The endless cold and finding unmounted horsey stuff to do
I've been sick for over a month now and it sucks! My doctor said it's viral, and nothing can be done. Apparently it's been going around this year and has been a pretty common problem
With my nose either stuffed totally shut, or leaking like a faucet and the cough I've had, it's been impossible to ride. I've started doing some lungeing work, and free jumping, but it's a lot of work to set up a whole chute and fences and then take it all down when it feels like you're breathing broken glass.
I thought about taking my guy for a hand walk down the road to the forest, but was wondering about the safety aspects...Does anyone else do this?
I'd probably want to take him with either his bridle on and a lead shank clipped to the bit, or have him wear a halter with chain over his nose, but what about blankets and boots and such? He hacks out fairly well, but can still be a bit spooky about new things and I really don't want to set up a disaster if it can be avoided.
I'm also looking for other fun things that we can do to help keep him fit and interested until I'm ok to get back into the tack again - any ideas would be appreciated!
I used to board at a large facility that had about 200 acres with trails. A lady used to hand walk her old gelding all over the property. During the summers when it was too hot to ride I did this too. I think it depends on your horse, my horse was pretty trust worthy and the property was completely fenced off.
You may want to consider longe line work, long reins and even clicker training.
Also, clean your tack. Clean out and reorganize your tack trunk. List the stuff you aren't using on ebay.
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I have already taken apart every piece of tack I own and cleaned it to perfection, reorganized my locker, all my trunks and cleaned all of my boots, pads, wraps, bandages etc. Folded and stored and washed all blankets, and took pics and listed all of m unused tack locally
As for the walking, I'M going stir crazy lol, I've been cooped up for what seems like an eternity and I'm craving barn time like nobody's business!! Since the weather has been so mild, it's been making me itch to be out and about, so I'm going to layer up and brave the outdoors
Have you tried an antiviral like Valtrex? I can't believe after so much time, you still are infected - viruses are not very hardy and often cause a fever, which kills them. To me (not a doctor but a medical writer) something just doesn't sound right. I would first go see another doctor.