The horses get their feet done this weekend and we will see how the report goes. App still has a crack in his left front but then also got really bad thrush in his right hind. I was treating both with Tea Tree oil per the recommendation of the farrier as I didn't have CleanTrax. After almost 2 weeks though, the thrush split his frog clear into his heel and was super painful. I broke out my big guns and the thrush is now gone, we are just waiting for things to grow back. Things aren't worse, which is good, but they haven't fully resolved. App is still pretty uncomfortable and walking stiffly. The barn moved him into a different paddock that is not solid, wet "mud" (ie urine/manure mix) which helps the thrush issue as well. One day at a time, one discussion at a time.
The arena dust issue SHOULD be being resolved next week. They are adding a different sand and adding MAG flakes which will help. I used MAG flakes in MI and they worked really well 85% of the year so I am hopeful it will make the arena ridable here in PA. Fingers crossed, maybe we can actually start working again! Right now you can't trot more than 5 minutes before it gets extremely dusty, let alone doing much canter or having a second horse in the arena. Then the outdoor arena was closed off to night riding under the claim someone left the outside lights on all night, so it is closed off to everyone. It is a really crappy rule, and I know for a fact none of us "night riders" did it, they only ride outside when I really push them to ride outside because it is cold! To restrict the outdoor from the night riders is really unfair, IMO, but that is boarding life.
The rides on Mia are going well, No Saddle November is doing great at really solidifying my seat and balance. Despite my insistence that I wasn't going to do "fancy" work, we still ended up doing serpentines (which are DA BOMB), stretchy trots and walk/canter transitions. HAHA! The lady I ride with at night, MR, says she loves to watch me because it looks like I ride with a saddle but I don't. Apparently, I don't move. Aww <3 Way to give me a big ego :)
I am off to visit family for 5 days, wish me luck! It is a nice 9+ hour one way drive so it should be be long and tiring. Here's to hoping it is uneventful. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!