Our ride in the arena went well. I didn't take a pain pill because I wanted to be fully alert so it was
I didn't canter at all. I don't think my lumbar could have handled it. Trotting was hard enough. But I forgot all about the pain once we got going. Winston was forward, round and obedient.
After riding, Brett loaded Flash in the trailer and we trailered ten minutes to the clinic. Winston called to us as we left.
We pulled into the Spanish mission style grounds, all grassy paddocks and state of the art facilities. The place has to be seen to be believed. Click on the link at the top of my post and look around.
The vet watched Flash trot, did flexion tests and then took a whole battery of x-rays. Flash had his hocks, his stifles and his pasterns done. Flash walked right into the radiology building and stood quiet and relaxed while the films were taken. He did not require any sedative. The vet was very impressed. Most horses require sedative, particularly for the stifles. The vet put his hand up at the inside top of Flash's leg and touched him everywhere. Flash lifted his foot and then relaxed. He is such a good boy.
Flash's stifles and pasterns are clear. He has a few small spurs on his hocks, consistent with arthritis. They have not started to fuse. The injections have made a huge improvement. He has some residual soreness in his back and a little bit in the hocks. The vet prescribed a 10 day course of bute and regular work. The only restriction is no Tevis Cup hills.
Brett is on cloud nine. He went off to the barn to feed the horses almost two hours ago. I'm sure he ran into the wranglers and is telling them all about it. And then on the way back, he will no doubt tell any staff and guests he comes across as well. :)