Drift and I had an exceptionally fine ride today. It was chilly, windy and misty, and for a while Charisma was lungeing in the ring, and he worked well while she was there and then she left, but he kept working right through it all despite his mare obsession. We did walk and trot, and halt and back, and lots of other transitions, including back to trot, and he did them all perfectly - not a single trot-a-lope or balk/spin. I was delighted with him. After our ride, I led him up the trail a few feet towards the goat pen - he did one big spook (not coming anywhere close to me) and then looked embarrassed and stared at the goat for a while before we led back to the barn.
Pie and I also had a really nice short trail ride today. Later he had a visit from our wonderful chiropractor, and got a clean bill of health - no digital pulses, nice cool feet and no serious muscle problems. We're going to put him on a trace mineral supplement, starting out with a small amount and working up to free choice, to help him with his poor tolerance of heat and humidity.
Poor Fred was euthanized today - he was 25 and had struggled with degenerative desmitis in his hind pasterns - his pasterns were almost horizontal, and recently he developed pain in his front left foot, which put extra pressure on his hind legs. He could barely stand or walk, and would rest in his stall with his butt leaning against the wall - he was clearly very uncomfortable. He'd had a few days where, with lots of bute and Banamine, he was able to walk out to a small paddock to graze, but it was time. His owner came out to see him on his way, and his passing was easy - the vet helped her lay him down in a gentle manner. She'd known him since he was 8, and he was a very sweet horse. He got a nice day grazing out in a small paddock and lots of treats and love to see him on his way. I think helping our horses with their passings is one of the greatest gifts we can give them. Here's a few pictures of sweet Fred (he's on the right in the first two pictures - that's Fritz next to him:
And her other horse, Fritz, who is over 20, is now on stall rest - he's had a swollen knee, which may be due to a kick injury. He's been getting around well, but rest is best to heal the injury - he's had a 30-day tranquilizer so he'll deal well with the stall rest. She'll be taking it week by week to see how much stall rest with hand walking he can tolerate.
Our equine - and cat and dog and other pet companions - test our compassion and our kindness by asking us to help them with their ends. It's a great honor and burden at the same time. Please send kind thoughts to Fred's and Fritz's owner on this difficult day.