After 8 weeks of hand-walking & no turnout, the vet has given us the all clear to start "walk only" under saddle. My OTTB is normally mellow & hard working, but very green. He is still learning to collect & move off the leg. The problem is he loves to run and is now jumpy & high-strung after 8 weeks of no turnout or real exercise. Grain has been cut back to almost nothing to curb excess energy.
Frankly, I'm a little scared to get back on my big bundle of pent-up energy. I can't lunge on anything but a small circle because he WILL run. No idea when the vet will clear him for turnout again.
Would really appreciate any feedback on the following:
-Any suggestions on how to keep us both safe as we restart training
-any fun, safe ground games
-any good exercises to keep his mind active & learning (at walk under saddle or in-hand)
-any calming supplement suggestions
I am really open to any creative things I can do to have fun with my boy, keep us safe, and still keep up the training process - books, YouTube videos, quirky standing exercises, suppling, anything. I did post this on another forum, everyone said to Ace, but no real training suggestions. *Yes, I know we can't do any lateral work or small circles right now, but he's so green, there have to be basic exercises we can do at a walk to keep his mind active and keep him learning. HUGE thanks for sharing your expertise and experiences!