I am going to discuss the video of Toba, and what is happening in the video.
It looks like I am doing nothing, and the horse is just going real slow and kicking out.
I am actually asking a lot from Toba and he is in discomfort.
However, if I do not continue to ask him, he will be a permanent cripple out in the paddock.
Toba and I were in a head on car collision. I saw that the boy coming fast around a bend was going to be out of control, so I stopped the car and pulled over as far as I could go. This P plater drove straight in to us. I was not hurt at all, but with the impact –Toba split his head open on the front window of the float and with the force of the Impact- sat down on his dock .
For a long time, he compensated for his aches and pains -unbeknown to me of course until he could no longer hide his discomfort when ridden. So much involved with this case, so I will just summarize what is going on in the video.
- My uppermost thought is for him to have NO weight on the bit. None at all. He is to carry his head and neck himself. My only use of slight half halts is to remind him of this fact. If he continued to get heavy, I would halt him. He has to have proper neck posture.
- I am also thinking about absolute straightness as he would like to wobble out of a shoulder fore and use his body as he is now used to doing after a long time of compensation for the pain. I am very focused on keeping his thoracolumbar vertebrae straight with the correct rotation.
- I am asking him to move one step at a time. This encourages him to use his body properly.
- I am asking him for consistent activity of the hind legs.
I am asking Toba the above (constantly) ‘Can you ….? ‘And then go through the 5 points.
As you can see, Toba is finding it very hard to maintain all of the above. I quietly persist.
This is only a small segment of the ride in this video. I gave him lots of rest breaks and then continued around the arena. I used the fence to help with the above requests.
I will continue to ride Toba in this manner until he can maintain all of the above in the walk easily, and then try it at a very easy trot. It will take a long time, as it took a long time for him to show me that he is compensating in his body with his injuries.
It was not just a sudden display of discomfort. He gradually became worse to ride. He began shying, not wanting to go forward after being mounted. He was dragging himself along on his front end. Everything was hard work. He needs now to re learn how to balance himself using his whole body properly so that he can become sound.
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