This week has been very hectic for both Cindy and Gary so our posts are limited to this single recap of the week. The week started out with Monday & Tuesday morning Gary rides with LBR being a bit stubborn and pulling/chewing on the bit. Tuesday evening, Cindy went over for a ride and found the same stubborn/totally distracted horse. There were many of this years foals playing in the common areas and LBR was a inattentive to the rider.
Wednesday, Gary had the same experience so he let LBR "sniff" all the foals surrounding him and continued with a fairly productive ride.
On Thursday morning, Gary switched back from the "D-Ring" snaffle to the eggbutt and had a much better ride (he warmed up in the round pen first). Gary continued the exercises in the practice arena on Friday w/ the eggbutt and LBR showed rapid improvement/return to his normal self.
On Saturday, Cindy & Gary both headed over and Cindy had a great ride in the practice arena (after warming up in the round pen). On Sunday, LBR was better than ever with multiple horses/distractions in the practice arena. After about 30 minutes of riding there, Cindy took him on a trail ride into one of the stalled horses vacant paddocks. He got a little "up" but behaved perfectly. Gary then rode him back in the practice arena for a bit before heading to the groom stalls.
LBR was started on alfafa hay this month to try and put the final 30 pounds on.
He's getting to be such a nice companion for both Cindy & Gary. Attached is a video of Cindy leaving the practice arena and headed to the paddock for the trail ride. Our apologies for the video quality.