In which I raise an eyebrow, slightly concerned:
Hrm. Got out to the barn, ankle notwithstanding, got on the pony, and he was quite off. In a new sort of way. I kept working, thinking he'd work out of it. 20 minutes or so after I got on, I decided that it wasn't getting better and that the head-bobbing was new.
His LF was hot, though not swollen, and it had no visible injury. It was hotter in the pastern than the cannon or the knee, and hot down to the coronet.
TW said she'd give him a once-over this morning, since it's hard to pinpoint heat after a horse has worked. I'm hoping it's nothing. I'm hoping he's just being a horse, which does entail occasional random, unexplained off-ness.
If it's something, I'm hoping it's nothing more complicated than an abscess. That would be a real PITA, but it'd also be a known quantity.
But let's hope it's nothing. Especially because he was working well (other than the ouchy foot) and I was riding well last night.
EDITED TO ADD: TW says no filling, no heat today. There was no filling last night, no injury, so I'm somewhat unsurprised that there's no fill today ... and quite relieved. She'll check him on the longe quickly after lunch to be sure. Whew. I am hoping he looks perfect on the line, too. Yay for TW!!
In which I consider saddles I might like:
So I won't be able to buy a new jump saddle for a good while yet. But I am considering what I might like to try when it comes time to buy. And putting my intentions out there for the right opportunity to come along when I'm ready. :) A little woo-woo, but hey -- who doesn't need all the help they can get?
Anyway, I'm thinking definitely a used saddle; new ones are right out of the budget. (Remind me to buy a lottery ticket.) And I'm thinking Black Country or, if I can find one at my price point, County. Another girl (woman, really; I think I shall christen her Badass, because she is) at the barn rides a monoflap Amerigo and loves it, and she's liked a monoflap Devocoux as well. ME and LH both ride County Conquest saddles, and the saddles made an immediate and noticeable difference in their position over fences. TD and MT ride County saddles too. It's a strong argument.
Badass offered to let me try her Amerigo; I think I'll take her up on it when we both have some time. I've never ridden a monoflap before, and I'd be interested in trying. Devocoux is a possibility, but I have no idea.
Might see if I can sit in one of the Countys floating around the barn, see how they fit, how I like them, what sizes are too small or just right for my butt.
So: The list of RIGHT OUT or at least I DO NOT LIKE THEM, SAM I AM includes: Barnsby; Ainsley; Courbette; Wintec; probably Bates; Collegiate (sad); HDR
The list of PERHAPS BUT NOT EXCITED ABOUT IT NOR INCLINED TO TRY TOO HARD includes: Stubben, Crosby, Circuit, probably other low-end saddles
The list of NO FRAME OF REFERENCE includes: Prestige, Devocoux, Revere, Amerigo
The list of YES PROBABLY includes: County, Black Country
And meanwhile: Covet covet. County Stabilizer, 17.5, M. Not a bad price, either. I might prefer a Conquest, but I don't have enough data yet.