|because he does not look as fancy as he was being here!|
Really, I'm just being a whiny bitch because that's the mood I'm in. We've had one too many uplifting posts around this joint. It's time for my Stephen King novel to take a turn for the worse. (I've never even read a Stephen King novel, by the way, but isn't taking a turn for the worse what they're all about?)
Bad news first, or good news?
Yay, bad news!
|my, what large ears you have.|
Yesterday when I wandered into the barn, BM was like, "Let's shoot you down." No, she wasn't actually like that, but she did tell me that when bringing Bobby inside in the morning, he doesn't want to move to come in. He just stands there like he'd be perfectly happy to be left alone all day. Normally, since this is Bobby and Bobby is a giant dope, I'd be like, "Meh." However, it's a new behavior for him and a few horses in the barn have come up with high positives for Lyme disease.
Then that got me thinking about how he feels under saddle. He's been warming up the past week and a half feeling like he's footsore, but he's not showing any signs of being footsore--even walking up the gravel hill! He just starts out kind of short-strided, but then once he's had a forward trot and a canter on a loose rein in half seat, he's absolutely one hundred percent sound. He feels great once he's warmed up.
|warm up canter in my ballin' Horze coat!|
It's easy to write that off as "It's getting colder, his muscles are taking longer to warm up, yada yada" except that I've known this horse from Day One and he's never had a problem warming up in cold weather.
But he's not running a fever. Once warmed up, he's supple, he's relaxed, he's excited to be working, he's moving into the bridle, and he's jumping great. He hasn't gotten grumpier. He's not grinding his teeth about anything (which is a big deal for him). The only difference is that he's reluctant to move to come inside each morning, and he's stiff warming up.
That's enough for me. Lyme is easily treatable, especially when caught in the earlier stages, and thanks to the awesome BMs who are quick to notice and point out any little change in the horses, I'd say there's just enough there to go off of. So I'm waiting for my vet to get back to me with an appointment time, and I'll have the test done. Hopefully if it comes off positive, it's really fucking low because treatment is currently really fucking expensive.
|oh, hey, fancy horse at really awkward angle.|
On to the good news!
I got a video of Bobby jumping!
Those were the last two jumps we did. I asked BM to watch since she was turning a horse out in the paddock next to the arena, which is who I'm talking to at the end. Also, I threw that chip in there on the last jump just so you guys wouldn't think Bobby and I were getting to full of ourselves. We do still occasionally bite it. That's just how we roll, okay?
|slightly overzealous on a mid-air lead change while warming up.|
|the type of high quality photos you're missing out on.|
|obviously excellent timing.|
That's all that's going on in Bobby Land at the moment. He's going to get his sheet switched out for his medium weight tomorrow in preparation for a week of highs in the thirties. That is clearly not exciting at all and just very depressing.