That doesn't happen by accident especially for pig-wallowing-in-mud Fawkes.
|This was him 6 minutes after being turned out on Friday|
It also meant that I can stop worrying about his leg since I would have gotten a call otherwise. The scrape from our incident of running into the brick wall was superficial, but there had been some associated swelling and heat for the last couple of days so I was concerned he would come up lame as well. Luckily, he was totally fine. Sometimes I have guilt about how I took a 7 year old ex racehorse without a blemish on him and created this creature with multiple scars and bumps, but then I get over it. I more wonder how on earth they kept him un-scarred for so long. He has kicked through a fence, bashed his nose on his stall, done many things I can't even figure out how, and popped a few splints. He also gets hock sores unless stalled, but much prefers to live outside otherwise. Thankfully he is trooper and never really seems bothered by the lumps and bumps.
Anywho while our trot is getting there (sans circles, where shoulder bulging is a real struggle), our canter transitions leave much to be desired. I can barely even being to describe all the fail in the photo above but to start: collapsed forward, disengaged core, dropped all contact, and shockingly - wrong lead. So today I focused on not doing any of that crap and he was much better.
Fawkes has basically trained me to let go of the contact during transitions via inversion and giraffing, but while that may be his preference, that is not how it is going to be. It is canter transition game on!
|Luckily once we get going we can pull it together|
|Just a little crooked and flail. We rock at that|
On the plus side, we schooled some flying changes the other day and once he does get straight, those are fabulous.
|This was his most resistant one of the day, and even that was pretty freaking nice.|