Bruno got to go out first thing this morning into the second paddock where I would not have to worry about him hitting the roof. It was a dreary overcast day but nothing was standing in the way of this big gelding, green grass and freedom. He dashed back and forth running with the pure joy of his thoroughbred heritage-the one that includes Seattle Slew and the big Secretariat. Many, many races were made back to paddock fence with sliding stops that would have caused envy to a reining horse. I caught the picture above as he bucked and ran. I am sending it Dr. Marsh and Dr. Criner to show them this guy is placing all 1350 pounds of his body weight on his newly healed hoof-AND it is holding up fine.
To watch him trot, canter and gallop without a single off-step was a miracle time for me. I remembered feeling so helpless/hopeless when it was determined he had to have surgery but to see him run today you would never know he had a problem, surgery or been out for months.
Okay, we are still a long way from a successful ride in the jumper ring-he has not had much training as a jumper because he was always having trouble with his foot. But this horse has totally enveloped Lauren with love. I had to remind her that this horse was not a pet and if he pushed her around, she had to bark back at him and re-gain his respect outside the stall. And we will have to see if the hoof holds up now that he is running and pounding on it. Lots of things to do before this is a total success story, but it a pretty awesome mid-point!
My shoulder is healing. I am doing the daily exercises. It hurts. Sleep is always hard. My other shoulder aches all the time now as well, doing the work of both.
Lauren and Feather have a horse show this weekend. Pictures and updates to come!
My daughters, Ally and Amber, met in Orlando today. It will be a chance to piggy-back off Amber’s nursing seminar with some time alone with for the sisters. I keep thinking of my son-in-laws, in Denver and Houston, respectively, handling two children each without their wives. Wish I had a little nanny cam to watch how things are going but I know they will both have it under control.
PuppyGirl (the Yorkie) and Kona were having some fun times on the couch the other night. Talk about cute!