January 12, 2017 4 Comments
It’s been a bit more than a week since we moved into the new barn, and for the last four days, Fred has been moving soundly.
Fredders is in an individual turnout, however, time outside has been limited due to extremely cold and icy conditions.
He has a spacious stall, hay to chew on throughout the day, a window to peer out of and best of all, a friendly mare (with whom he is in love) in the stall next door, so staying inside is not the worst thing that can happen to Fred. In fact, it’s probably been the best, as he’s acclimated to his new surroundings and hasn’t managed to re-injure himself in the process.
While he is still giving me a little grief at the beginning of each ride in the form of some balking, we get through it pretty quickly and the rest of the rides have been forward, frisky and fun. I’m focusing mostly on trot sets with some easy bending, because more than anything, he needs conditioning. That said, we did some of the easiest canter transitions we’ve ever done last night – simply sitting a beat and a slight raise of my inside hip and we were off.
I’m going to continue to ride with Christy, however, our lesson last night was canceled due to the aforementioned icy conditions. I’ll get something scheduled this weekend and maybe we’ll have some video to share soon. 😁