Seems like forever since I have been in a saddle, and unfortunately its because it has been!
Snuck in a quick training ride on Dream last week, in the first of the horrible heat we had (from 40s to 90s literally overnight). Lavender was blooming and the wonderful smell hung in the (insanely humid) air.
I am still having a horrible time getting her leg wound to heal. She is sound as anything (and running around in the pasture like a nutcase). Just when I think I have a regime that is working, something else happens (like the plague of flesh-eating bugs that no repellant affects) and I am back to square one. It had dried out enough I was leaving it unwrapped, but the day after the above picture was taken, she came in for dinner with the leg oozing again, as the bugs just ate through the alum-spray.
Went back to wrapping (which Dream hates) and a different medication. That seemed to be working, until the weather changed again. Monsoonal rain is not good for any bandage or medication, so she was jailed for a couple days. Was able to put her back out yesterday, as the weather changed yet again and I think we landed in texas (memorial day monday, I needed a winter coat for the afternoon bbq.. yesterday it was 91, today its 94..
I have about given up hope that we will make it to the OD next weekend, as I can't imagine it healing up by then unless there is a miracle.
Meanwhile, weather permitting, I have been working with Gamer. She is progressing, though its def slow and steady versus leaps and bounds. Today the farrier came for the first time and she handled it like a champ. Then this afternoon I thought I would take advantage of the heat making everyone mellow and bring out the saddle for the first time: Gamer w/saddle - YouTube
She did great. I also used the heat as a good time to introduce her to water by sponging her from the water tank. I have to say, i was pretty tempted to be sponging myself too!!
04/27/13 dream 53.8 miles 7.1 mph 346.51 total miles
05/01/13 george 10.08 miles 7.3 mph 356.59 total miles
05/05/13 dream 10.22 miles 5.4 mph 366.81 total miles
05/07/13 george 8.02 miles 5.5 mph 374.83 total miles
05/18/13 justice 24.86 miles 5.7 mph 399.69 total miles
05/19/13 justice 24.86 miles 5.6 mph 424.55 total miles
05/21/13 dream 13.68 miles 5.9 mph 438.23 total miles