Massage day with Emma Van Wyngarden, creator of The Horse Cure podcast, who was here for a Masterson Massage clinic with Theresa Burns. Lexie was Emma’s most willing partner to try the techniques on!
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.
Lots of walk and trot work in the indoor working on coming over the topline and transitions. Some work in canter. Good work.
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.
I tacked up and Kelly on Elsa and Leo and I went for a dusky ride around the prairie, stopping for some trot and canter work in the hickory grove where he was quite good. Then we hacked around the rest of the paths.
We had a nice quiet session in the morning, working on suppling in walk and trot, with a bit of canter work thrown in for fun. She had some nice work.