critique me please, and my new video log/blog *bump!* confo critique please!
Hi all! I hope you had a very fabulous holiday, whatever you may celebrate. I am currently looking up horsey-friendly cake recipes to make my boy a 6th birthday cake since I just celebrate the January 1st birthday since I don't know his actual foaling date.
I have been leasing my trainers TB gelding for the past 4 months or so, and we have really started to click and work well together and are preparing for spring shows. As I stated before in my last post, I was having some hesitation about him and I have since had a couple discussions with my trainer and I am in no hurry to make a decision to buy at the moment and neither is she so I am just taking it day by day and month by month and enjoying the time I spend with him. I feel very good about my decision and I've been enjoying progressing with him. :)
He was layed up for the month of December and has been back in work for a couple weeks now. He had a minor abcess that the vet diagnosed as a mild strain of strangles, which he had a nasty bout with earlier this year. He was quarantined and kept on stall rest until the abcess healed and then we injected his ankle with HylaVet for his arthritis so he had about a month and 2 weeks off total. The vet originally came out to inject the ankle but the abcess had just popped up so he opted to wait to inject as the steroids can be an immuno-suppressant.
ANYWAY, he has obviously lost some muscle from lack of work and he's been a little stir crazy since he wasn't active for those 6 weeks so we are taking it slow and building him back up. Today was the first time I jumped him in those 6 weeks and he was very happy to be back to doing his job. :) My boyfriend got me a cute little camcorder for Christmas so I am starting a blog/video log (vlog?) to track our progress. I'm going to share it with you and ask for a critique from our lesson today. I apologize it's not very long but you should be able to get a sense of my position and his movement at least. I was happy to see what my lower leg seems to have quieted down a bit, but any comments are more than welcome!
Oh and the first video you'll see is the last one I uploaded. Joe didn't video long enough to see the last vertical we jump, which was not a crash and distance.
Sorry this is kind of rambly. TIA!
I added a semi-awkward conformation shot from tonight. Any thoughts are more than welcome as I don't have the best eye. His head is not unusually large, it's just that he was moving his head around and my iPhone was taking a high quality shot and so the shutter speed was slow, thus the weird looking head. I promise it is actually very proportional and pretty. :)