No...Not adding to the equine number around here. LOL
I'm off to a j.o.b.!
Just picking up a night or two on the weekends at the local salebarn restaurant. I guess even with a 15% unemployment rate around here, it's hard to find reliable help.
I don't mind though...It's not like we have a very exciting night life on the weekends around here and I can always use any spare cash to keep my horses in the style they have become accustomed to.
Things are good on the horse front. Really good.
I have been using an un-farmed field next door as a conditioning track and it has been quite effective. The soil is soft and deep and there is 20 acres. The ponies have been getting some good workouts in. I alternate riding days over there though because the soil is so deep. I don't want to fatigue anyone and end up with an injury. The other days are spent riding out in the desert or in my own little riding area-working on softening, suppling, turnarounds, transitions, etc., etc.
Frosty is continuing to lose weight and is really moving out nicely for me these days. I've even been able to check out his race-horse gears a little and boy can he really stretch out and cover some ground. His suppleness is coming along as well. It gets easier and easier for him as the weight continues to come off and he builds some real muscle. He is without a doubt a future barrel horse in the making.
Turk is still stuck in just shy of a run-away gear at the lope. Lots of work yet on him to get him into shape and using the proper muscles to balance and handle himself. Can't expect years of muscle memory to disappear in a month...probably more like 3-6 months to really get him solid again. He's trying though and as long as he keeps trying to give me something there is hope for him.
Spooks is traveling out much better these days...as long as the ground is soft. I'm going to treat him for deep tissue thrush (per the lightbulb going off after reading Mrs Mom's post on it) and use a sole hardener. Hopefully that gets him over his tender-footedness. If not...it's back to shoes for him. I almost didn't think the horse had any inclination to run...but I opened him up in the field the other day and gave his butt a good spank...he can run. I guess he will be sticking around this year to see what he is capable of.
Moon is making some great progress as well. Been using the field to practice letting him stretch out in a sprint and then rating him down in a straight line-sprint-rate-sprint-rate. It's improving his ability to handle his speed, which is a problem for him. There is not doubt the horse can run, he just has a hard time handling all that speed. His back is changing as he is building up better muscle and I have found his saddle-fit issue to be less of an issue. His shoulder work is coming along. As I have worked with him, I am realizing that his problems really seem to be stemming from how he bends in his neck. When I ask him to bend and give 'face' to the left, he wants to move his left shoulder out (to the right), rather than bend his neck. I have been working on specifically making him keep that shoulder straight and giving me the neck and face. To the right, he gives his neck and face correctly, but has a tendency to drift his shoulder to the inside. His left shoulder is overly limber, his right is a little stiff. It's just little things like that that end up causing big things when he is running barrels. Hopefully consistent work on correcting that at home helps him maintain some correctness in competition.
Other than that...it's just the same old, same old around here. I think of lots of things I want to write about, when I'm riding and then by the time my day is done...I'm too exhausted to think anymore.