Eli seems to enjoy a life of leisure. Basically since Thanksgiving, I have only ridden him a handful of times.
And the majority of the handful of rides? Pretty much just walking.
Walking … in the dark. So also spooking. He has a lot of energy. He expends some if it in turnout, but …
He has also managed to bang himself up while expending that energy every few days or so. His Incrediwear stable bandages are getting a lot of use.
So in the past two weeks, he did *something* to his left hind, up high. He visibly limped at the walk and turned on three legs instead of four … ultimately I think he just strained his hamstring but it took days of strategically applied DMSO and long walks under saddle to sort that out.
So THEN, he decides after managing one ride with some trotting under saddle, his left hind just wasn’t messed up enough so he sliced it. Fortunately the slice seems to be shallow. So that earned him a bit of disinfecting and cold hosing and wrapping again.
Not two days later, he managed another ding on the left hind, this time with a little swelling and heat. More tack walking to get the swelling down, more disinfecting, more wrapping.
He gets hours of turnout pretty much every day. I expect dings. Just … not so many so close together!