We Have Continued to Work With Him
As winter has slowly seemed to be making its way out of Maryland, we have been keeping up with working Cool as best as we can.
We went through a very wet period where the footing was terrible. So there were a lot of days of easy walk-trot rides and leisurely walks around the farm.
Cool did have a brief period a month or so ago that he had a mild lameness. It was in the front. Seeing him sore upfront is no good, but not as bad as if it was behind. Simply because that is where his fracture was. Thus far his hind end has had no issues at all.
The lameness in the front we treated as an abscess. It seemed to take a long time for him to get back to 100 %, but it probably was only a week or so. You know how it is when things are going well, when you have to take a break it’s a bummer!
Luckily, he is back in action now!
Riding Him Out In The Open
Cool is sort of like a little kid when it comes to keeping his attention. Aside from going on walks around the farm property. We have started to work him in the big grassy field instead of in the dressage ring. As you will see in some of the videos he is very excited about being out in the open!
You can see that he looks happy to be out in the open. Moving forward is not an issue for him ever. Especially not when he sees the nice open space in front of him.
Excitement Turns To Tension
You can see in the video that has some of the trot warm-ups that his excitement turned a bit into tension at the trot. He wasn’t in a beautiful frame as he is capable of. I wasn’t too worried about that. We all know he is capable!
It was good practice for him to go to work in a different place and be able to stay focused. He did get distracted in this workout but Amelia was always able to get his attention back! That’s the main thing!
What I Like Best About This Ride
- He is going forward, forward is always good!
- At the canter even when he was feeling his oats he seemed to be listening to Amelia’s half-halts
- His excitement turned to tension at times, but since Amelia was confident and consistent in her riding, she was able to keep him from letting his tension get away from him
- You can see from the pictures how much he is using his hind end! This is probably the most exciting part. Since he is recovering from a fracture, we never really knew what to expect as to how far he would come in his recovery. We are pleasantly surprised!
- How muscled up he is! It was great to see him canter out in the open all muscled up and really using himself. His hind end has gotten super strong.
What We Need To Work On
- Being able to do good flatwork out in the open. He can do really great flatwork in his regular environment. We need to practice doing figure eight’s and serpentine’s without the help of the small arena to keep him straight and bending properly
- His head seems to want to come up in the trot canter transition. This should improve as he relaxes and gets into a consistent frame even when he is excited
- Balancing flatwork, conditioning work ( trot, canter sets out in the open) and popping him over small fences. We want to find the right schedule for him that works both physically to help him get fit and strong. As well as to keep him interested in his program.
Keep On Keepin’ On
Yes, this is my favorite saying that I think applies to pretty much everything in my life. So, just like everything else, we are going to keep on keepin’ on with our man Cool!