Sunday, August 23, 2009

When you trip, you fall

Today, I took Serts out from the house for a conditioning ride. I was hoping to take Tanna out with us on a lead rope, but his left hind shoe is quite loose and one of my easyboots busted the cable when I tried to put those on.

So Serts and I headed out alone. We were on our way back, headed for a 15+ mile ride when Serts tripped and went down on his left side. When we both righted ourselves, I was pleased to find my left leg was still intact. But Serts had pulled his left front shoe off (which made him trip in the first place) and scraped up the stifle on his left hind pretty good.

Sert's road rash

Serts wasn't lame at all. I used some Kleenex to clean the blood off and noticed one cut was still bleeding. It bled slowly for several minutes before finally stopping. I hand-walked Serts for awhile, then mounted and we headed back home at a walk. I finally got ahold of Daniel and he hitched up the truck and met us about 2.5 miles from home.

Serts is still not lame and seems ok. Not stiff, just with that wound. I am treating it with blue wound spray. Hopefully it will clear up nicely without issue in time for Big South Fork.

Monday, August 17, 2009


On Sunday, I took Tanna to the trails at Natchez Trace Parkway and we did about 21 miles in long slow distance (LSD). Tanna did great as usual.

Today, it was Serts' turn for a ride out from the house. Tanna likes to play games when I go out to catch him for a ride, but this time he only made a lazy half circle and then came to me. I touched his nose with the halter, patted his neck, and turned to get Serts. Curious, Tanna followed me and watched while I saddled Serts. I debated bringing Tanna along with us, but decided it would be better for me to concentrate on Serts, so left Tanna staring after us as we headed down the road.

After a good solid ride with Serts (during which we were rained on), I returned to the house and proceeded to pull tack and sponge Serts down. Tanna followed close on Serts' heels from the moment we got back in the gate and stood very close during the ending procedures.

Feels good to have Tanna be so companionable the day after a 20 mile ride. Sometimes I wonder if he really does enjoy training. Seems he does. :)

We are getting prepped for the Big South Fork Endurance Ride the week after Labor Day. Last week, I sent in my entry for the boys. Tanna is scheduled for a 50 mile ride and Serts for a 30 mile ride.

Now if I can just figure out why my stirrup leathers are pinching and FIX the problem!