Bringing a horse back from injury help.. what exercises should I work on?!
My mares a beautiful girl! She is a 17.1 warmblood imported from Germany and last show season we were pinning top 5 consistently in the hunter and eq classes. She has had a high suspensory issue over the past few months, and after shock treatment, herbal meds, and lots of time off, we finally decided to operate on it. The operation went well, and we got her sacroiliac injected as well. She's doing great now, and floatier then ever! She was off and on for just over 7 months, and it's been about a month since I've been consistently riding her again.
I started out with 5 minutes of loose rein, forward moving walk then brought her into a nice hunter frame and walked her like this for another 10 minutes before starting to trot for about 15. I am now trotting for 20-25 and cantering as much as she can handle without dying haha..(about 5-10 minutes)...
She has a huge hay belly and is quite weak in her hind end again .. She's also become quite strong. It's not like she pulls me around, and she takes quite a bit of leg to move forward (but she always has been like this.. and with some small spurs she's perfect off my leg), it just feels like she is fighting to stay in frame. I can keep her in frame the whole way around, but it takes ALOT more strength then it did before (Keep in mind I am also a lot weaker then I was 6 months ago. Is this because she's so much weaker now?
Considering the time off she has had, she is still listening extremely well and still knows her job .. But what should I do about the strongness and fighting to stay in frame?
I was thinking a new bit? But I think it is more lacking of the muscle
What exercises should I focus on? She used to be PROOO at leg yields and I have been trying to get her back into that, with some difficulty. What else should I work on?
Pessoa lunging system?
Thanks!! Ill really appreciate your feed back !!
Also.. I am in between moving barns and moving coaches, so its kind of difficult since I have no one to help me out!