I am sure that all of you are wondering why and how Houston came back into my life… I would be too! I kept in contact with the woman that Houston was living with and got pretty regular updates on how he was doing. The past 2 weeks she was showing down south and ended up deciding that Houston wasn’t going to be what she needed him to be and she didn’t have time for him. Luckily we chatted and she decided that she would bring him to me on her way home. That is how I went from one to two in the matter of 3 days.
His form over fences has degraded in ways that I didn’t even know were possible – Houston was never the tidiest jumper but this is a new level. He had been using his shoulder pretty well when he left me so my best guess is that he is uncomfortable and also possibly just not interested in jumping.
My first plan of action is to get the vet to do a full work up on him. I know that a treatment of Ichon was done on him but he is probably in need of his hocks and stifles getting done as it has been over a year and a half since he had his done. I want to make sure that I get him 100% before I start trying to evaluate what he wants his job to be. Priority number one is getting Houston comfortable and happy again. A few weeks off should help get us on the right track.
Have any of you been in similar situations? Have an insights on where you like to start when giving one some time off to reboot and figure out what they want to do? I would love it if Houston could start jumping well again as I finally have consistent great help but I am not going to force him into it considering I am happy to jump Annie around and have Huey do all things flat and fun.