Here you go Emme! ipickcrazy
The vet has spoken...
First and last jumping picture I will have of Riva :(
My awesome horse husband took Riva for her yearly check up on July 13th to our vet for x-rays of her left knee and both front feet. She forwarded the x-rays to our farrier and left him a long message as to changes she wanted him to make for Riva's next shoeing, as her angles were off a bit - vet wants her heel reduced on the right club foot and the toe taken back on the left foot. After going over the knee x-ray with my husband...she said absolutely no jumping...ever. Can't lie that I was not really sad to hear this. Riva seemed to like the little jumping day we had. Our vet said trot poles are fine - even raised on one end - as long as she just trots or canters over them.
Our vet explained that the impact from landing on just that left knee (like the pic above) could further damage the cartlidge and she would be done - as in a pasture ornament for the rest of her life. No surgery to repair it would make her ridable again. Our vet said dressage is great, no restrictions, basically Riva can progress as high as any other horse is capable of (with a skilled rider!).
So, we will be doing lots of this:
Sorry for the repeat pics...my husband has been working with our OTTB, Cheers, instead of taking pictures of me...the nerve :) Maybe I will take a day off soon and take photos of my hubby and the extremely chubby Cheers! You all will think I am lying that he used to be a racehorse!
I have to give a blog plug to Sarah at mybrainonhorses. We got to meet last month at a show and she recently started this new blog - check it out! Sarah is a good writer, posts lots of photos, and keeps her blog updated much better than I do!