Vet appointment was yesterday mid-day, so of course I couldn't be there. I was super nervous and was checking my phone every minute, because I really didn't know what to expect. At this point I do not at all remember how Casey felt before the injury so I can't really compare then and now. Casey has been feeling really incredibly great under saddle for a while now. We've been doing insanely long and intense flat workouts and she's been staying sound and happy with that, so I had reason to be hopeful. The problem is that after nine months of things taking longer than I thought they would, I was scared to get my hopes up.
Right after lunch, I finally received the long-awaited text from my trainer. Vet said Casey looked better than he's ever seen her and we were cleared for both free-lunging and jumping! I've never been so excited from a single text in my entire life!
|Best news ever!|
|She's so happy :)|
I hopped back on and Casey immediately knew what the game plan was. She wanted to go over that jump and she wanted to go NOW. I made her trot very nicely and calmly and then pointed her at the jump. On that first attempt Casey definitely was confused about what the "correct" thing to do was. She knew it was a jump, but since I asked her to calmly trot I think she assumed I wanted her to just trot it. I gave her a cluck and with that permission she very slightly jumped it. When she saw she didn't get in trouble for that, the next time around, she went for it. I got a proper jump from her. Maybe not the neatest, but both knees came up and I got a canter after the jump. It probably made her month! With that we changed directions and went over it twice the other way. Each time she went over it, her jump became neater and smoother and she was really getting into it. We only went over it four times total, we have to build up slowly after all, but we were both so excited to even do that.
|The most exciting thing we've done in 9 months...|
|What is going on with that left leg Casey?|
After the jumping I gave Casey and nice cooling-off walk time. My barn friend was hand-walking her gelding, so I hopped off of Casey and just hand-walked her too. It was nice, although Casey kept making nasty faces at the other horse. All in all, it was a really exciting day for both of us!
Now that Casey is approved to do everything and anything again our goal is to build up the jumping again. We'll move slowly, because I really don't want to deal with reinjury again, but we'll probably be jumping twice a week. We have our first jump lesson back today! I honestly don't know what my trainer is going to have us do. What can we even do when we are only jumping the smallest jumps in the world? My guess is that she'll have us do some torturous activity like having us stop a stride or two after the jump. Bring it on, because even that torture is amazing when we are jumping again!