Yesterday I was lunging Lacey and she apparently decided it was a good idea to, while cantering, leap directly into the air as she went over a small sort of back thing. Needless to say, her legs decided to stop working on the way down (someone needs to tell her she's 26, silly girl) and she fell down hard on her right front leg/right shoulder and slid pretty far on her right hip. Thankfully she got up fine and and though she limped for the first few steps, she walked the limp off.
Her leg was scraped up (a few spots where hair+first layer of skin is gone and one really long hairless spot that has no skin missing) so I took her over to my horse and washed her leg to get all the dirt out of the cuts. I ended up cold hosing her shoulder/leg for about 10 minutes because she seemed like she was really enjoying it (which is a little unusual).
Basically, I'm unsure if I should have my lesson kids ride today. We're supposed to have 2 lessons, both walking with maybe very minimal trotting in one. Of course it all depends on if she's limping or swollen since if she's limping, there will be no riding. If she's a little swollen and can walk it off, no limp, I would figure she's probably ok to ride... And obvisouly, if she's totally fine, she'll be ridden. Haha
But I don't know... I guess it was just highly traumatizing to see her fall down like that! She was so worried when she got up. She had this look in her eyes like "What the heck just happened???!" and she was doing that whole "OMG" snorty thing. Poor baby.
She seemed physically fine afterwards (minus the small scrapes), a little more clingy to me but that's how she usually is after she's been shaken up.
So am I right? If she's not limping/obviously sore, riding is ok but soreness/lameness means no riding and probably giving her bute...
I didn't give her bute last night after she fell because she didn't seem like she was really in pain. Also, she did put that leg forward when she ate her grain so she apparently has no issue with putting quite a bit of weight on it, at least last night.