Sunday, October 12, 2014

Why Blogs Are Useful

I woke up Saturday morning thinking about the way Tristan wobbled downhill on Friday night. I didn't like it. I kept mulling it over and over again, remembering the feel of it. I remembered that he felt okay, strong and fresh even, on the flat and on gentle inclines.

Then I was skimming back over my blog and I re-read my Thursday night post about longeing on the circle of death, and a light bulb went off.

I overworked him a bit on Thursday. All those poles worked his hocks and his stifles and gaskins, and he was too sore/tired to balance himself properly going downhill. The work we did in the dressage ring - steady, rhythmic, workmanlike but not spectacular - was just what he needed to stretch through there.

Ever feel like you're constantly having revelations just a little bit too late to actually help? Yeah. I wish I'd given him a little bute Thursday night. Still, I'm glad to have an explanation rather than worrying. I was actually flirting with the idea of having the vet out to do a lameness eval.


  1. Agreed! It's been awesome having mine to look back on for past training/health issues/what worked/what didn't.


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