Well, my 9yo tb gelding Mitch has been going really well lately and I'm soo proud of him, in just two rides so far he's gotten the hang of leg yielding with the aid of a fence to go along, and he shows off, he really loves it and is such an awesome boy. It has just come into spring, so he is being brought back into work in the past few weeks, and we completed a 3 day showjumping course 2 weeks ago (lets not go there my riding was atrocious, but he was sooooo honest!)
Pretty much this season is our "knuckle down and train seriously" season pre-uni.
So, last night, perfect behaviour, leg yielding like a beginner champ, everything was primo... Till mums horse broke my foot after I got off my horse.
Mums horse reared up on me (long story) and come crashing down on my foot, breaking it in at least two places that they have found so far. There are loose fragments floating about, so I am out of action and on crutches for up to 4 weeks
NOOOOOO!!! Mitch was just starting to build up a topline and go amazingly, why now!!
So for the next few weeks I'm stuck in one of these, and on crutches
(not my leg, but exact same boot)
GAAAAAAH I just want to scream
So what can I do with him, if anything, to keep him building up muscle, or at least maintaining what we have built up? Or do I just leave him out until I'm healed up? Because at this stage getting somebody else to ride him for me is not possible (where I live, time of year, only capable people I trust have horses of their own)
-Honestly, I'm not against just clambering on and doing what I can in the walk, the problem is getting off, as he is 16.1hh.
-I also am going to need help to seperate him daily from my mums slapper of a mare, because I can't control two horses at once with only one foot, even though one is an angel of a horse to work with.
PS, Mitch doesn't lunge well, he is fine for long enough to stretch him out, but he is a "left-brained extrovert" I think he was called, and he just gets too bored and frustrated with circles then he gets naughty and won't concentrate or do as he's told, which will result in no progress and me getting dragged around the paddock.
Ideas anybody? Or do I just leave him out for a few weeks