|middle name might be "Effort" tho|
At four (and a young four at that), I do not want her to jump high or often. It's too much stress for developing joints. Plus, she's butt high right now and as anyone who went through a growth spurt ever can attest (that's all of you except Leah?), changing bodies are murder on balance and body awareness.
|that wither lift tho|
I talk about this ad nauseum in person too--essentially, I'm completely changing up the little mare's routine and asking her to using her "carrying and pushing" muscles. If you've ever been a fatass (me) and then tried to get in shape (also me), you'll know that building muscle is f@&%*** painful and takes a long ass time.
So not only is she in an awkward growth spurt, but the potential to make her sore with repetitive exercises she's not fit for (riding) is very high.
That's why we mix it up. This week, I had a fantastic ride with our BEST TROT WORK EVER.
|baby mare very tired now|
Here are some facts about Zoe:
1) she thinks jumping is FUN
1) she needs a little help with understanding where her body is in space sometimes
1) she needs a groundwork tune up maybe once a week to make sure she's tuned up
Did anyone else just hear "CAVALETTI DAY"? Cuz I did.
I know I say this every day and most of you probably want to punch me in my stupidly happy face, but this little lady is just so much fun. She shows up every day, she tries her hardest, and I can literally watch her learn. I'm definitely laughing at past-SB for thinking she needed a horse with more talent or whatever. Current-SB enjoys going to the barn every single day and P.S. is making a ton more progress than ever before.
PS saying PS reminded me that PS is making custom sized bridles now. Anyone with a money tree want to cough up $ so Zoe can have one? Possibly Zoe's mother has to quit buying shit for a while.