|Hay is for horses|
The vet adjusted her and said that her neck was really out of whack, and some in her right lumbar region, so hopefully that made her more comfortable, too. That is the last vet bill I want to have for a while, so other than our strength and conditioning work and some stretches that we do after her workouts, she's got to put herself back together a little bit.
She is not out of the woods yet, and he said that it would be smart to treat with Omeprazole when she is going to be stressed, like at shows. The diet will help her body continue to heal, and that will probably take another 2-3 months to fully take place. I used sucralfate http://www.medicinenet.com/sucralfate/article.htm as a temporary band-aid at the show to help her be more comfortable while we were there, since I don' think that the ulcers are all the way healed, and I think that the more pain-free she is the faster she will get better.
I have noticed that her poop smells way less rank and fermented, and is a much drier consistency, which I think is an indication of her gut being healthier off grain. I am pretty sure the grain just went right through her and the fermentation in her fore and hindgut was causing a lot of the problems.
I made sure she had hay throughout the show day, which I know most trainers will not do, but for us it seemed to work well. It gave her something to focus on and helped to fill her stomach so there was less acid sloshing around in there.
For now, the trainer will ride her a few days a week through the month of October, and after that I will probably take November and December off from training unless I am out of town, maybe. I would like to save a little money and also want to get our to ride four or five days a week myself. During the week we can work on the basics and then on the weekend I would like to spend on day on trail and the more precise things about horsemanship.
I rode last night and she was pretty good for me. Our lope is still a pretty hot mess, but that is because we are both way out of practice, so I am trying to be kind to both of us and ease back into that conditioning. We did have some more collected circles and managed a few logs nicely. I feel like I am getting better at placing her so she doesn't split them or step on them, and she is getting better at helping me do that. Our speed was faster than ideal, but I know that is because of a lack of strength in her back end and core. The stronger we get, the slower and more collected we can move.
Overall, feeling way better about everything than I did a few weeks ago. Time to look back at my 2014 summer goals and make some new ones for the winter :)