Yesterday, Prairie got a little once-over from the vet just to make sure all is well and the two weeks of showing didn't set her back at all. She lunged totally sound, but was maybe a .5 or 1/5 on her pesky left front on the hard pack. Our vet didn't seem too concerned, even thinking that might be her new normal - which is something I might have to accept.
All in all though, she thought the left front looked great, and that two long weeks at 2'6" seems to not affect it negatively at this point. So that's a big WHEW.
The only slight bummer is that her back was showing a lot of soreness to palpation. I haven't noticed any increased sensitivity when I'm currying her/poking around during my regular inspections - but in full disclosure, I also didn't groom the mare once at the show, and as good as our guys are, I'm not sure they would have noticed if she started to get a tad flinchy. I get serious horse-owner guilt when I acknowledge that Prair was probably uncomfortable and I just wasn't hands on enough to pick up on it. It's definitely the risk of not doing your own grooming. the flexibility and convenience is a huge upside (especially when balancing work and a baby and a show), but the downsides are real and unavoidable.
I also don't know how much Prair's fall on the lunge the first week could have knocked things around or possibly angered a few vertebrae.
If I had to guess - I'd say it wasn't the fall, but rather her long, low back that is just in one of its angry cycles. When we reviewed notes, it's been nearly 18 months since her last round of injections, which is pretty darn good. Initially we were expecting to need to inject every 3 months, but if good work, and strong muscling can help us stretch that interval - well I'm all for it.
So the mare has the rest of the week (and weekend) off, and we'll get back to some light hacks next week.
In the meantime, here are a few more photos from last weekend.
|not exactly perfect, but much less lurch-y!|
|sweet baby jesus we're almost straight|
|Ears *almost* forward|