I have been away from horses for a while and I have been away from young horses that need foundation work for a VERY long time. Add to that my sedentary job and I really am out of 'horse shape'.
Horse shape isn't being able to run for 30 or 45 minutes or swim 1500 yards, but instead it about stamina, strength and variety of movement. You have to be prepared for a reserve of energy when anything goes wrong (like today).
Today, here is what I did:
1. Walked to the end of Legado's paddock through 4-5 inch clay/mud to catch Legado (oh yeah-he isn't coming to me yet).
2. Walked back and forth several times in the arena to catch Legado who was being free lunched (did I mention he isn't coming to me yet?).
3. Spent 45 minutes walking through mud, holding rope, carrot stick teaching Legado to send, give to pressure and more importantly, walk into his paddock calmly. The mud is so deep and slick.
I used just about every part of my body. I'm so tired. Good thing I don't have to go to work tomorrow.