I had someone schedule a lesson to look at how they can get their horse to move faster on the trail. It was very evident to me that this horse had a physical problem. His muscling on one side of his pelvis was half the size of the muscling on the right. He had compensated for a bad joint in his pelvis for so long that his muscle had atrophied on one side and built up on the other. They didn’t realize the horse had a physical issue and had thus spent 2 years trying to force the horse down the trail at a speed that he was incapable of maintaining. Imagine the pain that horse went through. It is amazing that he didn’t blow up and hurt someone. Many horses in that situation do, especially those with nerve pain. They are called dangerous and usually end up being sent down the road. It happens way more often than you would think. Instead this horse patiently endured repeated mistreatment (totally unintended, but that doesn’t change the impact on the horse) and continued to do the job he was trained to do to the best of his ability. He deserves a good retirement and a lot of carrots.
” Where understanding and communication end, violence begins” – unknown
“The horse is doing one of two things: he’s doing what he thinks he’s supposed to do, or he’s doing what he thinks he has to do to survive.” – Ray Hunt