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1st Trail Ride Post Colic Surgery and Fractured Withers

Tobias in the ICU at LEqMC post colic surgery (June 2013)

Tobias in the ICU at LEqMC post colic surgery (June 2013)

Today was Tobias and my first trail ride together since his colic surgery last June, ten months ago.  I was waiting for him to get into better shape, then waiting for the weather, and then I was out of town on and off for four weeks.  So today was finally the day…

It’s been a long haul! But everyone’s work, time and patience has finally paid off!

Tobias, August, 2013, not quite 2 months post surgery with my granddaughter, Campbell. He looks shiny, but you'll still notice the loss of weight and muscle tone; a sagging, shaved abdomen; and scrape marks along his withers in the area of the fractures.

Tobias, August, 2013, not quite 2 months post surgery with my granddaughter, Campbell. He looks shiny, but you’ll still notice the loss of weight and muscle tone; a sagging, shaved abdomen; and scrape marks along his withers in the area of the fractures.

 

 

I truly believe that Tobias is moving better and with more exuberance than he has in years!  His topline looks fantastic.  We went to Dawson Butte Open Space for the approximately five-mile loop expecting to walk and maybe trot a little.  Tobias would have none of it. Once we were past the first quarter of warming up and regaining confidence (we were riding alone), the thoroughbred in him was definitely on exhibit today.  I was in 2-point a good part of the ride and had to insist that we walk and trot in between Tobias wanting to just fly!  We even did two very low jumps.  It was as if he was saying to me, “My God! It feels great to be out and to move! Let’s GO!”

I’m still grinning!

My fat, dirty, healthy beloved Tobias after our ride today, April 23, 2014.

My fat, dirty, healthy beloved Tobias after our ride today, April 23, 2014.

I am so incredibly grateful to those of you who shared your gifts of knowledge, expertise and healing with Tobias’ surgery and recovery.  And I am grateful to those of you who were there for us both, boosting our spirits, listening to my heart breaking and worrying, praying for us, and sending us positive energy.  Not to mention my husband who was there every step of the way and didn’t bat an eye when he paid the bill(s).  Thank you!

2 thoughts on “1st Trail Ride Post Colic Surgery and Fractured Withers

  1. Diane

    CONGRATULATIONS, Cath!! Sounds like it was a lengthy ordeal that is finally over, and you were able to “celebrate” it yesterday on that wonderful trail ride. Good on you!
    Diane

  2. Cath Post author

    I’m just re-reading this entry and wondering where the exuberance has gone. Being a Left-Brained-Introvert, Tobias can be complicated. I haven’t felt exuberance under the saddle for a while.

    The questions are: (1) is he uncomfortable? (2) is he bored? or (3) is he once again questioning which one of us is the leader. I enlisted the help of a friend/trainer to get another perspective. She believes it is a combination of these three. He does what I ask him, but he flips me off as he does it, his saddle fit is off, and his feet are sore.

    So, we’re working with the farrier on his feet, we adjusted the saddle, and I’m making some changes to our groundwork and our riding.
    Time will tell if we’re on the right track. It’s a continuous learning process, and a Journey not a Destination.

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