Arrival and Day One

IMG_0062The boys arrived yesterday and settled in just fine. They are sharing the paddock, and happy as clams. In the afternoon today, I was going to catch Dallas first and ride him and pony another to start the fitness process. However, Dallas thought that trotting circles around me for 20 minutes would be more fun, and I let it go after that time, because he will come around to my way of thinking in the next couple of days anyway.

So I caught Nellie, who was happy to come in to the barn for grooming. I tacked up and went into the arena and started working with him. He has a marked lack of suppleness to the right and we spent a good while gently discussing that. Horses usually are not simply uncooperative. Often their muscles are very tight and they need gentle stretching to let go. We worked a good while on that in walk and trot. When we got to canter, it went reasonably well. I rinsed him and turned him out. We did some lateral work, which seemed to be an introduction for him.

I did a little beauty shop on JJ, as you can see from the pose he struck above. He was surprisingly good in our session. He clearly remembers the things we talked about in the past and had some very good work. Nice start!

The run in is easily big enough for the three of them when the rain comes tonight and tomorrow.