The small animal vet I've been working with recently opened a second clinic where she's focusing on rehabbing patients (injury, surgery, age-related issues, etc.). It's a really interesting side of veterinary medicine that I'm enjoying seeing. The big "wow" factor with the new clinic is the underwater treadmill for hydrotherapy treatments. It's a really really cool piece of technology that can serve a lot of purposes and benefit a lot of different patients in a lot of different ways. Today Dr. J was seeing her former-police-dog patient who had spinal surgery after severe intervertebral disc disease left him with hind limb paralysis. It's amazing enough that the procedure was such a success because this type of surgery really can go either way and definitely has it's risks. I wasn't there for his first treatment on the treadmill but Dr. J took a video and showed me...today was his third treatment and the difference is truly impressive! Seriously cool stuff.
I came home this weekend to help my cousin move and go to the clinic, but I also managed to get a ride on The Mare this morning. She was really good, but I was ever so slightly frustrated...it's a little clear that someone else has been riding her...her canter transitions were pretty ehhh and she required quite a bit of leg as we passed the door. It isn't anything that I can't work through, but her canter had just become so so so nice and it's just frustrating to take steps back, even fairly insignificant ones. The trade off of letting someone else ride your horse I guess...thankfully we spent a lot of time working on transitions today and she was working really well by the end. I shouldn't complain (and I do truly like M and I'm glad she is working hard to get better and better), just kind of frustrated with myself that I don't have time to come home and ride more...oh well, I can only do as much as I can do!
I'm going to go on a trail ride tomorrow with some barn friends...May very well be our last one of the season:(