I’m excited that I managed to remember to take video of Stampede getting his shockwave treatment on Monday. As I mentioned in my previous post after his first treatment, the actual waves that go through the handheld device and hit the horse are surprisingly loud.
As you can see, Stampede wasn’t as drugged as last time so the end of my video is the vet and her assistant stopping the machine since he got too far away. Evidently the machine cord was not designed with tall horses with bad backs in mind, because it barely reaches even with the main unit on an upside down muck tub…
It rained pretty much all day Monday, so my plans to ride P were ruined since the indoor still had temporary stalls in it from the show. So instead P got the beauty treatment – extra thorough grooming and his mane pulled.
Tuesday P got back to work with a nice flat lesson. It is nice to lesson on him every once in a while to ensure that I don’t pick up and keep any bad habits. My main take away Tuesday was to watch that my upper body isn’t pumping just because he is so smooth. I found that if I rotated my thighs forward and in a bit I had a better seat and my upper body settled down completely.
Wednesday P did an easy bareback hack in the field which was nice and relaxing. Got to ride around and chat with one of my barn friends too.
Tonight Stampede got back to work. He was anxious to get back to doing something, but then a bit distracted and lazy under saddle. I would have liked to ride in the field, but there was nobody else out there or even in the closest riding ring, so I just dealt with riding in the sand ring. Did the basics and just focused on forward and straight then did a snappy lead change to finish things off.
I have tomorrow off work, so looking forward to an afternoon hack on Mr. P to get the weekend started off right!