I thought I’d be riding Eli after work on Tuesday this week, but weather and traffic had other plans. I had enough light left to let him roam and/or buck around a turnout again, and hand walked him around the barn again.
But yesterday, I finally got to ride Eli for the first time since before Easter. As per the plan his vet set forth for us, we walked for 15 minutes.
All of Eli’s buttons at the walk still seemed to work well, so that was a relief. I am not sure what I thought would happen — he’s clever about the aids most of the time so in retrospect I suppose he’d not forget any of that stuff. Why would he? I stayed in the arena this time, but may venture outside of it over the weekend.
And after we walked, I turned out Eli into one of the paddocks again before rinsing him off, in case he wanted another good roll. He actually didn’t roll, but just kind of snuffed around. I was starting to cut into his feeding time, so I think he may have been looking for minuscule hay scraps or something pathetic like that.
I am hopeful another ride will be in the cards this evening! I forgot my watch (that I got specifically for timing our walks so I wouldn’t have to check my phone) so I’ll have to set a timer on my phone which seems dumb but oh well.
Eli will be just walking until July, when he will be rechecked again.