Eugene has really been coming along in his rehab. He’s still a bit stiff, especially at the beginning of a ride, but now he’s warming up out of most it and his fitness has increased so that he’s feeling good for longer. He’s also super excited to be allowed to jump again. In dressage work, they’re starting to get back to where they were in May before his injury. While he does still look a bit off, two different vets have concurred that this is not a lameness, just a mechanical hitch in his stride and that he is cleared for a full return to work. The more he works, the more that hitch will go away.
1. A Enter working trot. C Track right
Judge’s Comments: fairly straight
2. B Circle right 20 meters working trot
Judge’s Comments: more bend
3. KXM Change rein
Judge’s Comments: drifting. Slightly unsteady in head
4. E Circle left 20 meters working trot
Judge’s Comments: 1st half large. Maintain bend throughout.
5. Between K and A Working canter left lead
Judge’s Comments: hollow
6. A Circle left 20 meters
Judge’s Comments: needs bend
7. Between B and M Working trot
Judge’s Comments: against hand
8. HXF Change rein working trot
Judge’s Comments: Steady in Bridle. Straight.
9. Between F and A Working canter right lead
Judge’s Comments: Need clearer transition
10. A Circle right 20 meters
Judge’s Comments: Maintain bend. Steadier in bridle.
11. Between E and H Working trot
Judge’s Comments: (no comment)
12. C Medium walk
Judge’s Comments: some tension
13. M – E Free walk. E – K Medium walk
Judge’s Comments: needs more stretch. good energy.
14. K Working trot. A Down centerline
Judge’s Comments: Resistant in hands
15. X Halt, Salute
Judge’s Comments: Square halt. Slow to settle.
Gaits: 6.0 “Tension sometimes affects quality of canter and walk”
Final Comments: “Good effort. Work with horse to be more relaxed and confident over back for a steadier energy to bridle contact.”
Their score was a 31%, which placed them in 12th out of 18 going into Cross Country.
In warm up, Eugene was happy to be back to jumping and hopping over everything nicely. They’ve actually done the whole course before except for the stadium jumps so they weren’t worried about XC. My husband’s big concern was knocking one of the stadium poles down since Eugene thinks that’s a thing he should do. But my husband really sat him back and the adrenaline of XC probably gave Eugene some extra hops. The little Mustang was so happy to be back out on cross country – his ears are pricked forward the whole way around.
They went double clear and moved up from 12th to 7th, which was just one spot out of the ribbons. 7th out of 18 with several of the competitors being pros (there was just the one division) is pretty good for the little Mustang’s first event since his injury.