Brandy obviously didn't want to move this morning. I had to lead her into her stall for breakfast, and then she wanted to stay when Herb went to let her out. Then she planted herself by the hay and didn't look like moving at all. About 10 a.m. when it warmed up enough for me to face going out to work her, she was standing by the gate tossing her head up and down over and over again. I'm sure she was in pain. So I gave her a dose of Bute before I started getting her ready.
That being said, it was astonishing to me that although Brandy is moving stiffly and slowly due to pain, her stifles are not locking. When I had her working off the longe line, she even gaited quite well--something she had a hard time doing before. I have no illusions that she is "cured" at this point. Dr. White and I guess that the post-op inflammation is producing tightness which mimics the result we're looking for permanently. However, it encourages me to think that this might be possible.
Whew! I think tomorrow some dull spurs and a crop are in order! Here Brandy is finished with her workout, over an hour altogether. After we unsaddled the horses, I led her and Angel back down the hill (Brandy reluctant again!) to the Back Pasture, figuring it will do her good to have to move around to graze instead of standing in one place to eat hay. Poor thing, I know she doesn't understand. I wish I could explain that I'm not doing this to be mean, but for her own good. Hmmm . . . sounds like what parents say when they spank their kids! But it really isn't punishment--it's therapy!