Just to show the disparity between our climates, 80 degrees is mild weather for us. It barely calls for sunscreen! Now, 90-95 degrees... that's getting hot for trail riding. And that's what it's been like by midday out here. So I hustled outside early this morning before the sweat could began to slither down the middle of my back. I gave Wally a good longe down in the arena behind my house, sponged him off (in an effort to help him be more comfy) and then tacked him up and rode around the neighborhood for about 30 minutes. I'm so happy that he seems fully recovered from his odd bout of soreness last Sunday.
I spoke again with Jennifer, my vet, and she really thinks that it's not a classic stifle problem, but perhaps something to do with a nerve being occasionally pinched or irritated. She compared it to over-exerting yourself, then plopping down on the sofa. And then, if you suddenly stand up, you feel a horrible pain or cramp so that you can hardly walk for a few minutes. Since it has only happened 3 times in a year and a half, and Wally recovers rapidly with no after effects, I think I'll refrain from spending $1,000 or more on a fishing expedition trying to pinpoint the cause of the transitory problem. Obviously, if it becomes something more chronic then I'll be coughing up the cash.
Let's all have a moment of silence in hopes that it doesn't come to that.
In the meantime, Wally is still on a diet. Color him Not Happy with Me. Then again, I've also decided that I'm perfectly fine with him being what I refer to as a "ladies recreational pleasure riding horse." In other words, he can just be a part-time trail horse/part-time arena horse/full-time backyard pet. After all, it's not like I'm free of any medical restrictions. Perhaps Wally and I both have to learn to live with our limitations.
By the way, I'm having another surgery on August 13. But that's a topic for another blog.
Meanwhile, I'm judging a horse show near San Diego on Sunday. Wish me well. I'm hoping it'll only be about 80 degrees down there. You know, like it is in Idaho.
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