Friday was a good day. Eeyore had his final vet check for his right front annular ligament tear and it was all good news. He has healed "remarkably well" per the vet and we got the green light to begin canter work. The vet wants rehab to continue slowly progressing forward through August and then come September we can return to full, untimed flatwork to my hearts content. Which is funny since I have ridden way more during his rehab than I ever did before it. If all stays quiet in the leg we can return to simple easy fences with soft approaches in October working towards full course work in November.
In a rare bout of optimism I had scheduled a lesson with AB for right after the vet appointment since she is only 1 exit away from the office. I figured that even if we could only walk and trot at least I'd get some eyes on the ground for the first time with him since April. The lesson was very much not exciting which is exactly the way I wanted it. We walked and trotted around and he was such a Good Boy. He was relaxed, happy and moving great. AB had nothing but good things to say and I was proud of the work we have put in throughout the summer.
Then we put in our first canter strides since April and homeboy was EXCITED OMG THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER. AB laughed at how happy he was to finally canter again as I wrestled him into some semblance of balance around the arena. We only did two circuits around the arena to the left, walked for a long time, trotted to the right a bit then cantered twice around to the right. Neither one of us wanted to stress him and I am still limited to 30 minutes only for this month. I think the lesson was 26 minutes and 95% of that was at the walk.
It was good to be in a lesson again and feeling like we are moving forward.
Then yesterday I finally finished the tack room to the point of moving on to another barn project. I want to add some pictures to the walls and decorate a bit but that is low priority and will happen as things pop up that I think will suit the area. I decided to 100% steal Liz's idea of doing a video tour of the space and made the mistake of filming in front of Eeyore's stall.
Here was the result:
I'll post the rest of the video tour tomorrow probably. Its long because what started as the tack room turned into the entire barn because I talk a lot and figured why not show the rest of it too.