Luckily we were more prepared to treat this bout as we had had to experiment enough last summer, that this time things seemed to turn around much faster than the first time. Until your horse gets a cut right below their hock the day after they were weaned off all drugs. And then the cut gets infected, and your horse is lame for a week. And then you have all of the filling out of the leg except for a fluid-y bump on the front of her ankle. And when your vet ultrasounds it, they find a small tear in the connective tissue between the skin and tendon. There was many a time, when all I could think was, "You can't make this sh*t up!" But again, all you can do is treat the issue and move on.
By some miracle, Lissell remained fairly rideable throughout this entire time. There were times when all we did was walk, but the walking helped with the circulation in her leg and made things a bit better. Plus I think it helped with both of us sanity-wise. We were also able to work on our dressage a lot. And I mean a lot. I do think we both reached our breaking points at different times (What can you expect of two eventers doing nothing but flatwork for 7 weeks!?). For Lissell, I think it was when I hopped on bareback w/ a halter to walk her out to her field and she made her bucking intentions clear and I leapt off. For me, I think it was when I discovered a puncture on her front ankle and practically curled up in a pathetic ball on the barn floor. But really, what can you really do except pick yourself up and move on.
|Before grooming (after wearing a sheet all day).
|Lissell dressed up in her bubble wrap.
I do want to take a quick moment to thank all the people that have helped me keep my sanity through this latest ordeal: Dr. Roger Scullin and Dr. Jim Lewis of Damascus Equine Associates, Kelley Williams, Kim Keating and Tiina Gray of A Bit Better Farm, Jane Seigler of Dressage at Sundown and Mike Poe of Alpha Farrier Services. And of course Scott, Sue, Jenn and Nicki for knowing when to hand me a tissue and when to hand me a drink!