My trainer sent me this adorable picture of Eli resting during the day!
Eli’s appointment on Tuesday went well. In addition to Eli getting his stifles injected and getting de-wormed, I asked the vet about his weight and body condition because he’s been looking a little bit not great to me lately. I went over his work load and what he currently eats, and the vet suggested adding rice bran to see how that goes. A few other horses at the barn already get rice bran, so it will be easy to get Eli on it. Hopefully he will actually eat it. I gave him a handful to see if he would, and he did. The vet also said he had some small points on his molars (because literally every time I see Eli’s vet I ask him to check his teeth because paranoia), so I will be scheduling a dental appointment for Eli soon.
Because Eli is off for the week, I was able to pick up the ride on Wednesday and today on a jumper whose kiddo is out of town. I’ve ridden this horse before, and find him completely enjoyable. He and Eli are a somewhat similar type of ride — bet you know, now that I’ve said that, that the horse is a thoroughbred-type gelding (not sure about his actual breed, though). Whisper is a flea-bitten gray, however, so I am not going to accidentally mix him up with my horse (hee).
I also managed to somehow get my left foot stepped on while leading a horse back to his stall and one of my toes looks a little janky. The horse was on my right, so I am not sure how my left foot fell victim, but the horse himself was completely well-behaved and polite to lead — it was just one of those freak things that happen with horses. At least my foot was in shavings rather than on concrete! And I was wearing boat shoes without socks, which is perhaps not the most appropriate barn footwear but they did offer some protection. I didn’t think much of the incident until hours later when I discovered one toe wouldn’t bend and yesterday morning the toe looked a bit swollen and purple-y. Eh, wouldn’t be the first toe casualty of my life. It seems fine if I wear hard-soled shoes so I am not too worried about it.
The toe is cycling through every color of the rainbow now. Also … I need a pedicure.