Some very nice work

I brought her in and groomed her and trimmed her bridle path and played with her, with special attention to brushing her face, which she liked.  Then I tacked up in the dressage saddle and we worked in the arena on relaxation and stretching in walk and trot, which progressed well.  When we got to canter, she was relaxed enough to share with me the softest canter I’ve ever ridden on her.  Lovely!

Walk work

The front was going to come in in the afternoon, so I rode her right after breakfast.  We did a lot of walk work, focusing on relaxation, stretching and seat aids.  That went very well.  We did some trot and canter work, but this workout was mostly about walk.

Check on scratches and hack

I thought I had seen some scratches on her pasterns lately, so I mixed up a batch of the treatment and went to put it on her before our ride today, and, nothing!  I guess the dry weather we have had lately helped that.  Good enough!  I used the treatment on Bravado, who seems to have developed a good case of scratches on his right hind out of nowhere.  I owe you some scratches treatment.

I groomed her and headed out on an active hack to get some conditioning on her.  We went out to the ghost barn and back, doing a lot of trotting and cantering.  It was muggy and there were mosquitoes in the woods, so we beat feet to pass through quickly!  We got home and just as I got done rinsing her after I let her roll in the sand, a lovely front passed through, bringing in drier and cooler air that the horses can enjoy this afternoon.  Great!

She was rateable and happy.  Good ride.

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Stretching

I brought her in and cleaned her hooves.  We are officially done with thrush treatment!  He frogs look great!

I brushed her and tacked up and rode in the indoor, focusing on relaxation and stretching.  She is improving all the time.  I’m riding her in the snaffle and encourage you to bring out her snaffle bridle so that you can have access to a snaffle for her for flatwork.  The pelham is fine for jumping or riding out.

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Stretching hack

I brought her in and groomed her and treated her thrush, which continues to improve.  Both her hind hooves are completely healed now.

We went on a hack across the road and spent the first half mile in walk, focusing on taking a bigger, slower step and stretching over her topline.  Then on to more of the same in trot and canter and then  back down to walk for a cool down on this muggy day.  She did quite well!

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Hack out and lost shoe

Brought her in and groomed her.  She is missing her left front shoe.  I treated her thrush, which is definitely on the right track.  Her back hooves are in the clear, I think.

We went on a hack across the road.  She feels a little looser in her body after the chiropractic treatment earlier this week, which is great!

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Hack out with Megan and Archie

When I arrived, he was grazing out in the pasture.  I was loathe to bring him in from that deliciousness.  I talked with Cindy and Caroline for a few minutes and they all came in.  Ok, time to ride then!  I groomed him and fed him 1% of his weight in cookies.

We worked in the indoor with Megan and Archie in all gaits and he did well.  Then we went on a walk hack around the prairie, which he thoroughly enjoyed.