When Maisie had a much more serious suspensory injury in 2002 - the right hind that time and it was probably a tear - it took almost 9 months to get her back to work, with a lot of false starts. It's been a couple of months since she tweaked her left hind suspensory, and she just came off about a month of no riding, not even at the walk. I'm going to give her another 3 weeks or so with no riding, until the middle of September, and then we'll see how the leg looks - I want most of the swelling to not only be hard and cold, but gone - if not I'll take her to the vet clinic to have her hinds ultrasounded to see what we've got going on. I'm hoping for some trail riding in September and October, but we'll have to see how she does. I'm in no hurry - we've no deadlines to be concerned about.
In other news, she's coping well with the grazing muzzle - she's figured out how to graze with it, and gently sweeps her muzzle over the grass until a strand or two makes it into the hole. She's not looking bloated when she comes in, her feet are cool, and she's very hungry for her hay. Here she is this morning doing her best Darth Vader impersonation - when she snorts in the muzzle she sounds like Darth Vader breathing (and you can see the neck crest that we're working on eliminating):