Thursday, July 28, 2011

still off

Nina is still off on her right front.  There is no heat or swelling or change but definitely off.  I know that leg is just not 100% healed and I felt the misstep that probably caused the problem.  She did a little sideways spook and pivoted around on that leg instead of turning.  I suppose I could just give her 6 months off, but then honestly I might as well quit on her.  She is making such excellent progress on the days she is sound.  I don't think a little walk/trot is doing it any harm, she could have taken a bad step in her pen and done the same thing.   I broke out the bute today, she will get it today and tomorrow and then we will see what is going on.

My friend and student, Deb, moved her horse back to my barn on Saturday and then had to leave for a month in Texas on Monday.  So I am looking after her horse.  I could ride her and I might a little, but she had lameness issues last winter and spring and has been at a barn with rock hard footing so she could use the month off.  However, she is more than a little pudgy and needs some exercise anyway so my goal is to get her little fat grey ass moving enough to get rid of the dimple in her butt cheeks, but not work her too hard. 
I think the improvement in footing may take care of it for me, I turned her out this afternoon and she cantered around and bucked for a while. 
This pic of her - isn't she cute? - was from last summer, before she was eating more and doing less.  Sounds like a lot of us, doesn't it?


  1. I'm a sucker for Greys. Your friend's horse is very pretty; beautiful tail. I hope Nina is sound soon.

  2. Aww, Nina :(
    That little grey's adorable. Then again, I like all greys. Wait, scratch that; most greys. Quite the tail on this one! It's gorgeous!

  3. Funny, I have the same goal. Getting my fat ass moving, that is. I did tell Pixie that I would lose weight if she would. BTW, Barb, if you think she's getting too much to eat, tell them to cut out the pellets. I just feed them as a mix for her smartpaks. She would probably eat the smartpaks on their own. Feel free to ride her if you need to stay in riding shape. I don't think a half hour or so would hurt her at all-she hasn't been ouchy for a long time.
    Nice to hear the comments about Pixie's lovely tail. I work hard to keep it that way.


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