Despite the fact that I hate the cold, I will definitely miss the snow. We had lots of little flurries today up at the barn, and we took Gogo for a little snowy walk, for as long as we could stand the cold. Note to self: new Ariat coat is NOT SUITABLE FOR NEW ENGLAND WINTER. It's ten degrees colder up on top of the mountain than it is everywhere else.
We tried to get Gogo to stand up for a nice conformation picture in front of the barn, but she was not particularly cooperative. Probably because it was blowing snow and 22 degrees. I would be cranky too if I was naked.
After picture time was over, it was time to get booted back out into the field. I was very happy to see that she followed me up along the fenceline, but then turned around and wandered off of her own accord, happy to nibble on whatever grass was left... and she did not freak out or demand to come back in, even though she'd already been out ALL day. Good forward steps!
Forgive the crap pictures. My good camera is dead, and I have the crapola replacement camera doing a poor job in its stead.
Anyway. As you can see from the pictures, the injury is a classic low bow. The swelling has definitely, DEFINITELY come down... all without coldhosing, bute, wrapping or anything. Still, she has a pretty definite lumpy knot where the site of the injury is, which she never had when I was furiously diligent in my rest/ice/wrap routine. When she stands around in the barn, the leg does fill, but when she walks back outside, it all but disappears, leaving only the hard knot. She is VERY comfortable on it, and is perfectly sound at the walk. I hadn't seen her for days, but she didn't have a drip of mud on her anywhere, meaning she's not been running at all.
I have a small, happy flame of hope in me. Seeing that she's survived a week of turnout and had actually NOT died, broken a leg, killed herself, or blown her tendon to smithereens, AND it looks mildly improved all by itself, makes me think there IS hope if I just give her the time to heal on her own. I hope. I hope A LOT.
The very special Ridgeway weekend
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