To ride dressage is to dance with your horse, equal partners in the delicate and sometimes difficult work of creating harmony and beauty.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Taking the long view

Rick checked Lance's right rear suspensory again tonight.While it looks better, Rick saw some reaction on the bone up high that he didn't see before, indicating the injury was more than just a "stretching" of the ligament. He's going to treat it again with shockwave, and advised me to give it more time to heal. I am scratching our entry for the April show; Lance's long-term soundness is far more important to me than any show or year-end awards. The good news is that Rick said I can ride him for short periods at the walk. I think I can keep him at a walk – and keep him between me and the ground. ;-)   He's kept himself admirably under control when I've hand-walked him lately, in spite of his obvious pent-up energy.


A :-) said...

Oh Michelle, I am so sorry about Lance's injury :-( I'm a big believer in things happening for a reason, but I know how much you were looking forward to showing him after all the work you two have done together . . . Maybe you need more rest for your knee, too. I'm keeping you and Lance in my thoughts and prayers.

Laura said...

Ah, dang it. But you're right. Take it slowly and you'll have your red goober of a partner for a long time!