Hack out

IMG_2732We went out for a hack with Melodie and Calvin. We started out in the arena with walk, trot and canter, which went fine. Then we walked down the hill on the road to the end near the river. He had some moments about the barricades, but he got over it. We also had an encounter with a log which he thought might have a monster in it, but he dealt with it after a bit, and the second time we passed it he remembered that it was ok. That is good news.

Then we had a bit of trot on the way back up the hill and he did very well. Then we walked back down, dealt with the barricade and log again and had a longer trot up the hill. Then we had 10 steps of canter on each lead on the road near the barn. Very good day.

Hack out

Elsa goes hacking in the snow

Elsa goes hacking in the snow

We warmed up in the arena, where she was a little happy to go, so I let her do some nice forward (but balanced) trot work and some forward canter work and then moved on to some transitions within the gait, which went well. That accomplished, we hacked out the door, across the road and through Cindy and Steve’s yard. Elsa was dubious about the dogs and yard ornaments, but she managed to keep it together nicely.

We hacked out in the snow and some grass and checked out the lay of the land. We had some nice canter work where the footing was consistent and a fair amount of trot work, as well as some just relaxing on a long rein in walk. She did very well!