There are so many horses here at Fell-Vallee and all are demanding attention. It's really hard to decide where to begin each day because it only takes 1 horse to change my whole schedule. If it's a normal day, I always ride Junior first. That way, I am sure that I am able to work him as long as I need without feeling rushed. After him, it depends on my energy level and whim. I often ride Wheels second since he can sap my energy and he must be worked every day. If I wait to ride him, sometimes I simply have no strength left and the task seems too daunting. On Thursday, I worked him twice! He was lunged for about 30 minutes in the vienna reins first thing in the morning and then I rode him late in the afternoon. Lots and lots of trot/canter transitions to keep him swinging through his top l
Junior was phenomenal on Thursday. After an easy ride on Wednesday, I stepped up the work in preparation for our ride with Pam on Friday. After a normal, quiet warm-up in the outdoor, we immediately moved to huge, sweeping leg-yields across the arena until they were effortless. It was easy to change the bend and turn them into half-pass. He felt so supple and swinging, it was fabulous. He was happy and "up," which always makes riding him a pleasure.
Boo was very excited to work in the outdoor. She wanted to let her feet get ahead of her and was having difficulty maintaining her rhythm and balance. We needed to do constant transitions until she was focused more on me and her own feet than on her surroundings. She was never silly, just too quick which would send her on her forehand. The transitions helped considerably, of course, and she soon began listening to half halts rather than full transitions to walk or halt. She also looked very glamorous out in the sunshine. Such a pretty girl.
Flagg was the first to go on Thursday and would have been better outside. It was still too chilly and damp, so we kept to the indoor. It took some effort to get him in front of the leg and keep him there. Once he was forward, it was better, but he was inconsistent in the contact and blocked in places. Unfortunately, he ran out of gas before much more progress was made. He worked hard, however, and spent a good part of the day flat out, sound asleep. Growing boys need their beauty rest.
And then there was Spider.... stay tuned!