1) 4-5 days off post-injection
2) Ride for two weeks (lightly) to assess if the injections helped
3) If there is improvement seen then ride lightly for one month
I had my first post-injection ride on Thursday night. I wasn't expecting much. He has still seemed quite sluggish on the ground. Whenever we've in and out of gate he still tries to avoid pivoting his hind end. And on Thursday he seemed to be in a bad mood. He was extra sluggish about walking to the arena and then had all kinds of energy to be a turd at the mounting block. I would normally think he was being a jerk but I was worried he was trying to tell me that he was in pain.
That aside it felt wonderful to be riding my horse again. I decided to ride on the buckle to let him sort out how his body was feeling. His walk felt lovely. He never really felt "off" to me at the walk but it felt a little extra nice. When I asked for a trot....ugh. It was ugly. I felt his back tense up and he took the tiniest choppiest steps. I let him come back to a walk. But after his first ugly trot he randomly wanted to trot some more. I let him move out as he wished and tried to just be a quiet passenger as I assessed his movement. He had some ugly moments and some nice feeling moments. He felt crooked (which is normal but needs work too) more than in pain after the first trot attempt. After our brief ride he yawned a lot and was licking his lips a lot. Maybe that's a good sign?
That was also my first ride in my newly re-flocked saddle. I'm happy with the fit but I wish I wasn't trying two new things at once (injections and re-flock). If he has issues it kind of muddies the waters as to which is the culprit. Oh well! I started giving him Recovery EQ + HA this week and am still saving up for Back on Track stuff.
On Saturday I went for a ride after work. His demeanor changed completely. When he saw my car coming down the driveway he walked to the gate to meet me (heart melting!). He seemed to have an easier time pivoting his hind end as we went in and out of gates. The arena was freeeeezing. I decided to ride him in a cooler with my bareback pad on top and just in the side pull. I only rode at a walk but he felt wonderful and was much more willing. I am feeling hopeful but still a bit guarded about his soundness.
Good pony waiting at the gate for me!
Blurry B&W of us yesterday (in our serious equestrian attire...not so much)
Cute photogenic ponykins
Mystic's new winter coat is this spiffy pattern (phone died before I took a pic of her wearing it)
Even barn helper dogs are bundled up for the cold!