Keeping the Moving Parts MovingJessie has not been getting the work she needs while I've been off training Scratch (See Scratch's Blog). Part of the reason I took on the Scratch project was to give Jessie a little break. She has seemed a bit "off" since she stepped in a gopher hole a few years back. It's not a consistent enough injury to get checked out. Her limp seems to come and go sporadically. The four months of the competition with Scratch would be a good hiatus for her...or so I thought.
Scratch's competition ended on October 11th and, while I'm still training him, I gave Scratch a week off to recover from the arduous prep work we had done in the weeks leading up to final days. When I got on Jessie to ride she was lamer than ever.
Now normally I would take her to the vet. What was stopping me was the way she acted at feeding time. In the mornings I would walk by her pen to get to the hay stack. She would bounce around like a bucking bronco. No sign of limping here. Her tantrums were big as she kicked her back feet high above the top rail of our 5 foot panels.
I started taking her on short easy rides. We would trot a few steps, then walk - mostly walk. As time went by the limp eased and rarely shows up (although it's only been about 8 weeks). The girl just needs to work. I thought giving her a rest would be a benefit - a little vacation. She needs a job and to move. We are working more regularly now and we'll keep after it.