It's pretty safe to say that Cash's hind end problem is cleared up. He's no longer pissy under saddle, he's content about getting a saddle put on, and he's moving much much better. Now it's back to boot camp. Sorry horse. Ha!
A brief run down of what we've been up to:
We've "upgraded" the bitting department.
After getting to chat with a thoroughbred trainer who has retrained many TBs into other careers, I took a hint from her and added some curb leverage. Cash now rides in a Pelham any time we are outside of the arena or doing poles/mini jumps. And lemme ya, it's NICE to have brakes!!!
Trot poles. Lots and lots and lots of trot poles. And canter poles--although he is quite the klutz over these, and it's rather amusing to watch him flail those big ol legs of his. He'll figure it out soon enough....
|The trot pole "ditch" of doom|
So, in the times when we can't ride because of lost shoes, Cash has learned how to hobble. When I tried this a year ago he was not keen on the idea. I tried it again on a whim about a month ago and whaddya know, he took it like a champ. It's awesome to just let him chill and graze while I put stuff up and not have to babysit him. Plus, hobble training does WONDERS for their mental thought process.
|Can't see the hobbles, but they're there|
So, that's that. If we can get him to keep his shoes on so that I'm not losing 2 weeks of work every other month then maybe we'll get somewhere!