I had a very busy week at work since Monday is the final extended due day on tax returns for businesses and trusts. Due to that, my evening rides weren’t particularly exciting.
Stampede hasn’t been particularly fun since he went back to work from his random lameness a few weeks ago. He’s been like his old, not so fun self – cranky, spooky, and distracted. I had already begun feeling that he was going to need his back injected soon, but after the time off it seems like he is more sore. That said, I’m sure it’s not as obvious to others as it is to me. I know that any time he doesn’t want to move off my leg in the canter he’s having a bad day. I notice when he shrinks his back away slightly as I’m currying. I see when he pins his ears as another horse passes him. He has many signs that he’s uncomfortable, some more obvious than others, but nothing that someone else wouldn’t dismiss.
So Monday Stampede goes back up to MSU to get his back injected again. It is pretty much right at 6 months, so I can’t really complain. The vet had told me 3 to 6 months originally. I’m excited that I get to meet with the physio vet while we are there as well. She will teach me various exercises to strengthen Stampede’s back and make him feel even better after his injections.
Meanwhile, Mr P has been plugging along in his usual style. He loves this fall weather we are having. Cool enough to give him extra energy but warm enough he isn’t getting stiff. I actually rode him in the Back on Track pad today to see what he thought. He may have been a little looser at the beginning of the ride than usual – jury is still out.
I will retest the pad on Stampy after he gets injected, but so far he seems to really dislike it actually. Not too surprising, he is the pickiest horse I’ve ever met…
The other night I was out grazing P by Stampede’s stall, got some cute shots.