After grooming, I put on my blaze orange vest (deer hunting season) and headed down the road. We had a nice walk warm up and then headed south on “Cam’s road,” the one directly to our east. We trotted down and up through the valley, then cantered to the T-intersection. We worked a lot on softening to the rein and being polite to the half halt and she got better and better. Back the way we came and a nice walk along the fence line home.
I groomed him and put the surcingle on and attached the balancing rein loosely. He started out a little on his toes, but after he got over that, I put the reins where he would have to interact with them, and he was great about it. At the end he was trotting and cantering in balance and very relaxed. Yay.
After grooming I tacked up and rode her in the arena, working on relaxation and flexion, which went well. Then we went on a short hack as a treat.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a bunch more:
Lovely day, so after grooming and tacking, I worked him in the arena with the curtains open. That doesn’t happen every day in December! I had brought some more jumps into the arena and he thought he needed to look at those, but he didn’t stare to long and just got to work.
I put him in a balancing rein today, which goes from the girth by the elbow, through the bit and up to the saddle. After warm up, I attached them and he responded quite well. A few times he wanted to stop and push against them by raising his head, but they were loose enough that he really didn’t have to be in an uncomfortable position, just yield to the rein, which he figured out pretty quickly. After the lunging, I lead him over a small cross rail and he walked right over it without knocking it down. Clever boy!
Lovely evening. No wind, all the arena drapes open and we worked on stretching and breathing and relaxing in all gaits. She did very well and I was delighted when she took a few very good breaths in canter even!
Tonight Lexie was in a dressage lesson with Missy. We worked on canter-trot transitions and proper use of the half halt and flexion. Both of them were very good.
I rode her tonight as the snow globe light snow fell outside. She was on the muscle for the first ten minutes so we did a lot of flexing and transitions. She came around nicely and started to breathe and relax and produce some nice work. Good girl.
I worked with Lexie on some flatwork skills that I learned at the Buddy Brown clinic this weekend. She came around very nicely!
Magee rode Lexie and I rode Elsa on a hack down the Steve’s grass strip. Lexie was a little on the muscle, but managed some nice work after the initial fizz. 😉