Okay, so it isn't the best day of my life.
But today is a hell of a lot better than yesterday was.
First, I have to say how unbelievable you guys are. Seriously.
The comments (and email) I received were so supportive and helpful.
I have heard that the internet can be a nasty place sometimes.
I would not have been totally surprised to have gotten a verbal b*tchslap in the comments.
But instead I got practical, real, advice, experience and empathy. That is pretty frickin' cool.
So thank you.
I did go to the barn last night, with no plans to ride.
Boca was really, really back sore. As in, more sore than before the injections.
H was there, and she ran her hand over his back and he literally dropped 3" out from under her. We talked a lot about the rehab instructions from the vet.
H said, if Boca was her horse, she wouldn't even ride him for 30 days. She said, in her opinion, he isn't even ready for the Pessoa rig.
H took us out and gave us a lunge line lesson. She showed me, through transitions within the gait at the walk and trot, how she would go about strengthening his back. H said, if Boca were hers, she wouldn't even bother with the canter much right now, she would build him up through transitions within the walk and trot on the lunge. It made a lot of sense, especially given what I was seeing with my own eyes. But I was concerned, because it contradicts the rehab advice given by the vet.
After we were done lunging, we linaminted his back, put a sheet on him (hello, 45 degrees in June) and I begged H to quit her job, turn Pro and coach us full time. But I digress...
Luckily, the vet is coming out tomorrow to do a re-check on Boca's back.
I sent him an email today to go over my concerns and to ask about a possible adjustment to the rehab schedule, given where Boca is at.
I look forward to finding out more at the vet appointment tomorrow.
I have a saddle rep coming out tonight to try to find a better option than our current saddle.
Not sure how that is going to go, given my pony is very back sore, and I'm really not sure about riding him at all.