McKenna had both Wednesday and Thursday off and got turned out in the indoor. Thursday morning our BO watered the arena but I really didn't pay any attention to it when I chucked the mare out. She got to hang out for over an hour while I rode Tia.
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immediately she took off and slipped a little in the footing. I heard her play around while I cleaned but wasn't too worried. But when I tacked her up and put on the lunge line and she slipped half a dozen times I got concerned. I moved around the whole ring, trying to find a dry spot, but the mare's hind end kept tripping. A few times she left skid marks, and got down the arena base. After one pretty bad slip she came up lame. Nothing major, just a little short behind, and it looked like she was hesitant to put her weight on her heel. I walked her out, put her away, and gave her some bute.
Saturday was a gorgeous day so I put her and Tia in the outdoor paddocks early in the morning. McKenna's normally pretty excited to go out, but she seemed subdued. I watched her walk and while she wasn't as bad as Friday, she still looked a bit off. I've got a call into the chiropractor to see. Later in the afternoon when I came back to feed I put her on the lunge line in the outdoor and she still seemed a bit blah. She didn't want to move out, would barley trot, and just wasn't her normally happy perky self.
Thankfully when I went out this morning she was acting normally. Was way up as I took her out to the paddocks and happily bucked and played around outside. She didn't look sore anymore, but I figured a few days off won't hurt anything. I'm planning to lunge her tomorrow and possibly get on to see how she feels. I'm having a lesson with Tia on Tuesday and if McKenna's still wonky I'll have my trainer take a look.
As for the footing, my BO had the big tractor out today working it up. She did say it had compacted more than she liked and she's got a call in to see about getting more sand. So hopefully we can get that fixed ASAP!