Lovely day, ride in a sweatshirt weather. I brought her in and groomed her and tacked up. We worked on working over her topline and coming through and had some good success.
I rode Lexi in the indoor with Missy on Sammy (who is doing well!). Lexi is also doing well, with a lot more relaxation in all gaits. We even got some nice deep breathing in canter and relaxation over her topline. At the end of the hack, we went for a fun, short hack in the fresh snow.
When we got back, we untacked them and let them roll in the arena, of which she took full advantage.
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.
I tacked him up and he looks really good. Nice weight, his hooves are good and his attitude is hilarious. What a character!
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.
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.
We worked in the indoor on relaxation and stretching. Went very well.
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.
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.
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.