Wow, has it been that long already? I guess there’s just been too much going on, I can’t keep up with all of it!
So, you remember my new friend Anthony, right? Well, he came back to the barn again for a second riding lesson the next day, and he actually learned how to canter! In fact, he did such a great job in his lesson that my Mommy and I decided that he could sit on my back and trot around a little bit after our workout – that very same day!
Anthony did a really good job. He even asked me to come into a frame without realizing it!
We had a lot of fun, especially when we got to the part where we posed for photos. You know how much I love posing for photos!
The day after Anthony left, I had a surprise visit from the dentist. Mommy made sure to tell him how much of a lightweight I am when it comes to sedatives, so he gave me half of a dose – and it was plenty! I liked him, though; he’s a really nice old man, and he treated me really well. One of the girls at the barn held me while I got my teeth floated, because you know my Mommy needed to take lots of pictures. (Luckily, I was too drugged-up with that sedative to care much or be too embarrassed by her!)
It took me a while to come out of my haze, but Mommy stayed with me the entire time and made sure I was alright.
Anyway, the other day, I was in the paddock next to Pokey and Ella’s paddock when they both left to go to their lessons, leaving me completely alone.
Well, I kind of panicked. I started running around like crazy, which was not a smart idea, seeing as how all of the paddocks are on a hill. One of the people at the barn saw me running and brought me into my stall, where I calmed down, but I was sweaty and hot and my legs were already sore, even though I had been wearing my turn-out boots.
Needless to say, the next day, all of my legs were very swollen. Mommy thought I was just stocked up at first, but she said she was just going to prepare herself for the worst. She cold-hosed my legs, and then she let me stretch and get my sillies out in the round pen to see if the swelling would go down. I shouldn’t have been running in a paddock that’s on a slanted hill like that; I’ve learned my lesson, but I can’t promise that I won’t do it again!
The swelling in my legs has been gradually going away, but I’ve had to have even more time off since then, and it’s driving me crazy. Mommy has been by twice each day to cold-hose my legs and wrap them in standing wraps. It was way too hot today to go outside, but I heard a rumor that I’ll be going into the little medical paddocks again, since they’re much smaller… and that means it’s much harder for me to gallop in them! I’m not happy about it, though; I’d rather be eating grass all day. I guess I should have heeded Mommy’s warning when she told me that I’d better not gallop in the paddock!
I have a feeling I’ll be getting tomorrow off, too, but if it’s as hot tomorrow as it was today, I won’t mind one bit.
I guess that’s all I have to say for today, friends. I’ll catch y’all later… Stay cool and drink lots of water!