Monday, May 31, 2010

The Hazards of Goals with an Old Horse

Bogart is lame. Well, not three-legged lame, but uncomfortable in work at the trot. It is not anything that is injury-related; just old-horse related. Typically, when we start a work session, he is a little uneven, but works out of it within a few trot circles. Not so the other day. He started out a bit more stiff than usual, and even though he was working very well, he got a bit more uncomfortable after a few trot circles, so I got off and fussed over him for a while to make him feel special and then turned him back out.

Since he is 25 years old, I guess I should not be as disappointed as I am, but nevertheless, I am. He has been so sound for his age that I can't help it.

Fortunately, I have not sent off my entries for the June 19-20 Silver Sands Dressage Show yet, and I still have time to make a decision if he gets to feeling better. He is due for his monthly Adequan shot (it is an injectable joint supplement), so I may give him a loading-series over the course of four days and see what happens. The closing date is not until June 7, so we do have time.


  1. Been there done that, you remember my old guy. He was competitive at 4th until he got sick at 22. Its so hard when they age. But he has a loving forever home, and at the end of the day, their souls are really what makes this passion special! Give the grand old man a carrot for me :)

  2. Thanks Liz! I do remember him; we are so lucky to have these great horses come into our lives. I am hoping, however, that this is temporary/maintainable for a little longer! LOL Looking forward to your show on the 12th! Hope I can be there with the old we have a judge yet?