After weeks of walk work / gentle hacking and slowly introducing trot work to help re-build the muscles in her knee, Roxie had her first little schooling session after our crashing fall at Tweseldown back in June! We both had HUGE smiles on our faces and it was so nice to be asking a few questions of her again. Although she has lost a bit of the flexion to her left fore she is 100% sound which is absolutely amazing, especially when I think back to the vets initial prognosis when we arrived at Bell Equine late that Sunday evening!!
She felt amazing and she was offering more and more as the time went on! Every time I turned down the 3/4 line she was offering half pass and then if I changed the rain across the diagonal she wanted to show of her medium trot, which is definitely her favorite party trick! We did lots of long and low stretching work which she enjoyed but I did let her do one diagonal of medium trot and she felt SUPER, in fact it felt better than before! We even had a sneaky canter each way which she found very exciting!!
Considering the damage done I'm amazed at her recovery, she's clearly just as determined as her mother!! She will continue on a similar work load as she has been doing as I want to allow her time to re-build all the muscles properly and I really don't want to rush her, she doesn't owe me anything so we're just going to have a bit of fun and anything we do do is a bonus, although how she felt at the weekend I feel she could become my little dressage diva alongside the eventing and jumping with Milli!
In the above pictures, please excuse the big fluffy coat, feathers and long mane......her inner native side is coming out!! Plus I think she looks so cute......what do you think?! I also got some video which I will try and get uploaded soon but work have been very kind and are allowing us all to finish early at 3pm today and tomorrow and then 1pm Xmas eve, so if I dash home quick I will have time to ride in the daylight and maybe even get them both ridden...... :)
***Keep Calm & Canter On***
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