The boys at work
Will checking out his new digs
Last week we modded Will’s stall by putting plywood over the bars so his little feet wouldn’t hit them, bend them, or get caught in them. His stall looks a bit like a cell now, but it’s a better and safer alternative! Thanks to Eva and Ali, we finished the project in a short few hours, which included a missing parts run to Home Depot! And we finished it just in time because a rain storm hit the next day and well, you know how much Mr. Will likes camping!!!
Eva walked into Will’s stall last night as I was adding more shavings and gasped.
These pictures don’t do it justice. Somehow Will was able to get his feet up on those bars again and bend them. Once is ENOUGH. This horse seriously needs a padded stall. We locked Will outside in his paddock for now. He’s camping for a few days. And on Thursday night, my husband and I are doing a stall renovation. We’re going to get some thick wood to cover the bars so that he won’t be able to kick anything in. Yes, it will like a dungeon, but there aren’t a lot of options at this point!! The barn manufacturer saw the results of the first accident and said he hadn’t seen anything like it in his 20 years of building barns, and now we’ve seen it twice within 4 months. Will is my special problem child, isn’t he 🙂
We have been patiently walking under saddle now for over 6 weeks and tonight we get to TROT! I’m so excited. Just walking actually hasn’t been that boring. We’ve practiced shoulder-ins, leg yield, half passes, and walk pirouettes. I can feel that Will is ready to trot and to do more. Dr. Lisa came out last week to check on him before we took it to the next level. He still has some areas in his abdominal wall that need to heal. You can feel the spaces along his scar where the tissue still needs to come together. But Dr. Lisa said this was pretty normal and that we can still trot. YAY!
Will after his walk workout
This past weekend I was in Burbank, CA for the California Dressage State Championships. My dear friend’s, Sarah and Odie, were showing so I showed up to be their cheerleaders and helper. It was a blast. It’s a lot of fun to participate in shows without actually showing!! I enjoyed visiting with old friends and getting the chance to watch more rides. I’m looking forward to getting Will back in to show shape and being part of the big show next year!
Odie, Sarah, Me!
Sarah & Susie
Odie & Faranelli
Visit with Kami & Ella!
Handmade tack trunk by Sarah's amazing husband, Brandon