Today I tried Apollo's new "sneakers" which should give him optimal traction on the steep, paved auto road.  It is very important to not only try but use any and all equipment I intend to use on the ride.  The last thing you want is to find out that something doesn't work half way through a ride.  With these boots in particular it is important to check for a good fit and to allow him time to build up any calluses he may need to protect himself from the boots.

I got to try out my outback duster coat because it poured for our entire six mile loop.  I do believe my coat could use a treatment before the ride as it was a bit leaky.  

We took it slow again today just to be sure not to cause any setbacks in his recovery from the bruising and swelling he created over the weekend.  That said, he felt totally sound and seemed bored with the slow pace.  His swelling is almost gone, but you can see in the picture above that before our ride he was still a little thick through the right fetlock.  When horses get a bruise somewhere on the leg as it heals the swelling (edema) often migrates down the leg and requires a bit of attention to increase circulation and get it out of there.  After our ride (movement is a great way to increase circulation) that swelling was entirely gone, but to be on the safe side I applied a poultice to keep his legs "tight".



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