It finally cooled off after sundown last night, so I was able to get out and ride. I don't know what I'd do without arena lights!
Spider felt much better. He was still a little short behind, but we were able to work through it. I'm going to chalk it up to muscle soreness. I've really been concentrating on collected work and transitions lately, so I'm sure his haunches are sore. I know my abs are sore! We did a lot of lateral work in walk, trot and canter to get those hind legs loosened up and moving. It wasn't the best work, but the important thing was to push through and get him moving and we did that.
I suppose we're getting into a delicate point in his training. The work is getting harder and I'm asking more and more of him. There's a fine line between working through some muscle soreness and souring a horse on the work. Luckily we're starting to get into fall, the weather should soon cool and the flies will die down. Then we'll be able to get out of the arena some. A change of scenery will do us both some good!