So can’t remember what my last text post was.
But anyways, went to a little local show. Did awfully in the showmanship class, which I never want to do again. I just didn’t see the point, and didn’t find it fun at all. Ringo was actually really good for it - he even stood square, and I only had to circle him a few times. Not bad for a Thoroughbred who gets hot at shows… lol.
Then I mounted up and rode around. He was completely behind my leg, unwilling to bend, and not giving in his mouth at all. Tried to push him up but there was just no spark. It got worse when we went into the sand show ring. He tried really hard - he even got a bit of that spark and we came in second in our equitation class, but he just wasn’t himself. He felt almost lame, and completely out (in a chiropractic sense). My friend on the ground confirmed that he wasn’t moving right. We managed to get him back ‘in’ a little bit, but I scratched the rest of the day. No point in it. He did trailer absolutely wonderfully, which is awesome for him.
Then I was gone for a few days on vacation, and on my return I let him run around the indoor arena. He still wasn’t moving 100%. I then hopped on and rode around in just the halter. He was an angel for that, and didn’t even spook when a pigeon started dive bombing us, haha.
I took him out for a trail ride last night. He really enjoyed that. We just did walk and trot, and went about 2km. He even walked right past a bunch of cows, crazy kids on motorized toys, a bunch of dogs, and some guy mowing his lawn. Oh, I guess I did do a little canter - Ringo LOVED that, and kept wanting to go faster, haha.
Tonight the chiropractor came out and did him, and so Ringo’s all happy again. He’s getting much better at staying relaxed. There were definitely some big chews and sighs.
I also rode a little paint pony mare tonight. She’s been sitting in the field for six months or so. I rode her a year or so ago for four months and she was doing wonderfully. She was a little rusty tonight, but quite attentive and seemed to remember everything. We worked on stopping and I just put her through her paces. We rode outside even, and she was great. She loves attention. I forgot how much I missed her!
Anyways, end of my really long post.