Sunday, April 23, 2017

Re-evaluating Lucy

When Lucy had her hocks injected in February, her vet said to bring her back in 30 days if I noticed a lack of impulsion.  Last time Lucy had injections, we did one hock and one stifle.  This time, she needed both hocks done and we felt doing the stifles at the same time would be a bit much.

I've been working Lucy in the Pessoa during the week and riding on the weekend.  My goal has been 3 Pessoa sessions and two riding.  Of course, with all the rain (and snow) we had in March and early April, we rarely achieved that goal.  So, we've been working when we can and making good progress.

Except that Lucy is still dragging her hind toes.  And she still looks a bit uncomfortable at canter, particularly to the left.  We had a new farrier come last week (more on that in another post), and I was hopeful that after he trimmed her rather long toes, she wouldn't drag them anymore.  No such luck.

She has an appointment on Tuesday for a re-check.  I'm anticipating that at least one stifle will be injected.

Other than that, she has been just wonderful.  She is getting her muscle back and her coat shines in the sun.  This morning when Brett and I rode, she was stellar.  We rode in the dressage court and she was completely relaxed (except for one small slide sideways when Kersey jumped in the stream).  She was also happy, forward and energetic.  We worked for 20 minutes at trot -- stretching, leg yield, shoulder in -- and she stayed forward the whole time.

Lucy, you're the best!
 Aw, shucks.

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  1. Good girl, Lucy! How are her angles? They might be affecting that long toes, short heel syndrome. Maybe filing in between trims might help? Just a thought! She looks gorgeous as usual :)

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    1. She was a tad long and I thought that might be contributing but the new farrier did an awesome job with length and angles -- and she still dragged those toes.

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  2. I'm so glad you and Lucy found each other, you seem to be a really good fit.

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    1. I'm glad we found each other too; we are very happy together.

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  3. Know how you feel... Determining hocks or stifles seems to be super difficult each time. Wondering if maybe it was the stifles the whole time, not the hocks, just manifesting itself that way. Maybe a strength issue too. If she is getting 5 workouts per week you guys are definitely way on our way though! I´ll stay tuned for updates. Cute she is!

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    1. I know, right?! If only they could talk. We thought it might be a strength issue also so that is why I've waited to take her back in; I wanted her to get strong and see if that took care of it. Thanks for the farrier recommendation -- he did an awesome job.

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  4. I hope that the stifle injection work for her (if that's what she needs)

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  5. She sounds like she's feeling better. It's great that she's able to be ridden and is enjoying it.

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  6. She sounds like a dream to ride. I hope you solve the issue with the injection and then you'll be blessed with the joy of riding a darn near perfect horse. I wouldn't know what that is like. All of my horses have one issue or another.

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    1. Every horse has issues. Lucy is a dream to ride but she has definite join issues that limit her ability to do things like tempi changes -- but, heck, I've got aches and pains that limit me too. I figure we're a good pair.

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