Ok, so I've been doing dressage-only with Beau, my QH gelding, since last fall. Prior to that we were eventing and riding in the jumpers... only doing dressage a home and at horsetrials, no dressage shows.
This year, we've been to 6 shows already. Scoring well - mid 60's - mid 70's at Training 1, 2 & 4.
He's on the aids, supple, bending, obedient... that's not the problem. The thing that's hurting us the most is his movement.
We've been getting 5's and 6's on our free walks and comments such as "cover more ground" & "short steps". I'm pushing him out as much as I can without making him trot. He stretches into the bridle, he's just not going enough.
The rest of the tests, we'll bring in 7's & 8's and the occasional 9. But our medium walks often need "more march". Our trots have "short steps" sometimes. And our canters need "more reach & shoulder freedom" & is sometimes "a bit short and stiff". I've been working on riding him a bit more forward to try to get something out of him - he feels like he's moving out to me - but apparently not.
That's pretty much all the comments we get. My question is how to fix it.
He's 10 years old and he does get a bit creaky, especially if he's stalled overnight. I'm going to talk to the veterinarian about joint injections, I'm thinking they'll help. Especially since this is a relatively new problem, we never trouble up til this point - I'm thinking arthritis could be the culprit
Plus, that fact that he's a QH so his movement isn't huge anyway.
But are there any exercises that could possibly help? Care to share any info about joint injections?
Woo, sorry that was long.