Tag the Good Man

I interrupted his hay supper which he didn’t seem to mind. I turned him loose in the indoor to stretch his legs and he took full advantage, with some impressive trot work and some fun canter antics.

I brought him in to groom and he was mugging for the cookies I was giving him.  He’s very cute!

I don’t know when he was last ridden, so I was anticipating that he might be a little high, but actually he was  quite spectacular.  We did a lot of stretching in all gaits and by the end he was swinging along really nicely.

Stretching and some fun

I interrupted Elsa’s supper hay, which she seemed ok with.  I took her blanket off and groomed her and scratched her withers where the hair always gets mussed by the blanket.  She was loving that.

We did a nice slow stretching workout in the arena in all gaits and she loosened up nicely.  By the end we were both grinning.

Afterward I removed her tack and let her rollin the arena.  Fun day!

Twilight Hack

I brought him in and he was very eager to interact, and made many cookie faces like the above.  I groomed him and remarked to myself that he looks very good – shiny and in a good weight for winter.  That said, the girth was a bit of a challenge to attach, he’s in plenty weight.

We went out on a hack around the prairie including a spin around the hickory grove in the twilight.  He was very good other than not wanting to stop a few times, but I could not fault him too much since I know all the horses are a little fresh after what I am assuming was time off during the very cold weather.

He gave me a couple of very round, slow dolphin bucks on the far side of the prairie when we were cantering.  Nothing to worry about – just feeling good!  Sadly, did not get it on video.

Solstice ride

Happy Solstice!  I rode Lexie in the indoor in the afternoon as it was spitting a bit of rain and occasional snow outside.  I switched her to a french link snaffle to see if that would be more comfortable for her.  After a long walk warmup, we worked on suppleness as a general theme, and lateral work and transitions in the supporting roles.  She got better and better.

She is doing really well on the mostly alfalfa hay we are feeding and might be a little plump, so I switched her daily grain feedings to Purina Enrich Plus, which provides all the nutrients and tastes delicious apparently, but has fewer calories.  Let me know what you think about her condition any time.

Wheeeee!

From the moment I haltered him and brought him in, it was evident that he was excited to have some fun.  He was a funny goofball in the crossties, mugging for cookies.  We tacked up and went down the road to the river at a walk.


Then we trotted back up the hill and he was swinging along exuberantly.  Then we went out in the prairie  and did some trot and canter work on the way to and in the hickory grove.  We jumped the logs on the ground a few times and then moved on to the log pile to the barrels, which went really well.

Then we hacked around the prairie in trot and canter:

Though I wasn’t quick enough to get video of them, we walked home with a seven deer escort!

Feeling good

It was a beautiful evening and rifle deer  hunting is over so out to the prairie we went!

We had a nice long walk warmup and then some trot and canter work int he hickory grove.  Then on to jumping the logs on the ground, which she saw fit to for of run at out of sheer joy, the goofball.  We did those a few more times until she could contain herself and then on to the log pile to the barrels a few times, which went well.  Then we trotted and cantered 3/4 of the way around the prairie, flushed 7 pheasants, then turned around and did walk and trot on the way back.  Jumped the barrels and logs on the way home and had a nice walk cool out.

When we got back, I let her roll in the arena and then put her cooler on while I tacked up Leo.  By the time I was done with that she was ready for her regular blanket.  Very good night.

Canter work and acceptance of the leg aid

I think her sulcus thrush is healing because the crack between is drier and her heels are firmer.  It is really to early to know for sure, but indications are that her front hooves are on the healing track.  Her back hooves look very good, I think.

She was very happy to go today.  If it weren’t deer hunting, I would have hacked her out.  As it was, we did a lot of cantering in the early part of the ride and she loved it and got better and better.  Then we did a lot of work in trot, working on relaxing and bending.  Then on to lateral work and acceptance of the leg aid (rather than raising her neck when the leg is put on, even quietly.)  She did very well.

Transitions

We warmed up with a lot of walk work.  At first she was too quick, but I simply didn’t follow her tempo with my seat, and after twice around the arena she started to follow my tempo and did very well.  Then walk halt transitions, trot-walk, trot canter, canter trot and ending on canter halt.  She did well!

Lateral work and transitions

I brought him in and took his blanket off and noticed this:
Yep, that be a blanket rip.  This stuff really works great if you are interested.

I tacked him up and played some games with him, including “where is the cookie?” for which I got this face:

I I rode him in the indoor with Kelly on Elsa.  After a long walk warmup, we did some transition work and some lateral work, including turn on the forehand, which he is good at, and turn on the hindquarters, on which he could teach a class.  Well done.  I did pick up a whip and install a little “more for free” in his walk and the second stride after the canter depart, and he picked it up quickly.  He did very well and we both had a good time.

Lateral work and stretching

I’m back in the tack after nine days out and Lexie was the first horse I chose to ride.  I looked at her sulcus on her front feet and they look no worse anyway.  It is hard to wait after the treatment, but we need to wait about 5 weeks before we can expect to see real improvement.  I would say if we don’t see some changes by 1/1/18 then we need to consider another treatment.  No worries.

We started out with some walk work and lateral walk work.  Then we moved on to stretching in all gaits and transitions.  She did well!