Saturday Simon Update (With Paddington Cameo)

Saturday Simon Update (With Paddington Cameo)

Earlier this week we talked about Simon pants, I was a bit meh.  I basically made the decision to do some easy (read: inexpensive) things to further try and fix our problem, try to stop being so neurotic about it and essentially ride him until it goes away or gets bad enough to really dive in and diagnose.

Five days later, I am feeling pretty optimistic.  First in my plan of attack was to get Jen to ride him to get her opinion on the state of things.  If you want to read about that, check out her blog post… but the summary is he did the funny step for her but like me, she didn’t feel it was pain related.  Her assessment validated to me that he does do it with lighter riders, but also that the more he works and the more properly he goes… the less he does it.

Then my farrier came out special for Simon and we squared off the toe on Simon’s hind feet.  After I saw the new shoes, they looked lovely and I was cautiously optimistic.  My farrier told me Simon had grown a lot of toe, and he took quite a bit off in addition to moving the shoe back slightly and squaring the toe.

The many faces of Simon
The many faces of Simon

Thursday was my first post-shoes ride, and Simon felt fantastic.  He only did the funny step behavior twice during our ride, and to say I was elated is an understatement.  He basically felt like normal Simon (who is not always perfect in his hind due to his pre-existing issues) and I felt like I had my horse back!  The footing was also exceptional in our ring that night, so I’m sure that had a part to play as well.

So now I’m feeling officially less gloom & doom about my horse.  Yes, he has some weirdness and some issues… but a lot of that is just him.  I can live with it, because he is the bestest.

Since Jen is temporarily boarding her adorable Paddington with me, I also get to ride what I affectionately call “the Anti-Simon.”  Not sure you could create a horse more different than mine… but look how cute he is!

Herro!
Herro!

I like riding Paddington, because he reminds me of a horse I rode as a kid.  Just looking down on a thick palomino mane gives me a huge waft of nostalgia.

I call this "Beach Bum a la Haffie"
I call this “Beach Bum a la Haffie”

Plus, all this sitting the Haffie power trot in Jen’s dressage saddle is really good for my abs.  Riding a cutie plus an ab workout?  I’ll take it!

15 thoughts on “Saturday Simon Update (With Paddington Cameo)

  1. I had to catch up on what was going on with the S-Man but I’m glad to see you guys have been figuring it out. Sounds like you’re heading in the right direction. And Paddington is adorable.

  2. Paddington is adorable and his name suits him perfectly! I’m happy to hear that there is some positive news on the Simon/lameness front 🙂

  3. Thanks so much for riding Paddy! And yes, he pretty much is the anti-Simon. Also SO glad to hear that Simon is doing better. I think the changes you are making are good ones and will definitely help him in the long run. Go Simon Go!

  4. you know I’ve been advocating the ride until it gets better or really worse for a while now, so I’m glad to see you’ve decided that and that it is getting better 😉 we call it ‘bridle lame’ at my barn, as in, they aren’t REALLY lame, pain wise, they’re just either (a) being lazy and not wanting to use their body correctly, or are (b) compensating for weakness etc. and usually just really making them use themselves correctly long enough will develop enough strength to make it go away. Wiz takes funny steps when I don’t ride him enough because his hind end gets weak from that EPM :\ But once I get him back into a regular program, it disappears.

    And I’m interested- squared off his toes? Why? For what purpose? Wiz has naturally squared off his toes since his EPM treatment, and I wonder if it’s his bodies way of compensating to whatever happened in his hind end. Curious as to why a farrier would do it to a horse on purpose. (Like not meanly, but for my own educational purposes, and to make me possibly worry less about wizard’s shape ha)

    1. I’m gonna chime in on the square toes thing! A horse that naturally squares off their toes because of how they move is dragging their hind feet along the ground. Purposefully squaring off the hind toes makes it easier for the horse to “break over” with each step and lift the hind feet off the ground correctly. Squaring off the hind toes is often recommended for horses with weak stifles. 🙂

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