Initially, I thought Eli would be getting shoes Wednesday. And let me just tell you, he needed them. Being two weeks overdue does not look good on this kid.
Fast forward to yesterday. That’s when he got shoes. And what a relief, because his feet look a lot better. He’s never going to have much heel anywhere, but I’ll take what I can get. And hopefully I will be able to keep him on a five-week schedule.
But since he got shoes, I can ride him and re-introduce him to turnout! I didn’t have my tall boots with me yesterday because honestly I wasn’t even sure whether or when he’d get shod. But I did give him a little turnout time.
It is going to be a challenge keeping him quiet in turnout. He walked around and rolled, which is fine, but then once he got up from that good roll he was like F YEAH TURNOUT. He was trying to get me to run around with him, I think? He wasn’t so much running as leaping and striking out and doing a very large trot. Fortunately, he couldn’t go far, and wasn’t moving all that fast, so I grabbed him and stuck him in front of a fan in the cross-ties.
Today I have my tall boots with me! The plan is to start Eli with 15 minutes of walking under saddle, and add 5 minutes each week until the vet checks him again in a month.