Of course I caught a cold.
I tried to outsmart it by taking naps, hoovering up all food in sight, hot showers and snorting Zycam...but it didn't work. I guess I just got too chilled.
I hate being sick. I almost never am, so I think that makes it worse. It makes me a very grumpy squirrel.
By yesterday afternoon, I was begging someone to just shoot me. Today, I'm thankful they didn't. But still don't feel so hot.
Now I'm not so sure I will go to the barrel race tomorrow. Meg didn't ride Moon on Monday. I rode him Tuesday and Wednesday, but didn't work on the pattern. Had to beg off riding yesterday and am not so sure I feel up to it today. He needs his feet trimmed too and I know I am not up to that.
Naw...it's probably not worth it to try to run this weekend. Bummer!
Oh well, the season is rolling, so there is another run next weekend. I'd rather be prepared for that 2 day run rather than mess one up this weekend. One thing I have had driven home about Moon, there really is no 'sneaking' in any runs on him. He either has to be prepared (and it's still a bit sketchy then) or not go. He's been running too long and is too opinionated to sneak anything by him anymore.
As for that sorrel horse's knee...
There really hasn't been any change.
The difference is so subtle it's difficult to see...
There is just the tiniest bit of puffiness above his right knee around his 'knob' and on the bottom center of his knee. (It's the knee on the left in the picture)
There is no heat, no soreness, his flexion is good and he travels sound. I guess I will just keep an eye on it and see what develops. It hasn't done anything different in a week. Meg kept him up for me while we were gone to keep an eye on it, just in case it was a strain and got bigger. It didn't, so I am not overly worried about it anymore.
This might be the culprit...
See that nasty purple bruise on his frog? (top of picture) You can't really see that he has a matching purple bruise on that heel as well. One of the worst bruises I have ever seen. I suspect this may have made him walk a little funny and added some strain on that knee. Not to mention I keep having to fight thrush on this horse. He grows a lot of heel and has really deep clefts. I have finally gotten his front feet whittled down and have started working on his back feet again.
He is not good about having his feet worked on. He gets better as I keep working with him, but he is truly genetically inclined to be snorty about anything around his feet. His mother was that way, as are his 2 sisters (out of the same mare). I don't care what people say...You just cannot get around some genetic propensities. It's not all bad though. This line of horses (through the dam's side) have a lot of what calf-roper's call 'get back'. It makes them fantastic for that event, which is what Bugs was bred to be. He was supposed to be my brother's next calf horse. Bugs' dam was a great calf-horse as is one of his sisters. The other sister is scheduled to be bred this year. Now that baby...I am looking forward to!
I had initially thought that I would turn Bugs into a barrel horse. He is a 1/2 brother to Moon (same sire) and he has a fair amount of run. However, the more I am around him, the more I realize he just needs me to get him riding well and then find him a good roper to take him to his true calling. He needs someone to turn him into what he was bred to be and I can't do that.
I don't really think his age (11yrs old) is much of a determent to him, if he is riding well. A good calf horse usually lasts well into their teens and more than a few are competitive into their early 20's. Good calf-horse prospects are not a dime a dozen. No one really breeds for that specifically. So when something comes around that has what it takes, ropers usually take notice. Bugs definitely has every attribute-good burst of speed, big stopper in the hindquarter, not to big and he has that little bit of snort.
Now I just need to get well and get rolling on him. ;-)
That ain't a happenin' to day folks. I'm headed back to bed.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend!!!