It's a little better.
At the start of fall, we had a few big changes that effected Pig's soundness. First the weather, which anyone with an old achy joint could appreciate. Wet and cold weather has a unique ability to make everyone feel creaky. Secondly, with the cold and rainy weather also came the time change, which pushed us out of our glorious outdoor...
|The glorious outdoor...|
|The not-as-glorious indoor.|
His obvious discomfort inside causes me to keep our cantering/trotting work to a minimum. I also unconsciously stop pushing him to be correct or stay on my aids. That allowance needs to stop. If he's achy and creaky, that is even more reason to collect up and stay off those front fetlocks. That said, it can be hard to tell when Captain Evasion is doing his thing, or when Sir Ache is expressing a legitimate concern.
Luckily, the barn did drag the indoor some last weekend. The difference in the footing is subtle, but enough for Pig to be noticeably more comfortable. Maybe I can stay after them to keep it fluffed?