Flatwork and snow hack

I rode Lexi in the indoor with Missy on Sammy (who is doing well!). Lexi is also doing well, with a lot more relaxation in all gaits. We even got some nice deep breathing in canter and relaxation over her topline. At the end of the hack, we went for a fun, short hack in the fresh snow.

When we got back, we untacked them and let them roll in the arena, of which she took full advantage.

Stretching and relaxation

It has been one week since Lexie started on the ulcer medication. I think that it has made a difference for her. I think that her eye is softer and she is somewhat more relaxed under saddle.

We had a solid walk warmup and good trot work. She was a little tighter than I would like in canter, but we are working on that.

Hack to Delandar

I tacked him up and he looks really good. Nice weight, his hooves are good and his attitude is hilarious. What a character!

First walk down the hill and trot back up.
We might have trespassed a little bit, but the footing was much better in the corn field
Always interested in his environment
Had a nice canter and then a look around
Mugging for cookies. He emptied my entire pocket of cookies!

Massage, relaxation and lateral work

Zenning out after scalp massage

I brought her in and groomed her and trimmed her bridle path. Then I gave her a full head massage. She was digging it. I rode her in a Howdy’s snaffle tonight.

We warmed up slowly with walking and basic lateral work, such as turn on the haunches, side pass and leg yield. We proceeded slowly to help her understand to yield to leg cues rather than react to them. We made very nice progress and then just for fun did some trot and canter work. Then a review of the lateral work during warm down. Very good girl.

Offered For Sale: Bravado Cat

Everything is fun when you have the right partner

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.  $15,000.  Located in Cambridge, Iowa, 1 minute off I-35.  Contact Camie Stockhausen or 515 231 9875.

Scope to burn.  All showjumping pictures on this page were taken by Expressfoto
Stands out in a crowd (second from right) and plays well with others

Third in line, coming up to the jump (Bridle Spur Hunt, STL)
Dozing in the sun with his friends
Stands at checks
Loads, ties, clips
Can take a joke.  Used to students having fun.
Though he isn’t asked to carry students often, he’s a good sport about it.

Heading out to hunt, leading the field
Bank at Catalpa Corner Horse Park
Novice showjumping at Sundance Farm Horse Trial

Lunging and check

So we started Merlin on Omeprazole, ran out of that and put him on ranitidine until the compounded omeprazole/ranitidine powder arrives. I wanted to see if he was more comfortable in his body as a result of the ulcer treatments. He was happy to go and may have been a little more relaxed.

Great work

I brought her in and groomed her, putting some show sheen on her tail and mane for a small beauty shop treatment. She looked very pretty. Then I tacked up and rode in the arena. She was slightly tight at first, but in about 45 seconds, her walk was much improved. The stretching work is paying off!

Her trot work was also mostly relaxed, but her canter work was really good. She took several deep breaths and chuffed several times, and even had stretchy canter. Wonderful.

Some beautiful canter work

I rode her in a lesson with Missy on Howdy (who also went well!). Straight off the mounting block, her walk was relaxed and she was looser in her neck and back than I’ve ever seen her. When we got to it, her canter work was excellent. There is work to do, but she is definitely on the right track. Yay.

Weekend off and back at it

I rode Howdy and Lexie before working with Merlin and Merlin was making as many cute “pick me!” faces as he could while I did so.  So when it came his turn, he was ready to go for sure.  I groomed him and fed the requisite amount of cookies and tacked him up.  

He was a little on his toes again, but came around nicely by the end.