So much has happened since my last post that I’m even more annoyed at myself for not posting last week. Oh well, spilled milk and all that. Now I just need to get it all out so hang in there y’all. This is gonna be a long one.

So the Sunday after the body slam, I turned Ezio out with nice legs and brought him in with scrapped up legs.

How did he scrape them? He spooked at a fart from another horse when I was trying to halter him to go in. Seriously. I think he was just trying to make sure we were both injured. Luckily, they were all pretty surface. I coated them in Alushield and continued to work with him. He had a bit of localized heat around the wound but it always went down with working and he never took a lame step. It’s healing nicely by now.

I held back from the canter in almost all the rides up to today. Since he’d been giving me issues in the walk and trot, I wanted to take a step back and chill some. I felt like he needed to have some time to remember that transitions weren’t something to freak out over. Nor circles, nor spirals etc. Basically, chill the fuck out horse. Unfortunately, we’d have days where we were okay and days where we weren’t. It was very frustrating. I wanted to get a lesson in but I was busy on Friday and couldn’t make it happen.

This past Tuesday, I turned him out like normal but in the back arena. I then hand walked him around the outside of the dressage arena. He did not want to go straight like I did and when I tried to stop him, he pushed through me. I circled him to stop him from winning and he kicked sideways and caught me. I punished him for that. Then, since I wasn’t in enough pain to say I had a huge injury, we tried again. The same situation repeated and I got kicked again. I was furious. I backed his ass halfway down the row and then we turned around, went to the end of the row and then turned around and tried again. We got past the spot but he freaked out at a horse riding in the arena. And then a few more times on our way back.

By this time, I would be lying if I didn’t say I was nearing scared to interact with him level. He kicked me in the leg twice. Luckily, it seems to have been a glancing blow. I’ve got bruises but no other injury. And I’ve ridden and run since so I’m sure I would have noticed if something was wrong. But I’m now having issues during riding and issues where he’s willing to kick at me while hand walking. I was starting to not look forward to the barn, even close to dread it. Riding is fun for me. I needed it to stay fun and I no longer had the tools or experience I needed to resolve these issues. I needed help.

I managed to get a lesson for this past Friday. The first thing I did was basically spill my guts to Trainer J. I got near tears when describing how frustrating and how difficult it was for me to do things with him. She was very concerned to hear that he had kicked me while hand walking. She said lets see how the day goes and then we can see what options we have for him.

The record heat wave this last weekend meant we just wanted to do an easier ride so as not to overheat either of us. I set off on a large oval. It was maybe 1/4 of the arena. And he was furious. He’s been hating circles lately because he associates them with work. We do the circles but he gives attitude sometimes. And luckily, he gave me ALL the attitude for this lesson. Which is exactly what you need when trying to solve a problem.

I am full of ‘tude

We went around that oval doing transitions in the walk and trot. Ezio got super tense, he flung his head, he bounced like he was going to rear, he crowhopped. He did it all. I pushed him through it when he started. Then Trainer J had me leg yield him in and out for a few steps at the walk. When he got soft, she had me trot him off. We did get a few good transitions. She asked if he was always like this and I explained that its a lot easier when I didn’t stick to a circle. He tends to behave better with going around the arena or on the long diagonal. She had me demonstrate and he did chill out some as we trotted around the diagonal. She was happy to see that we could regain his brain, but said we should be able to do a circle to work on things without him losing it.

So after the lesson, we talked. She said she didn’t like that he was acting like this in the walk and trot. Especially when we were not asking him for much of anything. It’d be one thing if it was the canter but its always. And the fact that he lashed out at me while hand walking made her concerned. She explained that she has no need of more horses and doesn’t like to pull riders off their horses, but she’s worried about it escalating. And she’d rather nip it in the bud than be riding him because I’m in the hospital. So she thinks that the best option would be to give him to her for a whole month. Then the month after, we would be sharing riding on him and when I ride, she’d be instructing me.

Obviously given how bad the last few weeks had been with Ezio, I’d been running through options in my mind. Of course the option to just continue working with him was there. I’d been doing that. I’d been getting injured. I’d been frustrated and unhappy. Another option would be to find a trainer to send him to for a while who specializes in dealing with ottbs, or groundwork or something. But that would require knowing someone and I know very few horse professionals in the area. And I don’t want to trust my horse with someone I haven’t been given a personal recommendation to. The next option would be to have Trainer J work with him. I didn’t know if she did that or what it would cost but it was an option I had been tossing around. The last one would be to sell him. I don’t want to continue fighting with my riding horse forever. The problems with that is I like him. He’s a nice horse and we had a few good months where he was lovely to ride and was learning the ground stuff. I’ve bonded with him now. I don’t really want to start the horse search again. Also, how the hell would I sell a horse that I couldn’t ride myself? And I wouldn’t want to lose money on him. I obviously wouldn’t get out what I’ve put into him but I’d at least want to get his purchase price. But that’s a last ditch effort. I didn’t want to go to that option just yet.

So her suggestion of taking him for a month was perfect. But monthly training is not cheap so I needed to talk to my husband before I made any decision on that. So I went home and talked with him. To my surprise, the conversation took about 45 seconds before he said do it. He had apparently been a lot more concerned about the stories I had been telling him and my injuries than he had been letting on.

So I texted Trainer J and told her we will do it. So Saturday was his first training ride. She’s going to be riding him for a month and then we will be working together. For the first bit, she’d prefer if I don’t try to watch her riding him. I did ask if I could spend time with him on his days off or if that would mess with her program. She said we will try it for now and see how it goes.

I have some very conflicted feelings about this. My first feeling was oh thank gosh I have someone who can hopefully help me figure it out. Because I think Ezio has my number. And if I stay worried/scared of him, he’s always going to have it. So I need some help there. But I also have my pride and I feel like a failure. None of this is logical mind you. I know I’m not a failure. I need tools I don’t have because I’m not a trainer. This is my hobby. I’m a reasonably skilled horse person but I can’t do everything. And needing help doesn’t make me a failure. But I still feel it. Then there’s the fact that I’m not riding for a month. It’s only three days in and I’m already being driven insane by that. So I’ve got a problem. Then I’m worried he’s being bad for her and hoping he will be good. Which is not how the problems will be resolved. He needs to be bad so she can see the issues.

So yeah, conflicted feelings. Not many of them are logical. But I’m really hoping that we both come out of this better matched up as partners. I hope this reset helps me let go of the nerves and fear I’ve developed. I hope that Ezio learns that humans are the boss. I hope that Trainer J is able to help me and Ezio connect when we work together. I want to enjoy the barn again.

I want to enjoy this face again.


The interesting and frustrating part of baby horses is you really never know what’s going to happen each day you work with them. It’s not really a bad thing but its something I haven’t had to deal with in a long time before Ezio. Scarlet had many years of being super consistent, even when he became neurological.

I’ve been working pretty hard on getting Ezio to behave better when hand walking. While I was gone, my main concern was how people would have to deal with him and his not perfect ground manners. Luckily his feet issues have gotten better. I can usually get all his feet done without him yanking them out of my hand now. But he still tries to nip when walking.

I’ve been walking him with a whip 100% of the time so that I can work on his walking. I want him to stay at my shoulder, on the right side and to not bite at me. It has been getting better lately. I’d love to not have to carry the whip but for now that’s what I’m using until he gets better. And he has gotten better. The only thing he’s mostly not given up is the trying to bite me.

But he’s generally amazing under saddle. So when this last week he started throwing fits when riding, I was very concerned. At first I was worried it was his saddle. Except he’d been fine the day before I first noticed the behavior. So maybe not his saddle. I definitely started to panic though when it became clear that this was a consistent behavior.

After talking to a bunch of my horse friends, I decided it’s quite possible it was an attitude problem. He might be seeing how far he can push me. Then I longed him on Thursday and he kept spinning into me in the center of the round pen and rearing. Given that he cut that out when I made it clear that it wasn’t getting him out of work, it further solidified the idea that it was him pushing me around. Of course, it could still be some sort of pain so I’m planning on getting a chiro out, but I think the majority of it is attitude.

Friday I had more time to ride in the morning so I was prepared to spend a lot more time out there. I was there to do battle. I had a plan and was ready for it.

I got him all tacked up and headed to the main arena. The BO was walking a horse outside the arena. I saw and I’m sure Ezio saw as his ears pricked toward them. We get into the arena and I close the gate. I’m tightening up his girth when suddenly Ezio bodyslams me. I fell onto the ground and my arm got tangled in the reins. I was drug a couple of steps before I was able to lift my arm and loosen the reins. Ezio ran about a third of the way down the arena before turning around and staring at the BO and the horse that had come up next to the arena.

Luckily, I was fine. Never hit my head. My arm was sore and I was pretty sure I had some delightful rope burns. I also had dirt literally everywhere. And soreness continued to show up as the day went on. Still not sure why he spooked so hard. I’m pretty sure he saw the horse walking up. And he’s not a spooky horse. But this came out of nowhere.

I ended up getting on and riding. He was a bit keyed up from the spook so I rode him down for about thirty-five minutes before I tried to canter. The canter seems to be the place where I’ve seen more issues with him. He has thrown a few issues during the walk and trot. But most of it was during the canter. I was riding with my dressage whip which I haven’t before. Any time he gave me any fuss during the walk and trot, I was quick to remind him to actually move forward or transition or whatever we were doing.

At the canter, he did throw up a fuss but I kicked him through it for a few strides before transitioning and trying again. It took about four transitions before I got a half 20m circle without any fuss and I decided to end on that. So I’m pretty sure I can deal with the riding behavior issues. The following day it only took two tries for the same result.

So the riding stuff I can handle. But the ground stuff… Ezio had zero trying to avoid me. Other horses would have spooked backwards or done a half sideways half backwards thing. But there was none of that. Full sideways bodyslam. And that’s dangerous. And I’ve seen it in lesser ways on the ground. My body does not carry mass to him. If he wants to keep walking when I say halt and I’m in the way? He keeps walking.

Now none of it ever seems malicious. He’s not trying to trample me. He seems incredibly surprised when I beat on him to get him to back the fuck off. But he just doesn’t see me as being there. So I have a lot of groundwork practice where I’m going to deliberately put myself in his way and halt and backup and then correct him harshly if he doesn’t. My body, my space. I need to be able to be safer around him. And I’m now having to be on my toes while tightening the girth in the arena cause who knows what’s gonna happen there. -_-


I’m back! I’ve been out of town for over a week due to a work trip and a weekend vacation. It was both tiring and nice at different points during the time I was gone.

My neighbor across the street walked Scarlet for me for the whole time. She rides as well and used to have an arab so she was a good choice to take care of him. It was also nice because she’s a big animal person so she sent me tons of pictures while I was gone.

Ezio was ridden by my trainer while I was away. She said he was good and she loves his walk. She said she mostly worked on being in front of the leg and bending through is ribs. I also had her to a ground work lesson as well and she worked on staying out of her personal bubble and yielding the quarters. I also had him turned out on the days where my trainer wasn’t working with him.

I’ve only been back for two days so I’ve spent some time with both of them and had one ride. Ezio seemed fine. He had a few feelings but overall felt pretty soft and listening. He always tries at least somewhat for our rides. I definitely missed barn time while I was gone.

Friends, Mats, and Shoes


My friend Holly, owner of Uno, came to ride the weekend following L’s ride. She recently got a truck and I shamelessly begged her to help me go buy mats. Ezio has dug a hole where his grain bucket is and a trench in front of his automatic waterer. We got together early and were at the store at opening buying mats. I definitely spent a fair amount of money buying 9.

We put off installing the mats until after the ride. I had Holly stuff carrots in Ezio’s mouth again as I felt like I’d seen some improvement over the last week. He definitely had no complaints about that. I warmed him up. Warmup went longer than I had expected. He was still feeling some feelings about short reins and we had two horses riding with us in the big arena. Despite that, he eventually settled down and Holly hopped on.

She’s restarted ottbs before so she knows how to ride babies. He was pretty good for her. Still up in his feelings but he wasn’t that bad. She commented that he had some similar issues she’d experienced with Ezio. She also said his canter was floaty, which felt pretty cool. She ended up staying on him for a while which meant he was ridden for an hour. It’s longer than I normally ride but once in a while won’t hurt him.

As we headed back to the crossties, we noticed he’d thrown a shoe. The same shoe. The right front shoe.

Given how long his feet were and the fact that we were six weeks into his cycle, I decided to just ask the farrier to redo him completely. I hadn’t gotten drugs yet from my vet as I thought I’d have more time. I discussed with the farrier and he said we can give it a shot and see how he does without the drugs.

The farrier comes by every Thursday to Ezio’s barn so we waited until then. That meant turnout for most of a week. I took advantage of those days to practice standing in the farrier crossties and picking up his feet. He actually did quite well there. I was able to pick up his front feet multiple times and hold onto them for up to 30 seconds. It doesn’t sound like much but that’s a lot of improvement for him.

Thursday rolled around and the farrier came by. Since my last farrier straight up ghosted me, I also had this farrier, N, out for Scarlet as well. Scarlet was actually at something like 10 weeks and desperately needed to be done. He was a bit anxious in the covered crossties but was his normal good self and fairly well balanced. N said next time he can do him in his stall if it would make him feel better.

We headed right up to Ezio after that. He was not terrible but not great. He definitely kept pulling his feet out of the farrier’s hands but he hardly tried to run away. The struggle was still centered on his front feet. N said he wasn’t that bad and since he’s four, he should only get better with more practice. He didn’t feel like we need to drug him in the future. So I’m hopeful that he will eventually be a good horse for the farrier.

I took the day off of work so I took advantage of the time I had to longe him in the round pen. I put him on the line and focused on making him move out to take advantage of the whole circle. I definitely had to work a lot to do that. You’d think going out to the wider circle and that it is easier would be enough incentive but no. The right was much more difficult that the left so I need to do this more with him. It will be a good practice for balancing on his own.

Stupid whip. Making me work hard.


Lesson recap from 7/8

I was on and walking around just before my lesson time so I was halfway around the arena before I noticed Ezio’s ear flick toward the gate. I looked and sure enough Trainer J was hopping up on the rail. I may be annoyed with his obsession with noticing things outside the arena but there is a silver lining there.

After getting the radio from her, we continued with our warmup. I got him settled in at the trot with serpentines and then went into spirals. I started with the right, which is his bad direction. That was my mistake. He just sped up when I tried to ask him to move out. I switched directions to see if the left would be any better. Same deal.

Trainer J had me trot the spiral into the smaller circle and then after a step sideways out at the trot, I was to transition to the walk so he couldn’t just run through the lateral work.


He had some MAJOR feelings about walking with my reins shortened. He kept trying so hard to break into the trot every three steps. He was throwing fits about having to walk. It was HARD. I definitely contributed to this because I have definitely kept my reins longer for the walk and gathered them for faster work.

We kept to the circle and any time he broke from the walk, we halted and then walked on. Once I got a few steps of walk, I was dropping the reins and then picking them back up. Then I would throw a trot transition in there and then walk some more. We eventually went out to do some serpentines with this as we didn’t want to make him feel like he was super stuck.

His only feeling about this treat was yum!

We spent pretty much the whole lesson working on that. It was a good thing to have as lesson rather than to discover on my own as being in a lesson tends to keep me calmer as I’ve got another brain in the mix. I was pretty pleased to find thing honestly. I love having issues to fix that have very obvious exercises I can work on. When I’m in lessons, I’m super happy to have homework to work on between lessons. And this one is a very easy thing to incorporate in all moments of my ride. I just have to watch out for the feelings!

Scarlet Update

I’ve been so focused on Ezio and improving our partnership that I’ve neglected to write about Scarlet much. Our routine hasn’t changed all that much. We’re still walking 10-20 minutes a day depending on the day. He’s still doing well in that fashion.

But near the end of June, he started to leave behind a lot of his bermuda. He seemed to be eating his alfalfa fine as well as his grain. I assumed that it was just due to how warm it had suddenly gotten. We’d had a good summer so far of mostly temperate weather. Low 80s for the most part. Then we had a week of high 80s-90s heat with a serious amount of humidity. We had a cool spell coming in at the end of the month so I figured I’d wait to see if that helped his eating.

Unfortunately, it did not. In fact, he seemed to just not be eating his bermuda entirely. He also, to my eyes, lost quite a bit of weight. I obviously panicked when I realized this was a serious problem. But he was still eating his alfalfa and grain. I debated for a while but then decided to call my vet. He got his teeth done in Nov and he is 25. So it might be time for him to be looked at every 6 months. She’s been quite busy lately and I believe her assistant left so we haven’t decided if that’s what we will do.

In the meantime, I got a couple of bags of bermuda pellets. I figured it wasn’t fully a problem of physically eating. Maybe its the form factor of hay versus pellets. I’ve been feeding him about three pounds or so a day of pellets and he seems to be eating those well. I also spoke to the BO and changed his feed to be a flake of alfalfa morning and night and only one flake of Bermuda the whole day. He’s still leaving parts of that flake behind but he’s usually eating 50-75%. He hasn’t lost any more weight but I’m not sure if he’s gained it back or not. Weight gain can be hard for an older horse so I’m trying to not worry in that aspect.

His behavior is still quite normal. He walks fine. He rolls when I turn him out. He even decided to be a snorty Arab when we walked by one of my barnmates getting into the trailer. He curved his neck and snort pranced the whole length of the barn, about five minutes worth. I turned him out after and it took him a whole five minutes of prancing around and snorting before he chilled. And then he rolled and cantered back across the arena to me. So despite his eating changing, he is still in good spirits. For now, I’m just supplementing his feeding and I’ll keep an eye on him with the help of my vet.

Lesson, L and Fun

Wrap up of 7/1-7/7!

I finally had a lesson happen on July 1st. No shoes were lost beforehand. Trainer J thought we had improved quite a lot since the last time she had seen him. She’s excited to be able to ride him soon. I’m heading on a work trip for a week at the end of the month so I’m paying her to make sure that he stays active while I’m gone.

We tried spirals for the first time today. We started at the trot and he was better to the left than to the right. She suggested I don’t do them more than three times each way so I’m not drilling him. She also suggested we maybe try a french link on him as he will occasionally snap his head up like he’s upset.

After that, we tried to work on the canter transition. I’ve been getting run off with instead of getting reasonably prompt transitions. Since he anticipates, Trainer J said to use that to our advantage and transition upward at a specific point on a circle each time so that the transition is prompt of his own volition. She explained that we need to break the canter down even further for him where he first step is a prompt transition, then the correct lead, then keeping going, then balanced. It was a good thing to be reminded about in regards to his abilities. He’s so easy under saddle that I sometimes find myself expecting more than he can reasonably offer as a four year old.

The ride after we practiced all of that again but we didn’t have as good of a ride. His attention kept being distracted so he was stiff and not listening to me. A new day, a different baby horse. I wasn’t too upset.

L came out to ride on the morning of the 4th. It’s the first time I’ve had any of my friends out to meet Ezio so I was excited and a little nervous. I just hoped he would be a good boy for our friend. L helped with grooming by shoving carrot pieces into his mouth while I was cleaning his front feet. I wanted to do that to try to get him to associate me holding his feet with a good thing.

After grooming, we headed toward the back arena since someone was turned out in the front one. We started with me riding and trying a nathe bit that L had to experiment with. He gave the poles a side eye but was pretty good otherwise. When I tried to canter with the nathe, he put his head down and bucked. L took video and it didn’t look like anything in the video, which I find hilarious. But he definitely wasn’t well behaved with that so I hopped off and L did a lightning fast switch to my normal bit. I got back on and cantered just to make sure he was being good.

Then L got on. She put him through his paces. He was so confused at first when she was trying to get him to march around at the walk but he eventually got the right answer. I was filming while L was riding and Ezio decided that he wanted to be closer to me. As in, he tried to run me over. I had to dodge out of the way while he just straight up ignored L. After that, he was much better for her. It was fun to watch someone else ride my horse.

The next ride of that week was unfortunately frustrating. We ended up riding with another person in the large arena. But she was a very selfish and unobservant rider. She took the inside oval and stuck to it regardless. Mostly not an issue, I can avoid her. But then I tried to take a circle at the end of the arena to practice cantering and she would either ride right through my circle or ride up against the edge. I had to keep choking up on Ezio to avoid her. I was so frustrated and he was frustrated by the end. I should have spoken up and told her to stay on her own freaking side of the arena. But I didn’t. I will do so next time.

Here are the videos of me riding that L took if you’re interested!

Back in the Saddle, Literally

Gosh. I get all caught up with my blog posts and then I fall behind again! I’m going to do my best to get everything caught up asap. I’m going to be doing these catchups in week chunks. This one goes from June 24-30th.

It felt so good to be able to ride again. I did longe him before the ride but he wasn’t all that wild so it was not for very long. He was a good boy for the ride but boy did it feel a bit weird after being off for two weeks. For the first five minutes of the ride, everything felt off. His neck sat funny on his shoulders, my hands were weird, the saddle was weird. I just felt all discombobulated.

The rest of the week we had to ride in the back arena. They were doing some telephone pole replacements which meant jackhammering into our extremely hard ground out here. Unfortunately, there were several poles on and near the barn. Ezio’s barn is basically right on the road. And Ezio’s stall is the closest to the road and one of the poles they were replacing. Poor guy.


He did pretty good overall. A little more scooty in his stall than previously but he did great while riding. He spooked once at one of the equipment trucks driving past but it was minor compared to what I was used to with Scarlet.

There was one cool thing I found out by being in the back arena. I had initially been making sure we cantered around the whole large front arena as I was worried anything smaller would make it hard for Ezio. But the back arena is much smaller and Ezio cantered much better. It felt more balanced and there was no swapping behind. So he needs something less large in order to not get strung out. Probably not a revelation to people who are used to working with baby horses but it was for me.

A Waste

The next two weeks ended up with me waiting to get a shoe on him from my farrier. That was incredibly stupid on my part. He was out of town and implied he would get someone out there for him. Never heard from him. Followed up when he was supposed to be back. Again, never heard from him. Finally got the name of someone who comes to Ezio’s barn every Thursday and go it back on almost a full two weeks after.

So we spent two weeks carefully turning out and running him just enough that he wasn’t completely wild but not enough to cause him to be sore. He got his vaccines during this and only had a small bump on either side which was fine. Went away in a day or so.

He also decided he wanted to be a huge shit one of the days early in that two weeks and as I was leading him out of the arena and pushing the gate open, he reached forward and BIT MY ARM. I was so pissed. I bruised really badly too.

I was very pissed at him and am extremely vigilant about his mouth now. It’s very frustrating and I definitely need to figure out some good ways to add more ground work into our lives.

He was more or less normal other than that. We turned out daily and I groomed him when I felt like it. Just enough grooming so he didn’t look feral. He finally got a shoe on 6/23, nearly two weeks after he pulled it off. I may end up switching farriers since as of writing this post on 6/26, I have yet to hear back. I need a farrier who is good at communication and this isn’t the first problem. He’s been bad at communicating before but is so good with Scarlet.

Scarlet’s doing fine. He also got his boosters when Ezio did and had larger reactions to the vaccines. Nothing major still. Just larger bumps. He also got some acupuncture while the vet was out.

I think both my boys were conspiring together as mid last week, Scarlet was trying to kick at a fly and launched a forward hind kick right into the side of my knee. Luckily it was forward and without a lot of force because wow was I sore for a few days, but don’t seem to have any lasting issues. It was definitely not on purpose as he’s never hurt me deliberately in the entire time I’ve known him.

So now we are caught up. I’m bruised from both horses, made mistakes waiting on someone to respond and we now have two shoes back on Ezio so he can be ridden again!

Forward and Back

Trying to catch up on recapping (gosh I’m a terrible blogger sometimes) so this all takes place from 6/4-6/10.

I rode in the back arena for the first time since there was a lesson going on in our normal arena. Someone was free longing so I waited outside for them to finish and talked to my across the street neighbor while waiting. Ezio is so friendly that it was difficult to keep him in place as he wanted to say hi to her and to the horse she was leading at the time. He did really well once we got in the arena. He wasn’t spooky and even behaved when someone came in to longe while we were riding.

That was a Saturday and that Sunday I decided to give him a bit of a turn out to see if that helps how difficult he seems to be after days off. He wasn’t super interested in running and I’d forgotten my whip so I only ran him a little bit.

I ended up grooming him in his stall on Monday since the sprinklers tend to interfere with the time I arrive at the barn. I really have no desire to try to walk him past sprinklers where he will get suddenly sprayed on the butt. He was okay, just wiggly. During the ride he was again distracted by the lady riding and leading her horses around the property. She does it every week but it is still the most attention grabbing thing Ezio has ever seen.

We cantered a bit but he broke from the canter on both leads. I need to work more on that with him so we can figure out what helps (cantering only on straight, cantering big circles etc) so that he can get stronger. I also need to canter more when I have time to trot and walk more afterward as he begins to anticipate that we are cantering now once we do it. I was running a bit late but he was so sweaty that I knew I had to hose him off because it would be so uncomfortable for him otherwise. He sweats very easily which is a good thing, just inconvenient.

I had a lesson planned for that Friday and I was hoping to get better exercises to challenge him a bit more. He’s definitely still benefiting from the exercises we are doing, but I wanted to have a level 2 set of tools to use sometimes. His shoulders do seem to take a while to warm up where he doesn’t fall through them but that’s a strength thing. Unfortunately, he decided to pull his shoe sometime between longing on Thursday and when I went out Friday morning for the lesson. So no lesson for us.