I posted awhile back about my hunter getting diagnosed with pedal osteitis; well the EquiPak and leather pads have made all the difference! We haven't had any inkling of an abscess (knocks on wood!) in almost 2 months and we're back to regular work. I took him over to HITS two weeks ago to school and it was a bit...discombobulated. He was sound and fit, but he was dropping his shoulder at the verticals and not walking down the lines like he can and should be. So my trainer and I came up with a game plan and I set up a little exercise at home. The area I'm using is usually reserved for gymnastic work only because it is so small, but I put the exercise there intentionally to really take advantage of having to collect him and get him really thinking about where his body is and how he's using it. Except for me being entirely useless over the first little exercise and taking a nap on his neck, I was very happy with the result. We're going to school next week and are planning to do the adults the week after. But we shall see how warm-ups go!
Any feedback (positive or negative) would be more than welcome!
Thanks guys He's a gem. I was feeling really down after our poor school a few weeks back and had a "maybe this is too much for him after the impar and the pedal osteitis, maybe it's time to let him just be" but I had a long talk with a few good friends and they convinced me to just keep trucking. I'm glad I did. I get really sensitive about this horse because he is just the most solid citizen and he really, truly, and honestly LOVES his job and I don't ever want to take advantage of that. So we'll continue to play with the exercise and build on it this week and then we'll go from there.
Now to work on keeping my body back gosh darn it!
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