Tuesday, September 21, 2010
We cantered to the right with little problem. He was high strung but controlable. Then to the left, not so much. He started in and then started drifting way out to the side, cantering sideways. I used some outside leg to try to get him to turn and move forward and....then.....wait...for.....it..........the....RODEO began!!! Ahhhh you butt head what are you thinking. This horse has not once ever bucked on me. That is why I am thinking that someone switched out my sweet fun to ride liver chestnut. This was the closest I have come to falling off in well at least 15 years. I wasn't really that close. My feet didn't even make it out of the stirrups and I was thrown off balance some but relatively kept it together. Pulled him to a stop then headed straight to the barn. He was very happy to see that he got what he wanted. Little did he know that the only reason we were headed that way was to get the dreaded lunge line. Back to the arena we went and I put him to work. I wasn't going to stop until I was confident he was prepared to listen. Let me tell you he can handle ALOT of work and it not even phase the boy. So not willing to let my children go without dinner I knew he was gonna outlast me with that energy of his.
I decided to get back on and make sure he knew that behavior was not going to be rewarded by getting off easy. We trotted a bit then picked up the canter. It was a little to the side but not nearly as bad. Around again and again after about the 5th time he went around nicely and we were done. Even as I was trying to cool him out he was just speed walking. What is wrong with my boy.
Well I think it probably has something to do with 3 days off. We will have a talk with the chiro about 3 full days off. But I think I know the true culprit to the sudden surge of energy. I recently upped his feed to 15lbs a day of equine senior. And no I didn't up it all at once it has been gradual for the past few months. It is supposed to be a cool energy feed but still I think 15lbs a day of any feed could get to you. I just don't know what to do. He is finally starting to put on a little weight for the first time since I owned him. I am sick of seeing him skinny. I don't want him to be fat, just healthy and healthy looking. So I up his feed to fatten him up and at the same time make him loco. Do I really have to choose: skinny or loco???