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Lexie on a hack

Beautiful day so Lexie and I headed out on a hack.  We did a lot of walking for the first half of it.  She enjoyed looking at the countryside.

We scared up several pheasants which made her jump, but she did not over-react, and settled nicely.

We hacked about four miles.

We came across a group of 10 deer, which she found interesting, but not alarming.  We had a nice canter on the way home and then walked the last half mile in on a long rein.  Good day!

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Cavaletti and gridwork

I brought her in and groomed her and rode in the indoor on this blustery evening.  We had a long walk warm up and then moved on to trot work and cavaletti, which she informed me was entirely too easy for her.

After some canter work we did a small grid, which she also aced.  Good night!

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Riding blog

A nice mild day and all the horses wanted their blankets off in the afternoon, to have a good roll in the soft snow.  After I got that accomplished, I brought Lexie in and groomed her.  The thrush on her RF seems to be healing well enough that it is not responsive to pressure.  The LF still is a bit sensitive, so it may be time to treat her again.

We worked in the arena and she was really quite good in all gaits.  Getting better all the time.  Gia came and rode her in the evening and they seemed to get along well from what I observed.  Great!


Missy had a lesson on Otto tonight and they produced some nice work.  He is coming over his topline better and she is applying her skills regarding the outside rein and inside leg and incorporating the occasional counter bend where appropriate.  Really fun to work with them.

Meanwhile, I was riding Howdy and we did a lot of bending and yielding to the rein in walk.  He did very well and I am quite pleased.  I know, walking doesn’t sound exciting.  When it needs to be done and you get the results you’d hoped for, it is very exciting!  #horsegeek

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Transitions

A cold day, but not too bad in the indoor.  I think her thrush is looking better, but still am not ruling out another treatment when we get a 50 degree day.

After a long warmup, we worked on transitions and acceptance of the aids.  She is coming along!