Bella seems to be fine today. Not that I asked her to do anything very strenuous. And I am giving her bute for a few days. If I fell down like that I'd be taking ibuprofen, so I figure it's the least I can do for her.
We went for a bit of a walk to stretch and warm up, then we saddled up, walked some more, and I felt pretty confident it wouldn't hurt her to ride her at a walk.
I wanted to try out a sidepull I made. I don't think I like it on her. It's too much, especially with my heavy reins. I put it on and she just kept dropping her head lower and lower, trying to get away from the pressure. Once I move the nose knots farther away she was more comfortable, but I feel like it's just way more pressure than she needs.
She thought it was funny that I was laying on the ground taking her picture.
We did some circuits around the front field, trying out the new headgear, then rode down to the grain bins and back. Then she kept insisting that we head up the driveway, so we went along the flat part, came back, and headed into the trees. She had a couple very slight stumbles, one on the driveway and one in the dead grass, and I decided not to push it. I want to slowly condition her, not make her lame or cause her to be scared. The first stumble clearly shook her confidence a little, after her fall yesterday.
I've made the decision to try a supplement for Bella rather than chasing a diagnosis at this point. I feel like she's not really lame enough to be that concerned about. We're going to try Recovery EQ, which I've heard a lot of good things about. I ordered it from SmartPak because I noticed they have a satisfaction guarantee, and free shipping if you spend the right amount. Nice. It's pretty expensive stuff, especially in the beginning when you're doing a loading dose.
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