Suppleness

We tacked up and her eye is probably improved over yesterday.  It didn’t seem to bother her much.  It looks like this today:

In fact, in real life it looks better than this, but this is the best picture I got.  I’m not camera gifted today for some reason.  Ha!

We worked in the arena in all gaits on suppleness and relaxation.  By the end she was doing some nice work.  Good girl.  I gave her a chance to roll in the arena after untacking and she enjoyed it.

Short hack and then arena work

The sun was setting and my camera was acting up, so I don’t have pictures for you, dang!  But we went down the hill and back and even had a nice canter back up the hill, which he thought was major fun.

Then we worked in the indoor in all gaits.  By the end we were doing a figure eight with simple changes of lead.  The right lead was sticky at first, but by the end it was quite good.

Lateral work and downward transitions

I brought her in and groomed her.  She is really shedding!  Also, she might be actually gaining weight, which was not in the plan.  Oh my.  I’m going to tail back on her grain a little and we’ll keep monitoring her.

We started out doing some suppleness work, then on to leg yield and then on to canter work with transitions to trot from canter and halt from canter.  She gets better and better.

These cool night and mild days I have been taking her blanket off during the day and back on again at night.  Tomorrow is rumored to be a windy day, so she might have it on all day.  We shall see.

Evening hack

Thanks to the wonder of iPhone, this picture makes it look brighter than it actually was…

The sun is sinking pretty early this time of year and by the time I got in the tack with Leo, it was a bit beyond sundown.  Regardless of the dark it was a lovely evening as November goes, so I proceeded for a walk hack down the road toward the river.  It was very peaceful.  He’s a little tender on the gravel so we stayed on the edges.

Then we went for a hack around the prairie in all gaits, followed by taking his bridle off and letting him graze some of the grass in the meadow.

Stretching in canter

Back from our trip and back in the tack with Lexie.  We did a long warm up in walk and trot, working carefully and methodically on increasing her lateral range of motion and increasing her relaxation.  She made some good progress in walk and trot.  We did some canter work, just to get a start on stretching in canter and she was able to reduce a few strides of good stretch.  Interestingly, in canter to left, when she was stretching, she tired a little more easily and broke to trot.  This happens sometimes when horses are using new muscles, so I allowed her rest and then repeated after some walk work.