Quadrado is 12 today, so Happy Birthday to him from me, currently in Norway!
Four years ago, when I went down to see him:
And the end of May this year:
He's lost a lot of muscling through his back right down his backside and his thighs. And his chest. Well, everywhere really! But he's sound and making great strides.
He's been doing really well in his training, every session he makes progress. Last report he managed to carry himself properly from the outset, starting on the right rein which is his iffy side. He's also holding himself up in trot, and whilst he is still having to work hard to lift himself back into walk, Kate reported that he did manage it after a couple of tries and she ended on that great note.
He's also started some more lateral work both in-hand and under saddle, mostly trying to mobilise his shoulders and as for correct bend through his body rather thancheating by twisting his head at the poll.
So two thumbs up, all sounding good! He also hasn't put on any weight, which is my constant worry whilst I'm away from home and unable to see him. Not that I don't trust those taking care of him, I'm just being precious.
Quadi did, however, see fit to cover himself head-to-toe in mud and runny cow pats last week. Very naughty hippo!
Me, well, I'm ashamed to admit I've yet to do much more than move my mouse around the desk! I went for a walk for about an hour on Monday, before we sailed, and nothing since. I have switched from nightshift to dayshift and back in the space of 5 days, so am tired and grumpy, and have stomach pains. And I won't have reached the halfway mark until next week. That sounds like a rant, but it's not, I'm fine, just missing home. And my own bed, and having baths, and eating vegetables!