Sometimes, try as you might, it’s nearly impossible to keep your horse on the work schedule you’d like to. You know, when like annoying health ailments (both equine and human), the fact that there really are only 24 hours in a day, and out-of-town commitments result in an unplanned vacation for your trusty steed. And at the end of that vacation, you’re faced with the task of bringing said steed back into work, which is its own challenge when you’re dealing with an aging horse.

Someone is happy to be back to work!

Photo: Erica Larson

Such was the case for Dorado and me last month. What started as a few days off to let a case of scratches heal without irritation from the sand in the arenas turned into a good three weeks off from work when, not long after the scratches episode, I embarked on a pre-planned out-of-state vacationÑa far longer time off than I’d initially planned or Dorado wanted! But, nonetheless and regardless of why, I’m now embarking on a new adventure: brining an energetic 18-year-old Thoroughbred back into work in July for a fall competition season.

The news isn’t all bad. Dorado has always gained condition fairly rapidly, but doesn’t lose it too quickly. So despite the fact that he had the better part of a month off, he’s much fitter than he would be if I was starting from square one. And, the temperatur