Stretching and relaxation

It has been one week since Lexie started on the ulcer medication. I think that it has made a difference for her. I think that her eye is softer and she is somewhat more relaxed under saddle.

We had a solid walk warmup and good trot work. She was a little tighter than I would like in canter, but we are working on that.

Hack to Delandar

I tacked him up and he looks really good. Nice weight, his hooves are good and his attitude is hilarious. What a character!

First walk down the hill and trot back up.
We might have trespassed a little bit, but the footing was much better in the corn field
Always interested in his environment
Had a nice canter and then a look around
Mugging for cookies. He emptied my entire pocket of cookies!

Massage, relaxation and lateral work

Zenning out after scalp massage

I brought her in and groomed her and trimmed her bridle path. Then I gave her a full head massage. She was digging it. I rode her in a Howdy’s snaffle tonight.

We warmed up slowly with walking and basic lateral work, such as turn on the haunches, side pass and leg yield. We proceeded slowly to help her understand to yield to leg cues rather than react to them. We made very nice progress and then just for fun did some trot and canter work. Then a review of the lateral work during warm down. Very good girl.

Lunging and check

So we started Merlin on Omeprazole, ran out of that and put him on ranitidine until the compounded omeprazole/ranitidine powder arrives. I wanted to see if he was more comfortable in his body as a result of the ulcer treatments. He was happy to go and may have been a little more relaxed.

Great work

I brought her in and groomed her, putting some show sheen on her tail and mane for a small beauty shop treatment. She looked very pretty. Then I tacked up and rode in the arena. She was slightly tight at first, but in about 45 seconds, her walk was much improved. The stretching work is paying off!

Her trot work was also mostly relaxed, but her canter work was really good. She took several deep breaths and chuffed several times, and even had stretchy canter. Wonderful.

Some beautiful canter work

I rode her in a lesson with Missy on Howdy (who also went well!). Straight off the mounting block, her walk was relaxed and she was looser in her neck and back than I’ve ever seen her. When we got to it, her canter work was excellent. There is work to do, but she is definitely on the right track. Yay.

Weekend off and back at it

I rode Howdy and Lexie before working with Merlin and Merlin was making as many cute “pick me!” faces as he could while I did so.  So when it came his turn, he was ready to go for sure.  I groomed him and fed the requisite amount of cookies and tacked him up.  

He was a little on his toes again, but came around nicely by the end.  

Sunset hack

After grooming, I put on my blaze orange vest (deer hunting season) and headed down the road.  We had a nice walk warm up and then headed south on “Cam’s road,” the one directly to our east.  We trotted down and up through the valley, then cantered to the T-intersection.  We worked a lot on softening to the rein and being polite to the half halt and she got better and better.  Back the way we came and a nice walk along the fence line home.

Really good work

I groomed him and put the surcingle on and attached the balancing rein loosely.  He started out a little on his toes, but after he got over that, I put the reins where he would have to interact with them, and he was great about it.  At the end he was trotting and cantering in balance and very relaxed.  Yay.