In today's lesson, we conquered a new thing. My trainer called it an "in and out" - basically two jumps with one canter stride between them. Barnabus ran out twice at the canter (I really really need to do better with my legs!), but we got over when we approached at the trot. Next lesson, we'll hopefully get a shot at that again. Posted via Mobile Device
Last night's lesson was pretty interesting. We (Barnabus and I) learned about flying lead changes. Now, Barnabus had a leg up on me for this, because he's done them before - I had just never asked (or knew I was asking!) for it. So last night, I learned how to ask for a lead change. And of course, a lead change to the left was MUCH easier to accomplish than one to the right! But we did get at least one in each direction. Yay!
Well, no horse show for us tomorrow. :( Barnabus evidently played too hard with the other geldings Thursday night and got kicked (we think). His right front shoulder was swollen last night, and he was very short at the trot. I checked him out again this morning. The swelling's gone down a lot, he moved OK on a lunge line, but under saddle was still a little short (the front edge of the saddle sits right on top of where the swelling is). So we're playing it safe, and have scheduled ourselves for a show on November 2nd instead. My BO is going to check him out again on Monday and if the swelling hasn't gone away completely by then, we'll discuss whether I need to call the vet out.
But, hey, this gives me another month to improve on our weak spots, right?
Since we couldn't go to the show today, I decided to take pictures! I also put the weight tape on Barnabus, and according to it, he now weighs about 1040 pounds. Yay! Back in February, the vet told me that a good weight for him should be around 1100 pounds. Looks like we're finally getting there. The first pic is a profile to show his improvement over the last month. The next couple are just for fun. :) Enjoy!
Update on Barnabus... So it wasn't the right shoulder after all. Today, my BO noticed that he is favoring his front left foot. The coronet band is swollen and slightly warm, so it looks like he has an abcess. Time to soak his foot for a few days....