Mark rode Jack again on Tuesday and I don't know what he's doing but it's working so far. Yesterday Jack was excellent. He didn't kick out at all and was listening very well. Today he was good, tracked pretty straight and listened well. We had good spots and got our strides right. Halfway through the lesson he started kicking out though. We had a couple of good strike outs and several were along the long side of the ring which is unusual for him. It's usually coming out of a corner.
I'm really starting to fear that this is a soreness issue. I hope that it is soreness due to lack of muscling because we can fix that. We got a full set of xrays in his ppe and he's on a glucosamine (mostly preventative, I had hoped). Since there isn't any obvious lameness I don't really think I could afford the vet visit to figure anything out. Also, he has no problem with the jumping part, in fact, he is jumping in fantastic form right now. Today he felt really great and Kim said he looked like a hunter.
I had to pass on a show this weekend due to work and the next B show is not going to happen because both my old trainer and all the trainers at the new barn are going to be gone. There is an A show in Illinois that the barn is taking 25 horses to! I looked at the bill and I might be able to show but I'm not sure I should. It would be more expensive than the local ones and much bigger competition (ie more embarrassment when he kicks out during a hunter class).
I guess we shall see what we will do. There aren't any 2'9" jumper classes for Kim to go into (the smallest is 3'1") so she won't be going for sure so it makes it harder for me to rationalize going.