Something came not-quite-right with Rem after Plantation, and it wasn’t just a grab. Even though she was sound she didn’t seem herself, and it turned out two weeks later, when I had her tendon ultrasounded, that she had a small tear. My only thought was that the grass must have caused her to compensate and change the way she was traveling at the gallop, stressing something and hurting her tendon.
I’m thankful that I had the vet ultrasound Rem so I didn’t run at Fair Hill, but gutted all the same. She doesn’t get why we’re not doing anything with her and she’s bored. But, she’ll be back mid-spring, and this time will let me really work on her flatwork. It’s not the most fun for me, but it’s how we all get better to the jumps.
After our Surefire Fall Horse Trials, we got a whole week of rain, which really improved the footing before Morven Park. The baby horses, Nora and Elvis, were awesome there, and though I didn’t run for time, both were competitive on the flat. I didn’t take Volcan because he had over-reached in his stall and was quite sore, so we gave him the week off. Maryland was our last competition of the year, with all three young horses going. Unfortunately, I had two rails on Nora and one on Elvis. Nora’s were unlucky, and I held Elvis a bit too much off the ground, but all three horses were fast and fun cross-country, and it was a nice way to finish the season.
Until the weather gets too frozen I’ll work on the youngsters’ cross-country, get off the farm to ride with Katie Prudent, work on the flat and do some conditioning, and have a little fun at home. It’s a nice time of year, especially because it’s my favorite weather, not too hot or cold, and I love the fall colors.