This is more a quick note to followup from Thursday about Katy.
So I rode Katy at the house. The point was more to ride in the saddle again before deciding "for real" to keep it or not. I picked up Jade from the barn, brought her to the house and we did some really good (but exhausting) round pen work. She enjoyed her time grazing in the paddock before I had to take her back. After working Jade, I rode Katy in the saddle.
At first it was ok, but within 5 minutes of just walking on a loose rein, Katy was tired and lightly dragging her toes again. I did some stretching warmup type exercises and she worked better but it would happen here and there ever so slightly. We worked through the trot and then canter and she was lovely, but despite her desire to work hard, I could tell it was difficult for her and we weren't really doing anything tough nor was it particularly hot. We ended on a good note after 30 minutes and she's working really really well but I'm just not completely sure what to do at this point for myself. I guess I can work on her fitness or maybe just accept that she needs to teach some kids to jump/ride and be happy doing lesson horse things. I never bought her to be an event horse so despite her loving the work, its probably not fair to keep pushing her to be what I need.
Not so sure what to do... I can start reworking with Piper but with her having Baby 2.0 next year, its going to be a short lived workout for us both. Just when I get her in shape and good, she'll be on maternity leave. Things will work out, but I sure hope I don't wreck Katy... I do think the supplement swap has affected her though and I will change that ASAP back to how it was. It definitely helped her but long term I don't think relying on the supplements is enough to keep her sound and happy with where I'm going. She's never had more aggressive treatments like hock injections nor do I feel prepared to do something like that with a horse like this. Its just Green as Grass/Beginner Novice so I mean, come on.