Evening hack

We went on an evening hack around the harvested fields to the south.  We started out with a long walk warm up and then did about a mile in trot around the perimeter of Kenny’s big cornfield and then some canter work along the stream.  Nice walk warm down on the way home.

Halloween Hack

We went on an evening hack.  I rode Lexie and Missy rode Bravado.  A lot of the crops came out this week and the major deer hunting hasn’t started yet, so it was a rare window of opportunity to ride south of our place.  We worked in all gaits and Lexie was a star.  On the way home, we passed through the Beaver field and heard two owls, then we went a little further and heard and saw another one high in a tree.  It was getting dark and was a fitting spooky but awesome thing to see on Halloween night!

Flatwork and a hack

So Merlin arrived yesterday and he is sharing the paddock with Lexie.  They are getting along famously.

I brought her in and groomed her.  Lovely that her thrush is all cleared up and her frogs are now plump and healthy.  She only has a very few patches of scratches which I will keep an eye on.

I tacked her up and rode in the outdoor.  We had some very nice flatwork and relaxation.  After that, I took her for a hack around the (now harvested) bean field to our south.  We walked the whole way and she was relaxed and breathing and looking around and enjoying the trip.

Some very nice work

I brought her in and groomed her and trimmed her bridle path and played with her, with special attention to brushing her face, which she liked.  Then I tacked up in the dressage saddle and we worked in the arena on relaxation and stretching in walk and trot, which progressed well.  When we got to canter, she was relaxed enough to share with me the softest canter I’ve ever ridden on her.  Lovely!

Walk work

The front was going to come in in the afternoon, so I rode her right after breakfast.  We did a lot of walk work, focusing on relaxation, stretching and seat aids.  That went very well.  We did some trot and canter work, but this workout was mostly about walk.

Check on scratches and hack

I thought I had seen some scratches on her pasterns lately, so I mixed up a batch of the treatment and went to put it on her before our ride today, and, nothing!  I guess the dry weather we have had lately helped that.  Good enough!  I used the treatment on Bravado, who seems to have developed a good case of scratches on his right hind out of nowhere.  I owe you some scratches treatment.

I groomed her and headed out on an active hack to get some conditioning on her.  We went out to the ghost barn and back, doing a lot of trotting and cantering.  It was muggy and there were mosquitoes in the woods, so we beat feet to pass through quickly!  We got home and just as I got done rinsing her after I let her roll in the sand, a lovely front passed through, bringing in drier and cooler air that the horses can enjoy this afternoon.  Great!

She was rateable and happy.  Good ride.