I decided to take Paisley and Charley out to the barn this afternoon before it started to rain. It was the first time I would attempt to take Paisley to the barn alone. It was also the first time I was taking her somewhere where I expected/hoped to actually get something done!
My goal was to trim Boomer's hooves and maybe lunge him if I had time.
I put Paisley in her vibrating bouncy seat (LOVE THAT THING!) and set her under a tree. I took Boomer to the small paddock about 20 feet away and got to working on his hooves. I had to take one break to change a diaper, but then Paisley fell asleep and I had plenty of time to get things done!
I would say that I did a good job on his front feet, but was tired and did a half-assed job on his back feet. I will try to start with the hinds next time. I also want to get back into the habit of trimming him up more frequently. I used to do once a week, but that seems like a lofty goal at this point in my life!
After I trimmed him, I free lunged him around the paddock. He looked really good. Still just a tad weak in the left hind, but most of the time he looks 100%. I also did some ground exercises with turning on the forehand to get him to cross over with his hind legs and hopefully build up some muscle. I only trotted him around for about 10 minutes with just a bit of cantering and he was worn out! He was sweaty and blowing. So out of shape!
I really want to aim to get out and work him twice a week in the daytime and then ride once a week on the weekend when John can help out. I think if we can manage that, I can have him in much better shape and much stronger before he goes to boot camp. Only 4 weeks and 3 days until Boomer gets a reality check!
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