I could hear the absurdity of that statement even as I was saying it, and the raised eyebrow from The Boy was a subtle "if it sounds crazy to them, and it sounds crazy to you, maybe just maybe it is... crazy."
But bless him, instead he feigns interest and at every text or buzz on my phone he politely asked "have you heard anything back yet?"
Frankly, I'm a tad impressed things have worked as quickly as they have. In fact, I might have preferred a slightly slower response rate from everyone so I could eat up some of this wait time for the next 30 days...
But, instead we've gotten the green light to keep pursuing this guy.
There is still a big question mark - which is what explains his use (or lack thereof) of his hind end over jumps. I will confess I didn't notice it the first four hundred times I watched his videos - but when you look for it, you can tell that he really doesn't flex his hind end nearly as much as his front end over the fences. We took spinal xrays, (because they are so easy to get) in order to rule out things like kissing spine or fused vertebrae.. but there are plenty of other things that could cause it - Some alarming, and some not at all.
It's possible he's just green and his hind end isn't very strong, or perhaps its sore from his first few weeks working over fences... It's possible he's not impressed by the height and doesn't have to pick up his hind legs. It's also possible something hurts or will hurt and it's easier to just leave them hanging out behind.
Anyone else notice this? or have any experience with a horse that did or does this? I don't think he looks sore or stiff behind on the flat.. but I'm sure it's more subtle there...
I will say, that having a few questions to explore makes me grateful for the extra time before we go, so we can explore, ask questions, get more videos or even vet work (if necessary) before we arrive.
In the mean time.... MORE BRADS.