So last December my quarter horse had a leg injury. He was a lesson horse at the place where I board him, and probably their best one for beginners. Well, on a schooling show day one of the other lesson horses was unavailable on short notice, and my horse, Jojo, was used in that horses place, and was still used by the original people who were planning on riding him. Well, I had no idea that he was used ALL day without any break doing jumping and dressage.... so he was overused and ended up being injured... I only heard about it afterwards.
Anyways, that was kind of unnecessary, but I wanted you to know the background of my story...
I haven't been able to canter Jojo until just this past August because of his injury, and I really haven't been able to go out and visit him very often so he's kinda chunky now (lol). And because of that, I don't know if I want to canter him the ENTIRE session of Join-Up.
So here's my final question: Do you HAVE to canter your horse while working on Join-Up, or can you just trot, and maybe canter a little bit?
I suppose I could canter him... I'm just worried about how long the session will take (I think it might take a while... but honestly I have no idea) and I don't think he really CAN canter that long, and I don't know if its healthy...?
Any suggestions or answers to my question??
Thanks in advance! :)