Safri has had a good year. He trotted out just slightly off in the spring, so a summer project started: resocialization after a year of hanging out! I handwalked him for a month or two, and when he showed no signs of soreness we moved on to the next step. Our friend PJ took over, working with him starting on the ground three times a week. He fairly quickly remembered all his manners and really enjoyed going farther and farther afield. Finally, on went a saddle and they progressed to short hacks at the walk by the time the summer was done. He certainly hasn't gotten smaller, and PJ isn't tall (but she's mighty!).
No ill effects, so back to rest and relaxation for the winter. He's enjoying periodic walks - and very prepared, as you can see. This is December 2012.
We'll keep walking!
Once again, connections land us in the perfect situation -- seems to be a pattern with Saf and me! When the time came to stop riding dressage we were offered the chance to hang out with Chris, David, Snick and Smooch at Noble Spirit Farm. Smooch is a Foxwood baby, and Chris and Snick were at Foxwood over the winter -- Eliza served as matchmaker, and how lucky are we? Saf settled in there with "his girls" in March 2010 and lives like a prince.