Monday, April 6, 2009

April 5, 2009

We arrived at feeding time and had to wait until LBR finished dinner. One of the neighboring horses (20+ retiree) appeared to be having intestinal distress so the caretaker led her to the main stables and the trainer came out to assist. The remaining horse in that paddock was extremely stressed that his "buddy" was taken away and whinnied continuously for the entire time we were at the stables ears are still ringing.

This afternoon the weather was a bit chilly with winds gusting to 35 mph. We did a little ground work in the common areas, but LBR was quite excitable so we decided to focus on the round pen.

We put on shin boots & bell boots for the first time...he took about 3 steps lifting his feet high in the air but then thought it was no big deal. After working on lead commands, we free lunged LBR. Today, we used a lunge whip for guidance and he responded perfectly. We kept the lesson short but it was very productive.

We groomed for quite a while afterwards and LBR seemed to enjoy it. Gary learned to clean out his hooves tonight...yeah - less bending for Cindy.

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