No, QOS, that is just not fair. I wish were closer to hug you!
I second Nancy, I wish I could give you a hug, definitely more than one
I am thinking of you and your family Denise.
Vermont is getting colder and the leaves are changing like fire! I had some issues this week with Selena turning up back sore after one of our rides which really made me depressed, especially since our 30 mile ride is only 2 weeks away. I felt like a terrible Mom. I think I have narrowed it down to riding with the camelbak since it really throws my balance off and causes me to post too far back on Selena's short back. This will be the 3rd time I've run into this problem, and each time I was wearing the camelbak or using cantle saddle bags so I'm hoping if I stay clear of those we'll be okay. Did I say hoping? I meant PRAYING. I did some thorough massage work on her and used an Equine Thumper afterward which she really loved. I'm now trying to purchase one so I can use it weekly between rides. For those of you who have never seen one, I attached a pic below, it's a really awesome tool. thumper.jpg
Yesterday we went out to try another ride, this time no camelbak and we used a Skito pad. I was a nervous wreck the entire 10 miles, worried that I'd return to the barn with a sore horse. It did give me time to really think about how much we ask out of these horses. We rode through some pretty tough stuff yesterday, even had to take the main road part of the way home, and through everything my little mare just trucked along. I am so thankful to have such a willing horse. fall.jpg
When our ride was finished I was ecstatic to see a nice sound back, no soreness!
I plan to do another longer ride of 20+ miles tomorrow with the same setup and see how that goes. Wish me luck. boots.jpg
Denise I do hope you are able to spend some time with Biscuit. Sometimes, even on the worst days, just some quiet time with your horse can lift your spirits. I am so sorry that life has been so unfair but know that you are in our prayers and that we send love your way!