The big all horse parade is tomorrow, September 11th, and last weekend it was time to make a decision on whether or not we would be able to participate. I hadn’t ridden since August 10th, because of two rounds of lameness that seemed to be due to the ringbone, and a death in my immediate family.
I have to admit that deep down I knew that taking him on a 3 mile ride on pavement was not the best choice for his ringbone. I knew I could probably get him through the parade with the help of our little friend Bute; but I didn’t want one day of fun to become a lifetime of misery. Maybe that’s a little overly dramatic, but I was concerned that it would speed him a little further down the path to permanent lameness. Still, I’d been going along pretending our participation was still a possibility. Since the theme of the parade was a Memorial to the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, I’d bought a new pair of new grippy biothane reins from the Distance Depot and a matching blue shirt from JCPenney’s for our parade debut. Emily and Ted were already tricked out with their patriotic finery. I was really looking forward to it, and was hoping for a miracle cure in the form of rubber horse shoes. Since that didn’t pan out it was time to make the call.
On Saturday, September 3rd I sent Emily a text that we would not be able to do the parade. Maybe the 2012 Horse Parade will happen for us. In the meantime, we’ll just keep meandering down the trail.