Riding with Magee

Magee was going to be home from the U of I for about 36 hours, so she spent three of them at Field Day! How lovely that we make the cut in this busy young woman’s life! Megan Mullen was out and she was kind enough to videotape our work with Merlin today Thanks to both of you!

Lunging and check

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.

Weekend off and back at it

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.  

Really good work

I groomed him and put the surcingle on and attached the balancing rein loosely.  He started out a little on his toes, but after he got over that, I put the reins where he would have to interact with them, and he was great about it.  At the end he was trotting and cantering in balance and very relaxed.  Yay.

Balancing rein

Lovely day, so after grooming and tacking, I worked him in the arena with the curtains open.  That doesn’t happen every day in December!  I had brought some more jumps into the arena and he thought he needed to look at those, but he didn’t stare to long and just got to work.  

I put him in a balancing rein today, which goes from the girth by the elbow, through the bit and up to the saddle.  After warm up, I attached them and he responded quite well.  A few times he wanted to stop and push against them by raising his head, but they were loose enough that he really didn’t have to be in an uncomfortable position, just yield to the rein, which he figured out pretty quickly.  After the lunging, I lead him over a small cross rail and he walked right over it without knocking it down.  Clever boy!