Well, the Holiday party was a success, meaning I didn’t poison anyone with Mulled Wine and people stayed well into the night. I spent most of Sunday in ‘crash’ mode, lazing around and making up for lost sleep, before finally making it out to the barn to see Foster.
Since Foster had two days off, one of which was spent indoors due to rain, I wondered what he would feel like. He definitely warmed up on the sluggish, stiff side, but loosened up substantially after a stretchy canter in both directions.
I wanted to work on straightness so I practiced a bit of leg yield, and found him somewhat more resistant than normal to the left, which makes sense since that left hind is still the weakest link. His tendency to balance with his underneck was displayed as he tried to compensate, and so we slowed things down until he was staying soft and moving over laterally with more relaxation. Through in some shoulder in to further test some lateral buttons, and that was our ride.
Today I’m getting the Purina Ultium, and we’ll start the process of transitioning him to the new feed. I finally feel like I can look past the end of my nose now that the party is over, and can start to create a game plan for the coming weeks.
Hope you all had a lovely weekend!