A change of scenery

The gravel roads are perfect for hacking because the footing is soft enough for the horses and also makes the cars drive slow when they go by, of which there were exactly two because people avoid soft gravel – bonus! Missy on Sammy and I on Lexie went down Cam’s road and then east to the creek, about four miles. She got looser and looser in a positive manner. Great ride.

Leo’s big adventure

A beautiful day to ride and Leo was in a prime mood for cookies and fun. We went down the hill to the end, then up the hill and east to the property where the guy is always burning things in the ditch. LOL. The gravel road was terrible for driving, but great for a canter! After untacking he had a nice roll in the indoor.

Riding with Magee

Magee was going to be home from the U of I for about 36 hours, so she spent three of them at Field Day! How lovely that we make the cut in this busy young woman’s life! Megan Mullen was out and she was kind enough to videotape our work with Merlin today Thanks to both of you!

More seat aids

Since it is supposed to be so cold tomorrow and Monday, I was on a mission to work everyone today. Lexie and I worked more on seat aids today, with very good success. After a brief review, she showed the correct response in walk and even had some moments of nice rebalance in trot. Her canter work was more malleable as well! Great!

Seat aids

After a nice walk warm-up in the relative warmth of 29 degrees (yes, I was riding in a sweatshirt, no jacket) I did about 30 walk to halt transitions to help her understand the said aid for collecting. We spend a lot of time teaching horses that the calf means “go” and spending some time teaching them that the thigh and the lower back mean “rebalance” is time well spent.

She started to understand the concept well in walk and to make the appropriate changes. She even carried it forward into trot and canter well. This was a great start.

More coming through

Another lovely day, thought the clouds were already coming in, in front of the storm this weekend. Nevertheless, we rolled up the south curtains and went to work. She had a nice walk warm up and some good trot work. Canter was a little tight and it improved.

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Flatwork and snow hack

I rode Lexi in the indoor with Missy on Sammy (who is doing well!). Lexi is also doing well, with a lot more relaxation in all gaits. We even got some nice deep breathing in canter and relaxation over her topline. At the end of the hack, we went for a fun, short hack in the fresh snow.

When we got back, we untacked them and let them roll in the arena, of which she took full advantage.