|February 27, 2012||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
Saw Farley today for a “maintenance” day – meaning I do all this little errands and chores that come with keeping a horse and checked her legs as a matter of course. There was a little filling in both front legs, a little worse in the left front. She trotted out fine on a lunge line and looked sound in both directions.
So far in our conditioning I haven’t had any filling although based on her past it’s “normal” for her to have filling after a significant ride. My goal is to condition in such a way as to minimize any such filling – although I’m doubtful I can totally eliminate it. Especially in a leg that’s ever had an injury, it is more likely to fill.
So, even though I don’t assume that I’m dealing with an injury when the filling shows up, I’ll take it as a sign that we need to either back off on the amount of work being done and/or stay at the level we are at (with appropriate rest) until her body adapts to the stress.
So with the filling today, what’s the plan (assuming the filling is gone by tomorrow, which would be normal). We’ve done 2.5 hours at a slower pace (no filling) and 1.5 hours at a faster pace (some filling). That means that I’ll be sticking to rides somewhere in the 1-3 hour range at varying paces for the next 4 weeks. If filling returns at any of those rides, I’ll give her 2 weeks off, then start again at one hour and see how she does.
This is probably overkill- but I have the time and I think it’s better to go too slowly than too fast at this point.
I think I need to go and do a literature review on just how significant “filling” is….
after my test of course
Which I still haven’t studied for.
It’s spring and sunny and I would much rather take afternoon naps and write blog posts.