The best laid plans of mice and men go oft awry. Or it could also be said the best laid plans of women and their horses go oft awry. This coming weekend Biasini and I were to be showing in a National show. Last Friday we ran through the Intermediare 1 test in my lesson with Belinda Trussell. It went very well and Belinda was happy. But….fate intervened. Biasini came down with a virus of some sort. My vet came out, he looked, he examined, he took blood and fecal samples for analysis but no concrete answers were found. We put Biasini on medication to keep him comfortable.
I scratched from the show. A little virus put an end to our best laid plans. My vet and I both felt it was best for Biasini not to undergo the stress of trailering and showing. Also we did not feel it was right for him to go to a show, even if he was feeling better, and share his virus with other horses. Biasini is on the mend and feeling like himself so we have reduced the medications and will take him off them entirely tomorrow. He is well enough to be turned out in his paddock during the day and I hand graze him in the later afternoon. He seems perfectly happy and he does not seem to be too upset about not going to the show.
When my children were young I used to say I could only be as happy as my least happy child. Now I can only be as happy as my horse, so if he is not feeling well then I am not happy. I knew this virus was not something life threatening but it is always a worry. If something happens to my horse the bottom falls out of my world. I have to be vigilant to remain optimistic and positive especially when I am around Biasini as I know he picks up emotions from me.
Here is a video taken (by my husband David) from the lesson when we did a run through of the Intermediare 1 test. You can hear my coach Belinda Trussell giving me directions throughout. The video starts at the beginning of the canter tour of the test. The first movement is…..the dreaded half pass zig zag. Well, you know I have been struggling with that but we nailed it! My only mistake comes in the two tempis ( changes of canter lead every second stride) I lost my focus for a second and we made a mistake.
So, no show for us this weekend but most importantly Biasini is recovering well and in good spirits.