Friday, November 16, 2012

Thirty More Minutes

I enjoyed my solo trip to the barn so much yesterday I decided to do the same thing again today.

We takes loads of photos. Only every now and then do we get a good one.

It was another beautiful day, and I had another wonderful ride. The herd was scattered and waaay way out on the big hill in the big pasture. Steen saw me when I got to the gate out of the middle pasture, and came all the way in to greet me. He even loped part of the way.

Steen the white dot on the hillside.

My knot had come out of his tail. But fortunately I'd done some research and practice and was prepared with a better technique. I tied a new knot before the ride.

My attempt at a war knot.

Hopefully this one will last until I see him again tomorrow. The good news is the thuja zinc made a lot of progress on the rain rot in just one day and his cut is just looking better and better. I actually think the light rides are helping, possibly because of the increased circulation to the leg. So hopefully it's only a matter of another week or two before I can let his poor tail down for good.

We had another super mellow ride. We worked on resting further down on the strip than Steen generally prefers to go, and on not being scared of the fertilized tanks and tractors. I worked on picking a line through the grass that was off the fence and walking exactly where I wanted. It sounds trivial, but this is the sort of thing I couldn't do at all a year ago. We also worked some on pivoting and leg yields. We again keep things mostly at the walk with just a couple brief periods of trotting. He was great about everything, although I could tell when we were trotting he was really ready to give me a lope, should I ask for one. Not yet, buddy.

After the ride I got a business call I had to take and Steen stood without moving an inch while I talked on the phone for about 15 minutes. It's so nice that he's just as well behaved when I work with him alone as when we've got Bear or Laredo out with him.

Ride Time: 0:30
Horseback hours YTD: 138:35

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