Sunday, August 23, 2009

Missy Under Saddle

For those of you who have followed along with Missy's injury and recovery, I think you will be amazed to see the accompany slideshow of Dawn and Missy riding in the round pen a few days ago. Her injury, a severed extensor tendon, occurred just 3 and 1/2 months ago. Not only has Missy healed enough to be ridden, but she is demonstrating her wonderful and easy disposition for training.

After Dawn completed some basic ground work with Missy, following up on work she had done last fall, Pete helped by riding Missy for the first time without any difficulties. Dawn then rode Missy on just her third ride and the results are evident in the accompanying photos. Dawn plans to take it easy with Missy: just an easy pace with a watchful eye for any swelling or irritation after her exercise. She recently had a little swelling, but Dawn wasn't sure if it was her exercise session or just a sharp movement while out with the other mares.

So, after a little rest, Dawn will ride Missy in the arena to see how she handles a larger space including sights and sounds she hasn't been used to. Missy will gradually be allowed greater movement and speed in the arena and then out in the meadows.

We all can't help but think that Missy has made a remarkable recovery.

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