Trying to look on the bright side: Miss Ria had a fun summer doing a combination of flatwork,jumping and trail riding. She even acted as a trailer buddy for my older mare who finds trailering to be an experience she should avoid as much as is feasible.She loads and unloads very politely – it’s the middle bit that causes the problem! However back to my little mare who can be too athletic for her own good at times. From one day to the next she was ever so slightly lame. I crossed my fingers and willed it to be a stone bruise or an abscess. Even the vet said to give her a few days off and not to worry. Ten days of failing to avoid the minute but clear evidence that she wasn’t entirely sound and I cracked . The vet nerve blocked her left pastern and just like magic, she was sound. The xray revealed a small fracture about the size of my finger nail. The oddest thing was that the skin covering the area was perfect, not even a scratch! How she could have struck herself (vet’s best guess) without doing any other damage is a little bit of a mystery. Hence she’s on stall rest for the time being. Hand grazing is allowed - provided she behaves herself. Must check that Ria understands that part of the deal!!!