Things had been progressing well with the wee lad. He has been a star during ground work, including lungeing and long-lining. We introduced him to a saddle and he acted like he had worn a saddle his whole life. The week of his third birthday we backed him, and he didn't put a foot wrong. First trot with a rider, also no problem. The breeder warned me that it was going almost 'too well', and we did eventually have a little hiccup. One day he felt that we were asking too much... we started to extend the length of his work sessions by a little, and he bucked and threw me. Ah well, we backed up a little and continued on. No biggie. We even planned to do some free-jumping
in an upcoming clinic.
This weekend however was one of heartbreak, and a big setback. :( The wee lad got
caught up in a fence, and has badly cut his leg. It's still too early to tell if and how the injury will impact his movement. Right now it's a matter of bandaging the wounds and trying to keep him quiet in the hope that he doesn't pull out the stitches... keeping a 3 year old quiet in a stall (when he is accustomed to being outside) is not an easy task. Cross your fingers. We know that that it could have been worse, and that we are lucky that our beloved boy is still with us (and mostly on four legs)... but he is not completely out of the woods yet, and he has a long road ahead. Here's wishing that he comes through it well. He only turned three in April, and we are hoping that he has a long and full life ahead.
I am glad that my boy understood that he was in trouble and stood quietly while the barn owner cut him out of the fence. He also stood quietly while the vet stitched his wounds (with a local anaesthetic of course). He is getting a little 'full of beans' because he is bored with stall rest, but hopefully he will remain cooperative for our tending of his injuries and giving him meds.
Please send good thoughts his way... maybe we can will the wee lad to have a full and speedy recovery. ;)
Also remember to hug your horses... you never know what tomorrow holds!