Wednesday was supposed to be my one day to jump a few bigger jumps before getting to the show, and was also my opportunity to reinstall some buttons after undoing Val a little at the horse show in our jump-offs and speed class. Of course, things with horses never go according to plan, and he came in with a bump on his knee.
He started out feeling about 98%, and just took a a funny step here and there in the deep footing. This in itself is not unusual, because he hates deep footing and is fussy through it in general. But after we cantered he came up definitely lame, so I iced his knee, gave him bute, wrapped him up, and put him in a stall over night.
Even though yesterday was supposed to be the day I stayed home after work and got ready for the show, instead I ran out to the barn to check on dum dum, who fortunately, appears to be sound again. Poor guy was so starved for attention after being in a stall for 24 hours, but he was still very polite which I love him about him. To be safe, I still only moved him around enough to make sure he was sound, iced his knee, and put him back in the stall. No bute and no wrap, just to make sure he really is 100%, and trainer will check him once more before putting him on the trailer, but it looks like we can still show. Woo!!
This sport is not without its ups and downs, but dang, I could have done without that scare. The bump still isn’t gone, but since he’s sound I’m going to ignore it. He comes in with these things all the time, and this just happened to be the one that made him off. Hopefully having nothing but one stretchy flat ride between shows doesn’t bite us in the butt. At least we get to school tonight, so I’ll have a chance to work out any kinks. Wish us luck!