I brought Leo in and tacked him up. He was surprisingly clean for this time of year! I cleaned his hooves and noted they were recently trimmed, but didn’t think anything of it. I tacked up and fed cookies and played with him, then set out across the gravel in front of the barn and down the road. He was very lethargic! I wondered if he was sick, actually. I turned him around after about 50 yards and came back to the barn. Cindy took his temperature and we both gave him a good once-over. His expression was bright and playful and he was interested in everything. We concluded he had sore hooves from the trim. Dang.
Then I brought Tag in and after grooming and tacking took him out to maybe ride with Jenny Mlosic who was riding by. I got on him outside and it was like his nerves were outside his skin. He actually did a mini bolt (for like 5 strides, but it was enough for me to think better of a trail ride without some ring work first at least.) I got off, took him in the indoor and had a lunging session and it took him a surprising amount of time to settle, considering that he had been allowed to run around in the indoor before tacking and really didn’t do much. Silly guy. So I got on in the indoor and had a good session. Sorry I did not get a picture. Boo.
She is quite hysterical. We went out and had a fairly long hack out in the DNR. During it we did some work on staying on pace on a more slack rein, which went well. Here’s some walk work in teh woods: