Optimism is a funny thing, and I daresay I’m feeling optimistic. Last weekend I really just did not want my horse to die. It sounds dramatic, but that was the goal. This weekend I felt myself looking at the state of things and thinking “I wonder if I’m ok to bump his grain back up to normal” and “I bet schooling changes will come easier now that I know to maintain his hocks properly.”
After I took the last poultice off Saturday, the vet said to watch for any new oozing or him favoring it. She said he’d be sore for a few days still, but to lunge 2-4 minutes each direction and send her videos on Monday. Saturday he was 80% and Sunday he was at least 90%.
I was ecstatic, and we spent a lot of time hand grazing in the wild flowers to celebrate. It’s going to take a lot of work to get back to where we were, and we may not even show at all this year – but I feel like good things are coming. A fresh start if you will.
With that in mind, I’d like to change Simon’s show name. Simple Simon sounds too much like he’s an idiot and reminds me of a pony name. His registered name, Williebered, is kind of awful for the hunters. Here are some I’ve been thinking of. They either have something to do with his pedigree or a literary/music reference.
- Simply Said
- Of The Earth
- Love Song for Simon
- Tower of Learning
I’m open to suggestions for sure. The “Love Song for Simon” is a shout out to The Love Song for J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot. If anyone can think of another show name derived from that poem, I’d definitely love to hear it.