April 10, 2017
Work has really taken over this past couple of weeks and the blog has ultimately suffered because of it 🙁
So a long overdue update;
Dressage 4 All results for April, 2nd/5 Intro B Open, 63.70%, felt the marking was a little harsh but i know he was tense and not his usual self on the day of filming (more to follow on that later), Prelim 7, thrilled with 66.36 and 4th out of 9. Our best % to date and some lovely comments from the judge.
Cash threw a shoe which was quickly refitted. I noticed on the Sunday while filming the test that Cash had gone really stiff and resistant through his right hand side, took a good while to supple up and even then wasn’t how he usually feels on the bends and turns. I wondered if a quiet couple of weeks and only hacking had lead to this…….
So Wednesday we headed back into the school and he felt slightly better after spending a while in walk doing lateral exercises, inside/outside flexion and just keeping things quiet and relaxed. Finished off with a nice canter on each rein and a stretchy trot. One thing i did notice was his sensitivity to being brushed, quite cold backed and dipping away from brushes i’ve used for the past 6 months.
Thursday we had the saddle fitter, the saddle need reflocking to balance it back out and lift it off his shoulders, the change in my position once it was back how it should be was great and we actually managed some decent right canter transitions. While Sarah was here i noticed Cash being a bit nippy with things, grabbing hold of the saddlecloth and trying to throw it across the washbox and his right hind was stampy on girthing up.
Cash has a history of ulcers and piecing everything together i suspect they are back. Stiffness, nippy, girthy, off his bucket feed, sensitive to grooming……
Saturday morning i rode, Cash came out quite reactive so spent some time in walk, sitting quietly and asking him to listen with transitions to halt and back to walk frequently. I must admit at one point I nearly got off, his back was up and he felt like a ticking time bomb but a few wither scratches and some left/right flexion and he soon softened.
Trot work as good as always and no signs of the earlier hotness. 10/15/20m circles, serpentines and LY before a canter on each rein (strike off correct ) and calling it a day.
Must resume carrot stretches, been a bit laxidaisy with those lately.
Love the new Rider By Horse Cranberry from Equissentials Dressage, a lovely sheen to it without the slip of other shiny pads 🙂
Yesterday i went up and was in two minds about riding, i know he isn’t right/happy so i gave him a good brush (still quite dippy behind the saddle on the right handside) and turned out for a day in the sun. Pleased to say he does appear to be eating his feed again, albeit not with the full ration of supplement but we’ll build that back up gradually. We should have had a lesson today but i’ve cancelled it, he’ll go on the walker instead and have a quiet couple of weeks now as we head off on holiday soon.