Beautiful day, breezy and overcast, perfect for a hack. We walked about a quarter mile, then trotted down Steve’s waterway, reminding her to stretch over her topline and take bigger steps. Got some good change. Some canter work, then more trot and walk the last quarter mile home.
Nice day! Leo was very relaxed
We walked down the hill and enjoyed ourselves immensely:
Then cantered back up
Then we went for a short ride in the prairie and had a 10 minute graze at the end, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Nice day for a graze, so the first thing we did was go out in the yard and graze grass for a while.
Then I put him in the cross ties and brushed him and played with him. He was more distracted than usual, so after I was done, I took him to the indoor and let him get some of that energy out:
After he was done with his romp, he had a nice roll:
I walked out and caught him in his paddock easily, had a few quiet conversations with him about who was in charge. He agreed and got on the trailer with only a bit of hesitation.
What: XC school in small groups with Camie Stockhausen
Where: Catalpa Corner Horse Park, Iowa City
When: Saturday June 29, 2019
Why: To expand your riding and jumping skills with a USEA ICP-certified riding instructor and have fun with your horse and like-minded people. Maybe to prepare for riding in the One Day Event at the park on Sunday!
How: Saturday group xc lessons, $60 per horse/rider combination
Park Fees: Park-use fee for each horse/rider combination, paid to the Catalpa Corner Horse Park is $70 per day of park use. Friday night stabling is available for $25. Stalls must be stripped upon departure. Park fees will be paid on site. Clinic fees must be paid in advance for scheduling purposes and can be paid via paypal payment to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailed check made out to ‘Field Day’ and mailed to Field Day, ATTN clinic, 57560 highway 210, Cambridge, IA 50046-8583.
Entering details: Enter by filling out the online registration form below. Payment may be made by check or PayPal, as indicated above. For a clinic entry to be complete, online entry, payment, signed Field Day waiver and Catalpa Corner waiver must be received by Monday, June 24 at noon. Waivers may be printed out, signed, scanned or photographed and emailed to email@example.com, if desired. Ride times for completed entries will be posted no later than Tuesday June 25th, 9:00 p.m.
Stabling: Available Friday on first come first served basis. Stabling available Saturday on a priority basis for entrants in the Sunday One Day Event. Saturday stall reservations are made through the ODE entry.
Camping: $30.00/weekend, limited. Campers will receive a tag to display.
Bravado is an eight-year-old, 17h, big-bodied thoroughbred gelding. He has been foxhunted for two seasons with North Hills Hunt including joint meets with other hunts and two trips to our nationally-famous Burwell fixture. About half the time he was ridden as the field master’s horse and the other half of the time in the field. He’s used to being ridden out alone and is a bold, but sensible, jumper, and nonchalant about hounds.
He has evented successfully at USEA-recognized Beginner Novice level and schooled and done a schooling event at Novice level.
He peaceably lives out with a small herd 24/7 with access to a shelter. He has good herd social skills.
Bravado recently passed a basic pre-purchase examination at Iowa State University in anticipation of his sale. Rider in most of the the images is 6’3″ tall; Bravado is a measured 17 hands. No vices, good hooves, current on all veterinary and farrier needs, link to pedigree. $12,500. Located in Cambridge, Iowa, 1 minute off I-35. Contact Camie Stockhausen or 515 231 9875.
Lovely day so I took Lexie out for a hack. We went about 4 miles and we worked in all gaits with a special emphasis on being relaxed, especially in walk. She had some nice work.
Lovely day so we went for a hack up to the Fairview Cemetery after going down to the end of the road. Out for a roll in the arena at the end. The best is the video, when he decided to give a playful buck.
In the last few sessions I have worked on helping her tune in to the seat, and with that coming along nicely, I started work on the canter to trot transition. We worked on staying relaxed in canter and reacting calmly to downward transition aids and made some nice progress.
Such a beautiful day! I went out and brought him in to brush him and he is shedding quite nicely! His hooves look great. I tacked up and headed out on a hack. We walked down the hill and half way back up for warm up and then trotted up the rest of the hill. He thought that was pretty fun, but also pretty hard.
Then we went for another long walk past the chicken house and took a right at the T intersection. When we turned onto the road that goes west to the Delander Cemetery, I asked for canter, thinking I would take it easy and just got a short way. He was very happy to go, giving me a few overly-rounded canter steps and snaky neck to boot. It was hilarious.
We trotted much of the way home, and walked the last half mile. He feels great, is at perfect weight and in good humor. Some of our peaceful walk: