Yeah, I’ve been gone a while, I know. Sarah and Chelsey are still the only ones who really know about this blog, so I’m not sure that my absence matters all that much.
In order to save a lot of time and typing, I’ll just offer a few succinct reasons for my absence.
- I got crazy busy…. bought a house, sold a house, moving, work, husbands work and military schedule.
- Moving Roo…. there are lots of reasons behind this, but long story short, I decided a different approach to his rehab and care was necessary.
A lot has happened over the last 5 months, and this is a horse blog, so I won’t go into too much detail, but my hubby and I moved to make my commute better and be closer to civilization.
As for Roo, I left off just before my vet and I came up with a rehab schedule. Roo had his first ultra-sound (probably EVER) of his “old set” bowed tendon. Old, cold, and set….my ass (I’ll get to that in a later blog). It’s never a good thing when the vet uses terms like, “swiss cheese” or “shot gun blasts” to describe your horses tendon. It was officially a grade 4 tear. Since the time between his last race and when I bought him is sketchy at best, the doc and I decided to treat his tendon as if it had just happened.
He was not put on stall rest since he had been living outside for about 5 months and was getting small paddock turnout already. We decided that mentally it would be best for him to be in turnout. He was a good boy in TO anyways, even if he was a messy pig.
That meant lots of hand-walking and patience. I told the doc that I didn’t care how long it took and I wanted an ultra conservative approach to his care since I didn’t really know his entire story.
Our ground work lessons pretty much stopped after that. I won’t go into it, but I’ll say, I listen to my vet and do what she advises. Plain and simple.
Roo moved to a new farm in May. It’s retirement/rehab place closer to my new home. He’s recovery has been nothing short of amazing. My new trainer and has really helped us both learn so much. His tendon has made major improvements. The holes “you can drive a truck through” are almost gone. I’ll always be able to see them at some level. His tendon will never be perfect again, but in all seriousness, it is truly light years from what is was.
He’s so handsome and cleans up quite well, doesn’t he. No it’s not exactly a full view, but it’s the best I can do by myself. I need to be better at taking photos of him. I promise I’ll get better ones Chelsey & Sarah!
Why did I come back to write? I’ll write more about that in a later blog once I figure out how to say it. What I can say now is that I’m not afraid of what others think and I’m more than capable of deciding what’s best for my horse.