I had another great ride on Kaswyn yesterday. I was able to add cantering to the workout and he felt really good. He was a little tight at the beginning of the canter, but otherwise he felt great. Even his left lead canter, which used to be much lower quality of stride than the right lead, was actually pretty good. I wonder if his foot/knee had been bothering him for a very long time, causing that lead to be rough and lack jump. Hopefully I can rebuild it properly and get a nice canter when all is said and done.
It's been hard to be patient during this diagnosis and healing process, but I know that if I had just blown off that feeling of "my horse just doesn't feel right" that I would have messed things up worse. I know that for awhile when nobody could find anything wrong that the vets (and maybe my trainer, but just a little bit) was thinking that it was all in my head. Or that I just didn't know how my horse felt after taking a year off of riding to have the baby.
But thankfully, after riding him for 13 years I know what he's supposed to feel like. And I can tell you, right now, he feels like a whole lot of AWESOME.
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