Thursday, December 8, 2011

A long bareback ride and a well-behaved baby

Yesterday the weather was gorgeous — well into the 30s when I was at the barn — so after pulling blankets, I threw my bareback pad on Panama and took him into the indoor arena to ride.  We rode for a long time, nearly an hour, alternating between trotting and leg yielding practice (at the walk).  I think by the time we stopped working on the latter, he was getting a little better at crossing over in the rear when, and I was beginning to feel like I didn't have to be in his face constantly, trying to get him to slow down his front end so the back end could do what it was supposed to.

In any case, it was a lovely ride, fairly relaxed, and neither of us got frustrated.  Plus a friend came in to ride with us for a little bit partway through (part of the reason why we rode for nearly an hour, instead of the 30 minutes I'd originally planned).

The long ride meant that I didn't have time to lunge Rondo as I'd planned, so I just took him into the cross ties for a little grooming — a good opportunity to work a bit on ground manners, routines, and patience.  Rondo was actually quite well behaved, so much so that another boarder commented on how good he was in the cross ties.  A nice compliment, especially considering his age!

Today the horses are blanketed — last night was in the high teens, and tonight is supposed to be in the low teens, both of them blanketing nights.  And since they are calling for a chance of snow this afternoon, and since it is mostly cloudy and not all that warm (30 degrees), I decided to leave the blankets on to avoid having to dry three horses before blanketing tonight.  Oh, the decisions you have to make when you have to drive 20 minutes in order to blanket!

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