My lesson horse after our ride, very sweet :)
Yesterday marked the two week mark since Apollo's fetlock injections. The vet told me if things hadn't improved in two weeks then we needed to re-evaluate because they didn't work. If they did work I was to continue riding him lightly for a month.
I headed over to ride my pony after my dressage lesson. I have been doing a lot of handwalking and riding bareback at the walk but I decided I needed to put his saddle on and ask him to move around more so I could properly evaluate his current state of soundness.
After lots of handwalking followed by riding at a walk I asked for a trot. He BUCKED three times and then bolted off into a canter. I was riding him in the sidepull because he's been so quiet lately...that was a mistake! He continued to be a nut for most of the ride and threw at least five more bucks into random places. Eventually we were able to do some walk and trot transitions without Apollo being a maniac. He felt sound....but he felt very crooked. I'm not sure that my "light work" schedule for him has been enough. Maybe I should have done more or less.... I'm not really sure. It's hard to know if he was feeling really good so he was naughty or if he was feeling pain somewhere so he was naughty.
I had decided that the two week anniversary date of the injections would be my "decision day" for what our plan was. I figured if he was sound then we'd continue working him towards my eventing goal. If he wasn't sound he needed to come back to his old barn where he is closer (so feeding him his Recovery EQ is more convenient).
Now I'm not feeling like it's a very straightforward decision at all! My plan now is to get the chiro/bodyworker back out to see if she can figure out his crookedness. I'll keep riding him too (lightly) and if between some body work and increased activity we can't get him 100% then we will give our notice at the barn.
This crazy nut tried to kill me!
I rode him today around the hay field at a walk for about 30 minutes. Oh yeah - and I put a bit in his mouth! Crazy ponies need brakes! He was awesome. His walk felt lovely. He seemed somewhat tired at the end, I think walking through some of the deeper snow was pretty hard work for him. I think if he continues to feel sound this is a good thing to keep in our repertoire (weather permitting). I had a lot of fun with my big pony.
I hope to have the chiro/bodyworker out very soon and will have a more definitive plan at that point! :)