But An Escape!
I was in Tucker's stall, adjusting the ice boot on his hock and I left his stall gate open.
What I did not realize was that Chance's stall gate (Tucker's actual stall as he is rehabbing in Chance's stall and run in) was open as well.
Tucker made a break for it. Out he went into the paddock. The ice boot slid down around his ankle scattering the ice packs hither and yon as he trotted about, and even took a few strides of canter as I grabbed a lead rope and tried to catch him.
Fortunately, it was hot. Fortunately neither Chance nor Toby felt inclined to join in the romp.
Fortunately the water trough seemed more attractive to Tucker than a full breakaway. Besides the slipped hock boot and his not quite comfy hock gave him enough pause to stop for a drink and I snagged him with the rope around his neck.
Bless all the ground work I've done because as soon as I had the rope looped around him, he was under my control. I let him drink and led him back into the confined safety of the barn.
He certainly didn't get any more exercise than he would have on the end of a lead line if I'd tried to walk him
With a potential tendon sheath injury some limited exercise is OK, such as walking about the little run in shed area, but trotting and cantering are not. Bless his heart that he put his head back together and calmed down as soon as I caught him again.
I keep telling him I'm so sorry he has to stay in like this. I think he understands and is really trying to be good about it.
I may call my vet tomorrow just to give him a report on the fact that the swelling seems to be pretty much the same. I wonder if he has any other ideas to help ease it a bit.
Meantime, I've been watching the Olympic horse events on line, live streaming them from NBC Olympics. If you have the NBC stations on your cable or satellite provider, you can watch too. If not, I don't know if the US offers any other way of watching. NBC has exclusive rights.
On the plus side, they do offer coverage of just about every event at the Games live without commercial interruption.
Oh, by the way, the announcers for the horse events---on the Internet feed, not on broadcast TV--really know their stuff. Good commentary for the most part and good analysis. On TV? Well one could wish for better.