Charles went to the barn this afternoon with me so I could ride my mare. I had run out of Robaxin today, and the new order of medication arrived later, once we were back home. But even so, the goofball's back wasn't fingertip-sore anymore, so we went ahead with our plans. Lily was sedated with 5 mls of Ace IM, which involved a tango dance in her stall, but she received her injection, and this was her 20 minutes later:
|I tacked her up in her stall. She was super lovey, and didn't even care about the girth being tightened (I always tighten only a couple of holes at a time, and don't finish tightening all the way until right before mounting up.)|
|Dopey. Charles thought it was hysterical.|
|Making an effort at alertness...|
I was super nervous about getting on. PTSD? I had to force myself to breath slowly and deliberately, trying to hide how I was feeling from her. Walking to the arena, I wished I had some sedative for myself!!
As it turns out, she was perfect. I had put the rope halter on underneath the bridle in case Charles had to pony us around again, but it wasn't necessary. She walked off exclusively on voice command.
|At one point we walked over the ground poles. She was oddly enthusiastic about them; it was pretty funny.|
|By here I had relaxed.|
30 second video of Lily sleep walking.
|She was a good girl.|
|Charles, Lily and me.|
|Since the ride was all of 15 minutes, I hand-walked her for an extra 10 minutes in the big field, tack still on. I left the curb chain dangling on purpose for the hand walk.|
|I was laughing at her. Like I said, she was practically sleep walking. |
Heat always makes her lethargic too; we probably would have been fine on just 3 or 4 mls of Ace.
I'll think about it for next time...
|Charles called this one "Dinnertime."|
|The guys with the feed cart making the rounds. Note that the fans are up! It was HOT!|