I got a chuckle out of the trainer's assessment of one of our fellow blogger's horses. If you haven't read it, here ya go...Nuzzling Muzzles.
Speaking of fat, lazy and grumpy...
Bugs is starting to think this 'working horse' thing is for the birds and today he decided to pitch a fit.
Bugs was notorious for pulling back for no particular reason and he don't quit until he breaks a leadrope. He hasn't done that for quite some time but today he showed he's not entirely over it. I have figured out it is a temper issue with him but I thought I had him over it. I guess it's back to the tie blocker for him and keeping my buggy whip handy.
Ya know, I know the horse is body sore, but I'm doing all I can to alleviate his discomfort...grooming, massaging, liniments and I am even applying Sore-No-More mud to his knees, hind fetlocks and stifles. The fact is, the horse is soft. Like marshmallow soft. He's 12 years old and never worked a day in his life. And it's not like I am riding him hard either. In spite of well-meaning but completely stupid people telling me I need to ride him up a few mountains to get the blubber off of him, (eyeroll) because he is so out of shape, I have either been ponying him or going for an hour to hour and a half WALK out in the desert. It's flat out there and yet he comes home dripping in sweat. His body is just not used to regular, forced exercise and it is pissing him right the heck off.
Bugs is at the same point Frosty was last year. I started to wonder if I was EVER going to get Frosty to slim down and take shape. It's just harder on and takes longer for these older horses to come around...and they are generally none too happy about it while it's happening. But since both Frosty and Spooks came through their PT pain and are much better, happy and healthier horses because of it...so to shall Bugs!
I just might have to buy some major stock in a leadrope company. LOL