This isn't the best video clip, because I did not zoom in far enough, but this is Megan riding Turk...Yea, she is back in the saddle...And she took my Paint horse. :(
Hahaha..If she thought she was trading up from Spooks to Turk...she is finding out, she has a long way to go with this horse too.
Although Turk prefers loping to long-trotting, the horse can't lope to save his life. Besides being injured and having to deal with the associated traveling issues for several years, I don't think the horse was ever loped much back before his injury. He was ridden by an older cowboy, who preferred to cover ground at a nice little jog. Turk can jog all day, but ask him to extend the trot or canter and he gets a little frantic.
For the life of me, I could not figure out why this horse could not hold his left lead for more than a few strides until I watched this video. Watch the video at about 37 seconds, as Turk is coming around the circle, you can see his outside hind leg wanting to pass his inside hind leg and then he breaks to a trot, picks up the lead again. It's a continual repititious pattern. It's quite likely the weirdest thing I have ever seen a horse do.
Yesterday, I finally got him to hold that lead for a full circle, but it was work...let me tell you. As for Turk's right lead....Yeesh! Megan could not get him into his right lead and to be honest, I struggle to get him to pick it up. Once he does though, he ducks and dives every which direction. Oh that's fun (eyeroll).
I honestly think this horse is going to need an adjustment and that electromagnetic thing-a-majobber the farrier told me he has moreso than Spooks. It doesn't surprise me though considering how long this horse has had to travel in a compromised way due to that injury. There is bound to be a lot of muscle imbalance and stiffness.
**Oh, and just for the record...I absolutely don't mind people saying what they think they see in the comments. Someone else may see something that I have not noticed and whether I agree or not...We're just a bunch of horse people sharing opinions. So to the person who keeps emailing me 'privately', with the unreturnable email address...Please feel free to leave your comments in the comment section. From now on your emails will be deleted without being read.
And B.T.W...my black horse is NOT crippled or navicular and Really? I need riding lessons? Thanks, I'll keep that in mind.
Oh and while we are at it...I presume you are also the person who sent the emails regarding Mighty Mouse. Yes, I did put an old, foundered pony to sleep without WASTING a ton of money on radiographs. I don't need a vet to tell me when one of my old horses has had enough. I don't need anyone's permission to do what I think is the best thing for one of them either. After all, it's MY pocket book. If I would rather spend that money feeding and taking care of the younger, healthier horses I have, then that is MY right.
I hate to tell people, but I blog for myself as much as I do for the commarderie. It's been a great way for me to keep a record over the last couple of years, both verbal and photographic. I don't plan on stopping and I sure as hell am not going to stop because someone has decided they have a hard-on for me because I am a backyard breeder and a wanna-be horse trainer.