Tex is the opposite of Carmen. He is rock solid under saddle; he has never spooked or flinched or trembled. He feels and looks confident; happy even. But Tex is nervous and reactive on the ground. We believe he was abused, because he is so head-shy. But I also think he was in some kind of horrible accident and I think it happened when he wasn't being ridden, but was being worked with on the ground. Tex has a long scar that wraps from his shoulder, across his chest, and down his leg where it disappears into a quarter crack on his front hoof. He was mostly likely tangled in wire; possibly barbed wire.
|Can you see the wavy scar about 3/4 from the top of the photo? It starts just below, and in front of, the 5 brand and then travels down his right leg.|
I remember when I was lunging him over a month ago and asked him to canter -- and he panicked and ran off. Lunging makes him nervous to start with, he has a difficult time relaxing. And when I stepped towards him in a deliberate way to ask for canter, he lost it. Literally. Bye-bye brain. He took off at a dead run with the lunge line streaming behind him and didn't stop until he was far, far away and close to Flash - who was standing in their pasture, near the fence, watching. Tex's reaction caught me off guard and I was not able to react and stay with him.
I will never know exactly what happened to make Tex this way, but I wouldn't be surprised if he was pressured beyond his capacity to cope, with someone on the ground, and he fled -- right into a wire fence.
Maybe my story is accurate, and maybe it isn't, -- and maybe it doesn't matter exactly what happened. But, it helps me understand, and have compassion, for Tex's fear.