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.
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.