Rodney’s Week: Pool, Pen, & TENS
Saddle Time, or not
We have offered to return the saddle that the saddle fitter left on loan [Finding One That Fits]. If I’m just going to sit on him, a bareback pad works fine and carries less baggage. No reason to drag out the whole suit of armor until he can 1) trot quietly on the lunge or in hand without it being a miracle and b) walk around the pasture without cookies as bribe/distraction.
Progress, yes. Rapid progress, no.
Glacial progress, yes. Progress given any non-frustrating definition of the term, no.
After watching this video of a horse rolling in a wading pool, we bought Rodney one of his own. I thought he would dive right in. After all, he accepted the mattress without hesitating:
Most exercises take us longer to set up than for him to conquer [Weekend]. If we are not prompt with the summer baths, he will splash himself in the water trough. The pool should have appealed to his brave and aquaphilic nature.
On seeing the pool in the field, he came over at liberty to check it out, but declined to leap in. On day two, he walked through, albeit quickly and at the end of a halter. On day three, he walked through slowly enough that I could stop him with his front feet immersed. So, not bravely, bold Sir Robin but not bravely running away either.
We built a redneck round pen to use in lieu of lunging. Rodney went right in and started walking pleasantly in a circle. Trotted better too. This was not his first round pen.
Now that transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is available over-the-counter, my medical advisor thought it might work on jacked-up horse backs. Rodney loves it. The counter gets as high as 50 (out of 65) on scar tissue but a gentle 10 on otherwise healthy butt muscle. Either way, happy pony.