I have to leave for work soon, so this update is gonna be fast.
1. Rode Cruizer yesterday, he was VERY lazy. as in.. had to bump him with my legs every stride to maintain a jog. left lead he was shaking his head and being very "bucky." switched to right lead and he was great. had a friend watch, she said that it seemed like on the left lead he was being very careful and light on his left front. my suspicions? thrush + lack of work. Its been very muddy here, and I haven't been able to ride consistently. His back was not sore before or after the ride, so its not that. His left front has always been the most sensitive, so I put a lot of thrush buster into that foot, and we'll see how it goes. I'm also going to start using the Farrier's Fix Oil on it to harden the sole up a little bit. I'm considering getting some Keratex Hoof Hardener and doing that whole process. Its very wet here during this time of the year, and thrush is always a problem.
We also have a hunter under saddle/showmanship/hunt seat equitation clinic on April 3rd which I am very excited for, and we have a western riding/trail clinic on May 1st. :)