I got an email from the photographer that was at Aspen Farms Horse Trials (June 2010) today, offering discounts and deals on photos. I bought the CD but no prints and decided to look through them. I had forgotten about these...
This fence was the second in a combo and came as a bit of a... surprise.
You know it had to be spectacular when the photographer takes a shot of the LANDING.
We were only jumping this fence. There is not another one outside of the frame that we were also jumping.
Actually, I like all of these. He didn't have much experience but he sure had a lot of heart that day.
On Sat. I went out to the barn to check on the hoss, check out progress on the indoor arena, and grab my saddle for Serena & Roxie to try out. (It's a treeless so it's supposed to fit everybody). I noticed that Jasper has small hard bumps on the front (flat) sides of his hocks. Were those there before? I don't think so, I 'm pretty sure I would have noticed them. Or maybe they're just bigger now and more noticeable. Later that day Serena looked it up in her horse medical book and figured out they're probably some kind of bone spavin.
I worried all last night and went out today expecting Jasper to be dead lame on both hinds. When I drove up he was out in his run bucking in place. I'm assuming it's because there's snow and ice on the ground so galloping around isn't so much an option. He can buck in place pretty high, heels waaaay over his head. He wasn't acting like he was in pain.
Even though the indoor doesn't have footing yet it has a roof and walls so I took him in there to lunge him around. He seemed verrrrrry happy to be on non-slippery dirt and cantered around throwing a huge buck every time he went past the big open space where a door will be. Seemed a little stiff to the right?
I decided to ride to see if I could feel anything. Nope. Not that that means anything. He was excited and forward but didn't feel uneven.
I don't know why lumps would show up on the fronts of his hocks. I'm going to have the vet out to check on his teeth so I'll ask her about it then.
On another note, while I was doing research I discovered there is a band called Bog Spavin. Their logo is "rock out with your hock out". It was disturbing to me.