Sounds like an eventful drive with Midnight for sure! Those mares certainly keep us on our toes!
Zorro is also a Shetland so I am familiar with the bigger movement for sure!
Now I think I remember you said he was a Shetland. Some people think their temperament is quite different than Miniatures. I've only owned one Shetland, so I can't say. What do you think? I am wondering if Midnight may be Shetland; looking at Oliver's picture I remember the way the mare I had before stood, and Midnight seems similar.
Definitely sounds like he needs to be looked at. Let us know what you find out. It's the way to know if he is testing you or asking for help.Now I am not sure what to think about Rocko! When my husband came home I told him about Rocko not wanting to lift his back feet and he said he was like that with him that morning. BEFORE the helicopter incident.
I exercised him today and he seemed completely fine. Afterwards, I picked up his front feet no problem. When I went for the backs he threw his behind into me to push me away and wanted to fight about it. I took a rope and wrapped it around his back leg, which before I could do anything he rested that foot, and was standing there resting with all his weight on the supposedly bad leg, licking and chewing. He hasn't been one to lift his back feet right away willingly, so now I am not 100% sure if this due to pain or a new testing he is trying out. I lifted both back hinds with the rope, just held it for a few seconds on each side, and he seemed ok with it. I am going to still assume he has a pain issue for now to be safe, but I am looking forward to Saturday where he will get a full assessment.
Dapper Dan snapped at me one day recently when I was hitching. I figured maybe his arthritis was bothering him, but we went anyway and he was fine when we got home. And same here, good thing he is cute and mostly loveable! He'll always be my special horse, even when he is terrible. But I know the feeling of why am I trying to drive; why can't I just have a lawn ornament. Then, we have a good day and all's well.I agree with Marsha, it won't hurt to have someone take a peak at him just to be on the safe side.
I ground drove Cappy today and he was just awful. It's days like this when I wonder why I bother, lol. He reverted back to spooking and being super "hot", spinning and jumping and doing whatever else fell into his head. The one thing that concerns me is Sunday when we were done driving, I went to fix his harness and he snapped at me. Today he did the same, only it was not a nip but more agressive. Something to keep an eye on as he's usually not like that, so I wonder if he is uncomfortable. My hunch is he isn't, rather he's feeling TOO good with the cool weather. He's been known to be pushy and rude so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that this part of his personality has reappeared for whatever reason. I'll just have to cope until he rearranges himself back into "Happy Cappy". Good thing he's cute and I love him.
Good news. Now you can move on together.The body worker was here and she gave Rocko the works. She did not see any major reactions that would indicate a need for a chiropractor. She thinks it is just soft tissue that is sore. He was only resting his left foot and by the end of the session he rested his right foot. She works closely with the trainer that trained Annie where we go for the play days and thinks it would be a good idea to take him down there so he can have him pull the sled first before hitching and see how he does before hitching him again so that's my plan.