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Elsa ride

I brought Elsa in to the arena, took off her halter and let her loose.  I thought she would run and play, but she went right to rolling.  THEN she got up and ran around for a bit, then trotted right up to me, as if to say, “ok, let’s go riding now.”  Ha ha.  Funny girl.

She was quite attentive today and had some quite good work in all gaits.

One of the advantages of riding in the afternoon is an open arena.  After the ride, I stripped her tack and let her roll again, of which she took full advantage.  Then I gave her a quick groom to get the sand off, put her blanket back on and turned her out.

 

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Tag has some fun

I brought him in and let him burn off some energy in the indoor:

So that was fun.  Then I put him in the cross ties and brushed him.  When I did, I noticed that his sheath is noticeably smelly.  The next warmish day I will clean it for him.

I tacked up and rode him in the indoor and he was a star.  He was happy to go and polite on the way.  Lovely day.

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Elsa goes hacking

I brought Elsa in and groomed her.  She was very affectionate and cute.  I warmed up in the arena in walk for quite a while, then moved on to trot and canter.  She got better and better and had some nice work.

Then we went for a walk on the gravel road, accompanying Archie and Megan on their handwalk.  We walked more than half way to the cemetary by the crossroads.  Elsa enjoyed herself and walked along in a relaxed manner.  I spaced it on getting a picture of Elsa, sorry, but I did get a picture of Megan and Archie on the walk.

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Riding blog

A nice mild day and all the horses wanted their blankets off in the afternoon, to have a good roll in the soft snow.  After I got that accomplished, I brought Lexie in and groomed her.  The thrush on her RF seems to be healing well enough that it is not responsive to pressure.  The LF still is a bit sensitive, so it may be time to treat her again.

We worked in the arena and she was really quite good in all gaits.  Getting better all the time.  Gia came and rode her in the evening and they seemed to get along well from what I observed.  Great!


Missy had a lesson on Otto tonight and they produced some nice work.  He is coming over his topline better and she is applying her skills regarding the outside rein and inside leg and incorporating the occasional counter bend where appropriate.  Really fun to work with them.

Meanwhile, I was riding Howdy and we did a lot of bending and yielding to the rein in walk.  He did very well and I am quite pleased.  I know, walking doesn’t sound exciting.  When it needs to be done and you get the results you’d hoped for, it is very exciting!  #horsegeek

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Transitions

A cold day, but not too bad in the indoor.  I think her thrush is looking better, but still am not ruling out another treatment when we get a 50 degree day.

After a long warmup, we worked on transitions and acceptance of the aids.  She is coming along!

I brought her in and groomed her. I took the liberty of clipping a short bridle path. I don’t know if you are trying to grow it out, so I did not trim the entire length of the former bridle path, which resulted in this mohawk look, which only Lexie could carry off so well.

More work with in the pelham, including stretching and transitions.  Very good!

Lexie and the rubber pelham

Well, I’ve been having a lot of success with Bravado on the rubber pelham and I was wondering if Lexie might like it too.  We started off with walk/halt transitions and at first she thought the best thing to do was push against it.  That reached a point of diminishing returns after a few tries and she figured out that actually thinking about stopping rather than pushing might be a better option.

Then on to  trot/walk which went well and all the other transitions all the way up to canter halt.  Very good!