|Her hoof yesterday after I was done trimming...|
|Her hoof as I found it today.|
I have been noticing a difference in her after I ride. When we're in the arena, her hooves tend to pack with sand and when I walk her out of the arena onto the concrete driveway, she walks very gingerly. Once the sand is out of her hooves she's fine, but those first five or so steps cause her some discomfort. Today after our ride, I noticed she wasn't quite as cautious and tender footed as she normally is.
I also took a look at the bars on her hinds, and wow! They've grown a ton since the clinic, so I went to work on those guys too. They were really folded over, and I could pick them up with my hoof knife. I don't pay as much attention to her hinds as I probably should... they always behave and never cause issues.
Now onto riding news... I didn't have a lot of time today because of some errands I had to run, but I wanted to get her out and ride. I contemplated riding bareback, but I thought shoppers at the grocery store I was stopping at on my way home might object to the layer of white hair that would no doubt be left on my butt and legs. So I grabbed the saddle and off we went.
I had one of the best rides ever! She was SO relaxed today!! I've dreamed of the day I would say "quit being so lazy" when I was riding my mare... I love it!! And she's not being lazy in a bad way because she still responds when I ask her to, but she just doesn't have that crazy get up and go button like she used to. She waits for me to ask and when I want a lope, I cue, and off we go. No drama and no booking it around the arena. I could actually feel each footfall... 1-2-3, 1-2-3. Normally I couldn't count them if I tried!
I'm loving this western stuff so much that I'm fighting with myself about selling my Pessoa. I have had zero desire to ride english and don't really anticipate having a desire in the near future. I've been waiting for SO long to be able to ride Lilly western that all I want to do is ride in my western saddle! I don't know that I want to get rid of my english stuff all together, but it seems silly to have such an expensive saddle sitting around collecting dust. Maybe I can find an english version of my western saddle... one that fits and one that is a super good deal!