To ride dressage is to dance with your horse, equal partners in the delicate and sometimes difficult work of creating harmony and beauty.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Almost normal

Who knew that getting turned out into the arena could be so momentous? The last time Russell had this much freedom to move was the night of May 1, when he escaped his stall during chores and fractured a pelvic bone. And before that, it had been since February 20, when Russell came up lame and Rick diagnosed the worst torn suspensory he'd ever seen.

Today Rick gave the go-ahead to turn Russell into the arena, where he has been happily hangin' near the other horses and nibbling on stray bits of hay from the rams' feeder and weeds that have taken advantage of the reduced foot traffic. In other words, he has enjoyed just being a horse, instead of a patient.

Amen!

6 comments:

Leigh said...

I haven't checked for awhile, to see how Russell is doing. So glad to hear there's positive progress!

Cheyenne said...

Its good to see how a little space lets a horse be a horse, especially with others. Pleased to see he is on the mend.

Laura said...

Yay!! It's great that he's back to being a horse... Now can you get back to being a rider??

I want to ride (here me say waaaa). I'm nervous about riding Kiri but maybe I'll get Correy to put her on a lead line first...

Amish Stories said...

Those horses look healthy and well cared for. Richard

Theresa said...

Good for Russell! So glad to see him out. You're right, it is so wonderful to see the horse instead of the patient.

A :-) said...

It's been such a long road for him to heal - so glad it looks like he's doing just that! :-)