Wee little baby Stinker
As with many many many things Stinker had his own opinions on how things were going to go. Part of it is because of mistakes I made. Unfortunately when D still had him, the first barn he was at did not appreciate his quirks and he had to be moved. To tally up the moves he had, the previous owner moved barns right before I bought him, then he moved with D, then he moved with D again, and then he moved down to me. So in under 6 months, he had three people and 5 places. It is no wonder he promptly got EPM.
Early attempt at a trail ride
As he came back from EPM I was faced with the reality. I had a horse that was not sound nor was there any guarantee that he would get sound. Plus he didn't have any skills to make him worth anyone else putting the time in. Who would want an unsound, hot, difficult to rehab, green broke (at best) horse. It basically sounded like a bad Facebook ad that gets screenshot and passed around while people laugh hysterically at the poster.
Just what everyone wants every day
Since I am too stupid to know when I quit, I decided I was going to give things my best effort and see what happened. After months of tears and I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE FUCK I AM DOING moments I slowly started to see progress. He started to get a little straighter, his right hind didn't feel as wonky, he was getting small amounts of muscle back.
Slow and steady
My new reality is I know he has a hind end that is at high risk for injury. My new expectations for him are to have fun together. Right now dressage is great for him because it is helping his body and the stronger it is the less likely he is to have an injury. Getting him out on the trails is great because it helps to muscle up that butt. Sure he could have a slip on the rougher parts, but we take things slow and I will hand walk him when necessary.
Don't worry he is having fun too
I don't know what our future looks like, but I do know we will have fun getting there. He has never looked better and I know exactly what I am getting every day. I have a horse that tries for me and enjoys going to work. He never fails to put a smile on my face, even if I am calling him an asshole for a new shenanigan.