I brought him in and tacked him up and he was great about it.  His eye looks as well as I’ve seen it.  Then I lunged him in the indoor and he was also good there.  I got on and he was relaxed right off the bat.  We did some work in all gaits in the indoor and then went out for a hack.  Daylight was fading, but he didn’t seem to mind.  We went around the meadow and he produced some really nice, through, large-swinging-step trot, which was very fun for both of us.  Canter work was good.  We were walking when a group of grouse flushed all around us.  Seriously.  Some in the meadow, some in the tall grass between the meadow and the soybeans.  And they kept flushing.  I think the parents got up first, and then the kids, then the grandparents and it took a while for the drunk uncles to decide to fly.  Archie was a little beside himself for a few seconds, but did not do anything naughty, just basically danced a bit and got over it impressively quickly.

Then we had another trot and a nice relaxed walk in.  During the walk we discussed the option of not bracing on the right rein and he eventually bought in.  Very good.  Untacked, peppermints, fed him his grain.  Good man.

A more solid feeling

I brought him in and groomed him.  He stood beautifully in the cross ties and accepted peppermints with grace.  

We had a brief lunging warmup, in which he was dang near perfect, then worked in the arena at all gaits.  I don’t know what to say about him, other than that he is just feeling more solid, a lovely thing.  After arena work we walked down and trotted and cantered back up the hill.

Archie takes some time to smell the tiger lilies.

Then he got a walk out and a rinse and some more peppermints.

Hacking, leading and following

We went out with Kristen on Sif.  Archie led for the first half of the ride in all gaits and he was very good.  In the second half of the ride Kristen led and he was very good with just one moment when Kristen cantered off and he got a little strong.  He didn’t do anything naughty and settled quickly.  Very good day.

Boisterous and a hack

He started out pretty quiet on the lunge line, but he had been dozing in the sun. Once he got his feet moving, he was all about it, putting in some pretty impressive bucks. But he got better and better and after just a few minutes he was very good in all gaits. Under tack he was very good in the arena so we went out for a hack where he was quite good. Sorry I didn’t get actual video of the hot times that were happening in the paddock across the street between two horses in the paddock. Oh. my.

Left leg yield

Went out and rode him in the afternoon.  When I got there, he and his pasture mate were playing a game of tag in the paddock and when they saw me they stopped and trotted over.  Funny guys.  I tacked him up and got on and reviewed all the things we have been doing recently, which went well in all gaits.  Then I went to work on walk leg yield, noting that each time he is asked to yield off the right leg, he balks.  We had a long quiet discussion about that and made some very nice progress.