Plenty of mud out in the paddocks today and his blanket looked like this so I hung it outside to dry.
And he looked like this:
So I spent a little extra time grooming him and also playing with him:
After grooming I tacked him up and rode in the indoor and he was a little light on his feet – bucked a few times when we got to canter, but after a while he got over himself and we proceeded on a hack.
We headed down the hill and he decided to stop and spin back toward home and we had a discussion about that and then carried on down the hill and back up again. Then past the barn and down the gravel road for a nice trot and canter hack:
I untacked Tag and turned him out in the indoor to roll. I went out to get Elsa, brought her in the indoor and then let her loose to roll. It was at this point that both Tag and Elsa thought it was time to play in the good footing. They ran around like children and had the most lovely time.
Eventually Elsa let me catcher her again and I groomed and tacked her and then put the blanket back on Tag and turned him out. Elsa was plenty muddy as well and happy to interact:
After grooming and tacking, Elsa and I headed straight out the door and down the hill:
Then it was back up the hill and along the gravel road and over to the Delonder Cemetery:
Thenwe had a lovely trot and canter on the way home and walked the last half mile home. Lovely day.
Leo was very happy to come in from the mud we are experiencing today and he was also hitting me up big time for cookies. I groomed him and tacked up and we headed down the road while the sun was still out.
The footing on the road down the the river was by turns muddy and almost icy, but no problem for Mr. Surefoot. We walked down and trotted back up.
Then we trotted and cantered over to the cemetery, which he enjoyed very much.
Heading home just as the sun goes down.
Tag came in with pretty muddy legs so I cracked out the hose and hosed them off. It was about 50 degrees, which felt warm to us all. At least he will get to have clean legs for the overnight and tomorrow the mud should start to dry up. I rode him in the indoor with Kelly and Elsa. We did a lot of walking to warm up and then a lot of stretching in trot and then on to canter, in which he was a little fresh to start out. I let him have a bit of a play and then we got down to work and he did very well!
I brought him in and gave him some liberty time, some of which can be seen above. Also the stop and dramatic pose:
Then I tacked him up and rode him and he did quite well, especially in his canter work. He started out suggesting he might buck, but he was just a little rounder than usual and then got over it. I think he had fun!
I interrupted his hay supper which he didn’t seem to mind. I turned him loose in the indoor to stretch his legs and he took full advantage, with some impressive trot work and some fun canter antics.
I brought him in to groom and he was mugging for the cookies I was giving him. He’s very cute!
I don’t know when he was last ridden, so I was anticipating that he might be a little high, but actually he was quite spectacular. We did a lot of stretching in all gaits and by the end he was swinging along really nicely.
The sun was just setting when I got him tacked. We went down the gravel road toward the river. He suggested that we not go down the hill, as evidenced by a few slow spins back left. I corrected his assumption that he didn’t need to go forward and got marching and then a deer jumped out ahead of us, and he said, “I told you it was scary!”, at which point I said, “Deer aren’t scary, back to it, brother.” And he dutifully did.
We went down to the barricade and then the black dog came out, which he was only mildly alarmed at. Then we had a lovely trot back up the hill. He is moving beautifully.
Then some nice loose canter work in the arena, and he did very nicely and seemed happy with himself. Good man. There were peppermints too. 🙂
I brought him in and groomed him and he stood very well in the cross ties. I picked up the dressage whip on the way out to the arena and when I did, he was worried. So I rubbed it all over him and reassured him and after a bit he settled down nicely. We worked in the arena on him going forward and coming over his back and he did very well.
Then we went out on a walk hack down the road. I was asking him to keep his neck down and encouraging him to stretch over his topline. He was nervous at first, but with reassurance he improved dramatically. He could do well with a lot of hacking out. He’s a sensitive guy and really wants to please. Loves me some Tag.
I brought him in and brushed him and had a little conversation about standing still in the cross ties, which went well. Then I tacked up and briefly lunged him. He was well-behaved, but looked a little stiff to me. I got in the tack and did a lot of stretching and he came to it right away – you must be doing some good work with him! Had some great work in all three gaits and he was quite pleased with himself. I untacked and let him roll in the arena, which he loved.
After our festival of ground work last week, we started out today with a pop quiz to see how much he retained. We marched, in hand, down the hill and he walked with his neck down very well. He just had one moment of indecision about who was in charge and with a cluck he was over it. There is more work to be done here, but he showed really excellent retention!
Then I tacked up and rode him in the arena, where he was quite good in all gaits. Even had some very nice breathing and stretching in all gaits. Very good day!