The mare is still behaving, so she's getting several hours of turnout each day, which has to be good for her. It's like she knows she has to be on good behavior because she is cool as a cucumber, more so than she normally is. I've pulled her hind shoes, and her fronts have swapped back to regular shoes (not bar) while she's out of work. In an ideal world I would have liked to pull her fronts too, but I don't trust the quality of her hoof right now and I don't want to add any soreness to the mix while we're stabilizing.
|More grazing - now with wraps|
The only setback has been that the mare's legs got very, very puffy on Monday. Like, stovepipes to her hocks puffy.
Prair has a pretty regimented wrap schedule right now. She's naked at night, and while she gets turned out in the morning. Then, when she comes in she gets ice boots, which has been followed by standing wraps with a poultice.
I learned yesterday when I was there (and poking at the very puffy legs) that she was also getting poulticed (but not wrapped) overnight to help keep things tight. I think that perhaps her skin got irritated? I have no other explanation for equal swelling in both legs (swelling that was present when her wraps were removed). I was worried that so much fill had reached her hocks.. and was showing no sign of leaving, even after bute, tri-dex (in case it was allergic) and handwalking. But the mare was quite, eating, and comfy with no signs of distress or concern. I left her in plain standing wraps with assurances that I would be called if things looked worse.
Today, Prair's right leg is normal (whew) but her left hind is still holding some fill, with a little up in her hock. I'll be back at the barn tomorrow, and if things still aren't normalizing, I'll have the vet out. The vet is already planning to be out on Monday for shockwave and PRP, so I'd like to avoid adding another trip, but I don't want to mess around with prolonged swelling, especially if it's creeping up the limb... (ugh).
As for me, the catch rides are good. Mr. Gelding Man is the opposite of Prair in pretty much all possible ways. He's compact and quick, light in the bridle and loves jumping but is a reluctant student on the flat. He's rock solid where Prair isn't, and he's hard where Prair is easy for me. So basically I'm exhausted after every ride and able to work on some of my own mental hang ups. I'm a very confident rider on the flat and don't mind a horse that bucks/kicks/takes work to move off my leg or collect. Mr. Gelding Man does all of those things, (where Prair is a willing partner on the flat) so it's good work for me. Over fences, Mr. Gelding Man is supremely confident and very comfortable from any distance. I can miss by a mile and he is just as happy as he would be with a perfect ride. Prair is decidedly not happy when I miss by a mile (or an inch), so it's a good opportunity for me to stop overriding and get comfortable in a quieter, softer ride.
Most importantly though, I finally picked up more horse treats, so the cookie dispensing can return to its usual, elevated rate.
Stall rest and rationed treats are not well suited partners.