Thursday, 20? minutes in the roundpen, mostly trot/canter. Still puffing.
Saturday, 6 miles with a friend, fairly slowly. Confetti is still puffing worse than our less-conditioned riding partner.
Sunday, mostly-walking pony ride to a beginner rider.
Tuesday, 20 minutes riding in the round pen. There is no reason my well-trained horse can’t do this nicely. 10 minutes solid trot in each direction.
Thursday, two bareback laps around the barn until she said she desperately needed a run. Turned her out for an explosively zoomy moonlight running session with her baby herd-sister.
Friday, vet visit for fall shots. Her assessment is that Fetti is just fat and fluffy. She drew blood for a few tests anyway. I am not convinced that’s it, although I agree she is fat and fluffy, and I’ll take more hair off because it can’t hurt.
Saturday, pony is lame. RH?
Sunday, still lame. It’s still pretty subtle, and I’m still thinking RH.
Tuesday, still NQR. Still subtle. Pentosan injection today, fairly overdue, so hopefully that will help. Who knows? 20 minutes of work in the evening has her moderately sweaty, so in any case, we have our baseline to work from this winter and start from near-scratch on conditioning next year.
Thursday, still waiting on Fetti’s bloodwork results. Today she’ll get worked 20-30min again if she’s no worse; forecast calls for rain this weekend. It’s too cold to bathe and clip today. That will have to wait til next week.
I just can’t quite shake the gut feeling that we’re done with endurance. I’m not giving up, don’t worry, but I am worried and anxious. Rationally, I know that there are other members of the herd contributing to that worry; that is not my story to tell yet and I hope those worries are all for naught, but our ponies could use some good thoughts right now.