Yesterday morning, Brett rode Flash in the arena. He looked and felt fine at walk and canter. They did a bit of warm up trot/jog and Brett didn't notice anything. I was busy putting Winston away after lunging him so I can't say if he was 90% or 100% sound at the jog. But, he was sound enough that Brett didn't feel anything.
On my way back to the house, I walked out and stood in the middle of the arena and asked Brett to trot Flash forward so I could see how he went. Initially, he looked good. Then he took a step on that left hind, stumbled, and was way off. He didn't work out of it, instead it got more pronounced. Brett said to me, "its like he pulled a muscle or something." Hmmmm, that got me thinking that maybe we are dealing with a soft tissue injury. I sent an email to our vet and she concurred that it was worth a try putting Flash on a soft injury recovery schedule. We don't have the money to do an MRI or ultrasound so we will just try this.
Brett is grumpy and discouraged... and broke. Flash is on pasture rest for two weeks so Brett is depressed about not riding. Let's just say Brett's not in a good place and leave it at that. After the two weeks of rest, Brett can ride Flash for five minutes at walk, once a day, for a week. Then 10 minutes a day, for the next week. Once he gets to 20 minutes, he can add five minutes of trot building to 20 minutes; then add canter. It's a long haul. I've done it before with Auke, when he had a tendon tear, and it worked well but it does feel like forever.
|Beautiful Day today -- Passage was soaking up the sun under a muck cart.|
Now for a survey. On a couple of blogs I read, the posts end with a shot of the garden or ranch or whatever. The same shot, the same time of day, included on every post. I like the idea and I like watching the changes so I'm going to do the same. Or, try to do the same. My question is: Which of the following "views" would you like to see at the end of every post? The view with the most votes will be the one I use.
|The Garden view|
|From the Front Porch view|
|From the Bedroom Porch view|
|Boulders and arena view|
|Barn to the House view|
|Across the Pasture view|
|Back Driveway view|