Liam has only been ridden about 3-4 times a week since I put him back to work in the beginning of August. It is crazy how weak Liam's hind end got with 1 month off and 1 month of light work with mostly field riding. He was very fit and strong going into the Princeton Horse Shows mid-summer. When asking him to step under now I am finding he is slipping a little. Like his hind end, espcially stifles, are weak.
***Now for my rant, I worked so hard to get Liam fit and using himself correctly this spring and early summer, it isn't fair that a little time off made such and impact on his fitness. yes, I'll take some cheese with my whine. I love cheese anyway, really, who can say they hate cheese... Yes I know, life isn't fair, yada yada yada... Lol. Done with rant...***
Now my plan going forward. Since I can't stand riding in the ring right now, even though I tortured myself on Tuesday to ride in the ring for 20 minutes, I am going to do excersizes out in the hay field to strenghten him up. The hay field doesn't have big hills, but it does have rolling hills that are really great. I am also thinking about doing transitions out there. Not just trotting around the field. Like trot/walk transitions. Any other suggests to stenghten my now weak horse?
"Mom, I don't really care that my hind end is weak right now and I am fatter then I have ever been (pic doesn't do his fatness justice, I'll try to get a better one), I am still cute anyways and you shouldn't ride me, just bring me carrots and apples please."