A Blessed Increase in Borrowed Time
Dino will be 23 in May, and I'm well aware that we're running on borrowed time when it comes to how long he has left as my primary riding and competition horse. Since he turned 20, each setback we've had has planted the thought in my mind that he very well may have reached the end of his career, and every day I swing a leg over, the reality of his eventual retirement remains looming in the background. It's something I think about a lot. Eventually I won't be able to ride him anymore, and eventually he won't be with me anymore.
However, Dino seems to have absolutely no idea how old he is.
I know horses don't live forever, but Dino seems like he's damn well trying to. Even at his age, he just keeps coming back, again and again and again. Every time I think, "Well, this is it, we've had a good run, old buddy," he just bounces right back. God just keeps answering my prayers every single time I ask for healing for this pony, and I am so, so thankful for it!
My last post was about two weeks ago, and in those two weeks (one month post-injection) he has built so much strength back. He feels absolutely fantastic! For the first time in a long time the other day, I engaged my core and my lats and Dino puffed up into his Dressage Pony Power Walk with hardly any effort on my part. It's been SO long since he's been able to do that, and it totally made my day.
I'm also making sure to include lots of rest days and tackless stretch days, so he's really only working hard maybe 3-4 days a week, but keeping moving and doing things 5 days a week.