Monday, July 11, 2011
Ace Does Doornekamps Gold Dressage Show
Saturday I groomed for my mom and her mare Ace at beautiful Doornekamps farm in Odessa Ontario. Ace who is known to be quite rude in the warm up was a good girl and kept her wits about her. She did two first level tests and one second level test. She was a bit of a brat in her first test and had one big bobble, but progressed in each test and her last test - the second level test was her best. She finished with a sixth and 2 second places out of a good size field, only beat by her coach in the second level - not bad! One of three videos...2 more to come :)
For some pics:
I had to cancel my plans to take Archie dressaging on Sunday. When I got on him Saturday evening he was off and didn't want to move forward. I jumped off, took him back to the barn, removed his tack and grabbed the lunge line. I lunged him for a minute in the arena and it was clear he was sore in the front - but where? I picked up his feet, no bruising, no tenderness. I checked his legs, no heat, no swelling, no sensitivity. I thought it might be in the shoulder since he was just taking a little short of a step and there was no other indication to be seen anywhere. I decided I would cold hose, poultice his legs and wrap him for the night and see how he was first thing in the morning.
I jogged him on the lunge early Sunday and he was not as bad but still slightly stiff on the left side. Again, there was no heat or swelling. I cold hosed his shoulder and leg again just in case and let him out for the day. I hosed him again mid day, and then again when he came in for the night. By bring in time his should looked like there was a bit of fluid in it and slightly bigger than the right one. I wrapped him again and put him to bed. I am not positive it is his shoulder but I have a good feeling that's what it is. He must have twisted it, or bumped into something out in the field as he was %100 the day before. I will give him a few days off and see how he is, if no improvement I will have to have the vet out but let's hope it doesn't get to that!
I was disappointed as I really wanted to do some dressaging but honestly my attitude these days is just, "this too shall pass"....so I went and gave back to the equestrian community and volunteered at a local Trillium Hunter show. Always an interesting time that is certain.
Hope everyone had a beautiful weekend!