Trotting!

This being the latest in ho-hum updates that still get me pretty excited, because, hey, it’s rehab… we trotted last night!

Haunches in animated gif

No lateral work yet, but still!

I still wanted to limit our ride to 20 minutes, but added in roughly 15-20 seconds of trot at the 10, 15, and 20 minute mark. I say roughly because it’s really hard to time yourself for that long (er, short) or count in your head when pretty much the only thing running through my brain is “Squeeeeeeeeee trotttting!!!!“. We’ll pretend like Foster was thinking the same thing, though in all seriousness I do think he enjoyed doing something a little different!

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Foster has been an absolute star the last week, and adding trot to the mix was no different. While the first attempt was unbalanced and wonky feeling, attempts 2 and 3 were lovely, regular, and homeboy stretched down into the contact like he hadn’t missed a beat. The pony got a lot of praise and pats and I don’t think you could wipe the smile off my face.

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In other developments, his outdoor “space” has finally been enlarged. Since being turned out a month ago, his “paddock” has been only slightly larger than his stall. Thanks to the constant rain and some technical difficulties, it stayed that way until yesterday, and I’m told that homeboy was well behaved and did not abuse his new digs in any way.

All in all, this has been a great week for us. We definitely have a lot to be thankful for!

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