Here is a clue about some recent events.
I took Wednesday, Thursday, Friday off work this week. I've been feeling pretty exhausted lately. I planned to bring Apollo to Coach D's place for bootcamp before our show. I also wanted to catch up on a buttload of sleep. I have been feeling super emotional about everything lately and I think that was likely because I'm pretty burnt out. Now luckily for me I've only had happy things happen to be emotional about so far. I almost cried when I got a text from a friend at Mystic's barn asking if they could blanket her because the weather was turning very cold (how nice is that?!). And the notes from Henry's trainer have made my heart so happy (cried). Apollo and I even did some nice jumping in a lesson with Coach D last week and I was pretty darn happy about (later thought about it and cried). It's good to feel things, but this is not really what I'm like.
I am a floating potato angel.
A few days ago another girl at the barn was asking what a splint felt like.... Apollo has an old "bone bruise" just below his right knee, so I was planning let her feel it because it feels like a splint (he has never been unsound on it, it's just ugly). When I grazed his leg to find the bone bruise... I felt a splint.
It could be old or it could be new. I brush Apollo's legs all the time because it's his favorite thing. But his hairiness prevents me from seeing a splint. I feel his leg quite a bit too, but not every day (although now I sure will be). He hasn't been unsound at all. He has maybe felt slightly stiffer in the warm up but that's about. I suspect it's fairly new because it's actually been shrinking.
Apollo finds his pre-show bowl cut very embarassing.
I called my favorite barn friend/bodyworker/injury expert to check him out. I trotted him on the cement and in the arena and she agreed that he's completely sound. She thinks it's likely from him slipping on the ice and clipping himself (or maybe from a kick). His current workload of 4/5 days a week rides for about 20-30 minutes and occasionally jumping a tiny cross rail is very unlikely to have caused it.
She did find some sensitivity on his check ligament and was worried about how close the splint was to his suspensory. Her recommendations are to treat it with DMSO and give him a week off. She's going to treat it with red light therapy as much as she can. If the sensitivity of the check ligament hasn't improved in a week's time I'm going to call the vet for further investigation (ie. ultrasound etc).
Bad pic of shaved booboo area.
I guess the bright side is that he isn't unsound. And it's really lucky that I noticed it.
On the non-bright side our show will not be happening. I know that this isn't really a big deal but I am honestly so bummed out right now.
In other not-so-great news... I have been considering bringing Mystic home from the trainer's barn. I originally planned on keeping her there for the summer (so I could hitch a ride to the shows in the big trailer). I'm really sick of the long drive and the trainer isn't available for as many lessons as I'd hoped. At Coach D's barn I take weekly lessons on a lesson horse and now I've been put in with a group of girls who are really keen to jump. As someone who is kind of nervous about jumping it pretty much makes me feel like a gigantic loser. For example...
Coach D: Should we raise the fences for the next round?
Other girls: YAAAAY!
Me: ..... nooooooo
My husband is now 5 months without a job. I'm just feeling like I don't know know if all these extras horse activities are worth the strain on our limited finances. Especially when I'm not getting a lot of enjoyment out of it.
But this mare has been an absolute rockstar.
I guess my three days off work were not to re-charge my batteries. Instead I'm enjoying a three-day pity party.
I hope to have good news to post soon. If anyone would like to drive over to my house and give me a a kick in the ass/motivation speech...feel free!