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Wizard Ride 299, Session 300: Nice Day For a Sulk

October 20, 2011

Wizard and me

Monday, 10/17/11

My friend stopped by the barn and watched Wizard ride. Before our ride, I longed him with the SW saddle on. It looked like it slipped forward a little bit on the longe line, so I fixed it before riding. Like a switch, Wizard swished his tail, pinned his ears, and kicked up with his hind leg whenever I put him on contact or gave him leg, and was fine when we walked on a loose rein. I walked and trotted, and he was just as unhappy as he has been for the last few rides. We began a dose of Robaxin, which is a muscle relaxer.

On Tuesday, I turned him loose in the outdoor arena and let him trot and canter at liberty. He had a great time stretching his legs, but was still backsore when I groomed him.

Wednesday, 10/19/11

I longed Wizard in the indoor arena on a mucky, rainy day. He was happy to work, and went great in both directions. He’s still goosey with grooming, but maybe not quite as much.

On Thursday, I turned him loose in the indoor arena to play.

Friday, Oct 21 is Day 11 of magnesium, and Day 16 of omeprazole. Day 7 of the nightly Back on Track blanket. So far, I see no difference with either supplement, or the blanket.

Still trying to figure this out.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2011 11:47 pm

    I have left this post open all day because I have a thought that hasn’t quite formed into something tangible. Do you do stretches with Wizard? Maybe he’s back sore because some sort of tissue charlie horse type thing is going on? My thought still isn’t really formed yet. I’ll let you know when it comes to me. 🙂

    • October 22, 2011 12:07 am

      Always appreciated! We do a little stretching, and I’ll try some more to see if it helps. I used to have a whole routine with Alibar, from carrot stretches to belly lifts, etc.

      The good news is that he was better today. Hopefully, whatever needed to loosen up was loosened with the Robaxin.

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