Monday, April 18, 2016


I think the worst of the rain is finally over.  (Though there is a 60% chance of rain for Friday...)  The horses are enjoying the grass.

Cupid's feet seem to be much better.  My trainer asked me last week if I wanted to do some polework but I wanted to wait a little longer - I don't want him to hit a pole and shock his feet.  So we've been focusing on our dressage work.  Since Cupid often gets cranky in transitions, especially from walk going back to trot, we have been doing them mainly from a shoulder fore so his weight is in his hind end to ease the transitions and also so he is more focused.  It seems to be going well, except sometimes for me it's hard to focus on both the shoulder fore and a transition!

He's had a few days with a little extra spunk but no spring fever like he had last year.  However on Saturday I went on a little trail ride around the property and he got a little excited on a trail he's been on a hundred times before.  It was pretty windy, I don't know if that's what set him off.  He was prancing and tossing his head, and plowed forward a few times.  I turned him around and walked back down the trail but the second time coming back he was even worst.  I was not feeling confident so I got off and led him back and worked him in the arena a little.  But there were a few other horses in the arena and I didn't even want to canter.  Sometimes I am a big chicken.  I was feeling discouraged, and thinking that even though I don't want to sell Cupid maybe I need to find a more confident rider to half lease him and jump and show him. 

Sunday was much better, the weather was beautiful and Cupid was back to his normal sweet self.  We did a little work in the outdoor arena then did the trails around the property again and Cupid was perfect.  We went down a trail that was pretty overgrown, Cupid had to go through with bushes brushing both his sides and it didn't faze him.  Afterwards I gave him a bath.  I noticed he is missing a chunk of his tail, I don't know if he has been rubbing or just caught it in something.  I put on some M-T-G.
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