Monday, August 2, 2010

A New Approach

So. Tried to ride the mare Sunday. She's off in her right front, still. Oh, and it's getting worse. I'll spare you the long rant on how frustrated I am with a lot of things right now and jump to the part where I have a plan.

The plan is as follows: I have a friend with a couple of horses, some green pastures, and a small arena. My friend offered a couple months ago to let Izzy come hang out for a while. I deferred before because we were going to, you know, take lessons and show. Well, my lessons keep getting canceled either because my instructor's busy or because my horse is lame and I really haven't been able to afford to show all summer anyways.

I was hoping to do a show at the end of the month, but again, Izzy's off. I can take a different horse (and I guess I will, if I enter and she isn't better), but I really want to be investing in MY horse, not someone else's. As such, I'm taking Izzy to my friend's house tomorrow. I'm hoping that the much softer footing coupled with turnout will be a big stride in the right direction as far as soundness goes. I've also got Izzy scheduled to see a chiropractor about a week before the show.

Wish us luck.


  1. Good luck! I know how frustrating this can be. Part of the reason Rogo (my horse) and I are still in walk / trot is because of the # of injuries / lameness incidents we had last year (his and mine), one lasting three months. Seemed every time we got going, something would happen and we had to start from scratch again.
    Your mare is so beautiful in your header picture. You must be anxious to get her into a show.

  2. How frustrating :( I think its a great approach to take a step back and let Izzy recover rather than push it. Sometimes a change in scenery makes all the difference :) And hopefully is a little easier on the wallet..

  3. It's frustrating, but the change may do both of you good - and slowing down for a bit may get you there faster in the end.

  4. Aw, that really sucks I'm sorry. Hopefully like you said, the change in footing and turnout will help her. Keep us posted. And if you end up taking someone else's horse to the show, think of it as investing in Izzy by getting some mileage for yourself so you are ready for her when it's time to show her.

  5. Personally, I think turnout is a key to happy sound horses, so I'm hoping it will be good medicine for Izzy's brain and body.

    And I hope it helps your pocketbook too.

    I know how frustrating it can be when you want to show and your horse just never seems up to all the plans. Just take a deep breath and go with the flow, always trying to do what's best for Izzy.

  6. Oh no! Fingers crossed that some turn-out and a chiropractic session or two will get Izzy all tuned up for you.
    Maybe her feet weren't sore afterall. In fact, I've read that oftentimes, horses are diagnosed as being foot-sore when they are actually back-sore. That is what happened with Salem.
    Well, I'm sending positive, healing vibes Izzy's way! Please keep us updated, of course.


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