Monday, May 11, 2020

It’s Just The Rehab Talking

It feels like I’m stuck in a horrible cycle. Like I’m back in May 2018 staring down a summer and fall of rehabbing the right front leg of the horse I’m dying to ride. After this stint of rehab ends, Eeyore will have been lame and/or in rehab for half the time I’ve had him. That’s one year out of the two.

Which, when put in black and white just plain sucks since both incidents were bum luck pasture injuries. May 2018 he ripped off half his hoof along with his shoe the day before the farrier was scheduled to come and now in May 2020 it’s the same leg again only this time due to some idiotic blunt force trauma. 

As I went out to change his standing wrap Sunday morning, I was thinking that I should rehab him and then sell him. Maybe it’s just bad luck, maybe he is accident prone. Or maybe his being doesn’t jive with my horse management style. Maybe he’d be better off in a lesson program where he’d be ridden more, out less and watched more closely. Maybe then he wouldn’t be hurt so often. 

And I could get another horse. One that can live outside 24/7 like my other three do and not hurt themselves constantly. I wouldn’t feel so darn stuck. Every time we make solid headway and things begin to click, he goes back into rehab and I’m screwed for months on end. I’m already dreading his return to full work and you better believe Trainer will be heavily involved when he does. 

I could send him to Trainer on consignment and have her find me a new horse. One that comes pre bubble wrapped. The thought was tempting. I even mentioned it to the hubby. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1Fd4NBthjlVCju5YtqX_HU-MD2Xva9wjr
After 48 hours stall rest, standing wrap and one laser treatment his leg is finally nearly normal in size. Having the right vet make the right plan makes all the difference. 

But then I saw his big Doofusy head staring out over the stall door with his usual Doofusy expression. And then I mixed in this new fancy schamncy all natural equine anti anxiety med Hubby brought home from work for him and he took a bite, turned up his nose, took a bite and repeated until the whole thing was gone and I laughed and laughed. 

I put him in the cross ties to change his standing wrap and he did some impressive yoga moves to stretch and I laughed some more. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=17r7dJh_xZNts8c26a-BS1XDBo4A0nPl7
Streeeeetch

And the nail in the selling him idea coffin?

I had a lesson planned at Trainer’s that afternoon and I found myself dreading it in a way. I was scared. The last time I rode her mare I nearly got bucked off twice. I stuck it and got kiddos from Trainer for my Velcro butt, but it wasn’t fun and it scared me. As I got ready to head out for the lesson (not knowing which horse I’d ride though suspecting it’d be the same one) it hit me: I haven’t felt fear while preparing to or while actively riding since getting Eeyore. Sometimes I’m unsure of the task at hand, sometimes I feel over faced when pointed at a BN line or a huge (to me anyway) oxer, but never fear. 

Eeyore took all my riding fear away. And I had a lot of fear to get rid of. 

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He always crosses his front legs when he stretches. 

So yeah he is a royal Orange PITA. He has no common sense or sense of self preservation and he is insanely accident prone. But by gosh I love that horse and I really don’t want to sit astride another long term. I want him. 

Now which one of us is the real Doofus here?

17 comments:

  1. I am a fan of the idea that having a horse I feel safe riding is priceless. Even if they come with some baggage and quirks. Looks like your horse decided to take a bow for your blog readers!

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    1. After 2 awful lessons on another horse, Eeyore is not going anywhere. I may have to bubble wrap him or something but that horse is worth every second of rehab work.

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    2. Backyard Horse is very, very, right. Being scared sucks all the fun and joy from riding. Having one like Eeyore who makes you laugh and brings you happiness and dissolves your fear is something to keep close.

      Some horses are more accident prone then others sure. Carlos spent a lot of time off when I owned him but we also had several good years where everything seemed to align perfectly. Maybe that time just hasn't come for you yet!

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  2. Oof, that's a tough one. I guess the hope is that when he does come back he is good to go for a while :) I feel like your horse set up is so ideal. He doesn't realize how good he has it!

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    1. He doesn't realize a lot of things. Stupid idiot horse. I adore him though.

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  3. You know. You just need one more. ;-)

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    1. I wish. If we didn't have two retirees and Wyatt's mostly retired horse as well I'd have gotten a back up horse a long time ago.

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  4. I've spent at least a year, a year and a half just paying vet bills. Subi had ulcers from going blind, then Subi was fine and Batty had heaves. Then the light changed and Subi stressed again and then Batty's heaves got worse. Then a random colic after not dealing with it for 2 years... And then Subi tried to die on me. And even before that, I dealt with Batty and his on again, off again abscesses.

    So I'm living that life. I figured I could have a little bit of time where life could be easy... But I can't. A new horse won't guarantee that anything will be easy. Or vet bill free. I'm proof of that.

    I mean, look at Nay Nay. I never expected that we'd be dealing with a serious case of gastric/pyloric ulcers. Or that I'd be starting month 3 of ulcergard...

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    1. I hear you. Someone once told me that it is better to deal with the issues you know you have than get a new horse and get a new set of issues. Eeyore isn't going anywhere but I really, really need him to heal and be good for a while. I need this horse. He gives me confidence and wings I never knew I could have.

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  5. I'm still just so impressed by the stretching move. Especially with the crossed legs. He is such a character.

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    1. He is pretty bendy and weird. He makes me laugh all the time and even he he never comes sound (crossing fingers that doesn't happen) he will live with more for forever based on that alone.

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    2. Can you work on teaching him to do this on command, find some nice backgrounds, and make a horse yoga calendar? Then sell it to finance his vet bills? Just saying...

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    3. Sarah - Hahahahah! Maybe I can work on that while he is rehabbing.

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  6. Horses can be the biggest emotional roller coaster ever!!! The highs are worth it even if the lows seem to stretch out in endless rehab months...but the reward is sweeter at the end for it! I had an accident prone chestnut a long time ago and I loved that horse more than anything. Even looking back at the amount of time I actually got to ride him vs the time he was retired or rehabbing I wouldn't of changed anything bc he taught me sooooooo much. But still my fingers are crossed that Eeyore heals quickly and you're back having fun with him again and he STAYS sound after this!!!!!!

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    1. I thought all our bad luck ran out with his first year but nope. I have a feeling this will be life with him, but he is worth it. I have never felt what I feel when I ride him on any other horse, so he is as stuck with me as I am with him

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  7. Horses are heartbreakers. Eeyore is a doofus but he's yours and that is nice. ( aside: I wonder if the bell boots that reiners wear would be protective for him? )

    I probably should have sold Carmen but I didn't and here we are. Eeyore has been so good for your self-confidence. I would also tell the trainer that you don't want to ride the horse that bucks. You shouldn't dread riding a horse.

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  8. Are those ones different than normal bell boots? I'll google it and see. He wears regular bell boots because he does over reach and will pull front shoes without them.

    I was stupid and rode her again and it ruined what shreds of confidence I still had so now I'm trying to figure out my next steps.

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