April 27, 2012 Leave a comment
So we’re T-minus 7 days until our first show, and my last two rides on Derby have not been good at all. He’s been very resistant, not wanting to bend, and not wanting to go forward.
Christy has had me work on the response to my leg, both in terms of lateral response to calf pressure, and forward response. Both are marginally better but still not fantastic, though with a lot of work last night, I was doing trot/canter/trot transitions on a circle pretty easily – meaning that I didn’t have to ask emphatically, and that Derby’s response was swift.
However, the real resistance is to rounding. He’s going around braced against the reins, with the muscles on the underside of his neck bulging. He will round and soften momentarily when I really get busy with my inside leg, but then he pops right back into bracing.
Christy and I discussed this resistance at length after my lesson. I had gone over his back before and after, and there was no soreness either before and after the ride. So what’s going on? Derby is generally a pretty uncomplicated horse, and is pretty willing. I recalled how we had a terrible ride last weekend when I tried a thicker pad that combined fleece and memory foam. I had no go button and lots of resistance. I went back to my usual fleece half pad, and had two nice rides on Monday and Tuesday. I’m going to remove the fleece pad for my ride on Saturday, and will go with just a saddle pad.
Hopefully this simple equipment change will solve the issue!