I tacked him up in the evening and rode in the indoor. He was even more relaxed in walk than usual and produced some nice work in trot and canter. We could have done a pretty respectable dressage test! Very good man.
He led me on a short but merry chase before he let me catch him, at which point he got a cookie, which made him wonder why he ran. Hmmmmm
I tacked up and we worked in the indoor on stopping and standing quietly and he got better and better. We worked in all gaits and he had some nice moments.
I tacked her up and went on a hack with Kristen, working on them being together and separating, which Elsa has no trouble with, but Sif does. With Elsa, we worked on halting and ratability and she was quite good. We went down the road to the end, then around the prairie. Afterwards, I grazed her for 20 minutes while Kristen tacked Moondancer.
He’s continuing to do well with the bit. Today we worked on staying relaxed during mounting and dismounting which is coming along nicely. We also worked on halt and stand quietly and relaxed, and had some very nice work in trot and canter.
We had a very welcome isolated thunderstorm today that dropped 0.5″ on our place. While the plants breathed a sigh of relief, all the horses rolled in the resulting short-lived mud. Sahara was no exception and it was either spend time grooming him carefully or clean the important parts and get on with it. So this picture of him with the bridle on shows some mud for sure.
He accepted the bit quite willingly and didn’t fuss with it in his mouth. I took him into the indoor and did some in had work to be sure that he knew how to respond to the bit and he did well. I got in the tack and we worked on proper, balanced walk and also halting and standing still after the halt. Then we did some lateral work, introducing leg yield. He did very well.
We worked in the indoor on suppleness both over his topline and laterally. And we worked on relaxation during mounting and dismounting. He had some nice work
I rode Elsa with Kirsten on Sif on a beautiful, cool night. We worked on the trail, doing transitions in all gaits. She got better and better. At the end we had a 10-minute graze in the meadow and a nice roll in the sand arena.
It was a very hot evening, but Sif was ready to go. I brought her in and we had only the briefest of discussions about proper leading etiquette and she was very good. She stood politely in the cross ties and worked actually quite beautifully in the arena in all gaits and some lateral work.
Then we headed down the hill for a bit of a hack, and surprisingly, I think it was too hot for bugs! She was delightful:
and then a much-enjoyed rinse!