It sure took long enough but I’ve finally been able to catch a ride on Dusty. While I was working getting her back up to speed in the fitness department she started to look a little “ouchy”. When the vet came out for Spring shots I had her examined and x-rayed. Seems she’s not having another attack of laminitis/founder but simply needed an adjustment in her shoeing. Our vet and farrier work together so he sent the farrier her x-rays. Seems all she needed were her toes shortened and he put her shoes a little further back for a better break over. This did the trick and she was perfectly fine. She still has a slight rotation but it’s not affecting her at all now. Every Spring I get a tad paranoid that she will founder again but so far so good. Dusty is still sporting her grazing muzzle and I think … no, I’m sure she still resents me for making her wear it. Even if I tell her it’s for her own good! I understand how she feels; I really used to hate it when my mother told me that, too.
When I tacked her up and brought her into the arena she was as good as gold. There was no drama at the mounting block to start. Then we proceeded to do a nice walk on a long rein. Then a few huge circles in each direction with a nice even bend. After we were warmed up we did an easy trot. Not her normal rushing speed, but on a loose rein. I couldn’t believe how brilliantly she was behaving. My daughter even commented on how she’d never seen her go around so well on a loose rein. And I’ll tell you that’s quite a compliment coming from her. She’s a very tough taskmaster. She went so well in the one direction that I didn’t even try the other direction and got off. I always want to end on a good note, and since the ride was perfect up until that point I figured why push it our first ride back after a break? Dusty got lots of praise and hopefully she’ll remember how much easier it is to be good than not.
Who knows, maybe she missed working and was happy to get back to doing something productive? Or maybe she just needed a long lay off to get her head straight. Whatever it was I’ll take a ride like that anytime.
Until next time
Quote for Today
When riding my horse I no longer have my heart in my chest, but between my knees.