Caught in the rain!

I tacked her up and hacked out, walking down the hill to the end of it and noted the darkening sky.  All my spidey senses said it would blow over.

So, we came back up the hill and it still looked like maybe we could get caught in some rain, but I risked it and went on.  About halfway to the Delander cemetery, the skies decided to open up and pour rain on us, while we could see the blue sky just behind the cloud.  So it didn’t last long and we caught some shelter under a tree, and then carried on.

We had some very nice canter work on the road to the cemetery, and then some good trot work on the way home.  We walked home from the T intersection and she enjoyed the day, swinging along.

 

 

 

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Hack with Emily

So, Emily Scholtec came out for an english riding lesson.  She was out last week too.  This is especially interesting because she is one of the 12 recipients of the Legacy of Legends scholarship.  This was a world-wide competition.  Some of the other winners are from Australia and Germany and probably other countries, but those are the two that stuck out to me.  She will be leaving for Montana a week from today and will be learning for 4-6 weeks from people who learned from Ray Hunt and other legends in colt starting.  Lucky her!

Lucky me, because somebody told her to “get out of her sandbox” and learn from other disciplines, and she chose to come to me.  Whoop!  Last week we hacked out and talked about english riding and western riding and the similarities and differences and there were some riding tips in there too.  We did about the same thing tonight and had a great time.  We went to the ghost barn and around back to Cam’s house, about three miles.

Lexie flatwork

Muggy night!  I brought her in and groomed her and treated her frogs for thrush.  Her right hind is the only one I am entirely happy with, but they are all improved.

We worked on flatwork in the indoor tonight.  She is coming along.

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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.