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Hack out with Megan and Archie

When I arrived, he was grazing out in the pasture.  I was loathe to bring him in from that deliciousness.  I talked with Cindy and Caroline for a few minutes and they all came in.  Ok, time to ride then!  I groomed him and fed him 1% of his weight in cookies.

We worked in the indoor with Megan and Archie in all gaits and he did well.  Then we went on a walk hack around the prairie, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

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Ringwork and hack

A warm evening, but a bit of an east breeze that I hope will bring rain tomorrow.  I tacked him up after I brushed off all the mud (how did he find mud?).  Kristen was riding Moondancer and we started out in the arena for a warm up.  Leo and I did some suppling work and he did very well.

Then we went out in the prairie and after we walked a bit, we did many sets of 10 steps of canter because Kristen hadn’t cantered in the prairie with MD yet.  So Leo got a chance to practice a lot of transitions, which was perfect.  Then we went into the DNR and had a nice walk in the woods.  Then back through the prairie and more transitions.  He did very well.  Rinse at the end.

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Hacking with Archie

Ok, gotta be honest, the picture isn’t from this ride, but we did go to the same place among other things.  I just forgot to take pictures today.  D’oh!

Started out walking and coaching Megan Clements in the arena for her first ride on Archie in a while.  Then the four of us went out on a hack.  We walked down the hill and trotted back up.  Then we went out to the prairie and did some transition work in which Leo was much improved.  Then some canter work and into the DNR woods and more spider webs when I got off the trails I had ridden on Tuesday.  D’oh!

He got a nice cool rinse and then it was supper time, which he was all about!

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Spider Webs!

Lovely summer day for a ride.  I called him to the gate and he came right over, partly because it was near dinner time and partly because I am Cookie Girl.  LOL.  He was sand/dirt covered, but looked great otherwise.  We headed down the road at a walk to the bottom the hill and then trotted and cantered back up.

Then around the prairie where we had a few discussions about prompt downward transitions, but he was very good on both lead canter departs.  You must be working on that, because they are very good!

Then into the woods, where the spider population is getting really ambitious and now building across the major paths.  I couldn’t believe it.  Between trees 8 feet apart!  Luckily I had the dressage whip and I broke them before they coated his face.  There were only like five of them, but they were impressive.  Spiders, don’t build across the trail, it is big woods!On the way home I took his bridle off and let him graze the ungrazed shady meadow – relaxing for both of us!

Munch munch munch!

I don’t have pictures, but then I gave him a shower and turned him out for a roll.  Nice night.

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Hickory Grove Blog

I brought Leo in and he was as clean as I’ve seen him this year so far!  Lovely surprise.  Shedding a bit, so I curried his body and scratched his itchy headThen we headed out on a hack down the road and then around the prairie in a clockwise manner, including a spin around the hickory grove.  Apparently it was wild species day as we scared up a turkey, pheasant and deer.
On the way home, I took his bridle off and let him graze the delicious unbrowsed grass for ten minutes.  He loved it and I enjoyed watching him enjoy it.Then he had a nice rinse and roll in the sand arena.  Good fun.

Then on to Elsa, who was also delightfully clean.

After a brushing and tacking we also went down the road for a hack.  We went down the road to the river then around the prairie and into the DNR.  

On the way home, I took her bridle off and gave her a 10 minute graze, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

 

Afterwards, she had a rinse and a roll in the arena.

Then it was Tag’s turn.  He also came in clean and stood very well for grooming, including mugging for cookies.  His lip is healed up quite well.

He went beautifully in the arena, after performing like a champ on the lunge.

I took him out for a hack down the road and he balked and spun back left twice, at which point I sent him strongly down the hill and he trotted down quite well.  On the way home, we were walking and he shied very hard at the wooden structure on the north side of the road.  He was really scared, I could feel his heart beating hard.  Since I thought using the whip on him when he was scared was not wise or kind, I didn’t.  I got off and led him past it, then got on and went past it twice and he did fine.

Then we passed the barn and went east on the road for about half a mile and he did well.  I think his balking is a confidence issue and requires reassurance and repetition.  He essentially needs a strong, encouraging friend.

After the ride I gave him a rinse then turned him out in the round pen to roll and graze.

Next on to Archie who was also clean with the exception of his back cannon bones that had some scurfy mud on them. He was excellent during lunging and did very well under saddle in the arena where we worked on getting him to come thorugh from behind through the magic that is canter/trot transitions.  I really liked where he was at the end of it.  Then we went for a hack down the road to the river and even passed the black scary scorched earth where they had burned off some vegetation (which I did not thing to take a picture of).  No problem!
Then it was his turn to graze.

 

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Hickory Grove Blog

Wind advisory, but a beautiful, sunny, warm day, so Elsa and I headed out on a hack.  I took home your saddle pad on Thursday, washed it and brought it back because I was mostly the one who made it dirty and I know how busy you are right now.

We walked down the hill and she shared her beautiful swinging trot with me on the way up the hill.  Then a walk through the yard and a nice canter in the meadow.

We went into the DNR ground and back in the woods and managed to jump a few downed trees.

We had a canter in the hickory grove and then walked home.  It was warm enough that she enjoyed a rinse, and then a graze.

I brought Leo in and played with him while I groomed him. He is such a personable guy!  I did some flatwork while working with Megan and Archie.  Leo was a little quiet to the leg at first, but he came around quite nicely.  After the lesson we went out on a walk hack down and up the hill and then out to the hickory grove.  Then he got a nice graze.  My website is inexplicably not allowing me to upload the picture I took of him grazing, so I will put in this picture from last week because he’s such a big snugly bear.

 

Hickory Grove Blog

Beautiful day for riding horses, slight overcast with a breeze and no bugs.  I walked out with Tag’s halter, intending to ride him first, but Elsa had other ideas.  She marched right up to me and demanded that I put the halter on her, so of course I obliged.  After a grooming, we headed down hill on the road and she had a nice swinging walk right off the bat. She had a nice swinging trot on the way back up the hill.

Next we went out in the prairie and we worked on elastic connection in canter and she did very well.  We carried on to the DNR grounds and into the woods and generally had a great time.

Then she had a nice rinse and out for a graze.

Next it was Tag’s turn.  He’s such a sweet man.  I was disappointed to see that he had a pretty good cut on his lip.  I examined it and it doesn’t seem to be infected, but it is a little deep and I didn’t want to upset it by putting a bit in his mouth.

So, he won the prize of a half hour hand graze, which he thoroughly enjoyed.  He was desperate to stuff grass in his mouth in the first few minutes, but then he settled in and enjoyed the process.

Then on to Leo, who was his usual charming cookie-begging self.  

We tacked up and headed out.  He seemed just a touch sensitive on the gravel, so we went out in the prairie.  He was sluggish at first, but after he warmed up, he swung right along.  I think that he is careful with his feet because he *had been* short because once we got into the softer grass in the DNR ground he was quite comfortable, in fact comfortable enough to buck in three separate instances.  He was very happy.

He was feeling so good that we considered the Man From Snowy River Trail, but at the last moment decided better.

Then we had a nice hack home and he felt very good.  He got a rinse and some time in the round pen to graze.

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Hickory Grove training blog

I brought Leo in and tacked him up.  He was surprisingly clean for this time of year!  I cleaned his hooves and noted they were recently trimmed, but didn’t think anything of it.  I tacked up and fed cookies and played with him, then set out across the gravel in front of the barn and down the road.  He was very lethargic!  I wondered if he was sick, actually.  I turned him around after about 50 yards and came back to the barn.  Cindy took his temperature and we both gave him a good once-over.  His expression was bright and playful and he was interested in everything.  We concluded he had sore hooves from the trim.   Dang.


Then I brought Tag in and after grooming and tacking took him out to maybe ride with Jenny Mlosic who was riding by.  I got on him outside and it was like his nerves were outside his skin.  He actually did a mini bolt (for like 5 strides, but it was enough for me to think better of a trail ride without some ring work first at least.)  I got off, took him in the indoor and had a lunging session and it took him a surprising amount of time to settle, considering that he had been allowed to run around in the indoor before tacking and really didn’t do much.  Silly guy.  So I got on in the indoor and had a good session.  Sorry I did not get a picture.  Boo.


Next up was Elsa.  I tacked her up while she mugged for cookies like this: 

She is quite hysterical.  We went out and had a fairly long hack out in the DNR.  During it we did some work on staying on pace on a more slack rein, which went well.  Here’s some walk work in teh woods:

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Hacking out with Larry, Leo and Elsa

Beautiful day.  Larry on Leo and I on Elsa went out for a hack.  Elsa was really clean considering the mud in the paddock and she is fully committed to spring shedding as evidenced by the floor after grooming.

I thought I took a picture of her cute face, but alas I did not.

On our ride we walked down the hill to the end of the road, had a little interaction with the funny black dog with the white feet down there, and trotted back up the hill.  Elsa was ready to go and Larry and Leo were enjoying each other.

We continued our ride past the barn and on, in walk, trot and canter to the Dalandar cemetary and then a little jaunt further south to the pavement.  On the way home Larry was working on right lead canter and ended with some lovely work.  My picture does not do it justice.Elsa was a little on her toes for the first part of the ride, but came around nicely at the end.  We walked home from the T intersection.  A lovely day.