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Ringwork and hack

A warm evening, but a bit of an east breeze that I hope will bring rain tomorrow.  I tacked him up after I brushed off all the mud (how did he find mud?).  Kristen was riding Moondancer and we started out in the arena for a warm up.  Leo and I did some suppling work and he did very well.

Then we went out in the prairie and after we walked a bit, we did many sets of 10 steps of canter because Kristen hadn’t cantered in the prairie with MD yet.  So Leo got a chance to practice a lot of transitions, which was perfect.  Then we went into the DNR and had a nice walk in the woods.  Then back through the prairie and more transitions.  He did very well.  Rinse at the end.

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Lexie on a hack

We treated her hooves today.  We have been doing so every second or third day and they have dried up nicely and the sulcus should fill in nicely in the coming weeks.  Magee rode Lexie and I rode Howdy.  We did some flatwork for warm up in the indoor, again working on stretching and elasticity.

Then we went out on a relaxed hack, which included all gaits and she did well.

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Hacking with Archie

Ok, gotta be honest, the picture isn’t from this ride, but we did go to the same place among other things.  I just forgot to take pictures today.  D’oh!

Started out walking and coaching Megan Clements in the arena for her first ride on Archie in a while.  Then the four of us went out on a hack.  We walked down the hill and trotted back up.  Then we went out to the prairie and did some transition work in which Leo was much improved.  Then some canter work and into the DNR woods and more spider webs when I got off the trails I had ridden on Tuesday.  D’oh!

He got a nice cool rinse and then it was supper time, which he was all about!

Flatwork and hack

Magee rode Lexie and I rode Bravado.  We started out with flatwork in the arean where I coached her on encouraging Lexie to stretch to good success.  Then we rode down the grassed waterway across the highway in all gaits, which went well.

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Morning hack with Magee

It rained 1.5″ early this morning, so we went on a hack down the gravel road, Magee in the tack on Lexie and me on Howdy.  Surprisingly they were both a little tender on the gravel, so even though we had intended to take a mostly gravel hack, we ducked into the CRP.  We worked in all gaits and everything went well.  I forgot to take pictures because Magee and I were mostly chatting when we weren’t cantering.  LOL.  So this picture isn’t from today; I subbed in one so we would have a featured image.

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Spider Webs!

Lovely summer day for a ride.  I called him to the gate and he came right over, partly because it was near dinner time and partly because I am Cookie Girl.  LOL.  He was sand/dirt covered, but looked great otherwise.  We headed down the road at a walk to the bottom the hill and then trotted and cantered back up.

Then around the prairie where we had a few discussions about prompt downward transitions, but he was very good on both lead canter departs.  You must be working on that, because they are very good!

Then into the woods, where the spider population is getting really ambitious and now building across the major paths.  I couldn’t believe it.  Between trees 8 feet apart!  Luckily I had the dressage whip and I broke them before they coated his face.  There were only like five of them, but they were impressive.  Spiders, don’t build across the trail, it is big woods!On the way home I took his bridle off and let him graze the ungrazed shady meadow – relaxing for both of us!

Munch munch munch!

I don’t have pictures, but then I gave him a shower and turned him out for a roll.  Nice night.

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Morning hack

Beautiful morning.  I treated her heels for thrush and went on a nice hack.  My whole goal was to get her to relax and enjoy the scenery and just chill out. She started out a little tight, but by the end, she was nice and chill.  Duggie came with us, which is always hysterical.  Great day.

 

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Lexie gets on the trailer

I had the trailer hooked up from a project on Tuesday, so tonight was a good opportunity to practice loading with Miss Lexie.  I mad sure she was leading correctly (so that I was between her shoulder and ear and she was going the pace I dictated and paying attention) and she loaded right away. I also gave her a cookie each time she loaded.  After four cookies she was done.  Good girl.