Right, well then. The time, it has flown.
I think I mentioned vaccines and chiropractic in my last post. Well, they happened and then everything went a bit pear-shaped.
Poor Buzzington had a pitiful reaction to his jabs — a big fat hind-leg, a set of man-boobs and widespread body stiffness that left him positively wooden for about two weeks. 👀
Hard to see in the photo, but his right hind blew up for about three days. Odd, because it’s usually both that fill with a reaction, but since when have we done things the conventional way?
He’s never reacted quite this badly to vaccines before, but there are two things that I think contributed –
- I usually split them but because I was the only person on the vet. visit, I had to pay full call-fee and at $50, I didn’t want a repeat of that. Other barns we’ve been at tend to do mass vaccine visits, so that splits the fee between lots of people. Not so here.
- The ice storm came the next day which meant the horses were left in for two days and I wasn’t able to get to the barn to hand-walk him.
That meant two weeks of gentle walking and the occasional shuffle-trot to try and work out some of the muscle stiffness. His man-boobs slowly migrated down to his girth area so that put us out of commission for a few days as well. Then, towards the end of week 2, I managed to get Jen out to do an Equi-Bow* treatment and that shifted the last of the funk and he was right as rain when I rode again after the requisite two days of ‘processing’.
So there we were, set backwards again. Add to that, various family stuff and April was pretty much a bust, riding-wise.
But here we are in May.
I’ve managed to keep my lesson dates for the better part of May, once things settled down again and, joy, of joys, being able to ride in the outdoor ring has done WONDERS for the both of us. Oh frabjous day! The wide open spaces! No Corner of Doom — although he’s found a substitute in The Wooden Benches of Peril.
Oh, and the pigs.
But that’s a story for another day.
* I can’t sing the praises of Equi-Bow loudly enough. I’ve no doubt that it’s been a total game-changer in how he moves and balances himself. True story.