Hack in the sunshine

Such a beautiful day! I went out and brought him in to brush him and he is shedding quite nicely! His hooves look great. I tacked up and headed out on a hack. We walked down the hill and half way back up for warm up and then trotted up the rest of the hill. He thought that was pretty fun, but also pretty hard.

Then we went for another long walk past the chicken house and took a right at the T intersection. When we turned onto the road that goes west to the Delander Cemetery, I asked for canter, thinking I would take it easy and just got a short way. He was very happy to go, giving me a few overly-rounded canter steps and snaky neck to boot. It was hilarious.

We trotted much of the way home, and walked the last half mile. He feels great, is at perfect weight and in good humor. Some of our peaceful walk:

Leo’s big adventure

A beautiful day to ride and Leo was in a prime mood for cookies and fun. We went down the hill to the end, then up the hill and east to the property where the guy is always burning things in the ditch. LOL. The gravel road was terrible for driving, but great for a canter! After untacking he had a nice roll in the indoor.

Hack to Delandar

I tacked him up and he looks really good. Nice weight, his hooves are good and his attitude is hilarious. What a character!

First walk down the hill and trot back up.
We might have trespassed a little bit, but the footing was much better in the corn field
Always interested in his environment
Had a nice canter and then a look around
Mugging for cookies. He emptied my entire pocket of cookies!
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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.