Less than ideal…

In Uncategorized on May 12, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Gypsy in her bandages hand walking....

Well, Gypsy has been on “stall rest” for  just over two months, to heal her wounded tendon.  Her planned rehab was to be three months long.  But all has not gone according to plan. On the re-exam of her leg, it appears that the “slight tear” of her superficial digital tendon has progressed to a core lesion. There’s a hole in it. I saw the changes myself on the ultra sound. Now luckily she’s not in pain, she can walk around, lie down, roll, graze, all that stuff, but under strictest supervision so that she doesn’t trot, canter, slip and make it worse.  I’ve been steadily following vet’s orders of daily 20 minute walks, bandage changes, etc.  But sadly, it’s going to be another six to TWELVE months of rest. In the barn. For a pony with breathing problems.

I am a mess at knowing what to do to manage her quality of life… How did I just blithely believe she would “go on ” forever? Thankfully, we always lived in the moment and squeezed all the joy we could from life.  I had hoped she would be rehabilitated to pleasure riding soundness. A part of me still hopes, but gladly I would just take her as pasture sound so she could go out doors freely and enjoy herself at grass. It’s managing her health up to that stage that poses the problem for me… I’ll still take her for walks in the woods, just not from the saddle.

And then I get weepy thinking I’ll maybe never feel her wonderful gaits carrying me anymore… I just get so sad: we are such a great team. For now, anyhow (and maybe for always hence) our relationship is on the ground together. The way of things… she stood by me when I was sick. How could I not do the same?  Yesterday I took her on a rope out to her paddock, which is finally dry enough for her to enter without risk of slipping and pulling the tendon.  She stood in the middle and licked the dirt! DIRT LOVELY DIRT! And then she rolled in it.  She was blissfully happy after I gave her some grass, and then slightly cheesed off when the visit ended off with the same boring twenty minute hand-walk.  She’s too smart for that to stay interesting long, and she’s getting indignant and impatient at  being stuck indoors in MAY!

And while I’m weepy at the thought of that vibrant lively mare never enjoying the game of speeding up towards and over a fallen log, I am just so blessed to have been touched by her in the first place, me dear sweet best friend! She’s always been a tough nut, so I hope she recovers in true Welsh/Arab style!

Well, I have to go and sound check now for our Live To Air performance on tonight. And I’ll be attending the MARTY Mississauga Arts awards tomorrow too: I’ll be coming straight from the farm: think I’ll bring some clean boots ; )

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