When I went out to feed this morning the sun was shining. I'm on one of "days off" from work, so there was only one thing I could do...
|New tack set from American Trail Gear :)|
|Not something we get to see often in Western Wa. in the winter.|
|C. made a beeline for this little runoff stream halfway through our ride- he was thirsty.|
|What's better than Unicorns and Rainbows?????|
Cartman and Rainbows!!!!
|I'm lucky to have this deep sand area to ride in when he's barefoot. This is all dredge spoils from Mt. St. Helens 1980- and it covers over 400 acres and is probably 40-50 feet tall in some sections.|
|The town of Castle Rock is directly across the river from here- you can kind of see some through the trees. The green treed lump on the right side of the photo is the Castle Rock.|
|another water break|
|Taj and Girlie were anxiously waiting for C to come home.|
|I love that C isn't really prone to being herd bound. He has important grazing to do, no time for visiting with his friends!|
So after our ride in the arena last night I set up a similar scenario to the ride at Halloween (where his left ankle swelled up again after a night in the stall). I've been wondering if that incident was an isolated one, or something that I might have to deal with on a continual basis.
Since his original injury was Oct. 4th- and he was ridden several times between the 15th and the 31st with no swelling, but had been turned out after each ride- I didn't really know if it was related to the injury? or over-exertion? or being stalled.
I think I made the right decision to just give him the two months off- because this morning there was absolutely no swelling anywhere after a hard ride and a night in the barn!