We rode out with Vikki Klemm and her horse Luke on a 3.5 mile hack in the 20 mph wind. I couldn’t resist going because it was near 75 degrees. Off we went over hill and dale. He managed to scare himself a couple of times of things like blowing grass or a mailbox, but with encouragement, he went bravely on. I made him lead the whole way and he improved by the minute.
We went on a hack with Magee on Elliot. We worked in all gaits and went on a 3 mile loop. He was wonderful and had a great time.
After yesterdays hack, I thought it might be useful to review basics in the arena. Things went swimmingly.
Luke is back and it was time to go on a hack today. We marched out the driveway, and down to the gravel road. Even without shoes, he was pretty much impervious to the gravel. He was very tight in his neck and looking at every little thing for the first quarter mile, but he allowed me to convince him that nothing was out to get him. We hacked about 3 miles and he came home in a happy, swinging walk.
There was a wind advisory out for good reason. I rode him in the indoor and since it is a fabric building, it makes some noise in the wind, which he was objecting to. I kept the physical challenge of the work to a minimum, but required him to stay focused, which was an appreciable challenge, and he rose to it. Good man.
I tacked up and took him out to the pasture. He was pretty unnerved by the xc jumps, but he handled it. He may have been on his toes a bit more than usual since he had time off. At any rate, but the end, he was trotting with his neck down and focusing well.
When I brought him in from the paddock for his soak, he looked sound standing there and walking, so I put him on a lunge line. He looked good in both directions at all gaits, so tomorrow, back in the tack.
I tacked him up and started with my usual long walk warmup, which went fine. When I went to trot, he was lame on his left hind. Despite the fact that he was ears up and ready to go, I stopped and got off and untacked him. What a good sport he is to volunteer to keep going.
I checked his leg for heat and didn’t find anything. I used a hoof testers and got a slight response in the heel. I suspect he is brewing up an abscess. I turned him out, as my vet recommends movement to help keep things circulating and I have had good luck with that. I will give him a check tomorrow and see what is up and let you know. He is eating fine and seems completely emotionally unaffected.