Thursday, October 15, 2009

Inside

Yesterday I went to the barn after a meeting with some clients. I decided last time I rode that it was probably high-time for Steen to remember what ground-work is all about, so I decided to have a non-riding, getting to know the new interior day.

Steen's been looking good lately. His leg is healing nicely. He's rebuilding the muscle he lost in his convalescence, particularly along his spine and in his haunches, thanks to all the walking up and down the steep hill on the strip. He's still not bulky, but I think I may just have to accept that he's a thin fellow by nature and that's just how it is.

I brought him inside and gave him a thorough grooming. Then we did groundwork in the section of the indoor arena that is clear. It's not really big enough to ride in, but it is large enough to do some good work on a line. Steen was actually surprisingly good with the groundwork considering how long it's been since we did any. He was nervous about the new surroundings, but I let him explore when he expressed curiosity and he behaved well. He flexed better than ever, I think, and his trot was smooth and easy, even over the rough ground. He was responsive but more relaxed than nervous. So, all in all, it was a nice, simple change to go over the basics. And I'm still giddy about the tack locker.

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