Kelly and Elsa, and Leo and I started with some flatwork in the arena. We started a little late because we helped catch Moondancer who decided to go on a trot about the property and was having a grand time of it.
Leo was a little slow off the leg in his lateral work, especially leg yield to the left, but he got better and better with patient work. As a result of that suppling, the right lead canter was very nice.
Then the four of us went out on a hack to the cemetery. He was delightful. His tempo and rhythm are a treat to ride and we all had a wonderful time! Afterwards he got a nice rinse. I offered him a chance to roll in the arena, but he was more into going into his stall and having supper, which I couldn’t argue with!
We started out with a walk hack down the hill, observing all the earthwork that has been happening.
We carried on and hacked back up the hill and out to the prairie, including some nice, supple work in the hickory grove in all gaits. She was letting go and breathing, which was really very nice for both of us.
Then a hack home:
Followed by a rinse and some grazing on the north side of the barn, where the grass growing in the shade there was quite verdant, which she enjoyed immensely!
It was a beautiful evening for a hack out and we started with a brisk walk down and trot back up the hill. Then we did canter work in the meadow, including walk canter, which is a really good exercise for him in muscle building and might be good for you for really learning about positioning the horse’s body for depart. He did very well.
Then we hacked in the hickory grove and he mentioned that he would like to eat the thistle flowers on the way home. Some horses love them!
We’ve been doing a lot of work in the arena, so I thought it was time to go on a hack. I lost my phone over the weekend which is why I have not been having pictures to post on the blog. Just one of the 8,000 inconveniences of losing your phone.
We went about 2.5 miles, in all gaits. He was a little tight in the beginning, but got better and better and we both enjoyed the time together.
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.