We’re mired up to our eyeballs in mud, and over the last week and a half, Derby has lost three shoes. He’s been a regular Houdini when it comes to getting out of his shoes.  Or, “Shoe-dini” as it were.  Anyway, between the footwear issues and the lingering effects of the flu/bronchitis/whatever-it-was-that-I-had, I’ve had pretty much zero time in the saddle recently. I finally got back on yesterday and today.  Both rides were short, and uneventful.  He’s still moving very nicely off my seat, and today I did some gentle leg-yields and shoulders-in to engage his hind end.  But really, both rides were mostly about reconnecting myself with my riding muscles, and my feel and timing.  I have a slew of business trips coming up, and then at some point chances are good that Derby will have his throat surgery.  So far, the spring has been a little rough. I’m looking forward to having the mud – and these other obstacles – behind us.

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4 Responses to Shoedini

  1. lorlee1 says:

    Love the title! Very funny 🙂 Really enjoy reading you blog

  2. Maybe there’s a good reason you and Derby are having a break right now. My friend Jerry always says, “Good news, bad news, too soon to tell.” Glad to hear from you – travel safely!

  3. My TB is now is stalled due to all the ridiculous mud. The pastures at our barn are just so bad he was losing to many shoes. I tried to go barefoot and the poor boy was just crippled. So hes back in shoes, no more lameness, but no longer going outside. Arena turnout only. Hopefully this slop dries up!

    • Sarah Skerik says:

      Hi Julie- we’re finally starting to dry out – but the Saturday (regularly-scheduled) farrier appt can’t come quickly enough. Derby has starting to spring one of his shoes. He’s in bell boots, but they aren’t much help at all when they get packed with mud and wind up around his ankles! I guess this is the price we pay for such a mild winter!

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