Monday, August 16, 2010


I didn't get to ride (or do anything with) Izzy on Sunday, due to one of the ponies tearing down a massive section of fence. Since I was house-sitting, I got to fix the entire thing, then scoot off to make it home before church. It's ok. Since we're in recovery mode, I think days off are more than ok.

So. Today. I got Izzy out, carefully wrapped her legs to make sure they all appeared the same color (easier to look for unevenness that way), and saddled up. Since Izzy gets so much turn out, I don't even have to lunge her. She just comes out totally calm and relaxed. I love it.

We did a nice long walk warm up, focusing on stretching forward and downward while moving forward and off my leg, one way or the other. She's getting better. Then, we trotted. Cathy was there to observe, so we had an experienced witness. Again, Izzy felt really good. She was nicely forward without being excited or a train wreck. I kept my reins pretty loose because I wanted Cathy to see her without me interfering.

According to Cathy, she looked totally sound. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Really happy day. She even gave us the ok to canter in the arena, so we did about a lap each direction. I probably had a big ridiculous grin plastered across my face, but I am just having so much fun with Izzy right now. It was great.

So. Chiro tomorrow, farrier (and any extra needed chiro) on Wednesday, and we're supposed to leave for the show/clinic on Thursday. Wish us luck.


  1. Wonderful - you were entitled to be grinning!

  2. Woooohoooo!! I'm so happy to hear that Izzy is healed! :-) And ya know what? I think it's extremely healthy for her (both body and mind) to have so much turn-out. I bet she will really thrive and her training will progress in leaps and bounds now that she is getting to live more like a "real horse."
    Good luck at the clinic! And make sure ya drag someone along to take pics/videos.

  3. Great news! I agree that turnout helps immensely with soundness issues. Walking around all day munching on grass or hay is a great, low impact way for them to build muscle. Good luck at your clinic. Don't forget to take pictures!

  4. What good news!! Turnout and ulcer medicine can make a huge difference. Add the chiropractor and you're talking horse heaven!

    Izzy is a beauty with tons of talent. I am so happy to hear such joy in your posts about her. Hope it all works out for the show/clinic....that could "make" your summer after all!

  5. Yay! So happy to hear that. Have a fantastic time at the show with her, remember to have fun!


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