After not having ridden in 3 weeks, the drought ended Friday. And then the storms came. 4 rides in 3 days? Who am I?
My weekly lessons on Ranger started back up Friday night (thanks to horrific weather and flooding on Thursday) but I’ll save that recap for it’s own post. Still unpacking a lot from that lesson.
Saturday, however, introduced a different ride.
After nearly a year off, Batt returned to work. My trailer still needs brakes and I’m still trying to figure out if he needs medication pre-ride but I’d rather experiment at home vs out on the trail or when hauling out. And to be honest? I’m still not sure. He coughed some, but not at the walk and really not at the canter. Mostly at the trot and mostly when he was winded or annoyed. Verdict still out.
Coughing above but then downhill 2 seconds later…
I’m assuming he’s resigned to his fate? Or trotting downhill as to the right…
However, cantering was a bit more exciting… a quick “attempt” to “buck” me off was the only fireworks in 2 days (videos are from Sunday’s ride, but he did the same thing on Saturday). Fat quarter horses can’t buck.
Much better. We need to work on straight but…
Right now, I think he needs endurance more than anything. He’s still on steroids and I’m planning to try Respi Free and possible Air Power. But, he’s 100000% fat and out of shape… The heavy breathing I believe is more endurance than heaves.
We mostly walked with some trot laps and a few canter sets to make him happy. And took a cool down walk through the neighboring development to make him happy — he stared longingly at all the driveways he couldn’t explore and shuffled his feet. And in the end was soaked in sweat. Getting back in to shape is hard!
It’s even harder when your MEAN MOM makes you work 2 days in a row…
yayyyyy for the return of Batt Horse!
I concur…getting back into shape is hard!!!
Welcome back Batt! Even if you kind of hate this turn of events lol
yay riding all the times you rode. Your grass is so green!! 🙂 Glad fat qh can’t buck! 🙂
Yay Batt! The couple times I’ve asked Amber for a bit of “work” she’s like….uhhhh I thought maybe perhaps we weren’t doing that anymore?! lolol He’s looking good tho!