It seems that all I do with my own horses lately is use various forms of cold therapy on them.
Mr. P gets cold hosing on his hock, followed by icing daily. He’s very happy icing and eating can happen simultaneously.
Meanwhile, Stampede gets his back iced after most of his workouts, particularly after he is ridden.
In other non cold therapy news, I did get some rides in this week on other horses. It feels so good to ride and be able to work on something besides rehab or trying to figure out if the horse is okay.
On Wednesday I flatted Nikon. He is a chill uncomplicated ride and he bends well. I had a lot of fun on him.
On Thursday and Saturday I got to ride Mr. P’s girlfriend Willow. Willow’s mom hurt her ankle so she is taking a short break from riding to heal up. On Thursday Willow and I just flatted around. It was actually fairly annoying in the indoor most of the ride because people were all over and Willow can be nervous about other horses coming at her too closely so I really had to watch that. We got through it though and had some nice long and low trot when we finished up.
I did a flat lesson on Willow on Saturday and had a great time. She really likes a light hand, more so than either of my horses. It’s been a great learning experience to have a horse that helps me get my hands in position (instead of way too low, oops) and makes sure I’m always riding with my seat and legs first.
Willow’s mom has offered to let me lesson on her again Tuesday, so I am looking forward to that as well. It’s true that time in the saddle just makes everything better!
Lastly, a little Stampede update. I’ve been continuing on with my lunging and riding schedule, although we’ve adjusted to an every other workout we ride plan lately. I’m finding that he seems to enjoy the bending work and his trot under saddle (the small amount we do) has improved tremendously. I would say in our good direction you wouldn’t know his right hind was a bit off unless you specifically knew about it and watched for it. I’m definitely feeling ready to have a vet out and get a move on finding a direction for us to go in.