For this visit, the neighbor's mare had a tooth problem. Apparently she gets VIOLENT if you try to load her in a trailer or do any kind of medical procedure. She's an older gal though, so her owner and Dr. Tolley leave her at peace unless there's something really bothering her.
When her hay consumption changed dramatically, her owner knew something was wrong and put in a call to the vet. Since the mare is so difficult to treat, Dr. Tolley knew he'd have to put her out completely, which is what he did.
Not only was Dr. Tolley kind enough to bring the stuff to me, but he willingly took a poop pile in exchange. I put Izzy's "donation" in his truck's refrigerator to be examined back at the hospital's lab. When we checked Izzy two weeks ago, he had a positive egg count. It was pretty low, fifty eggs per gram, but Dr. Tolley wanted him dewormed and then a follow up exam two weeks later. Happily, the tech called me back later that afternoon with the news that Izzy's latest sample came back negative, so yah! for effective dewormers.
Dr. Tolley also did a sheath cleaning and a fetlock injection during his morning at the neighbor's place. Since I knew it was Austin's sheath that was getting a lube job, I got out to the barn early to ride him first. I've been so busy during the week that it's been two weeks since I last rode him.
I had a really nice ride on him the day before and wanted to follow it up on Monday since I had the day off. We've had some really warm days this past week, like 85℉, so Austin was nicely forward. Cold, damp days are harder on the older guys. He was a real sweetie for both rides.
The other thing that I was able to work on is dropping my heels. In two point, it's much easier to lower my heels than when I am doing a rising trot with a longer stirrup length. Once I really got my legs under me, I found it was easy to drop my heels and just go with his rhythm. When I really wanted him to stretch out, I planted my hands in his crest which helped take some of the burn out of my thighs.
When I told JL about riding in a h/j saddle and how weird it feels, she just laughed and said that it's good to work different riding muscles. I agree. I rode Austin again last night, and I am looking forward to getting on him again this weekend.
Saddle time is saddle time; it's all good!