Eli hasn’t done much the past few months, so you might ask how could he possibly injure himself?
Some of the turnouts were dry enough for turnout on Thursday, so Eli got turned out, which I am extremely happy about.
He also managed a small scrape on the back of his left hind fetlock. I cleaned it up and didn’t think too much of it, but by Saturday Eli’s left hind was puffy with some heat around the fetlock area.
It has been entirely too wet for any more turnout and the arenas are lakes. My assumption is that he banged up his left hind a bit more than just a scrape, but probably has some bruising, too (he does this a lot). He is walking fine. But, he’s also stuck in a stall except when I hand walk him. When I do hand walk him and hose & ice the left hind, the swelling and heat go down. So movement helps, but he’s not getting to move as much as usual. I poulticed the leg on Saturday and Sunday and I’ll see how it looks this evening. If the paddocks are okay, I’d be okay with him going out, considering that moving around can reduce the swelling. I have no idea if he jogs sound or not because I haven’t bothered.
There was a chance the fields might have been dry enough to ride Sunday afternoon, but my schedule had me elsewhere. I doubt I would have ridden Eli anyway — I’d like to see the swelling reduced more first. He banged up this same leg a while ago, and I am starting to wonder whether some other issue is going on. Or maybe he just needs turnout boots.
So it’s hand walking for the foreseeable future this week, considering the forecast calls for more potentially flooding rain today through Wednesday.
Another twist in the autumn’s plot is that Eli is downright fluffy. This is the first year he has grown a long winter coat. I have never body clipped him before. This could be interesting, although I am not about to even try body clipping him until he can get out more and burn off some energy. Add to this that I only have A5s. But since they are smaller and quieter, he might tolerate them better. I had a wide 10 blade somewhere, so I will have to dig around for that or possibly buy a new one. Or just not clip him … which would be kind of cruel in Texas, considering how fuzzy Eli has gotten. He not showing this winter, so I could clip him in chunks, like start with his legs (I have done that much and he is fine for it) and maybe try a bib clip. I dislike the appearance of anything other than a full clip (other than leaving the saddle area unclipped), so I better be REALLY sure I want to clip Eli. He may be a total arse about clipping around his flanks, too, which I am not looking forward to. I would also need a warm enough day to bathe him first, and start on clipping the next day. Maybe he’ll surprise me and enjoy it? Haha. Ha.
Has anyone ever used A5s for a full clip? I used to use the Oster Clipmasters but they are loud, heavy, and awkward, and I never clipped legs or faces with them anyway. I wouldn’t buy them again. I looked at some Andis clippers and they are not as expensive as I thought, but I don’t really want to buy them just yet.