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Morning hack with Magee

It rained 1.5″ early this morning, so we went on a hack down the gravel road, Magee in the tack on Lexie and me on Howdy.  Surprisingly they were both a little tender on the gravel, so even though we had intended to take a mostly gravel hack, we ducked into the CRP.  We worked in all gaits and everything went well.  I forgot to take pictures because Magee and I were mostly chatting when we weren’t cantering.  LOL.  So this picture isn’t from today; I subbed in one so we would have a featured image.

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Spider Webs!

Lovely summer day for a ride.  I called him to the gate and he came right over, partly because it was near dinner time and partly because I am Cookie Girl.  LOL.  He was sand/dirt covered, but looked great otherwise.  We headed down the road at a walk to the bottom the hill and then trotted and cantered back up.

Then around the prairie where we had a few discussions about prompt downward transitions, but he was very good on both lead canter departs.  You must be working on that, because they are very good!

Then into the woods, where the spider population is getting really ambitious and now building across the major paths.  I couldn’t believe it.  Between trees 8 feet apart!  Luckily I had the dressage whip and I broke them before they coated his face.  There were only like five of them, but they were impressive.  Spiders, don’t build across the trail, it is big woods!On the way home I took his bridle off and let him graze the ungrazed shady meadow – relaxing for both of us!

Munch munch munch!

I don’t have pictures, but then I gave him a shower and turned him out for a roll.  Nice night.

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Morning hack

Beautiful morning.  I treated her heels for thrush and went on a nice hack.  My whole goal was to get her to relax and enjoy the scenery and just chill out. She started out a little tight, but by the end, she was nice and chill.  Duggie came with us, which is always hysterical.  Great day.

 

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Lexie gets on the trailer

I had the trailer hooked up from a project on Tuesday, so tonight was a good opportunity to practice loading with Miss Lexie.  I mad sure she was leading correctly (so that I was between her shoulder and ear and she was going the pace I dictated and paying attention) and she loaded right away. I also gave her a cookie each time she loaded.  After four cookies she was done.  Good girl.

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Archie goes for a hack

Archie was just coming in for supper when I arrived at the barn, so he wasn’t as thrilled to see me as he might have been, when he realized he was only going to get a mouthful of grain and then into the cross ties. Poor thing. He got cookies.

I groomed him and noted some sulcus thrush in his LF. Five of the six horses at my barn have at least one hoof with it, which is what made me look. The wet spring was tough on them. It doesn’t seem to be a bad case and if you get on treating it soon, it shouldn’t be a problem.

After grooming and tacking I put him on the lunge where he presented the adoring crowds with several expressive bucks. I lunged him until bucking was a mere memory and got in. We rode around the indoor and he was fine. We then when out and walked down the hill. When I turned him around at the bottom of the hill he did it rather exuberantly – one might even categorize it in the bucking genre, but it was borderline. No big deal and trot back up the hill.

Then we went clockwise around the prairie. We were having some particularly joyful trot when he let out a few more bucks, but carried on. We scared up a fawn, which he merely observed; a doe which he thought was fascinating; and a beautiful owl, which we both thought was beautiful.

We had some canter work on the far side of the prairie which went fine and then walked the last side of the prairie home.

I rinsed him off and put him in the round pen to graze while I meant to read a chapter in my kindle book, but after five minutes he was like, “Hey, girl, there’s grain in my stall!” so I went and brought him in. Nice night.