Boomer has been keeping things interesting around here.
Went out late last week to find a cut on his left hind fetlock. There was significant swelling and he was off at the walk and trot. I cold hosed and smeared iodine ointment on it twice on Wednesday. Planned to call the vet first thing Thursday if no improvement. Called the vet Thursday, got an appointment within 2 hours. Cut was deeper and bigger than I thought, but did NOT involve the joint or tendon sheath, which is what I was concerned about. Boomer got wrapped up and put on antibiotics. Could only leave the wrap on for 48 hours due to rain. Took off wrap Saturday, swelling was down, cut looked great. So, instead of rewrapping, I just sprayed with AluSpray per vets directions and put him back out in the pasture. Some swelling back Sunday, gone again Monday. Sound since Saturday. Everything will be fine, but jeez if that boy doesn't know how to stress me out! Most likely, I would not have called the vet if the joint hadn't been involved. However, even a microscopic puncture to the joint could be devastating.
So, back to regular work soon! Maybe I will lightly lunge tomorrow and then possible lunge/ride Wednesday?
I got Boomer a sheet for this fall. I got the Dura-Tech Viking II Turnout Sheet in green and black. I decided to get a sheet this year so that I can start him in something a little more lightweight when the nights get below freezing but the days are warmer. When the days get closer to freezing and the nights are even colder, he will get his regular blanket- a medium weight StormShield New Briton Bellyband Turnout. If this winter is as bad as last year, there were a few nights that got into the negative teens and on those nights I want to be able to put a sheet over his blanket. The Viking Turnout Sheet is a boxier cut and isn't a fitted as his blanket. It doesn't have the V-Free raised wither to protect his mane from rubs. It is from a less expensive line, but I think it will be fine for the few weeks of 'transition weather'. I also think it will be a great fit over a blanket.
I have also decided on the saddle I want to get to replace my western saddle that stopped fitting Boomer. I think I want to go for this Cashel Trail Saddle without a horn. I also comes with the option of a horn. Actually, I can't really decide what I want more. Horn or no horn. Anyhow, I love the saddle and the tree is fiberglass coated wood made by Martin Saddlery. Their AXIS tree is made to slightly flare forward at the shoulders to allow freedom of movement. I think it would be a great saddle for me and for Boomer. Now I just need to decide if I should buy it now or wait until after the baby comes... I want to get it now, but then it is almost winter and I have a feeling that as soon as the ground freezes for good (Late December?) I will be done riding until April, most likely.
Any thoughts on the horn/no horn issue?
Here are my thoughts:
place to hang reins while riding hands-free
place to hang bridle/helmet/etc when dismounted
never had an issue with it in the way in the past
more endurance oriented style
out of the way on steep climbs
less secure incase we have an 'event'
The saddle will mostly be a trail saddle and endurance rides will probably be few and far between, so should I go for the trail/pleasure styling or the endurance styling?