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I'm ecstatic!

After sooooo many months of recovery, I was finally able to ride Rumor at her first show since the injury last September.

It was rough. She was in heat and feeling sassy and herd-bound but we made it through without any rearing or bucking or falling off. :lol:

And even if she didn't act very well, I still have fun finally being able to ride her. And she **** well looked pretty out there! She got a lot of compliments and many people came up and asked about her.

I went through 3 bits with her tonight. *sigh* The Myler snaffle I usually ride her in ='ed no brakes tonight. So I put her in my combination bit, which she did okay in. But every time I asked her to go right (with legs, seat and rein) she was tossing her head and throwing a fit. So I went to a hack. And she still was doing head tossing and being a brat. She just had her teeth floated when we had spring shots. She just needs to be worked and more miles put on her to work out the attitude! But after 8 months off, what can you expect?

I was very patient with her tonight. I stayed off her face when she pulled her hissy fits. Just sat them out and used legs pressure to get her moving again. Just being able to ride her in the arena was such an achievement for us.

Onto the pictures and videos. Sorry about some of the videos being dark. The sun was going down. But...you get the drift! And during kegs, my moms horse was impatient and nudged her arm, so that's when the camera wiggled. LoL.






Standing impatiently with my mom and Nutmegg.












^ That's right, you heard correctly! A time of 95 seconds! We were smokin'!

And just for reference...This is where we were the first part of September 2012...After 5 days of stall rest because she couldn't place weight on her leg. At all...
 

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Thank you!

Oh yes, one more picture of her pretty face...

 

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What happened back in September? Looks like it was horrible. She's beautiful though and looks great. You sure do have some amazing looking horses. I'm kind of jealous. :p
 

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What happened back in September? Looks like it was horrible. She's beautiful though and looks great. You sure do have some amazing looking horses. I'm kind of jealous. :p
http://www.horseforum.com/horse-health/completely-freaking-out-136441/

here is the thread that follows her injury and her recovery. Long story short.......she got a well placed kick to the inside of her hock. Ended up contracting a bacterial infection, that developed into cellulitis and the bacteria traveled into the joint. She was on her death bed . we gave 30ccs of penicillin 2x daily, and 30ccs of gentamicin 1x daily intramuscularly. 5 Shots a day for 6 days. Then she was on smz tablets for an additional 5 weeks. She had 2 Joint flushes.

ultimately she was put 6 Months of pasture rest. the infection ate away at her bone and it had jagged edges. Six months later, a second set of xrays revealed new bone growth and its smooth and rounded. (Amazing recovery!) we had a very slight chance of this type of recovery. Most times, the bone will "honeycomb" and continue with the sharp edges and pain. Then surgery is required and the horse will never be the same.

she ended up with a tiny bit of arthritis in her hock. Which is extraordinary considering what she went through...
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Awesome! Good luck for the future. Have I mentioned that I love her coloring?
Thank you! I love her color do and am trying hard to keep her from washing out And looking bay. my dad thinks she's so boring and bland looking because she has no white. I think she's elegant looking because of the no white. I love her. :)
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Congrats! So glad to hear she's doing so well even if she was a bit of a pill. Give her an extra scratch from me.
 

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And you were thinking about getting rid of her at one time during recovery...;-)

Looking absolutely fabulous!!!
I know, I know. :-( I've decided if I ever DO sell her, I'm going to be breeding her first and keeping the foal. I've got an amazing stallion already picked out. Then again, I'd probably keep her, breed her, and then keep both her and the foal in the end. :)

I rode her tonight and she was much, much better then at the show. Did everything I asked her to without so much as a head toss. So the next show I'm hoping will go much better!

Her hock had some swelling tonight. It's SUPER hot and humid here so I'm wondering if that is playing into the swelling. She was flexible and loose tonight. Didn't have one lame step. Walked and trotted beautifully. Did some turns on he haunches and backing. Also was able to move her shoulders in and out with my legs. She was wonderful. Wasn't in pain at all so slightly confused by the swelling. But my mom said in hot weather, her ankles swells, so it's not uncommon?

I rota-tilled a smaller sized arena to do some under saddle/lunge work with my horses. And was able to make a track around the pasture for some long trotting! :D She really enjoyed stretching her legs and the softer ground I think will really help lighten the impact on her legs and joints.

I'm still beaming from the show. :lol:
 

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Could be the weather. The tissue is not as " new" as it once was after all she went through with that leg. Cold therapy after work might be of help.
 

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Could be the weather. The tissue is not as " new" as it once was after all she went through with that leg. Cold therapy after work might be of help.
Oh yes, I hose her leg frequently when the weather is warm enough.

It's been too warm to do her Back On Track Hock Wrap for that leg too. She wore it after the show Saturday, but by 9am when I took it off, it was super sweaty.
 

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She looks great!
It is nice to see you guys out after everything that has happened :)

I think the swelling is probably normal, I sprained the same ankle 2 twice in the last 4 months and when it got warm here it swelled up so bad I had to have hubby pull my boot off for me...LOL(actually I made him pull both boots off!)
 
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