when Mikey got close. Poor King Pony. Mikey wasn't nice to him!
I took this video near the end of Mikey's antics. Change the setting to 1080p HD! For some reason Youtube won't default it to the setting it was recorded in!
Some screenshots from the video:
|Ignore the dirt pile. There's a small construction zone below this field that is going to be trailer parking. They're leveling the hillside and graveling the lot.|
|I love the thoroughbred stretch. He never found his gallop at the track though!|
|Start of a bigger buck.|
|Please stop kicking out with your bad hock.|
|Getting his Arab look on.|
|Where can I find this trot in the dressage ring? Without locking him in a stall for 2 months beforehand?|
|"No one will play with me. I want to play!"|
I hung around the barn and went up to check on the two of them every now and then. Mikey seemed to be agitated about being outside. He got used to being in his stall, and didn't seem to know what to do when he was on his own outside. He likes his routine! I know King was never his best buddy either, so he barely counts as a friend to be turned out with.
On Wednesday, we ride! Or I try to sit on him without getting bucked off.