Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Halo's Second Show, June 26, 2010

Halo's eye is doing much better this week, but it looks like she is going to have some visible scarring on the eye. Luckily it is high enough up that it shouldn't impact her vision. I will try to get some pictures over this coming weekend.

Here is another very belated update. These pictures are from our second show in June. There wasn't a lot of improvement between the first and second shows, but that is because I wasn't riding enough, and also wasn't taking lessons. I'm hoping to take more lessons over the winter so that we have a marked improvement by spring. She was still a very good girl!

Sorry about the blurry pictures - the lighting in there was bad for photography.

Monday, September 20, 2010

So I'm a Slacker...

Poor neglected pony blog!

I doubt anyone is reading this anymore, but if you are, here is the latest news. Halo is doing very well under saddle. Her trot is coming along nicely, and she has a sweet, smooth jog she's starting to give me every so often. The canter is still a bit like riding a jackhammer down a mountain, but it will get there eventually.

Unfortunately, I noticed yesterday that her left eye was bothering her. It was a bit weepy, but just clear discharge. I rode her anyway and had a great ride. If she wasn't seeing fully out of that eye, she didn't act like it. The barn owner got back from a trail ride not long after I untacked Halo. I had her take a look, and she had more success in pulling back the eyelid, and it turns out Halo has a big ulcer in her eye. The eye looks cloudy, and a little bloody, like the injury is also a couple of days old. I hadn't been out in a few days, so nobody had noticed. Argh!

The vet is coming out this morning to take a look and get us some ocular antibiotic ointment. The barn owner had some left over from a different horse's injury, so we dosed her up last night. Poor Halo! I hope that it can be easily treated with ointment and doesn't require anything too complicated to fix. We will do whatever it takes to get her healed up.

Looking at my blog now, I realize that I never posted any pictures of our lake adventures this summer! Shows were all well and good, but we ended up making some of our best summer memories this year at Pace Bend Park. Halo took to the water like a fish.