This post is going to be all over the place. Just warning everyone.
The last time I posted, Gavin had just popped another abscess out his left hind. It didn't drain quite as well, or dry up as fast as the previous one, but it went about it's merry way relatively fast. Still not sure what caused them. The farrier thinks he had a laminitis flare up, the vet thinks it was just wet living conditions that did it… One says the hay is significantly richer at the new barn, the other says there is barely a difference - I'm a little bit at a loss.
Since the weekend before last I've been riding again. We started off just walking a lot, then moved up to a little trot, then more trot, and finally canter. He feels good. Maybe even better than he has for a month or two. I'm thinking he was ouchy for longer than I knew about it. Stoic little booger. :)
Everything has been going well with him. I can tell he's out of shape, but the only way to get back in shape is to work it. We've been working on remember what bending means, and increasing speed and then decreasing - just using seat. He really has the slow part down! Almost too well - it knocks me off balance!
Strangely enough (or maybe not strangely, since he just got front shoes?) he's started clipping his front hooves. Simultaneously, I've been obsessing that his loose ring is too small for him. And also obsessing that I no longer want a loose-ring. Queue crazy money spending today - bought a HS aurigan eggbut, and a pair of Professional Choice bell boots. Looking forward to getting those two puppies in the mail!
To pay for my tack habit - I'm selling my olde saddle. It's a 17.5 Wintec Bates Isabell with Cair panels. It's nice, and fits Gav great - I just don't use it anymore. And I don't want to see it go to waste. I'm selling it! So if any of you ladies are looking for what I'm offering - lemme know! $500