Well my Mister Magoo has come through with shining colours! We had him on stall rest for close to a week, soaked his foot for about 4 days a couple times a day! And the more we did it the better he became! It was so nice seeing him relax with his foot in the tub instead of thinking it was going to kill him! And he started to relax about being stalled as well. His buddy Chevy was in with him for a few days but when it was less muddy and his pen was ready Chevy went back out. Unfortunately the abscess didn’t blow out but he got better so we aren’t sure if had an abscess or an injury! However after a few days of stall rest he stopped eating much so we had to get him working again.
So we started slowly riding him again and lunging but only walk and trot and keeping it easy and he started eating again and perking back up! It was so nice to see! Though he still was pretty quiet and mellow and seemed very cautious! Whatever he did to himself he scared himself, whether it was because it really hurt when he did it or if it was an abscess he was just remembering how much his foot had hurt! Not quite sure!
On Saturday, a week after being stalled, he got his first taste of freedom! I thought he was going to go crazy! I thought he was going to tear off and run around his pen bucking and running. But he didn’t. He just stood there and calmly walked around after I left. It was weird! He used to run around when he’d hear the four wheeler at breakfast and dinner. Now he just tosses his head a bunch and looks like he wants to tear around but he doesn’t. It will be interesting to see if he stays like that or goes back to his overly exuberant ways!
On Monday, I lunged him and rode him and he was feeling better though still seemed cautious even when riding. Every so often he felt rough but for the most part he was feeling better and better and we had a hang out day. He was being very sucky! It was nice to just hang out with him! There was a wind storm and he didn’t care!
Tuesday was a different story! It started out great! I brought him in and he was good and mellow and because I rode him the day before I just got on without lunging! He was pretty good and he felt great! It finally felt like we had rhythm again! His trot was so nice! We were focused on the trot and weren’t paying attention to what was going on around us and a vehicle drove up on the crunchy snow and spooked him and he bucked a couple times! I sat the first one but came unglued by the second and knew I was bailing and then I wound up on my back in the dirt staring at Misters nose with the reins still in my hand! Well that was Mister saying stop babying me I’m fine! So we are back to lunging before riding! After getting over a sore shoulder I came down with a bad cold so this week we haven’t had much luck either! Next week will be better!
It has been a long month! December will be a great month! No more injuries, no more sick! And then we can get back into training! The break was good but we are definitely raring to go!
Stalled selfie! Mister is like get that camera out of here!