So disappointing. Every time I think we're somewhere with smooth, relaxed PREDICTABLE...he comes out all jazzed up. He tacked up fine, munching on hay like not a care in the world.
Led and mounted just fine. Then the fun starts. Joggy when he should be walky. Fast, joint jarring walk. And then no lope transition.
Our last ride was better and even had one rocking chair lope.
I don't know if he's hurting, or the footing was too soft, or the weather too warm, or I'm just a craptacularly awful rider. I wish he could talk!
He had a chiro adjustment on Thursday and an Adequan injection on Friday.
He has changed over the almost 5 years that I've had him from sweet, smooth and well-behaved and suitably gaited to this annoying riding. Seems like all I do is correct correct correct. He can't go 10 feet holding a tempo or self-carriage.
I'll lunge him next time. Didn't this time because I didn't want to tear up the arena....outdoors, very soft, thawed turf. Maybe he just needs to get his juice used up.