Since May 2014 Apollo and I have endured the following issues (sort of in this order):
- On and off lameness last summer
- Lameness resolved by Apollo being less fat
- Move to eventing barn
- Soundness issues return
- Hind fetlock injections and saddle re-flock
- Soundness remains hit and miss
- Apollo becomes very disobedient under saddle
- I give up on eventing a move back to previous barn
- Realize that re-flocked saddle was hurting Apollo
- Have dressage saddle adjusted and re-flocked adjusted, and accept that DK saddle will never fit
- Focus energy on dressage and take lessons on a school horse
- Apollo sees two body workers and is treated for ulcers
- Ride in bareback pad for two months waiting for dressage saddle to be ready
- Dressage saddle returns and doesn't fit properly (resulting in extreme disobedience under sadddle from Apollo)
- Buy fugly saddle
- School out the crowhop
What a long strange trip it's been! Things are not perfect now either - but I have a saddle that fits and I'm starting to feel like we're getting somewhere.
I bought a new bridle because half of mine went missing in my last barn move (I've been riding in my bitless bridle since the move). I bought a new cheapie one from kijiji. It's black with orange/brownish piping. I wasn't a huge fan of the piping but since my saddle is so ugly...who cares. It's actually not very noticeable once it's on. It just barely fits Apollo's head, I might have to swap out the browband for my old one. The leather quality is pretty good, although it could use a good cleaning.
"What is this "ground tie...?" (his feelings were so hurt by me shoo-ing him to get this photo)
Pumpkin-detailing and my cool band-aid
I've been wracking my brain for ideas on where we should set goals now!
I had a dream about cantering Apollo through an open field last week. When I woke up I thought: "A competitive trail ride!". So I'm gearing our training towards that at the moment. He's at his happiest when he is being ridden outside. I don't expect to be competitive (he's probably as against type as you can get for a competitive trail ride).
The more I think about it the more it sounds like a good idea.
I have lots of other exciting horse news/plans to share so I will likely be posting a lot this week!
Also, will you still be my friend if I have purple hair like this? Another hare-brained idea floating around my brain this week.