First Ride Back

Olivia   January 19, 2018   22 Comments on First Ride Back

Levi has been off work for just short of 2 months. That’s a lot of time and it kind of snuck up on me too. Since he didn’t have a distinct injury it’s not like I stopped working him on a specific day with the thought of “we’ll start back up in 2 months” or 6 months, or whatever. Instead it was a trickling process:

  • He’s a little off? Give him a week off and see if he gets better.
  • Not better? Schedule the Chiro. Wait another week.
  • Still not better? Call the vet.
  • The vet isn’t available for 2 weeks? Get the first appointment you can two days before going on vacation for 10 days.
  • The farrier is scheduled for his regular visit shortly after you get back? Might as well wait.
  • The farrier can’t apply the special shoes at the regular appointment because there’s no electricity? Schedule to meet him elsewhere.
  • The farrier is on vacation the next week? Wait 2 more weeks.

Meanwhile, Levi has been bored and building up a store of crazed energy while simultaneously losing all of the fitness it took so long for him to get. With his new shoes and time off and previcox he would also be feeling pretty damned good. Obviously, I was really looking forward to riding that.

On Wednesday I asked my husband to leave work early to supervise my first ride. He wasn’t going to at first because he thought I should get up early and ride before work, but f*ck that. I told him I’d just ride by myself and if I died, he’d regret his decision. Thankfully, his afternoon meeting ended up getting cancelled and he was able to leave early.

I started with Levi in the small arena just to see how crazed he was. He was prancy and snorty, but there was a minimum of airs above ground. He even ignored the turkeys, going both in and outside of them.

That’s not to say everything was perfect. He was definitely full of himself.

Thankfully, he’s so out of shape he was begging to be done after like 5 minutes. He still looked like a kettle about to boil over though. How can a horse have this much energy and still be so lazy? As he was trotting around at one point, he tripped and then proceeded to do a little rodeo because he was so offended. Alas, no video was captured of this moment. On the plus side, he did look pretty sound when he wasn’t hurling his head about in anger.

no truly attitude free trotting was captured

In less than 10 minutes he was breathing hard and sweating, but he still had a spark in his eye. I tacked him up with all the bells and whistles:

✓ Pelham bit that he hates respects
✓ Both snaffle and curb reins
✓ Running martingale
✓ Lead rope attached to nose band attached to husband
✓ Airowear XC vest
✓ Air vest

Was it a little bit overkill? Sure. Do I care? Nope!

I made my husband walk around with me for a few laps before cautiously letting him unhook us. There was a feeling like he was spoiling for a fight. Like if he tripped or if I touched him wrong, it was gonna be a rodeo, but he behaved himself. I probably only rode for about 5 minutes because he was tired and sweaty, but I wanted to get him back in the mind frame of being ridden.

We survived the first ride back. Fingers crossed recovery continues.

22 thoughts on “First Ride Back

      1. Olivia Post author

        He looks pretty good and feel good. The head bobbing in all the videos is just attitude. There was none while riding.

  1. martidoll123

    his trot looks pretty fantastic even with all the shits and giggles going on with him LOL. he looks good! I hope he stays sound and you get to get back to riding him (Oh Levi you are a PILL). LOL

  2. Bette

    There’s no such thing as overkill safety protection when riding a loaded cannon 😂 Hope the shoes continue to work and that you guys will be back in action before you know it!!

  3. Stacie Seidman

    This part’s my favorite: ✓ Lead rope attached to nose band attached to husband
    Definitely best to be over prepared than under for the first ride back! It’s nice with this type of injury that you can give them a free lunge before hand versus say, a soft tissue injury where you have to be so careful starting back. Hope he continues feeling better and the spark in eye settles down!

    1. Olivia Post author

      Yes, I’m really glad he’s allowed to go back to more energetic type of work right away. If we just had to walk and no lunging was allowed, I’d probably have to drug him to keep him from re-injuring himself.

    1. Olivia Post author

      It’s definitely working in my favor right now, but it’s still pretty sad to see the fitness it took me a year to build (he’s a draft cross and does not get fit easily) all gone.

  4. irishhorse

    Love his attitude (rivaling my arab with the head snake), and that you were smart to address to option of naughtiness! This is why my favorite description of a ride would be “uneventful.” I don’t want nonsense, though I often deal with it, so an uneventful ride, while not particularly blog-worthy, is priceless.

    And he looks good! I hope the shoes are a solution!

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