Today I went on a road ride with a couple of other horses, mainly working on my leg position.. Wow were me legs sore! When we got back, I let him gallop down a stretch between me and my neighbors fences, lapped around and went through my arena gate to see if that would make him out of control. He was under control the whole time. In my jumping on the highschool team, as soon as we went into the arena to jump he would prance, throw his head, and rush up into the canter. Today he went calmly in, and listened to every thing I asked of him. I could just say easy and shift my weight slightly back, and he would slow down. I popped him over our jump course I set up, which he was amazing over yet again. I added in more difficult pieces like more places where I had to slow down/speed up, tighter turns (that he used to get REALLY hot in), etc. He seems to have completely changed. Today is the last day I will really jump him up until the show.
I am planning to start getting up early again for this week, and hack him out in the morning in his hackamore, and then at night do flatwork/dressage work. I am not practicing the pattern, so don't worry! We probably will work a lot on change of direction, circles, free walk, transitions, and his bad lead. I am thinking the day before the show I will do dressage in the morning and jumping at night before his bath.
1) I started using liniment on him today after jumping. How many people actually use liniment after a hard workout? I know my friend who shows saddleseat does. Does it actually help? I just want him to be comfortable and not sore after he gets worked.
2) Does anyone know if the mechanical hackamore I am using is legal? I read that many Olympians use the exact same one, but who knows, the rules could be different.
I just decided to share with everyone my plans for the future. In August, I am looking into going to another event, or instead seeing if I can go on a couple hour drive to go to a nice schooling course. I am going to mainly be working on dressage through the rest of July, and maybe adding in more jumping in August. As soon as school starts I will come up with a different plan. For the winter, I am most likely going to look for a cheap barn to board at, or trailer to so I can work him in the winter.