Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Lesson / Wesley Update


Lesson

Lesson went pretty well considering I'm so worried about Wesley. Sarah was very kind and took it easy on me today, but still gave me enough to work on I was plenty busy. Sarah said her ride with Werther went well, I'm kind of blanking on what she told me... I believe Sarah worked on getting Werther to come on the outside rein, and getting him more "thorough" she also worked on his hind legs, said he tends to canter with them either too fast or too slow. We talked for awhile about his walk. Sarah said Werther has a tendency to do a lateral walk, instead of a true four beat walk. Sarah said this is most likely from being pushed too collect at the walk too early in training. She also said there is not much you can do about it, but put a strong emphasis on making sure the back is relaxed in the walk and make an effort to do hill work at home. We spent a lot of time working on transitions, which are getting better. Most importantly equitation wise, moving my elbows with the horse and keeping my butt in the saddle. Also worked on going forward and maintaining the bend. Werther was lazy today, feeling very tranquil, as Sarah put it. I was glad for it today, I  really don't think I could have handled any antics. 


Wesley

Wesley still not looking very good. I'm posting a picture below of his swollen sheath, if that sort of thing upsets you skip it. He seemed in good spirits though, I went into his stall and talked with him for awhile and gave him treats. He was his usual sassy self. I don't know how long they are going to wait to see if the antibotics and bute fix it, but as the saying goes, I am preparing for the worst but still hoping for the best. 


4 comments:

SolitaireMare said...

Oh, poor Wesley! Give him an extra treat from me. Thinking of you both!

SillyPony said...

I can't imagine how difficult this is for you since Wesley has been your buddy for so long. I'll keep you both in my thoughts.

Justaplainsam said...

Poor Wesley! Best wishes to you and him...

Ellie said...

Thanks for all the well wishes, I didn't get a chance to go out to the barn today, I will keep you guys posted.