- 17 July 2014
Mini was diagnosed in Autum as been showing mild symptoms for a while. He's 16 this year and still regularly ridden but it's getting less as he has started to slow down a bit and Ive found he's much more lively and enjoys it more when it's only once a week now. It's a shame as don't want him gaining weight as he's a good doer. The odd thing is the last few rides on 3 occasions he's tried to roll with Caitlin on!! (I don't ride him as he's a Shetland 😂. I do however drive him!!) This has never happened before and was wondering if it's anything to do with his condition being uncomfortable under the pony pad? I've had him since he was 4 broke him myself and he's taught many kids to ride and I've done a lot of driving. It's really worried me if he does it in harness!! I know they can sweat in dffetent places BUT the only clinical signs he shows with his condition is he fails to shed properly, he had a bout of lami years ago and he became a little lethargic so I clip him as the weather warms, he gets a bit extra energy with his feed and his coats no different to a normal healthy Shetland. He's never massivly sweaty under his saddle so can't work it out. It's always at the end of the ride as he's coming through the forest gate into the field before my yard. Caitlin is old enough to leap off or stop him luckily. I'm hoping it's just because they've started to moult!