Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
Ask him to lengthen out and then shorten up. Perhaps because he was off for a while his mucle definition isn't where it should be. Lots of transitions to get that hinddquarter moving freely. Ask him to step up and lengthen without getting faster and zooming around the ring.
Absolutely lovely horse you have - I've always been a fan!
Thanks, you so much. I'm really hoping to get him back to where he was before he was off before I have to go to college, but his muscling has been hindering that. He tires out fairly quickly, especially with the abnormally warm weather we've been having. I'll work on doing more transitions with him and hopefully things will start falling back into place. I'll also try asking him to lengthen, but I don't want to give him too much too fast and injury him.
Also, he has also been giving little bucks at the canter, particularly to right, usually during the transition (he can also be sticky to get the lead, which he wasn't before). Now, that I think about it that's probably why I didn't have a video. We've been assured that it isn't from pain and he doesn't do it on the lounge. Since he has been off of his pills he has been doing it less and less so it might just be residuals from that; the antibiotic is pretty harsh on their stomachs. Any tips for that?
He just came off of his 80 pills a day of doxycycline, which he was on for about 3-4 months, about a month ago. He was being treated for lymes, and his current titer is in the high range of normal. I really don't know if this is relavent, but I'll add it in case it is significant to anyone...