Stretching in canter

Back from our trip and back in the tack with Lexie.  We did a long warm up in walk and trot, working carefully and methodically on increasing her lateral range of motion and increasing her relaxation.  She made some good progress in walk and trot.  We did some canter work, just to get a start on stretching in canter and she was able to reduce a few strides of good stretch.  Interestingly, in canter to left, when she was stretching, she tired a little more easily and broke to trot.  This happens sometimes when horses are using new muscles, so I allowed her rest and then repeated after some walk work.

Cornfield hack

For a change of pace, I took her out for a hack in the harvested corn.  She was happy to go on the way out, a little bit strong in trot and canter and jigging a bit on the way home.  I required her to be rideable, but didn’t make a big deal of it as it may have been her first time out on a big hack in a while.  We’ll do more and I suspect she’ll relax a bit soon enough.

Hack to the cemetery

Went out on a hack to the Delander cemetery.  Long walk at first, in which he was a bit tight and looky, then on to trot where he loosened up appreciably and he had some lovely canter work.

We walked the last bit home and then I untacked and hand grazed him for 15 minutes, which he loved.

Hack

We tacked up and went on a walk hack.  She was a little tight at first and actually seemed a little short on her left front, but with continued walking she loosened up and moved beautifully.  We walked the hills:

 

 

 

On the way home, a ditch mower went by and she was completely unfazed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrival

Lexie arrived on Monday October 9th.  She loaded and trailered and offloaded well.  On Tuesday I brought her in and groomed her and noticed her back was a  bit sore.  It was on Wednesday and Thursday as well. She got some time out at grass, of which she took full advantage.