You know what it’s like to bite your cheek? Well our favourite Grand Prix horse did it at the last show. We both knew he had done it and luckily, didn’t interfere with the test…thank goodness.
So we had the equine dental vet out last week. There wasn’t much to do, a light float to take care of minor edges. But he had a large (quarter sized) lesion on the inside of his cheek.
And because it’s slightly swollen, it’s likely to be re-bitten. So we’ve ridden in the snaffle since the last show giving his mouth a lot of room and as much time as possible to heal. His noseband is always super loose and we loosened it more.
When I checked him yesterday, the lesion was much improved (about the size of dime) but decided that it was still too likely he would re-bite it with his double bridle in and the test of the Grand Prix CDI ahead.
So we’re staying home instead of riding at the show in San Juan this weekend. This will give his mouth three more weeks to heal before our last California CDI at the end of April. Very hard decision but the right decision.
Lindsey is very disappointed (as you can imagine!!) but she is a competitor, a very good competitor…
Success in life
comes when you simply refuse to give up,
with goals so strong that obstacles, failure and loss
only act as motivation.
So we’ll spend the week riding at Arroyo and cheer on Team Peters from home. Yeah live streaming!!!
Off to fit in an early morning lesson with Shannon… ❤