Today Camie rode Jones and I rode Elliot on a hack up the road and through the fields. Jones looked quite pleased and was marching forward at the walk. Once in the fields he quite happily picked up a trot through the tall grass and over the hills. When we came out of the fields and on the gravel and picked up a trot Jones was lame. Upon further investigation he had thrown a shoe on his right foreleg, and the shoe was probably lost somewhere in the tall grass. On the walk home he did seem better on the softer footing. We are hoping the farrier can come out soon and nail a new shoe on.
Wonderful day. I’ll let the video that Chris, Sarah Caruso’s boyfriend, so kindly shot for us, do most of the talking. Three courses, no jump or time faults, a blue, red and yellow ribbon.
Hugely successful day, with respectable dressage,
double clear showjumping
and double clear xc, even with taking some of the novice options
Jones was excellent schooling at Heritage Park today. He jumped everything really quite well and did very well with standing still while I coached the other riders and then jumping when asked. More pictures will be forthcoming, I’m thinking.
First jump of the day
After the schooling, we hosed him off, hand grazed for a while and took him to stabling, well in advance of the front and storms that came through around 3.
Jones gets the day off today after the good work schooling yesterday. It happened to be sheath cleaning day at Field Day, so we put him in the queue and got it done. He stood well and said he felt better afterward.
It went very well. Bridget Bryson was kind enough to video tape the lion’s share:
While grooming tonight, I trimmed his bridle path and looked around for what else needs to be done before the show. Mane and tail look acceptable, and I’ll get to the leg trimming this week. After I tacked up, we warmed up and then worked on BN test B, which is the test this weekend. He did very well, though there is a lot of room for improvement in the canter transitions. I will continue to play with that this week.
In light of the fact that it is supposed to be 90 degrees tomorrow and the flies will be out, I treated all the horses, including Jonesy with Equi-spot
He felt good right from the start today and was right in front of my leg in the walk, trot and canter warm up. Today we worked on canter departs, which are improving.
While grooming Jones, it became apparent that he had bent his right hind shoe. I texted my farrier and he said he is able to come out tomorrow and fix it.
He was very good. I’ll let the video speak for itself. The other horse and rider are Magee and Eddie. I am wearing red on Jones.