Bringing this up from the grave!
So it's the end of March and I somehow got my horse to third level (Despite concerns in my last post) :P
Rode in a freestyle clinic last weekend and got that all squared away (just waiting for my music to show up in the mail!).
So because everything has been going SO WELL, I decided to help little Ro out and put hind shoes on him. As my coach said "It's time." and when I asked if I should take them off after show season I got "Do you know what you're going to be doing next winter?!?!" so I took it as a no. Anyways. He got them on Monday, two days off, rode him on Wednesday and on Thursday he was just a little off. Now, my horse farts wrong and I call the vet, but when it's something to do with his legs I call the vet frantically until she picks up and promises to come out the next morning. Which she did (she is so amazing I love my vet!). So she comes out, I chuck him on the lunge and imidiately it's visible. "Left hind" she says. Hoof test it, nothing. Flex it three times, nothing. So we gave up and blocked it. It was immediately better (despite Ro's immediate "OMFG MY LEG IS GONE" reaction, which was fairly entertaining). Called the farrier who was thank God in the area and there within 10 minutes (I love my farrier too), pulled the shoe and reset it with only 5 nails, excluding the one we suspected was "close". Then I wrapped up my poor pony and left him for the night.
It just so happened that this was the first day of the Gina Smith clinic. So I missed my ride but still went out and watched, and went for dinner with Gina. Who sat beside me (I'm of course pinching myself, the woman has ridden internationally more than I've shown). Not only is she a guru, but she is seriously nice!! We had a laugh about a lot of stuff, a few bottles of wine and went home to bed.
This morning I drove out to see my poor horse who was perfectly happy in his field until I came and chucked him on a lunge only to find that he was sound!! Called the vet, she OK'd the clinic and he was whisked away to see Gina. We went in our barn's rig which consists of a truck so large you can pull a fully loaded four horse trailer with full living quarters and a full tackroom. But we only took the "small trailer" which they use for hauling mums and babies. So Ro got an air-ride box stall. Spoiled brat :P
We got there, unloaded, watched the stallion before him go for a bit (bred by the same farm as Rowan) and then I was up! Had a fantastic lesson despite a spooky arena and worked through all our third level. Sucks I couldn't have had two lessons but oh well, gives me a fresh perspective and things to work on!
Now for the Jan Ebeling symposium at the end of the month (which is surprisingly cheap!!) and on to show season!! YouTube - DressageLeggy's Channel
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