Hey everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted an update. I’ve been lying low during all this COVID stuff and keeping mostly to myself. I do work in healthcare, so work has been weird, but it has been nice to maintain some sense of normalcy as well. The other nice part has been spending a ton of time with Rio. Since we got the ok to start walking under saddle we have been going on trail rides about twice a week. And when I say trail rides, I mean walking on perfectly manicured and mostly flat trails, so they are perfect for Rio’s rehab plan.
My friend Liana has been coming out some to trail ride with us. Although I am taking social distancing seriously, it’s nice to get to catch-up with a friend outdoors in beautiful weather. I invited her out this past Sunday. We planned on her riding Rio today and me riding my old retired eventer. Our plans sort of unraveled though when I realized I had forgotten Rio’s girth (and there are none at my mom’s place that would come close to fitting him) and then when we went to get the horses from the pasture we realized poor Pal had injured his eye. I’ll save that pic for the end of the post since it’s graphic and some people are squeamish. Essentially, about half his eyelid was ripped and hanging down in front of his eyeball.
The vet was called and Pal was secured in a stall with the eye cleaned and a fly mask in place, and then Liana played around on Rio bareback (since this dummy forgot a girth). She is 5’9 and looks like a CHILD on him. I was laughing so hard.
I mean, Rio is really fat right now, but he’s also 18 hands. He’s such a show horse that he was a total wiggle worm that acted like he didn’t know how to walk straight in the open pasture, but once she started walking him around the smaller paddock he seemed to realize it was like a small arena he was perfect. #goofball
The vet showed up super fast which was amazing. He got right to work on sewing Pal’s eyelid back on. Rio had to get put into a stall due to being too freaking friendly.