So Mike is replacing the Plexiglas windows in the arena this week and it is already looks amazing. While we’re all pretty excited about it, some of the horses have found the scaffolding and ladders to be a little disturbing. Despite our assurance that the scaffolding is quite safe to walk past, some of our four legged colleagues have had a different opinion.
Of course, it is easy to have a bit of a negative reaction to this kind of drama and to assume that horses are endlessly silly about such insignificant things.
I am sure many of us have had the experience of riding our horse in a safe, familiar place and finding that someone moved the garbage can a few feet away from its original location. All of a sudden our calm domesticated, unthreatened horse almost has a heart attack and leaps away from the garbage can, just on the off chance that it might contain a lion.
But not if we reflect on the fact that in the horse’s world, the horse that sees the lion, and nonchalantly assumes it’s probably just a garbage can, would seem a whole lot crazier.
It just depends on your perspective…right Lottie?
After a number of months on rest, I was really starting to have doubts about Wapiti’s ability to come back. She had lost a lot of weight and this fall/winter she just looked poor.
As people who know me know, I don’t like to retire horses unless I have to. I have had horses over the years that have gone through what I refer to as the ‘transition’. They have gone from being at the top of their game at horse shows, to showing youngsters how to show at our little ‘in house’ horse shows. After a while they transition to lessons that maybe just require hopping over a little cross rail or two. As the years go on they move to lessons that don’t require any jumping at all and whenever possible they move down to just carrying little kids around in walk/trot lessons. It has been my experience that if you can keep them engaged, they stay healthier longer.
I used to retire horses, because I thought it was the right thing to do but, just like people, the ones who do a little work seem to do better and we get to have them with us for a longer time.
Anyway, back to Wapiti. Last night she was ridden for the first time in quite a few months. She looked fantastic! We changed her diet (Purina Senior….I highly recommend it!) she has put on weight and she looked half her age. Sara rode her for about 1/2 an hour and Wapiti looked as happy to be back as we were to have her back.
Well done my old friend!