I can't even tall you how much I miss that. It's not that I miss riding and jumping--I can do that on Courage. It's that I miss Cuna. His attitude, his abilities, him.
Same as last time, though. As soon as I had myself convinced that maybe I could hop on for a wee bareback ride, the weather changed, he dropped weight, and he went dead lame. Again. This time it was so bad that our fellow boarder called to let me know.
I appreciated the gesture, but I'd already seen him. I added in more fat to his feed and gave him a thorough grooming. He likes coming in to the barn and hanging out with me, but he wasn't moving well.
I'm at a loss for what to do. The standard protocol for laminitic horses is dry lots, grass hay, low starch feed and all the things he had at his last barn. That didn't help. On top of being dead lame, he hated it there. He hated turnout and was cranky most of the time. Now he's at a happy place as far as his brain goes, but it eats me up to watch him hobble around.
For now, I'm letting him be. Our farrier, who seems to be the only one not completely befuddled, has said that it will take up to a year for him to recover, maybe more. He said to give Cuna time to come around.
We have time.
My next step is going to be exploring to see what's out there to help him toughen up his feet, since he's going barefoot for now. Any suggestions?