One day last week when I went out to work with Cheyenne, I put the halter on her as usual and led her out of the field. I took her to the outdoor arena, and she was a little slower than average but I didn’t think anything of it.
When we got into the arena, Cheyenne started to do a lot of bowing, extremely low bows. She did this over and over. I thought, “Wow, if she is going to do low bowing for longer periods of time then that is good, and I will giver her lots of treats.” So I did!
I finally decided to have her do another activity, but she continually wanted to keep bowing. When I decided to have her do something else, I then noticed that she was limping on one leg and was not moving very fast. How sad, and confusing to why my beautiful horse was limping and sore. So obviously, I could not do much with a lame horse. Cheyenne was so sore that she wanted to keep me happy by doing a lot of bowing for me.
I then decided to put Cheyenne back out in the big field because I didn’t want to stress her because she was hurt. I don’t know how she became sore because I didn’t work her hard at all the day before. But something happened so she needed to rest. I worked more with Gypsy.
While I was working with Gypsy, Cheyenne was outside the arena watching almost like wishing she was the horse being worked and loved on. I did have a private riding lesson student who rode Gypsy and she did a great job. However, the sad thing with Gypsy is that she can’t trot or canter with a rider. She has arthritis in her pastern and walking with a rider doesn’t bother her. She needs a shot in the joint for her treatment, but at this point I can’t afford it. I just work with her on what she can do without pain. She loves being worked.
Alas, Cheyenne was standing outside the arena watching. I feel bad now because I should have massaged her leg or something. I did stretch her leg, but I feel like I should have done more because I love Cheyenne so much. She is a great horse even though she does have a small sway in her back from birth I guess.
I am working hard to build a great relationship with Cheyenne. It does take a lot of time to do that, but I love the work with her. Even liberty is fun when she does walk and trot with me.
I’m just sharing the thought that in order to build a relationship with your equine friends, you need to spend long hours with your trusty steed.
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