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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Lame Update

This week I had a follow-up visit for Tanna and Sasha for a lameness evaluation.
At the vet

Tanna has had 9 1/2 weeks of downtime after his pull at Biltmore. Some of that was stall-bound or in a small paddock, but the last 30 days were out on pasture. He showed brilliantly for the vet. Very free and easy trot. Very fluid, not a hint of an issue. Cleared for light riding! Yay!!!

Riding Tanna for the first time in 9.5 weeks!!


So this week, I rode him 3 times. 3 miles (45-50 minutes) each time. Mostly walking. About 10-15 minutes of light trotting spread out through each workout. Today I rode him for the 3rd time and I decided to back off and only ride him once more this week. He is still sound and looked fine, but I felt like he did too much trotting today with too much animation, so I'm going to be safe and let him rest it out.

Tanna dozing before a ride this week.


I am so happy to be riding Tanna again. I've missed the rhythm of his steps!

Sasha is just now 3 weeks post pull at Black Sheep Boogie. We saw the vet earlier this week and she looked good. Nothing really to see, but we decided to give her 2 more weeks of pasture rest before starting her back to work. So that means another week of rest and back to work for her.

Serts waiting for a ride, decked out in Tanna's saddle.

Serts has been back to work for a bit. I'm slowly giving him more speed. We're still doing about 5 miles at each outing, but we're bumping up the speed and the number of times he gets ridden. He's on the calendar for 2-3 rides each week. I want him in shape for some general trail riding. And it's just good for him to have a job.

I'm cautiously optimistic. With my new training schedule for running a half marathon this fall and working Serts and Tanna and soon Sasha, I'll be a busy, active person.

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