Except for days involving vet visits and frozen ground, I have been riding each day I am at the barn. Roscoe has worked 3 days this week with some ups and downs. His transitions continue to be tough. I have to be mean for the first few before he finally picks up trot when I ask with just leg. Then about half way through the ride, he will get sticky again. I really hope this phase passes.
The other issue is that I can't seem to have even contact when we track left. My outside rein is inconsistent and Roscoe bulges his shoulder. I can get him to step over and fill the rein for a stride or so then it is gone. Getting him to lift and move his shoulders takes an act of Congress. I played around with working on myself which helped a little. I think I have a tendency to put my right shoulder forward, so I worked to roll it backwards every few strides. Plus I tried to keep my eyes to the outside. It actually seemed to help, if only for a short time.
Now I need to figure out how to help Roscoe. Anyone have any ideas?
On a cool side note, a study was done to test the effect of hay bags on rate and amount of hay consumed by adult horses. I was pleased to see that the study reflected what we have seen: our horses have hay for a longer period of time, but at lower quantities while using the 1" hay nets. For seven horses, we use between 20 and 23 bales a week. That is down from the 30 plus bales we used to feed.
And the foal pools are open until April, so get your guesses ready.