Our first ride back was just a light hack around the property. He seemed to be feeling okay, and was very good about walking through some rough trails that were pretty overgrown. Though he is getting worst about trying to stop and eat! We had a little excitement when we walked by a paddock where a horse didn't want to be caught and was running around. Cupid's head and tail went up and he pranced a little. He settled down after a few moments though.
I have been longing him before I ride, in case it helps for his back warm up a little before mounting. I've also been spraying his back with Sore no More spray before currying.
He is still showing a little reluctance to pick up the trot, but is getting better. Today I couldn't get him to pick up the left lead canter though. We are not sure why, he seems to be moving very well otherwise. I will try it on the longe line next this weekend and see if he gets it without my interference. My trainer said with young horses sometimes it's two steps forward, one step back.
|I wasn't sure Cupid would like these healthier treats, but he gives them two hooves up!|