Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Back with Steen

Today it was Brian's day to work with Laredo, but we headed out thinking it might take both of us to catch him again. However, the catching process was a lot shorter today and I didn't really have to help at all, so that was great.

We took Steen and Laredo to the hitching post and got them groomed. Laredo was relaxed today. He's so good about standing tied. That is a huge plus as far as I'm concerned.

We tacked up and headed to the indoor. I climbed on Steen and proceeded to have a massively laid back ride. Steen was quiet and a little sluggish. Even his lope was slow. We worked a lot on circles, lateral flexion, backing circles and moving one foot at a time. Overall he was good. I was pretty low energy myself, so I can't really fault him for not putting a ton of effort into the ride.

Meanwhile Brian worked with Laredo. For the most part things went well, though the ear issue continues to be present. However, Brian did step up onto the stirrup a few times today without any problem, and Laredo so far has yet to indicate anything else bothers him.

In a wonderful coincidence, our farrier was out today to put a shoe back on another boarder's horse. We asked him if he had time for another trim and he said he did, so Laredo got his very very long toes tidied up. He was good for Duke. Not perfect, but good.

After the ride we put them back outside. Steen so far has been a bit anti-Laredo in general, but they were hanging out together after we took their halters off.

Ride Time: 1:15
Horseback hours YTD: 51:05

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