It ain't gonna happen, because we are in the middle of the 'Big Thaw' in the great white North. There is no ground anymore, only mud. I HATE this time of year. We have been banned from riding outside so the ground doesn't get all chewed up. While that is not good for me in the short term, in the long term, it makes the most sense. I would rather suffer for the next 2 or 3 weeks in order to have the ground be okay/safe for when we need it most: during the Spring, Summer and Fall.
I had the BO take a look at Chester yesterday when I was riding him. He feels...not like Chester feels. Not lame, not stiff, but not Chester. She watched him go round a couple times and came up with: I see what you are saying, He is stepping short on his hind right.
Interesting. Interesting for a couple different reasons. Interesting because that is the same thing that was happening a year ago when we were dealing with UFP. Interesting because he has a hard time stretching/letting go of that HR. Almost like he doesn't trust me to hold it for him. Interesting because he resists that hind leg when I go to pick out his hoof. Interesting because it was his right side that was effected more then his left. Interesting because he still bobs to the right when going around a sharp turn.
The key to getting rid of this is...yep - building up his muscles - which would be no big deal, except it is the middle of the Thaw making it impossible to get outside and trot in straight lines for 20 minutes. Eff. You. Canadian. Winter. Getting outside is the ideal situation, however, there are other things that can be done to help over the next couple of weeks. There is always Plan B,
Regardless, I am riding, he is happ
Slowly, but surely, Chester is coming back!!