So... Fleck got shoes on Monday. And on Tuesday I took him to Ashland for a jump lesson. I gave him Previcox on Monday night. And he was maybe the teensiest bit mincy but it was really hard to tell. Now, he did have previcox on board and he was definitely distracted by Danny being back at the trailer. But he was happy to go and happy to jump. We had some fun. Beth set up some decent sized fences and Fleck didn't bat an eye. She wants me to get him supple in his jaw before the fences. I almost had to think dressage canter. She wanted him that soft in his jaw. And really, to get him that soft, he had to be very low. Very round. As he approached the fence, he could lift his head obviously, but he had to stay soft. It was a little scary. Beth said that for now, we had to exaggerate a bit. But ultimately, we don't want him that round and low in his head. But it was cool. The canter was very powerful so it wasn't scary and he was jumping great. To accomplish it I had to use my alternating half halts and even alternate my leg. When he was nice and rocked back, it almost felt like I was almost asking for canter tempi's. (forgive me if this is SOOOOO not how you ask for them... but he felt very rocked back and ready to swap if asked). It was pretty darn cool.
Lots of fun and I was so glad to be back in the saddle!