Considering Eli had not been ridden much over the last three weeks, coupled with the unseasonal weather, he came out just a *bit* fresh yesterday night, which meant more walking than usual, among other things.
He certainly felt A-OK. Rather than pick a fight about attention span and channeling energy, I took Eli to the round pen for part of the evening and he showed me a big, boisterous trot. I finished with hopping back on him and walking a lot more, with a little bit of trotting that felt much more relaxed than 20 minutes prior.
I think I handled his extra energy in as fair a way as possible. I had been hoping for a light hack, but the horse needed something different. Horses adapt so well to so much of what we ask of them, that I don’t mind adapting to Eli’s energy level and allowing him to work through it rather than trying to exhaust him or package him up into a ball of nerves. And when he offers me the few minutes of relaxation I’ve been looking for, I stop there. Tomorrow is another day.
So when you’ve got a little more horse than you bargained for, what do you do to address it?