Bouncy Juice

Francis has the bouncy juice!

Myself along with the rest of Frankie’s healthcare team have been talking preventative maintenance for a while, and decided that spring would be when we made a decision on what to do. We know that Frankie is very sound, we manage his schedule carefully so he doesn’t get over-jumped, and he’s never shown any sort of discomfort with his job. And we also know that we very much never want him to deal with discomfort if we can avoid it.

So after consulting with my trainer, my vet (who btw I LOVE because he is brilliant and cares so much and is genuinely the nicest guy) and consulting my bank account, we decided to go ahead with an SI injection last week after we got back from the show. Frankie also got his sheath cleaned while he was doped up, ha ha bro deal with the indignity.

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WHAT DIGNITY

But back to the bouncy juice.

Frankie got several days off post-injection, just getting some groomings from Yours Truly. I then had a barn kid hop on him while I was out of town for the weekend to flat him around and let him start getting back into work after a solid week off post-show- he never gets kooky after time off so I wasn’t worried about him. He got a very good report card and lots of loving from his little friend! (She’s not so little really, she’s got super long legs and fits him fantastically. She loves Frankie, Frankie loves her, and I have a trusted barn rat to hop on when I can’t get to the barn. We all win.)

And then we had a lesson yesterday to start pressing some buttons and see how he’s doing! It was a very low-key lesson, nothing crazy. Pretty basic WTC warmup, I threw in a couple leg-yields to get him off my leg FRANKLIN. But his canter felt really fantastic! I’ve always loved his canter of course, but he had some great “bounce” to his step yesterday.

We tried out a couple courses- again, nothing crazy. At their highest I don’t think anything topped 3’ish (though what do I know) and the courses themselves were pretty simple. A couple singles, a bending line, a long approach oxer, all very comfortable. We got some cute jumps!

In the past we’ve gotten sub-par jumping efforts when we ask him to take off from a closer spot- he leans his body to give himself some room, legs go askew, basically he loses track of his body and flings himself across the jump. That’s a bit dramatic- it’s not all that bad and he’s not that contorted. But not great usage of his body.

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Um.

 

But I asked for the base to pretty much every jump last night (c’mon dude they’re not that big, you can trot these fences) and he gave some great lift through his shoulder and used his neck and back more! I don’t think this was due entirely to the injection- we’ve worked hard to build fitness and education, and he gave some lovely efforts at the show last weekend- but I do think increased comfort in his movement is only a good thing.

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Close spot! Jumping like a normal horse instead of a deer-llama!

I know I’m a broken record on this, but I really am thrilled with how Frankie continues to get better and better. We’ve worked hard to build fitness and muscle, we’ve worked hard to educate him on his job, we’re doing everything in our power to make sure he is healthy and comfortable, and he is responding to our efforts with a wonderful work ethic. It’s really a pleasure working with my trainers to mold Frankie’s natural athleticism into such a fun sporthorse.

I’m not sorry about being a broken record. Frankie is my unicorn.

I know some of you have gone the SI-injection route. What did you think? Did you notice a difference?

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16 thoughts on “Bouncy Juice

  1. Hillary H. 05/03/2017 / 10:57 am

    SI injections worked awesome for Houston. I know that Amanda’s Henry gets his SI done as well. Houston hasn’t had his done in awhile but his work load doesn’t produce the same strain anymore. I’m glad it’s working for him and love to read your posts bc they are always a Frankie love fest. 🎉

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    • hellomylivia 05/03/2017 / 12:45 pm

      I sometimes try to talk about other things but it always devolves into me fangirling over my horse…Glad it hasn’t gotten old yet haha

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  2. Lauren 05/03/2017 / 11:03 am

    I’ve never heard it called bouncy juice before. Lol. Love it! I’ve never had to do injections but I know Dandy gets them now so I’m sure I will someday. Just part of maintenance.

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    • hellomylivia 05/03/2017 / 12:46 pm

      My trainer keeps rolling her eyes at my names: bouncy juice, springy juice, sproing injections, etc

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      • Lauren 05/03/2017 / 12:50 pm

        Spriong injections! You crack me up. That’s the only thing I’ll be able to call them now.

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  3. Stacie Seidman 05/03/2017 / 11:22 am

    I’ve done them for Rio. He actually had torn his SI years back, so after that healed up, we started doing the injections yearly (only if he needed it, but usually he did). I always felt a big difference from it with him.
    We’ve done Jamp’s too, but I didn’t see the same results. He felt better, yes, so it wasn’t a waste, but it wasn’t a HUGE difference like with Rio.

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    • hellomylivia 05/03/2017 / 12:47 pm

      I suspect Frankie will be more like Jamp- I don’t think it’ll be a hugely drastic difference, just enough to make sure he’s comfy

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  4. Karen M 05/03/2017 / 4:56 pm

    Haven’t done an SI injection yet with Eli, but it’s on the table, considering he already gets his stifles done regularly. Might do his hocks, too. Though sweet jeezus for the sake of my bank account hopefully never all at once.

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    • hellomylivia 05/04/2017 / 7:16 am

      Someone asked if we did his hocks too while the vet was out and I choked out a garbled “oh god no I have to pay rent”

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  5. HunkyHanoverian 05/04/2017 / 1:55 pm

    I have done SI on a horse I leased- I didn’t notice a difference, but I have a strong suspicion that that wasn’t the cause of his behavior issues to start with. I do hocks every 6 months on my soon to be 6 year old for maintenance reasons since his PPE showed a bone spur on in the left one and some changes in the right as well. I also do Pentosan injections every 2-3 weeks (aka when I remember), which I like to think helps keep everything feeling good.

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    • hellomylivia 05/04/2017 / 2:00 pm

      Lucky pony gets all the happy juice! Frankie has some very mild arthritis in one hock that may need some attention down the road, but my bank account is hoping that won’t be necessary for a while *fingers crossed*

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      • HunkyHanoverian 05/04/2017 / 2:04 pm

        I absolutely feel you on that one 😂. Every time I pay for injections I think “wow, that was basically a mortgage payment!”

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