There's nothing quite like horses with their ability to bring you back down to earth with a bump! Whilst I thought our rehab of Vallu and getting him back into full fitness and proper training work was going wonderfully well, Vallu's leg decided that everything had been going to well for too long.😓 Just when you think everything is going well and that you've done really well with the rehab and being careful, then 💥💥💥 and you put a stop to everything...
After our Ville lesson a couple of weeks ago, I decided to lunge Vallu the following the day to give him an easier day followed by a few days off. After 2 days off, I went to go ride and suddenly his front leg was swollen right where the old injury was! 🙄😩 And when I mean swollen it was really just the ligament area being slightly puffy with no heat so that an unobservant person may not have even realised that there was something different. Luckily, there was no heat and he was not lame/off at all in trot so no visit to the vet but it did mean he managed to bag himself a 2 week holiday whilst I berated myself for being a bad horse owner for doing something wrong (even though I still don't know what I did wrong!) After a few more days off the swelling disappeared and then due to my essay deadlines we decided that having another week off wouldn't hurt him or his leg, which is why you guys haven't seen him on Instagram or anywhere, because the fat potato has been chilling in his paddock or in his stable, enjoying his grooming sessions, hand grazing and hand walks.
This week we've returned back to riding work, and so far so good! The leg has not swollen up after riding, which I am over the moon about. Although we have only done walk, trot and canter in straight lines and on big circles, it seems like the two weeks off were just what he needed. Now to see if we can create a weekly plan where he gets worked enough to keep his a lid on his exuberant moves but not too much so that his leg flares up again or that he gets bored. Especially with winter arriving here with no warning, I really need to be able to keep Vallu calm so that he doesn't hurt himself in the paddock.
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