Dealing with lameness

By far the most frustrating thing is lameness. It’s also the most concerning. Dazzle was lame for 3 weeks because he banged his hip, and had a cut. Although the vets couldn’t find anything wrong. I thought to myself “my horse is dead lame and won’t walk and you can’t find anything wrong!!??” Thankfully dazzle only needed 3 weeks off and he was all better!!

When I took dazzle out of the pasture this week he had a small cut. I put silver spray on it and let it heal. 4 days later the cut was all healed but his leg was a swollen mess! Thankfully my angel was not lame!! We tried bute, but the next day the swelling was tripled!! I called the vet out, and the cut got infected. Sadly the cut was actually very deep, and so a little dirt would create infection. I wanted to scream at myself I was filled with rage. I felt it was all my fault! Thankfully we try an antibiotic for 3 days and see if it works if not we will try another one! That didn’t change all my anger and sadness though.

Here are my 3 steps to feeling better!!

1. Create memories!! Lameness is relaxing time for you both! It’s a time to get closer and create a stronger bond! It makes you fall asleep reminding you of how much you love that animal! One of my favorite memories with dazzle was actually when he was lame!! I was grazing him in the paddock and doing my school on my laptop as I watched my horse trainer ride!! It was so fun because he kept bugging me while I was trying to study!

2. Vent

Vent to your horse, your parents, and all your friends! Give it all time, and stay strong in the process! Just remember how beautiful the day will be when you can sit on your horses back again. It’s truly the greatest feeling to miss something so much and get it back! It makes you so thankful. Spend a lot of quality time with your horse do things you don’t usually do! Baths, grazing, teaching trick, etc

3. Ride some other horses!! Just because you can’t ride your horse doesn’t mean you can’t ride other horses right?? Take lessons on some other horses and learn new things from them!

Hang in there!

By Skye Simpson Dressage Shares Insight on the Sport

Skye Simpson is an FEI Dressage & Natural Horsemanship Trainer located in Banning, California.

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