This morning Rick ultrasounded Lance's right hind high suspensory ligament and found swelling, but no large tears or holes. That's good news for that area . . . but why then would he be so lame? Rick may do more investigation, as well as treating the high suspensory with extracorporeal shockwave therapy.
Why another injury? I'm suspicious, again, of the sand footing in our arena. I had schooled Lance there a few times recently to start preparing for our lesson and the Nov. 8 show, thinking it would be okay because we had gotten some rain. But there were areas that were drier, and Lance is used to the much harder ground and gravel roads we have been riding on through the summer. If I could, I would amend the sand with something to make it more stable – or replace it ALL!