As you all know in the last article I shared my decision to geld Larry, I haven't regretted it for one moment. Walking to the trailer, Larry was very excited to go somewhere, little did he know what was waiting for him.
The trip down to the vets office went very well, Larry traveled perfectly. We arrived a few minutes early so Larry and I hung out. He was quiet and didn't talk to any of the surrounding horses. After a few minutes of taking everything in he dropped his head and dozed off.
Another few minutes went by before Doc arrived and prepped for the procedure, he commented on how cute Larry was as he gave him the sedative. Larry is a lightweight when it comes to being sedated. We walked over to the yard, and I handed him over to Doc so he could help Larry down. The love and care Doc has for his patients is so fun to watch. Once Larry was down Doc quickly did his job and cleaned up. A staff member and I waited with Larry until he was up and stable.
Larry’s waking up process was textbook, he sat up and laid there for while before fully standing. Larry waited long enough so that he was stable on his feet. I stood with Larry while he continued to come out of sedation. He was easy to be around without being too needy or wanting to walk around. He was a trooper. Larry loaded back up without hesitation, he ready for the next adventure.
Larry’s healing process was going well, until we had some unusual complications. I will spare everyone the gory details. After some conversations with Doc and a week of extra care, Larry was well on his way to recovery.
Larry is now back to his regular routine of riding and he is already behaving like a gelding. He is now turned out full time, he can be tied near other horses and trusted to not act like a stud. His performance under saddle is still pretty good. He has lost some of the spark of being a stud, and he has taken “Laid Back Larry” to a whole new level. I often have to remind him to have a little more enthusiasm.
He will be the kind of horse that baby sits and wont do anything for you until you ask him correctly. I look forward to traveling with him and in future years watching kids learn to ride on him. He will be the kind of horse that I can trust with newer and inexperienced riders. Maybe some kids will show him when he is finished.
I had him entered in a ranch horse challenge/versatility show. He was entered in the open ranch horse division, which included reining, ranch riding, trail and ranch rail. Due to the recent recommendations of preventing spread of the COVID- 19, we decided it was in best interest to stay home. Hopefully soon we can get back to showing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone right now. It is a good time to go back to the basics and reinforce the foundation, so we can continue to build our training. I have done this with both Larry and my bridle horse. I have found things that we can work on to improve their performances. Training a horse is a constant building up and breaking down process, they all need work somewhere in their performance. Just when one thing is fixed, another needs work.
I love finding the next thing to work on.