On Tuesday my vet came out to give the boys their spring shots and general checkups, as well as do a lameness exam on Stampede. Both boys were good for their shots and checkups and the vet was happy with their fatness levels.
For Stampede’s lameness exam we went in the indoor to lunge him a bit. She agreed he was not quite right on the right hind but not horrible. The issue has definitely improved since I started him back to work a bit, but it was very clear (to me!) when Stampede trotted slowly.
Next the vet did two different kinds of flexions, one to highlight a hock issue and another to highlight a stifle issue. So remember I said he is off on the right hind, because of course Stampede would flex good on that leg and bad on the left hind. I should know better by now!
So basically the vet said he’s older and he probably has some arthritis going on all over his back-end and not just a specific joint. She basically told me I’m being a bit too paranoid (oops!) and my horse needs to get out and move and it should get better. That sounds great, except Stampede has a back problem that suggests slow and steady and in a circle should be a large part of his lifestyle right now. Sooooo, now I get to try to balance what helps his back with what helps the rest of his body.
The good news is that the vet checked Stampede’s back and found no soreness in the area of his kissing spines issues which hasn’t happened in several years. That does make me feel a bit better about ramping up his under saddle workload.
After the vet left, I had a break where I took care of the boys and met the husband for dinner before heading back to the barn to get my borrowed stead ready for a lesson. Willow might not like me calling her a stead, not sure what the female version of that word is though!
Willow was a bit lazier than she had been on Saturday, but still plenty responsive. I’m going to skip talking much about the flat and get to the exciting part. I jumped! For the first time in over 6 months I jumped a horse, and I didn’t make a complete fool of myself either. Plus I had so much fun. We warmed up over an X then down a line. Trainer had me adding a stride since it was the first time Willow had jumped outside. Willow was great about doing what I asked. Lastly, we did a full hunter course and I only missed one distance the whole time. I was worried my eye would suck after the time off but evidently that is not how it works! I’m so thankful that I got the chance to lesson and jump, it really made my week! Thank you D for sharing your girl, I know you will read this!
Wednesday I got on Stampede and added some more trot to our ride, attempted to really send him forward. He was pretty lazy overall, just one jump in place spook snuck in there as we rode by the scary part of the outdoor ring. I hope he continues to feel good!
Today I got to flat Willow again. The girl was feeling good tonight and was really nice and forward for the whole ride, although a little looky. She is really good at holding the same tempo at the trot which is really enjoyable to ride.
It is so weird to take pictures while on a horse that is not a chestnut!