O has now been mine for a year now! I can’t remember the exact date the check was written, so I’ve decided to celebrate the whole month!
I’m planning to do anniversay pictures with my fuzzy girl once it warms up a bit, but until then I thought it best to do a recap of our first year together.
Highlights: O and I continue to figure each other out. Her gaits are brutally uncomfortable (unbalanced), but she shows great natural form over fences. We discover her association with men riding her to running like a lunatic (trained by men, alway jockeyed by them). Poor hubby. We then work on lots of circles in field.
Injections happen after lots of testing and time off. Of course the midwest has one of the most gorgeous springs in years…I am hand walking.
Early summer: O shows off her fancy sound back end by being incredibly foot sore in the front. Pads go on, hind shoes follow. Soundness slowly returns.
O then steps on pebble and goes lame. More time off, soaking, wrapping, etc. I pull her from another small schooling show to give her more time to get back into things. Comes roaring back to action at the end of the month. Continues kicking butt and figuring her job out.
O starts to shows off how fit she is, and that she does have some attitude. Then pulls a 180 and pulls up lame on my birthday (thanks O) and one day before the 3rd show we have attempted this summer. We change her turnout location/type in an effort to stop her stupidity in the field.
O goes through one full round of Legend injections after she continues to be lame in various legs. Flexion tests, xrays, etc. show no signs of injury. She does not show any improvement. O goes to the chiropractor for the first time, they claim she has a badly “out” hip that could be causing her to be sore. Voices his concern that she may not come back to be a jumping horse.
With all 3 trainers, my family, husband, in-laws, and friends involved O goes into super reconditioning program. With her hip properly set, we attempt to strength her back end (always a weak spot) so that it holds the hip correctly and promotes healing. Essentially reteaching her how to use it. Lots of walks, hills, trotting, bonding, stretching, and praying. She also gets special shoeing meant to toughen the sole. By the end of the month, I’m tempted to call it a failure and tell my in-laws to come get her for a 6 month stay in their fields. FInally, in the last week in October, O trots out sound under tack.
For the first time since August, I am able to canter my horse (2 whole laps) under tack, and take a lesson on her. We even trot a baby x. Riding life is smoothing out, and she is a boss at her first serious training lesson.
After our last lesson, riding her around with zero lameness, ears pricked, and perfectly happy; I admit that I cried. I cried because I did almost give up on her, and would’ve missed the chance to spend the year with my amazing little bay mare. I’ve learned so much this year, and cannot wait to see what 2014 has in store for us.