Saturday, May 16, 2009

May 15, 2009

Gary went to the stables this morning to make sure LBR was eating his food with the supplement added. LBR had finished eating already so Gary visited with the caretaker, Jim. Jim says LBR is eating well and they've increased his feed this week. He's not extremely thin, but has seemed to drop a bit of weight.

In the evening we headed over for a ride. We decided to try a different snaffle tonight to see if LBR would respond better (stop leaning on the bit). We switched from an egg-butt snaffle to a d-ring snaffle with copper and stainless rollers. It made a HUGE difference.

Cindy rode LBR in the round pen and he responded beautifully to the slightest "pinkie" pressure for a lot of turns/circles/figure eights and s-pattern. His disposition was entirely different. When he did lean on the bit (very lightly) he discovered the rollers and seemed to like them.

We attribute most of this to the new bit, but also have to realize that this was our 4th ride and he may just be starting to understand what we want him to do.

We ended with grooming and back to/through the paddock before treats at the gate. This weekend (depending on weather) we hope to ride at the walk in the main arena to alleviate LBR's boredom with the roundpen.

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