Even with shoes on Stampede’s progression is going to be slow. I’m still very concerned about one of the abscess sites along his coronet band. I actually sent the picture below to my vet and plan to call her to discuss tomorrow.
You can see that the oldest abscess site has already moved down onto the hoof wall and left a gross line to grow out, but above just looks strange to me. I’ve never seen any discharge from that area, but it almost looks open at the crack to me. Also puzzling is that while most of his hoof is cool, it is slightly warm at the top near that abscess site. Hoping I’m just being paranoid and time will make this better!
I did decide to lunge the beast very lightly Saturday to see how he looked after a week in shoes. He looked pretty good, although it was hard to see much during his 3 minutes of trot each way as he was rotating between putting his head low, putting his head high, shaking his head around, and hopping up in the air when I would try to get him to focus on moving around the circle. At least he had a little fun and didn’t try to go fast.
Mr. P and I had an okay lesson Tuesday night. We continue to struggle with finding a rhythm versus getting round at the canter lately. I’m considering whether P finally needs some joint injections at this point, and will probably have the lameness vet look at him next time he’s out. He has only had his hocks injected once since I got him back, and that was several years ago. He has maintained well on monthly Adequan and then Ichon injections, but he is almost 26. I know he enjoys working so I want to make sure he can be comfortable while doing it!
P and I had a fun bareback ride on Wednesday, where he was fairly soft and I wondered if I should just ride bareback all the time, lol. Friday night P was pretty hyper for our ride and I felt like I cantered a long time trying to soften him up. Eventually I just tried to change focus and worked on our counter canter to finish up. Funny thing was he didn’t even get sweaty. Evidently the old man is in good shape!
Today P and I had a nice ride with his girlfriend Willow and her mom D. It was a nice easy workout, with 10 minutes of trot with lots of changes in direction followed by a canter each way. It felt like P was definitely more relaxed at the canter today, which made it easier to ask him to round up and move forward.
In other news, I decided to order a Kastel Denmark shirt to have on hand when spring finally shows up. It is so much softer and lighter than I imagined. Maybe I won’t have horrible farmer’s tan this summer? Very excited to try it out! I will provide a review once it gets warm enough to put it to use.