Sunday, March 06, 2011

Relaxing Barn Sunday

Today we went to an open house. The property was west of town and included a small barn and several pastures on 5 acres. The house was nice, but really just a whole lot larger than we need. Although the barn itself was very cool, and pretty perfect scale-wise, the land was very sloped and there was nowhere at all good to ride. So I don't think we'll buy it, but it was fun to look.

Afterwards we braved the muck and headed to our barn. The boys were dozing in the sun, and they were both quiet and relaxed when we brought them indoors. I did a quick bareback ride on Steen while Brian tacked up and did groundwork. Then I gave Brian a late lesson (since Friday the weather was simply miserable and we didn't ride). The entire trip went quite well. Steen was relaxed and responsive at the walk and trot when I was riding, and afterwards happy to just chill with me while Brian rode. Bear was also better than he has been, only tossing his head once or twice and only when asked to turn right. After Brian rode, I did more work off the line with Bear, even managing to make him trot to the right briefly (very much against his inclination).

By the time we left we'd been in the barn for quite a while, during which time we had the place to ourselves. It also wasn't as cold as it has been, so I think that helped with the overall feeling of relaxation. It was nice to just spend quality time with our horses. I need to get back in the habit of going more often.

Horseback Hours YTD: 2:50

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