Where do we go from here? Mount Diablo established a good baseline: five months off real work did not do us any favors. If our end goal for this year is to complete a 50, Fetti needs to be in better shape.
Doing some reading, reaching out to folks that can help with setting up a schedule.. advice welcome! Today we did ~3 miles in the arena in ~30 minutes, w/t/c, and she barely broke a sweat – but we both struggled to hold the canter together for any sustained period of time.. even 30 seconds is difficult. Clearly an arena lesson is also in order.
Being passed on trail. One of my April goals was to work on this. I worked on it, and we can sort of hold it together in low-pressure situations (horse walks off, low-energy, etc). Horse canters up hill in front of us and I hold her back? I’m in trouble. Part of the goal also involved giving myself an out: if it reared its head at Mount Diablo, I’d get a trainer involved. It did, and I have. Several rides tentatively scheduled towards the end of the month since that’s the soonest our schedules coordinated. I’m in over my head on this one, and I’m happy to pay someone to give me better tools and the reassurance that ‘fussy horse’ does not equate to ‘bucking, obnoxious horse losing brain’.
Feeding. Flax seed was spoken of highly at the AERC convention in March. I’m adding some vitamin E capsules and flax seed to her usual mix of grain + Cosequin + kelp + aloe vera juice. It’s not ground flax (only power source at the barn is far away), but regular flax should still have an effect, if less so. Inexpensive and worth a try.
Given the amount of stuff I’m adding in – and the fact that I have someone else give her grain three days a week – I picked up some plastic containers to make my own mini-SmartPaks. Kelp, flax, and vitamin E capsules all added in. The Cosequin seemed like it would stick to the container, so that will get added separately; the aloe vera juice will get added separately. Even so, three additions feels reasonable. More than that feels like I’m making extra work.