I used my high-fangled camcorder to record our ride today, but because of proprietary software that isn't intuitive at all, I've got nothing to post. Once I get everything figured out and assembled, I'll post another video. I caught some interesting moments today.
I took a tape measure with me today and set up two hunter hack jumps. From what I can tell online, we'll be jumping two 18" cross rails, spaced approximately 60' apart. I set them up on a diagonal in the arena to give us as much room as possible and then we attempted to jump them. I'll tell that story when I have the video done.
The rest of the ride went ok. We make progress every day with our loping and transitions, but she seemed a little on edge today for some reason. It was really windy, but she didn't want to focus on me like I wanted her to. Actually, she was doing really well until we tried the jumps and then I kind of lost her after that. She's also been doing some counter bending to the outside and I think I'm going to have to switch her back to the loose ring snaffle for a few rides so we can do some work on bending.
Her back is still a tiny bit sore, so that might have something to do with the counter bending issues. The soreness just started about a week ago, and she shows it only when I run my fingers down each side of her spine and get to right about here:
|The ouchy spot...|
Some other possible issues I'm considering is that she's due for a trim, which I started on today and will hopefully finish up tomorrow. I was also thinking that her back might possibly be sore because of the stiffness I've been seeing in her hocks. Most back pain is either caused from some sort of limb pain or poor saddle fit, and the sore spot seems to be too far down her back to be saddle related. I think we're good to go in the saddle department, so that leaves hooves, hocks, and perhaps being goofy in the pasture and making herself sore that way. She's been on the Cosequin for two months but I haven't seen a difference in her at all. I removed it from this month's SmartPak and I'm going to ask about the Adequan shots instead. She's boycotting her feed anyway, so there's no telling if she's really getting any of the Cosequin.
She hasn't been ridden since last Wednesday, so she's had some time to rest, but perhaps tomorrow I'll give her a nice liniment bath and see if that helps.