Is He Ready For Trot Under Saddle?
I contemplated this for a while actually. I just had to pause and think about it for a moment. To make sure that I wasn’t just super excited at how good he has been. It wouldn’t do any good to do too much too soon.
After thinking about it I decided that since we have been doing lunge lines sessions where he walks, trots and cantered. It seemed to be going well. We now know that the weight of the rider doesn’t aggravate his hip, so I decided to go for it.
Short Lunge Session
Just like day 6, Amelia did a quick walk-trot each way lunge session before she put the bridle on and mounted him. He shows a great improvement on the lunge line. Relaxation took a long time when we began lunging. Now, he is relaxed from beginning to end at the walk and trot. We haven’t cantered him on the lunge line for the last two days. Just because we wanted to avoid him getting his energy level up and getting tense. This is just the beginning with Cool, we have all the time in the world to improve his canter.
Second Time Under Saddle And He Was A Rockstar
Difference Between First Ride And This One
The first day Amelia popped on him, they just wandered around. Practiced steering and stopping. Basically, we were trying to set him up for a successful first time back under saddle and it worked!
Day 7 we asked a little more of him. Amelia took more contact and put her leg on more. We really wanted to get him in front of the leg and using his hind end. Before his injury, Cool went in a beautiful frame and I’m confident that he will get back to that with time and practiced.
Another Reason We Were Extra Impressed
Twice during the ride very loud vehicles drove by. Screaming by with what sounded like no mufflers, backfiring and stuff. It really was obnoxiously loud.
I was holding my breath because I wasn’t sure how Cool might react. We were so proud, he didn’t bat an eye. He just kept on bopping around the ring. Not even an ounce of spook.
We Really Couldn’t Ask For Things To Go Any Better
So far, our program with Cool is going great. It is always a roller coaster with horses. Not knowing what to expect on any given day. As we continue I know we will have some tougher days. My goal is to slowly build his strength and flexibility in that hind leg. We also hope to keep things interesting so he will keep a good attitude about working and trying new things!