Flatwork, hacking and jumping

I brought her in and tacked her up, and there may have been peppermints involved.  We (Elsa and I, Larry and Leo, Megan and Archie) walked down the hill and trotted back up as a warmup.  She did beautifully.

Then we worked on the flat and she was a little tight at first, but came around nicely.  We worked in all gaits and did some lateral work as well and she got better and better.  After the lesson was over, Larry and Leo and Elsa and I took a hack around the meadow and jumped over the jumps in the hickory grove on the way back home.  She did beautifully.

More soft rein work

We went out on a hack and continued the quest to get her to subscribe to the theory that she can live quite nicely on a soft rein. She got better and better and we did a little jumping at the end of the day.

Hack on the magnificent Elsa

It was a lovely day and I needed to go out and work with Archie, so I was lucky enough to come an hour early and work with Elsa.  I tacked her up and took her for a hack around the meadow in both directions with some dressage schooling in the hickory grove.  She was a bit strong at first, but came around to my way of thinking.  Love this mare.

Elsa on a mission

The thunder was distant when I tacked Elsa up and set out on a hack.  We trotted down the hill, took a walk break and then trotted back up.  She was excellent.

Then we went around the field on the woods side in all gaits.  We turned around and walked back to cool out.

We went for a hack in the mild weather.  I am just back from Rolex and learning with Dorothy Crowell and I was trying some new techniques which she reacted well too.  I can’t wait to show them to you!  We went on a mighty hack, up and down hills and trotting and cantering, with many leisurely walk breaks.  She was a bit tight at first but ended up beautifully.

IMG_6428There was a turkey hunter’s blind that she was very suspicious of, but went by quite nicely.

IMG_6433After the hack I gave her a rinse and let her graze in the round pen.  She got some extra time at grass because Rylee was kind enough to agree to bring her in after I left.

Elsa goes adventuring

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Elsa enjoying the sunset

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I am clearly not the queen of selfies. But you get the idea.

Elsa started out in the arena helping me teach Kristen and MC on their horses and participating in the exercises.  After about half an hour of walk, trot and canter work, we headed out on a hack.  Kristen and I went north into the CRP field and then she showed me some new areas to ride in that she had learned about from a friend recently and from riding with Cindy.

We had a lovely ride and Elsa was a bit strong at first, but settled nicely about halfway through and was a peach at the end.