So I talked to my trainer and we are going to start with the dressage phase and just getting our confidence over jumps. I also read on some other threads how to strengthen my weak legs and core. Lol. She said my Arabian isn't too old at 16 and he should be good at it. :) I am happy with that! She said he loves his animated canter (how his front end comes off the ground.) and that the dressage judge will love it too. Also today I carried a bat (crop) with me for the first time and I really did not have to use it. He acted a lot better (more responsive to my leg) and paid more attention to me. I know he needs to do this without the crop, though. Hopefully we can get him very responsive to just my leg and seat. Also we made huge progress today. I got him to transition from a walk to a canter. No trot in there! That was a first! And I have figured out how to ask him for the correct lead. He is very good at it and stays collected. It is just at the trot in new arenas, he tends to become ADD and he fades in and out of paying attention to me and starts to string out and go hollow and look around -_- I have tried using more leg and widening the reins and moving the reins around slightly in my hands. He will ignore me for the first time and then I will use a little more pressure and he will come back to me for a minute and then fade out again. Any advice on this? It gets annoying having to constantly nag him. :(
Well, bad news. I won't be eventing any time soon unless I can get another horse going. Zahir started limping at the beginning of a lesson. He limped like 2 days back in January and I didn't think much of it because it stopped and it hasn't come back until now. He has a very old splint on his front leg and it has never bothered him. I am guessing he has had it since he was young. He is 16 now. I have had him 4 years and he has always had it. He has always been completely sound. Well I got off at my lesson and we looked at his leg and there are more bony bumps along his splint bone and there's fluid around the back of his cannon bone. SO I do not know what it is. I am taking him to a vet that specializes in sport horses and ultrasound Friday hopefully. I have had him on stall rest and hand walking and I ice it 20 minutes a day. It is just so depressing when your only horse is hurt. :/ My friend is going to let me ride her mare (she already is a jumper) but this mare is very quirky. Just not the same. It is difficult to ride a different horse after riding the same one for 4 years. I just get a little nervous on new horses and I am afraid I am going to screw them up I guess. I am going to try and take some lessons on her mare. She is tb/oldenburgh cross. She is a very nice horse. Just...quirky.