I rode Stampede again Thursday, Saturday, and today. We did just walk and trot Thursday, and while he felt better than he did on Monday, it wasn’t perfect. Yesterday he felt even better yet, only missing with his back-end at the trot every once in a while. I decided to push my luck and canter a little. The canter was actually pretty good. He kept resisting moving forward but then was able to do it each time I pushed him. Today I didn’t want to do much since it was his second day in a row. The trot went well and the canter was about the same. I asked someone else to get on him so I could see him go and he looked like a normal sound horse which is amazing. I will say that he did have his angry face on for her, even though he looked good and did everything she asked. I guess we will see how this goes, but it is looking like the back is certainly the real issue.
Phoenix meanwhile decided that Thursday night of a week when I had to work 60 hours and my husband was out-of-town was the best time to colic. It was a very weird episode, not a typical colic in my mind. Someone else at the barn saw that he was laying down and not eating, then he got up and pooped, and the poop was a little loose, then continued to not feel well. When I got out to the barn 15 minutes later I took off his sheet and found hives, which is very weird for this time of year. I tried walking him for a while, but he wasn’t really getting better, so I gave in and he got some banamine for his belly and some dex for his hives. I’m always so thankful to have my trainer and barn manager right nearby and that they carry and can give the boys any meds they may need. Luckily, he came around after that, but still continued to have diarrhea and act very tired through friday and into saturday. He finally seemed more normal when I went to see him in the evening on saturday. You know Phoenix feels good and when he talks to me and gets in my business! Today his poop was almost normal and he was acting like himself. I hopped on him after I rode Stampede and we went for a long walk.
Of course then tonight at the barn when I went to do my night hay and water one of the other horses was acting not right so after I got done feeding I contacted my trainer and walked the horse around for a bit. He wasn’t coming around very quickly after the banamine, but I did get a text a little bit ago that he was finally acting more like himself. Not sure if it’s the weather changes or what but the horses are trouble!
So another 60 hour work week starts tomorrow, but only 4 weeks left of tax season! I can’t wait to have my life back and have time to hang out with the horses during the week nights.
To finish things up, here is a cute picture of the dogs hanging out on the bed in the morning while I was getting ready for work this week.