Monday, September 23, 2013

Back in Training

Brother was doing great with his training this spring but he then has been lame all summer.  Sometimes on one front leg, sometimes both and sometimes on three legs.  Last week I finally just decided to try shoes on him, it couldn't make him any worse than he already was.  And guess what?  He was sound in 3 days. 
 The whole world opened back up for J to train on him.  We rode him in the barn for 2 days and he was doing great, just not much of a steering wheel yet.  So today we took him outside.
 J did some ring work, walking and trotting.  He has been very good about keeping his head low.  (he is only 2 1/2 years old)
 Then I got on for some more trotting and cantering.  His lack of steering gets very noticeable the faster he goes.  But his trot and canter are very smooth.
 He just about picked up where we left off when he started being lame 3 months ago.
He's doing so well that J now wants to take him trail riding soon.  I was a little worn out though.  I rode Wrangler in the morning, then took Otoelene out with Brother, then worked on conditioning Hank in the evening.  It's only 3 weeks until the Kentucky Stampede ride that J is wanting to go on.  Jessica is in great shape but me and Hank still have a ways to go.  Looking at pictures of the location it doesn't look like it will be too rough.

4 comments:

CDH said...

Glad you may have figured out the lameness on Brother. Have you ever thought of having a horse chiropractor come out? I was a skeptic until we had it done on our ranch horses. Oh what a difference.
Brother looks like a nice ride.

Kalin said...

He's beautiful!!! Love his headset.

Keren: Fabulous farmlife said...

Glad i found your blog. Also a horse owner of 2 gorgeous horses.
Now following you on GFC
Keren (From South Africa)
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fernvalley01 said...

coming along nicely! WHat a good looking fellow

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