I had a new vet out about 2 weeks ago to do a meet and greet as well as a baseline lameness exam. I wasn't really expecting her to find anything because I haven't really noticed Charlie feeling funny and the trainers certainly haven't said anything. Well, I should have known better - ignorance is bliss, right? She poked and prodded and when she got to the S-I joint, Charlie just about sat down. It only got better from there - sarcasm. I'll spare you all the little details but suffice it to say after several digital x-rays and some joint injections, I'm considerably poorer.
Since Charlie needed a few days off to recover and I had to go to GA for my Navy stuff, he had 6 days off. Since I'm brilliant, I thought it would be a fantastic idea to go to Pine Top to school XC for his first ride back. And because I'm trying to be thrifty in my new found poor state, I thought it would be an even better idea to take Charlie to the farrier before going to Pine Top. Timeline went like this: 6 days off, spend Sunday night in (because his feet have to be super dry for the glue to work), get on the trailer straight from the stall Monday morning, go to Aiken and get new kicks, get back on the trailer and go an hour south to Pine Top and school by myself (SuperMom was on the ground for obvious safety reasons). Brilliant and thrifty, right? Let's just say it wasn't my brightest idea but since I was bright enough to buy the Wonder Pony, I lived to tell about Monday. Charlie was very good considering the circumstances. My main goal was to trot through the water several times since he was a little sticky there this spring. Mission accomplished along with a few hard core bucks which fortunately didn't result in me hitting the dirt.
The rest of the week was fairly light until Friday when we trekked up to Amy's for a lesson. Amy got on him which was really cool. It used to be when I was younger and dumber, I couldn't understand why someone would pay someone else to ride their horse - kinda defeats the purpose, right? Well, I get it now. He looked so pretty! She had some really great insight and I left with some awesome homework. Basically, Charlie needs to be quicker with his hind feet. I lose him out the backend and the way I feel it is he gets a little stiff in his face. The name of the game is he MUST be quicker off my leg and I MUST keep after him to keep his feet moving behind. It's a lot of work. But since he's the Wonder Pony, he's getting it! He was quite good today and I've only been practicing for 2 days. Yay!
So besides having Charlie, one of the ways I deal with stress is to buy stuff - back to being brilliant... Well, I've been wanting one of those Rambo Helix sheet thingys and managed to find this one on sale no less from a shop in the UK. Even better, unlike SmartPak (which I love!), they have it in grey! Total score! Total cost after shipping (which costs more than the sheet itself) is $82. Still less than SmartPak. I have decided I just need to move to England - everybody rides there and tack stuff is way cheaper. What's not to like?
Random sunset photo from the barn. You can see the mountains in the background - so pretty!
Charlie eating and looking a little chubby! Yay for a chubby thoroughbred!
This, my friends, makes me very happy! Never thought I'd be happy about gas being $3.06/gal...
We're going back to the Carolina Horse Park next weekend as long as I survive this week. School has been a serious drain and the main reason I haven't been posting very regularly. It's kind of a day by day survival thing. While I'm seriously apprehensive about facing the job market again, I cannot wait to be done with school. Only 5 more weeks!