I'll do the answer first. Gunner asked where I bought the new rugs for the kitchen. They came from the Mission del Rey native American website. This was my first time ordering from their website and I was pleased with the service and with the quality of the rugs. They are rugs, not saddle blankets. And, they are washable. Sort of. They are handmade, wool, and dry cleaning is recommended. We don't wear shoes in the house and I purposely didn't put one of the rugs by the stove. I'm hoping they stay relatively clean.
|Here's a shot of the whole rug. I bought this runner and a couple small ones.|
Flash is the first question. This evening when the weather cooled down and we were both home from work, Brett longed Flash to see how he was moving since his hock injections. He was sluggish and inconsistent in his tempo so it was hard to tell for sure. But that is an improvement over last Saturday when it didn't require any thought to see that he was still off. Brett is going to try riding him in the morning.
Brett's also starting to think about how much longer Flash will be sound to ride and wondering about getting another horse. Brett isn't ready to stop riding yet but Flash is slowing down. Way down. Brett doesn't want a youngster - he dealt with six year old antics when we bought Flash and he doesn't want to go through that again. He needs a horse with a calm, cool and collected mounted patrol compatible brain. But he also wants to be competitive in lower level dressage -- and go out on the trail. Anyone know of a tall, stocky, inexpensive horse that fits the bill? I think this search is going to take awhile... In the meantime, Brett is sad and depressed. I know the feeling. I look at him and remember going through the same emotions with Jackson.
The second question is less important. I'm wonder whether Jackson will become sound enough for light riding. He's been doing very well the past month, bucking and cantering off after his morning roll, striding around his paddock and hardly bobbing at all when he turns. After Brett finished longing Flash, I got Jackson out and hopped on ... for about five minutes. Max. He stumbled a bit and turning wasn't comfortable. But it was a very happy five minutes for both of us.