Monday, October 25, 2010

First Ponying Session for JB

A couple weeks ago, Tom snapped some photos of me taking JB for his first spin to try out his wheels. This was our first attempt at ponying and it went off without a hitch. I had been taking him for daily handwalking and trotting for a couple weeks before this but I had expectations of JB being much more animated once he was allowed the extra freedom and increased speed of trotting alongside another horse. In the end I think he was so happy to have the closeness and companionship of another horse, he didn't even think about kicking up his heels. Nevertheless, the wheels seem to still be working. He takes many more steps that look sound than unsound so I am very pleased with his progress.. October 21st marked 5 months post surgery.

First trot, and ofcourse, he is trying to out trot Cassidy.. (still has the competitive edge I see!)
Bearing weight on the right front in a trot.. JB seems to be saying.."ok, fine, I will stay back here then"

Finally has it figured out to stay at Cassidy's hip

Coming around the corner

And finally back to the walk , with Munci (the dog) in tow. (sorry about the archery pole in the middle of the picture!)
This , my friends, was a glorious day.


cheyenne jones said...

Thats really interesting, as I have been doing the same with one of mine! Funnily enough getting Sunny to settle at the side of the older horse has been the problem.

Jonna said...

Is yours recovering from an injury ?

The Equestrian Vagabond said...

glorious indeed - he's come such a long way!
- The Equestrian Vagabond

Terry said...

I'm so very glad that JB is recovering so well. I know how draining it is to go through a trauma.

Stephanie - Siouxzeegirl Designs said...

JB has come such a long way! You must be feeling wonderful just getting to work with him again!!