It was a very hot evening, but Sif was ready to go. I brought her in and we had only the briefest of discussions about proper leading etiquette and she was very good. She stood politely in the cross ties and worked actually quite beautifully in the arena in all gaits and some lateral work.
Then we headed down the hill for a bit of a hack, and surprisingly, I think it was too hot for bugs! She was delightful:
Then we had a roll in the arena so that she looked like a cinnamon sugar-covered donut:
I brought him in and groomed him. He stood beautifully in the cross ties and accepted peppermints with grace.
We had a brief lunging warmup, in which he was dang near perfect, then worked in the arena at all gaits. I don’t know what to say about him, other than that he is just feeling more solid, a lovely thing. After arena work we walked down and trotted and cantered back up the hill.
Archie takes some time to smell the tiger lilies.
Then he got a walk out and a rinse and some more peppermints.
I brought her in from the paddock where she allowed herself to be easily caught. We worked in hand in the arena for about 20 minutes where we discussed the idea of focusing on me and not everything else. We did this by going forward and coming back multiple times, and she clued in quite quickly, and then started putting her head down and licking her lips.
Then I tacked her up, insisting that she stand still with her neck down. She actually did quite well with standing still, but had to be reminded several times to keep her neck down. That’s pretty good!
Under tack she did quite well in all gaits in the arena.
We went out with Kristen on Sif. Archie led for the first half of the ride in all gaits and he was very good. In the second half of the ride Kristen led and he was very good with just one moment when Kristen cantered off and he got a little strong. He didn’t do anything naughty and settled quickly. Very good day.