It feels like we’ve been away. Lost in some nebulous pocket of time where we’ve
been bouncing in circles, up and down the emotional roller coaster for so many hills, I've lost count.
He's sound! Not sound. Oh wait, yes, he's...oh, maybe not. No, he'll be great! Or perhaps...no? Yes?
Everyone should own a horse. It makes so many of life's other aspects seem so easy!!
Since our field season at work is well and truly underway, I won't have a regular schedule for quite some time. As a result, once I decided to rest Encore a bit more post-Longleaf, I did mostly long lining and slow, brief schools during the sporadic intervals when I could squeeze him in.
April and early May, with their many trips and the whirlwind of Southern Eighths 3DE, came and went and finally, I had a couple weekends to myself and the resolve to nudge my horse back into some real work again.
What I found when I picked up my reins was a horse who had not only processed and finally accepted the contact thanks to the lines (go figure, that Holder lady was right), but one who felt like a horse again, instead of cobbled together parts, when he was doing it! I was too tired to jump up and down, but when I'm not riding like an idiot, I get off my horse with a smile these days.
Because Away Again is away again again again again again. Hmmm, I might have left out an again or two?
In the post-game analysis, I can see that his back and hind end were not strong enough yet for the intense work he did at Becky's. We were so close, but as hard as I worked to bring him back after my knee surgery, I fell just a bit short. Hence his back flare-up, causing soreness, which I can tell you from my own experience, just begets more soreness! I am glad I made the decision to re-inject when I did and very glad I was able to pull up the blog archives from last year to remind myself of the healing timeline.
Which brings me back to now. Given the aforementioned time pocket in which I had plenty of time to think.....mmm, just about everything to death, I did manage to clarify our path forward, armed with a much-beefed-up understanding of what Encore's body needs to be great.
|Returning soon to theatres. Except with even sexier neck.|
Encore has had a year and a half now to mature mentally to his new life and job, as well as giving his rider time to clamber up the learning curve, complete with spectacular backslides. It seems like such a long time ago and it seems like such a short time ago that I was explaining that poles were for going over and necks were for flexing and there was indeed a gait between trot and gallop! So it feels pretty damn spectacular to be discussing fine-tuning transition accuracy and lifting that back to the next level.
Oh, and it should amuse you to know that it took me until I was done writing this entire post before I got my own unintended pun in the title. *facepalm*