Arrived to ice and mud, but Kit was fairly clean, and happy to see me. My goal today was to pick all 4 feet, and not get hurt. I worked with him on tying then ask for feet alternately, avoiding the dreaded left front until last. Hoping he'd figure out this wasn't so bad. It took a couple of requests, but he did it, and all 4 were picked and clean.
So next we headed to the indoor arena for a little work time. His shoulder is stable and my goal is to get him moving in a more balanced manner and using each of the fronts equally in his cadence. Light lung work, at the oval, I'm not a fan of circle lunging as it so stressing the joints of the legs. He only gave a little buck, but I could tell it felt good, and he was very responsive to my requests.
My only hurdle was he kept wanting to stop and face me, and I wanted him to keep moving, so we are working on communication. We compromised and I took him in hand and we worked on figure 8's, moving his balance from right to left and back again. We didn't do a lot as it was the first time. But I count it as a very successful session.
How I gauge a successful outcome:
1. He was happy & listened well to queues.
2. He even lifted all 4 feet in the indoor, when I tapped them with the crop, this is the ultimate goal in foot requesting for me. So I'll keep you posted.
3. I walked away without any new bruises.
4. I'm still smiling as I think about it!