Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Right Moment

Wow, first of all let me just apologize for disappearing for so long. I didn't mean to take quite so long of a break but one thing after another kept happening and before you know it it is the end of September. The kids are in school now and we have football and cheerleading practices, girl scouts and boy scouts meetings and every evening I have is booked with the exception of Fridays. We spend all day Saturdays cheering on 1st-4th graders as they play football and cheer. It's time consuming but it is also a lot of fun so I'm not complaining, really.

As well as the busyness on the home front things were a little slow and somewhat depressing on the horse front. Loki and I went to do our class at the dressage show on the 26th of July and he was suddenly very, very lame. Karen from over on Contact was the dressage judge. I didn't get a chance to stop by to say hi because I was preoccupied with my lame horse, unfortunately. She's a really nice gal, though!

Soaking the right front and icing the left front with my little helper
Long story short Loki was off for a good two to three weeks. The next morning after the show he had a HUGE, like golf ball sized, splint on his left front but he was actually off on the right front. The vet saw him but I opted not to do x-rays right away and instead waited to see how he did with the standard, bute, icing, cold hosing, wrapping, etc treatment.

Well, he finally started looking sound and with the advice of my trainer I started him back in very light work. For a couple of weeks we simply walked with a little bit of trot and slowly built from there. The last two weeks he has felt like his old self.

The Chiro came out to see some other horses at our barn and was able to fit Loki in and he discovered that Loki was very "out" in a few places along his back. He showed me where he was pretty sore and actually had started developing a little bit of a "roach" on one side of his back. However, everything was "fixable." He said that Loki must have done something violent, probably out in the pasture, to injure himself this badly. He felt pretty confident that the splint and his back soreness all happened at the same time. He also said this was the biggest splint he's ever seen. :(

But, again long story somewhat shorter, Loki is now completely sound and while his leg looks really ugly the splint is cold and "dead" and will hopefully start to remold and look a little better soon. (It's seriously hideous!)

We've started jumping again, light at first of course but built to our first xc school today. It was amazing. Loki had been a real PITA the first two times I seriously jumped him (more than just a bitty crossrail) after his "vacation" and I had no idea what to expect but he was really, really good. In fact he was so good that we jumped this:
It's either a maxed novice jump or small training. I've only jumped it once before for the picture above but Loki and I just sailed over it twice like it was nothing. I really wish I had a picture of us.  I'm pretty sure this is the biggest or at least most intimidating fence we've ever jumped together. But the whole day was just one awesome ride after another and I really needed it. It was definitely the "right" moment, finally, and that is why I finally found the energy to blog again.

So that is what's been happening in a nut shell. There are plenty of other details left out and I've probably screwed the timeline up a bit but I think you can get the gist of what's been happening.

Sorry again for the disappearing act!

18 comments:

  1. That is quite a jump! Glad Loki is feeling better

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  2. Glad Loki is feeling better! I felt awful for you at the show because your test was rockin up until you had to pull up! Horses I swear!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, that turned out to be not so good a day. They do like to keep us on our toes don't they.

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  3. glad you're back in action and that Loki is back in work and happy. that jump is *big* - sounds like a great outing!

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    1. Thanks, it is really good to be back in action. :)

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  4. Glad everything is okay now and you guys are back in action, thanks for letting us know you are okay too!

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  5. Welcome back! Glad you're having fun again and your schedule sounds completely insane.

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    1. Thanks! It is a little crazy but honestly not too bad. :)

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  6. What a thrill that must have been for you!

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  7. That jump is BIG! Major kudos to you! And glad that you are back at it :)

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