This morning, Pie and I had a wonderful ride. It's a beautiful day, sunny with a bit of wind. By the time I got back home, the temperature had risen to 35F but the windchill was still about 30. It's a beautiful late fall day in our part of the country. Pie and I were out for over an hour by ourselves, mostly walking but with some spots of trotting away from home. After Pie "unstuck" on the first loop away from home, he was great, and he relaxed a bit on several occasions, including on the last approach to home - the head came down and his walk was nicely forward but not rushing. Good Pie!
I've got a number of things to try on the hock sore. So far the score is hock sore 1 - Dr. Scholl's Bunion Pad 0. The bunion pad looked good - it had a recessed area in the middle and adhesive around the edge, and nice padding, but I think it was a tad too small and it didn't stay on overnight. Tonight I have a square bandage that claims to have super-stick adhesive around the edge - we'll see. I may end up with the hock boots after all, although I'm reluctant to get them as most people seem to find them not well made or fitting.
I did manage to fix the too-short jowl strap on the sidepull. I took an old leather curb strap I wasn't using and cut off about three inches from the buckle end, then tapered the end and punched holes in the strap. Voila! An extender for the jowl strap. I'm delighted with how responsive Pie is in the sidepull - I barely have to lift a rein and he's right on whatever I'm asking. He seems to like it, and so do I.