Saturday, October 1, 2011
Out of Practice
But the fact remains that Star is good at her job as an IEA horse, and the fact of the matter is that as winter rolls around, I simply will not have the time to keep her as fit as she needs to be. I now need to be extra-vigilant about keeping her weight down, and exercise really is one of the best things for an arthritic horse.
And I'm pretty sure I didn't look too pretty, either.
I think that it's just a matter of time before we're back in the swing of things. I think, too, going back to our regular Pelham will help. I have now tried her a couple times in a mullen mouth Pelham with a shorter shank than our usual Pelham, as I thought it might be a more appropriate bit for IEA riders. But I flat out don't like the mullen. I personally don't like riding Star in her Kimberwicke, either - in both the Kimberwicke and the mullen Pelham, she gets stiff, and she was very brace-y in the Pelham. She seems to really like her regular Pelham, so... well, who am I to argue with a reserve world champion?
So we'll try out out usual Pelham again later this week, after tomorrow's Adequan shot. If all is well, Star can go in that for Sunday. And if it's not great, we'll just put her back in her old IEA-standby Kimberwicke.
And for our own purposes, we'll just keep working to get back into the swing of things.