|Peeking out from her (very clean) stall|
One tidbit that did stick with me is that Asst to N had me switch from a crest release back to an automatic release and really encourage Prair to break over a bit more during her jump. It seemed to help a bit and didn't stress her out at all.
OH, and we switched bits. Asst to N had tried a big (like big, big) chunky KK loose ring and Prair felt like a totally different horse up front. Way less tension in her jaw, less rooting and overall less weight on her forehand. It was a bit magical (or a magical bit, har har)- so I hope that doesn't go away.
But before I go spending $$$ on more bits I'm going to let it ride for a couple weeks and make sure we really like the change (and that the change sticks).
Vet came out to look at lots of horses so I had her reexamine Prair's back. She's been off the Previcox for about a month and just last week I started to noticed some sensitivity to the curry comb again. Sure enough, she's sore so we gave her a baby amount of steroids directly in the supporting muscles to loosen them up and Prair will be going back on a maintenance does of the Previcox to help in building up that muscle. Also, I'm having the saddle fitter out to take a peek since things have been changing.
The rest of the week will be pretty low key - three days off from riding, but turnout, Eurosizer and light lunges to keep her moving, then back on for a lesson on Saturday and we will start back on the Previcox at that point.
I'll also keep snapping pictures, I don't know why I always forget when I'm at the barn, maybe it's because I'm in some sort of stupor from such fun rides.
|Aisle and entrance to the indoor|