The end of the week
October 22, 2011 Leave a comment
After three great rides, I was hoping to keep the momentum going but Derby was feeling the effects of the stepped up work ( at least that’s what I’ve concluded, and I had overdone things in a workout earlier that day and had almost zero in the tank. Our work was OK, and we got the canter both ways, but Derby was resistant and registered his discontent with a little buck. Friday the horses were back outside (the icky weather kept them inside for a couple days earlier in the week) and he had the day off.
We started today with a set of new shoes, but Derby was still a bit uncomfortable for the farrier, and I had to free longe him to loosen up his back end so he’d tolerate getting his hind feet trimmed.
Our ride – my first on my own since the clinic – was pretty good. I worked on lateral work, especially leg yielding the trot, and did some canter work both ways, and his attitude was much improved compared to Thursday’s as well. Overall the contact was pretty good, as were the quality of the gaits.
After we rode, I put him on the longe, for the prescribed longe work. He was swapping leads pretty badly earlier in the week, but today I got good quality work both ways. I do hope we’re well along the road to recovery and loosening (and strengthening) those big muscles.