Wednesday, December 29, 2010

December 28, 2010

Today is LBR's day off and the farrier came too. LBR got new shoes (it's been 7 weeks again as opposed to his regular 6 week schedule in the summer).

He stood patiently for the farrier.

December 27, 2010

LBR had a training ride today. Cindy headed back to work and Gary headed to the stables around 10:00 a.m.

LBR was very quiet in the grooming stalls and continued in a mellow mood for his training ride. The trainer worked on flat work today and transitions.

Video to be posted this weekend.

They had a 'GREAT' training ride according to the trainer. After the ride, Gary groomed LBR before taking him back to his paddock and giving him treats.

Monday, December 27, 2010

December 26, 2010

Cindy and Gary headed to the stables to check LBR at 8:00 a.m. He was enjoying his chops and alfalfa in his stall. They stayed and visited with the caretaker for a while and then headed home for breakfast.

They returned to the stables to groom and hand graze LBR for a while in the afternoon. LBR even got a bran mash from another concerned boarder at the stables.

He was absolutely STARVING as he had only been given a half ration of chops in the morning. As Gary led him around the paddock, he stopped at every bucket to eat up any stray pellets he could (he wasn't allowed to eat more than a handful in total).

Gary and Cindy fed him a few treats after returning him to his paddock.

Okay LBR....that was a lot of drama for Christmas!!!!

December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

Gary & Cindy headed up to North Texas early this morning to visit family. The plan was to spend the night.

Unfortunately, they received a call around 7:00 p.m. from the stables that LBR was not eating his dinner chops or alfalfa. The caretaker brought him up from his paddock so she could check on him through the night.

Being the worried horse owners that they are, Gary and Cindy decided to drive back that evening. They got home around 12:30 a.m. and headed over to the stables.

LBR was happy to seen them and seemed fine. They gave him a single peice of an alfalfa cube and he ate it and drooled. They left the stables at 1:00 a.m. with a relieved feeling and exhausted.

December 24, 2010

Cindy being serious



Cindy having fun



Gary & Cindy headed over to the stables around noon.

Cindy rode LBR first in the sand arena. It was very hectic at the stables with 3 other riders in the arena, one of this years foals watching from outside of the arena and two (2) horses going crazy and bucking in their paddock next to the arena.

LBR was distracted, but not to the point of being totally unfocused.

After Cindy rode, Gary rode LBR at the walk, trot and canter and trotted over some crossrails.

December 23, 2010

Cindy & Gary headed over to visit LBR in mid-morning. The winter time in Central Texas is odd. Today it was nearly 70 degrees.

Cindy had a great ride on the flat with LBR at the walk trot and canter in the sand arena. LBR is starting to flex and carry the bit and rounding out nicely.

Gary rode for a bit after Cindy rode.

After the ride, they returned LBR to his paddock.

December 22, 2010

The trainer rode LBR today. He started off frisky and they had to lunge for a few minutes to get the bucks/squeels out.

She then had an excellent ride on him including jumping several courses.

December 21, 2010

Today was LBR's day off. Ah...he must love Tuesdays.

December 20, 2010

The trainer rode LBR today. He was responsive and quiet. After the ride, Gary groomed LBR and let LBR graze in the common area.

Monday, December 20, 2010

December 19, 2010

Gary & Cindy headed over to the stables around 11:00 a.m. They took clothes softener/drier sheets to eliminated the static clean. It worked!!!!

There were lessons in the sand arena so after tacking Cindy mounted LBR in the sand arena, circled once and then headed to the grass arena.

LBR was so good today. He lowered his head, softened his jaw and carried himself beautifully. There were two (2) other horses being ridden and a foal that had escaped his paddock in the arena. LBR was barely phased.

Gary rode after Cindy was done and he and LBR had their best canter ever.

After the ride, LBR fell asleep in the grooming stall. He was so happy to not be electrocuted. They ended the visit with treats in his paddock.

December 18, 2010

Yay!!! It's Saturday. Gary & Cindy headed over in the afternoon to ride. Cindy rode LBR first in the sand arena and he was a bit anxious/excited.

Eventually he calmed down and she cantered him. Gary rode for a bit afterwards.

LBR absolutely hates static electricity shocks. This seems to be what made him so anxious today.

Decemebr 17, 2010

Gary headed over in the morning to ride LBR. They had a great ride at the walk, trot and canter.

December 16, 2010

LBR had the day off today.

December 15, 2010

In order to ride consistently with the trainer, Cindy headed over to the stables after work to watch her put a training ride on LBR. The goal at this point is to get LBR's jaw softer and his head in a flexed relax position.

He is georgous when he carries himself correctly.

December 14, 2010

Gary lunged LBR today in the sand arena. He was well collected and worked nicely over ground poles.

December 13, 2010

The trainer put a training ride on LBR. He was good.

December 12, 2010

Gary & Cindy both rode LBR today. There were lessons in the sand arena so they rode in the grass arena. LBR was very well behaved.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

December 11, 2010

Gary & Cindy headed over to the stables around 10:00. Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy staged the tack.

There were several other boarders getting ready to ride at the same time.

After grooming/tacking, Cindy took LBR to the sand arena for their ride. LBR was amazing today. There were 3 other horses being ridden in the arena. It was somewhat chaotic as a couple of the riders are challenged with understanding arena etiquette. LBR responded beautifully - staying focused on Cindy instead of the others. After doing walk/trot/canter work in the sand arena, Cindy decided she had enough of the chaos and they headed to the grass arena.

Cindy rode him there for a bit before handing him over to Gary for their ride. LBR responded just as well to Gary today. They strugled with getting the right lead but Gary stuck with it and they cantered beautifully.

After the arena work, Gary took LBR on a short trail ride to cool down. Cindy & Gary groomed LBR and took him back to his paddock.

In the afternoon, Gary & Cindy drove to Waco, TX (about 100 miles) to watch a horse show that a couple of stable mates were showing in. It was fun, but tiring as they didn't get home until late.

December 10, 2010

Cindy left work an hour early and met Gary at the stables. After grooming and tacking up, Cindy took LBR to the sand arena for their ride.

There were two(2) other riders at the stables working with their OTTB's.

LBR was a PERFECT horse tonight. He was focused on the ride eventhough horses were being brought in for the night and the other two OTTB's were frisky.

Cindy was so proud...a year ago, we had the crazy OTTB and now we have the sane, dependable horse. The ride started with sunlight and ended with riding the arena being lit. LBR was unphased by everything and did a beautiful collected trot and canter. WOO HOO!!

After the ride and grooming, Gary returned LBR to his paddock while Cindy put the tack and supplies away.

December 9, 2010

Gary headed over to the stables mid-morning. He lunged LBR on the flat and over fences.

They had a great session.

December 8, 2010

LBR had a training ride today. Gary headed over to groom and saddle LBR for the ride.

The trainer focused on riding LBR on the flat. She commented that we may have a breakthrough. LBR was on the bit, collected and responsive at all gaits.

Woo Hoo!

After the ride, Gary let LBR graze in the common area for a while before returning him to his paddock.

December 7, 2010

Today is Tuesday and it's LBR's day off. No visit or work.

Monday, December 6, 2010

December 6, 2010

From LBR "Eeck...I got a training ride and got wormed today. I wish Cindy didn't have to work."

Sunday, December 5, 2010

December 5, 2010

BURRRR

A cold front came through overnight dropping the temperature nearly 40F degrees.

Gary and Cindy waited until it got up to 50F degrees around noon to head over to visit LBR.

LBR was standing on the south side of his shelter but in the sun (using it as a windblock). Gary brought him up from his paddock for grooming and tacking up.

There were lessons today, so Cindy mounted in the sand arena and walked a lap around before riding LBR to the grass arena.

LBR was so good today. Much to Cindy's surprise, he was a bit lazy, but she was pleased with how quiet he was. They did walk/trot/canter and ground poles. Gary rode after Cindy and LBR was responsive but still a bit lazy.

Gary finished his ride with some work on flexing.

After the ride and grooming, Cindy and Gary took LBR back to his paddock.

December 4, 2010

Woo Hoo...it's the weekend and warm. Gary & Cindy headed over to visit LBR around 11:00 a.m.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy staged the tack. LBR was very mellow.

Cindy mounted him in the sand arena and started their workout. Unfortunately, the arena became crowded with some unruly horses and riders. Cindy decided to head to the grass arena.

They had a FABULOUS ride. It got so warm (80F degrees) that they both broke a sweat. This is a picture of them cantering:

Gary rode LBR for a bit in the grass arena before taking him for a brief trail ride to cool down.

After the ride, Gary rinsed LBR and then everyone headed down towards LBR's paddock for some grazing and more pictures:

December 3, 2010

Today was quite warm so Gary headed over to ride LBR in the morning. They had a great ride in the sand arena but skipped the trail ride as Gary was golfing in the afternoon.

December 2, 2010

Gary headed over again during the day and rode LBR in the sand arena and on a trail ride.

Oh to be semi-retired - only 15 more years of work for Cindy.

December 1, 2010

Gary visited LBR during the afternoon again today. They lunged, did flat and course work and then took a nice trail ride.

November 30, 2010

As the days at work are getting longer for Cindy and the night time temperatures are getting colder, Gary headed over to work with LBR during the day.

They lunged over jumps, rode in the sand arena (including cantering...woo hoo) and then ended with a trail ride.

November 29, 2010

Today LBR got a break from Gary & Cindy - time to rest after a long day at the show yesterday.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

November 28, 2010

Gary and Cindy headed over to the stables at 7:00 a.m. to load up LBR and take him to a show. A local farm hosts Sport Horse Versatility shows. They have dressage, hunter and in-hand competitions. Gary showed LBR in an in-hand class and finished all of the obstacles (bridge, maze, ground poles, circles around obstacles, etc.

They stayed at the show for a while before returning home with their fourth place ribbon.

Way to go guys!











We had a blast today...pictures for now and verbiage to follow:

Saturday, November 27, 2010

November 27, 2010

Gary & Cindy headed to the stables around noon. There were so many people riding and visiting.

Cindy rode LBR in the sand arena and although he was a bit distracted, he always came back to listening to her. After Cindy w/t/c LBR and did a few cross-rail courses, Gary rode. They had a blast as things were calming down at the stables and LBR was really focused.

After the ride, de-tacking and grooming, Gary worked LBR in the grass arena on obstacles.

Here's a link to their entry in tomorrow's show (Cindy is so proud):



Gary Shows Ting'em



GO #14 (LBR aka Ting'em)

November 26, 2010

Gary and Cindy headed over to the stables around 2:30 p.m. - waiting for it to warm above 50F degrees.

Cindy rode LBR in the sand arena today. He was FANTASTIC. She was considered that he would be "HOT" due to the cold weather, but before riding, Gary lunged him and he as calm and quiet.

The did walk/trot/canter work on the flat and then did course work over crossrails - trotting in and out and then trotting in cantering out.

Gary hasn't ridden LBR in a while so he rode after Cindy's 45 minute ride. LBR and he are such a perfect match - personality and size wise.

After de-tacking, Gary stopped by the grass arena to do "in-hand" practice for Sunday's show.

Friday, November 26, 2010

November 25, 2010

It's Thanksgiving today. Cindy & Gary enjoyed a wonderful home cooked traditional Turkey dinner.

After recovering from the feast, they headed over to take LBR some carrots. This morning, it was 79F degrees but a cold front came through in the early afternoon and by the time they visited LBR the temperature had dropped to 46F degrees.

The horses in the paddocks (including LBR) were waiting in their shelters instead of at their buckets for dinner that was being served.

LBR's neighbors were spunky and playful and LBR wanted to join in but found our treats and company more enticing.

He ate his last carrot bite just before his dinner was served.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

November 24, 2010

LBR was scheduled for a training ride at 9:30 so Gary & Cindy headed over to the stables around 8:30.

The wind was blowing at about 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph so Gary lunged LBR before grooming him. LBR was amazingly focused despite the wind and did a calm walk, trot and canter in both directions.

Gary brought LBR into the grooming stall and he and Cindy groomed him. The trainer arrived and tacked him up. She wanted to try a hackamore bridle on him instead of his usual snaffle bit.

The ride started out pretty good with a lot of trotting to work on flexing. When she cantered him in the hackamore, he was still very forward and even opened his mouth as if he was trying to avoid the bit. Silly horse, there is no bit with a hackamore.

The trainer decided to switch him back into his snaffle to finish the lesson. They finished the lesson with a few courses that LBR did very well.

After the ride, Gary rinsed LBR and he and Cindy led him back to his paddock for some grazing and then treats.

The weather is going to be drastically different tomorrow - supposed to be 30 degrees colder.

November 23, 2010

Cindy is enjoying her vacation days this week. She and Gary headed over to ride LBR around 2:30 p.m. It was very warm today - 87F degrees. Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy staged the tack and grooming supplies. The stables were quiet - no other riders. They groomed and tacked LBR up and then Cindy rode him in the sand arena. LBR was very good - just a bit distracted by the feed being staged for the night. It's been a while since videos and pictures have been posted so here are some from today.



video

After the ride, they rinsed LBR off and took him back to his paddock where dinner was waiting.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

November 23, 2010


Denali, you are my far away girlfriend. I will miss you and carry on as an OTTB lucky like you to have had a second chance.

Cindy, Gary & LBR



Denali's Blog

November 22, 2010

Cindy is on vacation this week...WOO HOO!

Gary and Cindy headed over to visit LBR around 2:00 p.m. It's unusually warm in Central Texas (84F degrees) so they decided to give LBR a good shampoo bath.

LBR seemed to enjoy it and really enjoyed grazing in the common area afterwards.

November 21, 2010

Day 2 at the show. Gary & Cindy asked one of the riders at the stables if she wanted to ride LBR in an "Under Saddle" class. She did!

She has never ridden LBR so she schooled him in 2nd warm arena. They had a great ride and she handled him so well. He was a bit excited but in comparison to others he was a very cool horse.

The class the rode in was "Green Hunter" and there were 22 entries. Because it was being held in the small warm up ring, it was split into 2 groups. This was still too many large horses in a small arena. One horse in each group was excused because they couldn't handle it. However....LBR was not one of them.

He stayed really calm going counter-clockwise and looked beautiful. When they changed directions, he got in a crowd and was a little excited. He missed his right lead on the first try, but got it on the second try.

Gary & Cindy were so proud!!!

After resting for a bit, Gary & Cindy loaded up LBR and his stablemate and Gary hauled them back to the stables (about 15 minute drive).

Way to go LBR!!!!!

November 20, 2010

Gary & Cindy headed over to the show around 8:00 a.m. LBR had finished his breakfast and was calmly enjoying his hay.

After a while, Gary took LBR out for a morning lunge. LBR was very good - a bit excited, but walked, trotted and cantered both directions on queue.

LBR was returned back to his stall for a rest. He must not have slept much over night as he layed down and took a wonderful long nap.

In the late afternoon, Gary lunged him again and all went well. After dinner, when things had calmed down in the warm up ring, Cindy rode him....woo hoo! Huge hurdle for Cindy & LBR - this arena is small and has poles in the middle of it. Instead of getting tense, Cindy relaxed and rode with her "big girl panties" on.

A trainer cut through the arena in a golf cart and instead of pulling LBR up, Cindy just trotted right behind them.

After the ride, LBR got fresh hay in his stall and was very relaxed.

November 19, 2010

Gary headed over to groom LBR for a training ride. There is a show this weekend that LBR is going to for schooling.

Instead of riding at the stables, Gary and the trainer agreed that a training ride at the show grounds would be more productive.

Gary loaded LBR and a stablemate into the trailer and headed to the show grounds around 2:30 pm. There were 10 horses from our stables going so we hauled a friends gelding with LBR.

After unloading and setting up, Gary took LBR out for lunging. He was GREAT!

LBR got a breif break before the trainer tacked up. She schooled another rider while on LBR and once they had finished, she worked LBR. It was a hectic Friday night in Austin and though he was a bit excited by the sirens, horns and traffic sounds near the arena, he listened very well.

November 18, 2010

Gary lunged LBR in the sand arena. They had a great workout.

November 17, 2010

The trainer put a training ride on LBR today. She started with lunging first and then worked him at the W/T/C. This was her first ride on him in over 6 weeks and though a bit forward, he did well.

November 16, 2010

Today is LBR's day off. No visit.

November 15, 2010

Gary headed over to the stables and lunged LBR in the sand arena. They did w/t/c and lunging over jumps. LBR was very good.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

November 14, 2010

Gary and Cindy headed over to the stables around noon. Gary brought LBR up from the paddock while Cindy staged the tack and grooming supplies.

Cindy rode LBR first in the sand arena. They had a good ride with well paced flat work and nice jumps over several courses.

Gary rode LBR next and they had a blast. Gary is fearless on LBR and riding better each time. They did flat work and a few courses with cantering away and around the arena.

After the ride, Gary & Cindy groomed LBR before taking him back to his paddock for treats and rubs.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

November 13, 2010

Yeah....it's Saturday. A wicked cold front came through last night. Cindy & Gary waited for it to warm up a bit before heading over to the stables around 12:30 p.m.

There were lessons going on when they arrived.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy staged the tack and grooming supplies and visited with other boarders.

Considering that the wind was blowing out of the NW at about 25 mph, LBR led up quietly.

They groomed and tacked LBR and Cindy started off with LBR in the sand arena. LBR was very good. He had a lot of energy, but listened nicely. After riding for about 30 minutes on the flat, Cindy handed LBR over to Gary for their ride.

Gary started with flat work and then trotted LBR over several crossrails and low jumps. LBR was perfect - no rushing to or away from the jumps.

Gary ended with jumping the "rolly-polly" and cantering away and through a perfect half-arena circle. This was their first time to take this jump and it was very impressive.

After the ride, Gary & Cindy groomed LBR. They both walked him back to his paddock and let him graze for a bit before giving him treats in his paddock.

November 12, 2010

LBR had a lunging lesson today with the trainer. Gary headed over mid-morning to bring LBR up from his paddock and groom him before the lesson.

The lesson started with lunging with side reins in the sand arena. LBR was great. The trainer then took off the side reins and lunged LBR over progressively higher jumps. They worked each jump first at the trot before cantering over.

Although in good shape for riding on the flat, LBR was tired by the end of the jumping lesson.

Gary rinsed LBR off and then took him back to his paddock for treats.

November 11, 2010

Gary headed over to visit LBR in the morning while Cindy was at work. He lunged him the sand arena and worked with LBR loading/unloading from the trailer.

They had a great session.

It's now dark by the time Cindy leaves work so they're avoiding riding Tuesday and Thursday nights because there are lessons until 8:00 p.m. in the lighted arena.

Friday, November 12, 2010

November 10, 2010

Gary headed over to the stables around 5:00 p.m. and Cindy met him there after work. Cindy was scheduled to have a private lesson at 6:30 p.m. so Gary went over to groom/tack/lunge LBR beforehand.

LBR lunged nicely and was very calm. The lesson before Cindy's was running late so she just walked/trotted LBR in the arena while the other lesson was finishing.

LBR started nicely in his lesson....until someone in the nearby round-pen cracked a whip. It's dark at this point and Cindy and LBR were in the well lit arena. However, the lunge pen isn't lit and is not visible when you're in the arena.

This set LBR off and he became super forward and non-focused. The trainer thought that some lunging might settle him down so she lunged LBR. He was super frisky...squealing in one corner when he was cantering, not listening, etc...

Eventually, the trainer admitted that though he was tired, there was no getting his 100% focus.

Cindy got back on and the lesson continued. LBR was much better. The walk/trot flat work went well and LBR was a dream over the ground poles. They ended the lesson on a good note.

After the ride, Gary rinsed off LRB's saddle area before taking him back to his paddock for treats.

November 9, 2010

Gary headed over to the stables in the morning. Today is farrier day and LBR got his feet trimmed and front shoes reset. His hooves are growing much slower in the cooler weather so it had been 7 weeks since his last trim.

After the shoeing, Gary worked with LBR on loading/unloading from the new trailer. They loaded/unloaded about six times. Gary slid the divider to the side and let LBR turn and walk out of the trailer forward. LBR does much better that way instead of backing out.

After the trailer schooling session, Gary let LBR graze for a while before putting him back in his paddock.

Cindy didn't go ride/visit after work today.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

November 8, 2010

LBR had the day off today after yesterday's long field trip.

Monday, November 8, 2010

November 7, 2010

Others from the stables riding in the eventing area



Cindy Riding LBR at Pine Hills


Today was a big day.

Ten (10) horses/riders from the stables took horses on a field trip and LBR and Cindy/Gary went.

We all headed out to http://www.pinehilltexas.com/ at 9:30 a.m. We pulled our new trailer with LBR and Libby in it. It was a two(2) hour uneventful trip.

Once at Pine Hills, everyone unloaded and put their horses in stalls. LBR had to pee so badly that he barely made it into his stall before relieving himself. Within few minutes he started snarfing and sniffing the shavings and his legs went week and he was rolling in his stall. Silly Boy!!!!

We all tacked up and unfortunately LBR was too excited to go out and ride the course. Instead, Gary and Cindy led him around the grounds and over some logs/small jumps for about an hour. Gary also took him into the main arena. LBR had many admirers...he's so handsome, he's so pretty, he's in such great shape....

After the main arena walking, Cindy rode LBR in the lower arena. He was very anxious, but did well.

They headed back to the stables around 3:30 p.m. (LBR didn't want to leave and was a bit of a brat about getting back into the trailer - but he did).

The trip back was uneventful. Gary unloaded LBR and Libby while Cindy put up all the tack/grooming supplies.

November 6, 2010

Gary was busy today so Cindy headed over to the stables around 11:30 a.m. alone to ride LBR.

She staged the tack and then brought LBR up from his paddock. It's been a long time since she's done this and she was pleasantly suprised at how quiet he was.

Cindy groomed and tacked LBR and headed to the sand arena to mount. There were lessons today so after circling the arena once, they headed down to the grass arena.

LBR was a dream today...nice smooth trot, easy canter and lots of yielding, flexing. They trotted ground poles and jumped the logs.

After the ride, Cindy groomed LBR and then let him graze for a while in the common area.

Today's weather was PERFECT and Cindy wished she could have spent the entire day with LBR. However, they're going a road trip tomorrow so she had to leave to clean up the truck.

November 5, 2010

Cindy and Gary headed over to the stables after Cindy got home from work.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy staged the tack.

Cindy rode LBR in the sand arena. There were no other riders out tonight. It was a clear cold night in Central Texas with all of the creatures in the area riled up. There were coyate's howling and yelping in the distance, owls hooting and horses in their paddocks whinnying and galloping.

Cindy's ears were on overload but LBR was unphased.

They walk/trotted/cantered and worked on pace tonight. It was great ride.

After the ride, Gary returned LBR to his paddock for treats in the cold darkness
45F degrees.

Friday, November 5, 2010

November 4, 2010

Gary & Cindy headed to the stables with the trailer in tow. Since buying it, Gary has gotten the bearings serviced/greased; had the electrical plug changed to match the truck; and added some padding to the escape doors.

LBR recognizes our Tahoe from his paddock when we pull into the stables each visit and tonight he was puzzled by the trailer in tow. The look on his face was priceless: "Am I going somewhere?" "Whinny, whinny, whinny - do they have a new friend in there?".

Gary & Cindy parked the trailer where other boarder's trailers are before the visit with LBR.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock and he had done a pretty good job of rolling in the mud. After grooming, Cindy rode LBR in the sand arena (it is dark now by the time they ride).

There were lessons going on and it was pretty hectic. Also, it was about 50F degrees. LBR was pretty forward, but Cindy still enjoyed the ride (walk/trot only).

After the ride, Cindy & Gary groomed LBR before Gary returned him to his paddock for treats.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

November 3, 2010

No ride/visit for LBR tonight as it rained most of the day, the wind is blowing out of the north with gusts to 35 mph and it's 50F degrees.

Big day for horse equipment today....purchased a trailer.

November 2, 2010

Today is LBR's day off. Gary went to the stables to bring LBR up for the farrier. However, the farrier agreed that LBR's feet looked good and that he could go at least another week.

November 1, 2010

This is what LBR looks like when a cold front is on it's way:




Gary and Cindy headed over to the stables when Cindy came home from work. It was very warm (85F degrees) and muggy in advance of a cold front that was supposed to arrive overnight.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock and they tacked up.

LBR was a bit distracted and forward tonight when Cindy rode. She "faked it" though and rode calmly and never got frustrated.

They did a lot of trotting, some cantering and ground pole work. LBR wanted to jump so badly but he was too "rushy".

After the ride, Cindy groomed LBR before Gary took him back to his paddock for treats.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

October 19 - 31, 2010

The past couple of weeks have been great. Beautiful riding weather, LBR can now be ridden in the dark under the lights. Cindy has ridden LBR 6 out of 7 days for the past 2 weeks. They took a private lesson this week. Today (October 31, 2010), Gary cantered LBR both directions in the grass arena. Been so busy and the days are long, the blog hasn't been updated much.


video

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October 18, 2010

Gary and Cindy headed over to the stables after Cindy got home from work. Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy staged the tack and grooming supply.

Normally, LBR has Monday's off from riding, but Gary & Cindy remembered that Monday's are quiet at the barn while Tuesday's are hectic with multiple lessons going on well into the darkness. When they arrived at the barns there were no other boarders there.

Another boarder arrived while they were about to finish grooming. They finished up and headed to the sand arena.

Due to the days getting shorter, the sun was setting as Cindy mounted LBR. The other boarder came out shortly after that and turned the lights on so their horses would get used to them before dark.

This was LBR's first ride in the sand arena with the lights on. Cindy worked him at the walk/trot and did leg yields and other bending exercises. After about 30 minutes of flat work, Cindy trotted him over some cross-rails and ground poles.

LBR was fabulous tonight. There was one "shadow" that annoyed him, but when Cindy walked him over to it he acted like it was no big thing.

After the ride, Gary groomed LBR and took him back to his paddock where he gave him treats.

Cindy is so excited - LBR road well under the lights which means that Cindy will get to ride during the week this winter!!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

October 17, 2010

Gary & Cindy headed over to the stables around 9:30 a.m. They knew there would be delays because of the Austin Ironman (the bicycle portion of the races uses a road that is needed to get to the stables). The delay was about 20 minutes so they arrive shortly after 10:00 a.m.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock and they groomed and tacked him. People were arriving for group lessons as Cindy mounted LBR in the sand arena. She rode him down to the grass arena. LBR was FABULOUS today.

He ignored all the distractions (again - many green horses in the lesson). His focus was in the grass arena and listening to what Cindy asked for. He was a bit "sluggish" as it was much warmer than previous days this week. However, he still moved out when asked to.

Gary rode LBR for a while once Cindy was done and took him on a paddock/trail ride. LBR ignored the five horses being ridden into the farm by a neighboring family. Is this the same horse Gary thought????

After their ride, Gary rinsed off LBR. He "pulled" his mane and pampered LBR while Cindy cleaned the tack room. Gary led LBR back to his paddock and gave him alfalfa and carrot treats.

October 16, 2010

Gary & Cindy had a very "horsey" day, but it didn't involve LBR. They got up early and drove about 1.5 hours to a large horse supply/trailer sales place in Seguin called D&D

(http://www.d-dfarmranch.com/). It was a fun trip, but honestly, they were a bit disappointed in the "tent sale". Afterwards, they headed home to Austin and stopped by a charity horse exhibition.

Gary was fascinated with the "saddle seat" riding demonstration.

After a couple of hours there, they headed home to watch College Football and relax.

"Y" rode LBR and said he was a "good boy".

October 15, 2010

Gary headed over mid-morning to ride LBR. It was quite cool this morning (~40F degrees). Gary groomed and saddled LBR before lunging him for a bit. LBR was frisky and not paying attention at first

but eventually lunged perfectly at the walk, trot and canter both ways. They rode in the sand arena for nearly an hour before taking a nice long trail ride around the property.

After the ride, Gary washed LBR with the color enhancing shampoo. It makes LBR really shiney and brightens up his color. Gary let LBR graze and dry before returning him to his paddock for treats.

October 14, 2010

Cindy and Gary headed to the stables after Cindy got home from work. Gary brought LBR up from his paddock and they groomed him and tacked him. They used Gary's saddle as it has been a while since

Gary has ridden LBR. Cindy mounted LBR and then headed to the grass arena as there were lessons in progress. LBR was very good tonight. He ignored the insanity that was going on in the lessons (5

green horses, lots of bucks and charging). Cindy rode him for about 20 minutes and then Gary rode for another 30 minutes. After the ride, they groomed LBR and took him back to his paddock where he

got treats of alfalfa cubes and carrots.

October 13, 2010

Cindy headed to straight to the stables for her private lesson tonight. Gary arrived before her and had already groomed/tacked and lunged LBR. With the cooler weather, he is getting a bit friskier.

The lesson went very well. The trainer had them do a lot of bending/circles and working to give to the bit. They worked at the walk, trot and canter. At the end of the lesson, they did a few

cross-rails. It was a great lesson - Cindy has things to work on.

Cindy groomed LBR after the lesson and Gary and she took him back to his paddock.

October 12, 2010

Cindy and Gary headed over to the stables after Cindy got home from work. Tuesday's are lesson nights so the barn was crowded. Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy staged the grooming

supplies and tack in a grooming stall.

LBR was very calm considering all the activity tonight. Cindy mounted him in the sand arena and they headed to the grass arena for their ride. He was a bit distracted but not too bad. Cindy HATES

the fact that the days are getting shorter and she only gets to ride for ~45 minutes before it gets dark.

After the ride, Cindy groomed LBR and Gary took him back to his paddock.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

October 11, 2010

Today (Monday) is LBR's day off.

October 10, 2010

Cindy rode LBR in the grass pasture because there were lessons today.

LBR was the perfect horse today!!!!

October 9, 2010

Cindy's father and stepmother are in town visiting. They went to the stables with Gary & Cindy in the morning.

Cindy rode LBR for a while in the sand arena. He was a little anxious with the cool morning wind and no other horses in sight (the stalled horses still spend their days in their stalls).

Gary rode too and family took a lot of pictures.

October 8, 2010

The trainer rode LBR today. They did flying lead changes during the over fences portion of the lesson. Way to go LBR!!!

October 7, 2010

Cindy rode in the grass arena as there were lessons in the sand arena. It is getting really dry/dusty.

October 6, 2010

The trainer rode LBR today. He did great!

October 5, 2010

Cindy rode LBR in the grass arena after work because there were lessons in the sand arena.

October 4, 2010

LBR had today off.

October 3, 2010

Cindy had the best group lesson ever. There were only 2 in the lesson and LBR was perfect!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

October 2, 2010

Gary and Cindy headed out around 9:00 a.m. to go watch some of the riders at a local show. They stayed for about an hour and then headed over to the stables. The weather has changed to Fall in Central Texas so it was still a comfortable 75F degrees.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock and they groomed and tacked him up. Cindy started riding LBR in the sand arena. He was doing well on his flat work until Gary started lunging another horse in the round pen beside the arena. LBR was distracted by Gary's verbal queues to the other horse. Rather than fight this battle (and because LBR had started off so well), Cindy headed out on a trail ride with a friend on her horse. They rode for about 30 minutes in and out of paddocks and around the property. After the trail ride, Cindy took LBR back into the arena (Gary was not working the other horse at this point). LBR was great. He was soft in the mouth YEAH!!!!

October 1, 2010

Today the trainer put another training ride on LBR. Gary brought LBR up from his paddock and groomed him. The trainer rode LBR in the sand arena. She said it was their best ride ever. He cantered smoothly and collected perfectly before the jumps (instead of getting excited).

September 30, 2010

LBR had today off.

September 29, 2010

Today the trainer put in a training ride on LBR. Gary brought him up from the paddock and groomed him before the ride. The trainer realized that when Cindy described LBR as 'stiff' what she really meant was he had reverted to being unresponsive to the bit. They worked primarily on flat work at the walk/trot/canter today. She encouraged him to accept the bit but he was stubborn about it.

After the ride, Gary gave LBR a bath with a special shampoo for chestnuts...he was glistening as Gary let him free graze in the common area.

September 28, 2010

Gary & Cindy headed over to the stables after Cindy's late arrival home from work. Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy unwound from a hectic day. They groomed/saddled LBR and Cindy mounted him in the sand arena where lessons were in progress. They headed down to the grass arena for their ride tonight. LBR continued to be on the tough-mouthed side. Of all the things to forget after a week's vacation, this is no what we wanted. He moved out nicely at the walk and trot and flexed and yielded like a champ though. After the ride (it was dark by now), Gary returned LBR to his paddock while Cindy put away the tack.

September 27, 2010

Gary & Cindy headed over to the stables after Cindy got home from work. Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy staged the tack and grooming supplies.

After grooming and tacking up, Cindy rode LBR in the sand arena. He seemed very stiff and tough mouth. He was well behaved - but just pulling on the bit. He hadn't been ridden in 9 days so Cindy kept the work at the walk/trot. The ride went well, but Cindy didn't enjoy the tug-o-war. LBR was extremely calm - especially because we are now enjoying cool weather.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

September 25, 2010

Cindy and Gary are out of town - no updates on LBR.

September 24, 2010

Cindy and Gary are out of town - no updates on LBR.


September 23, 2010

Cindy and Gary are out of town. LBR needs a web cam in his paddock - they heard it rained and want to see how muddy he is.

September 22, 2010

No visits by Cindy or Gary. Gary joined Cindy in San Francisco. Her business conference ends tomorrow.

September 21, 2010

It's Tuesday and six weeks since LBR's hooves have been trimmed. Gary headed to the stables in the morning to meet the farrier. He led LBR up from his paddock and they had a short wait before LBR got his trim/re-shoe. LBR stood perfectly and patiently for the work.

Afterwards, Gary saddled LBR up and they went for a trail ride around the property. LBR was well behaved and they had a great time.

After the ride, Gary de-tacked LBR, groomed him and put him back in his paddock.

September 20, 2010

Gary stopped by to see LBR in the evening. When he arrived, LBR had no food but everyone in adjoining paddocks did. Gary led LBR up to the stables for grooming and spoke to the caretaker. The caretaker said that there was a commotion at feeding time and he must have skipped LBR's bucket.

Gary decided to just groom LBR and return him to his paddock with his dinner.

September 19, 2010

Cindy has a business trip this week and will not be back until next Sunday. Gary headed over to visit LBR in the afternoon. He the weekly supply of supplements in the feed room for LBR. Gary brought LBR up for grooming. Rather than ride, Gary took took LBR for a power walk/lead. They toured the entire farm - visiting all of the paddocks, stopping by the grass arena to step over jumps, etc.

Afterwards, Gary let LBR graze for a bit before returning him to his paddock for treats.

September 18, 2010

Gary and Cindy headed to the stables around 9:30 a.m. It's still fairly warm in Central Texas (highs in the mid-90's). Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy set out the grooming supplies and tack. Gary groomed and saddled LBR and Cindy mounted him in the sand arena. It was fairly quiet at the stables this morning. "Y" was riding "BP" when Cindy started riding, but they were about through with their ride. Cindy rode LBR at the walk/trot/canter both directions and worked on flexing and leg yields. They also trotted some ground poles. Cindy kept the ride short as Gary was riding today. Gary rode LBR in the sand arena. They warmed up on the flat and then started doing course work over cross rails. They worked mostly at the trot, but Gary did let LBR canter away from one jump. After the arena work, they took a trail ride around the stables - visiting paddocks and the grass arena.

After the ride, Cindy took off LBR's tack and Gary rinsed/groomed him. They ended the visit with LBR enjoying some grass in the common area before going back to his paddock for treats.

September 17, 2010

Today was a training ride for LBR. Gary headed over to the stables around 9:00 a.m. to bring LBR up from his paddock and get him groomed for his lesson. The trainer commented that LBR was VERY responsive and that Cindy & LBR must have had a great ride the night before. She warmed him up at the walk/trot. She then cantered him for a bit and he was doing very well.

She started him on courses at the trot and he did a good job of keeping pace (not rushing in or out).

LBR did something he's never done today....he cantered an entire course (6 jumps) and completed flying lead changes...WOO HOO!!!!!! They took a little work from the trainer, but he got them. Gary, Cindy & the trainer are very proud of LBR.

After the ride, Gary rinsed and groomed LBR before leading him to his paddock for some grazing and treats.

September 16, 2010

After Cindy got home from work, she and Gary headed over to visit LBR. Today is Thursday so there were group lessons in the sand arena. Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy staged the grooming supplies and tack. Gary groomed LBR and tacked him up. Cindy mounted LBR in the sand arena and walked around a bit before heading to the grass arena for their ride. She focused on flex work at the walk and trot - including a lot of leg yielding. LBR was fantastic. He yielded perfectly to legs, carried the bit well and was generally very happy. They cantered for a bit before wrapping up the ride on a walk on a loose rein. After their ride, Cindy rode him around the outside of the grass arena and back to the stables to cool him down.

September 15, 2010

Cindy took a private lesson on LBR this evening. It was the best lesson ever. They worked at the walk, trot and canter. Cindy learned how to have LBR do leg yeilds at both the walk and the trot. LBR was so good - crossing over both front and back legs. Cindy was exhausted by the end of the lesson but has plenty to work on. After the lesson, Cindy de-tacked LBR, Gary rinsed him off and they both led him back towards his paddock for grazing.

September 14, 2010

Gary headed over to the stables to lunge LBR. He has been spunky for his last few rides. Gary brought him up from his paddock, groomed him and saddled him. They started in the round pen before heading to the sand arena for lunging. LBR kicked up his heels at the canter and whinnied - having a great time. AFter about 30 minutes of lunging, Gary cooled LBR down by leading him on a walk around the paddocks and stables.

Gary rinsed LBR off and let him enjoy some grass before taking him back to his paddock.

September 13, 2010

LBR had the day off today

September 12, 2010

Cindy had a group lesson on LBR. He was pretty good, but didn't like being crowded by others. They completed the flat work and then did one course before leaving the lesson about 15 minutes early to go do more flat work in the grass arena. LBR has been a bit full of it for the last few rides (trainer on Friday, friend on Saturday and Cindy today).

After the ride, Gary rinsed LBR and he and Cindy led him back to his paddock for treats.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

September 11, 2010

Gary & Cindy took a road trip to San Antonio (about 1 1/2 hours) to watch a dressage competition.

"Y" road LBR today.

September 10, 2010

Gary met the trainer at the stables around 9:00 a.m. She did a "training ride" on LBR. They focused on ground work and transitions.

LBR was very good but a little full of himself.

September 9, 2010

Gary & Cindy headed over to the stables after work. LBR was so muddy that Gary rinsed him with the hose rather than try and curry the mud off.

Cindy rode LBR in the grass arena as the sand arena footing was still not good. There was a lesson going on in the arena as well as 4 others riding. A total of 11 horses and LBR handled it well.

It was still a little muddy so Cindy kept the workout mostly at the walk.

September 8, 2010

The rains continued this morning.

Gary & Cindy headed over to give LBR some treats. He was a beutiful muddy mess.

September 7, 2010

Tropical storm Hermine came through Central Texas. We got bout 4" of rain at the stables but other areas nearby got up to 14".

No riding today.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

September 5, 2010

Giving Pony Rides




Today, the family headed over to the stables after breakfast.

After tacking up, Cindy mounted LBR in the sand arena before going to the grass arena. She walked, trotted and cantered him for a short time. LBR was so mellow again today.

He switched into pony-ride horse mode easily. Today, the two granddaughters and our daughter rode. Instead of leading with a lead rope, Gary walked along side and let them hold the reins. Everyone had a good ride.

After the ride, Gary rinsed LBR and returned him to his paddock.

September 4, 2010

Gary & Cindy have visitors in town. Their middle-daughter and her family (hubby and 3 grandkids) arrived about 1:00 a.m.

After sleeping in for a bit, everyone enjoyed a big breakfast before heading over to visit LBR.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy set out tack and grooming supplies and kept everyone occupied.

There were lessons this morning so the barn was pretty hectic. Gary groomed and tacked LBR. Cindy mounted him in the sand arena and after a lap around the sand, headed down to the grass arena. Cindy warmed up LBR for a bit at the walk/trot. He was a very mellow fellow which was great because his job for today and tomorrow is to give pony rides. Gary and Cindy switched his bridle for his halter.

The older granddaughter rode first. She is ten (10) years old. Gary led them around the arena, over ground poles and cross rails. LBR seemed to like his new job.

The next to ride was the younger granddaughter. She is six and weighs about 40 lbs. LBR didn't even seen to know she was on his back. He led nicely and especially enjoyed taking bites of grass along the way.

Finally, the grandson who is sixteen (16) rode. LBR continued his mellow behavior.

After the pony rides, Gary led LBR back to the stables to be unsaddled and rinsed off. Cindy was putting tack up in the tack room and Gary was grooming him....all of the sudden, it sounded like the barn was falling down.

The horse in the grooming stall next to LBR kicked out the brace that keeps the 2X4 oak slats in place and they fell like dominos into LBR's tack stall (about 20 of them). From the tack room it sounded like the barn was falling down. LBR's legs were shaking he was so scared.

Gary managed to unhook the cross ties and led LBR out of the barn. Afterwards, he brought him back into the tack stall across from the one being repaired and LBR watched. Once the divider was back in place, Gary put LBR back into the scary gooming stall. LBR was falling asleep within a few minutes.

The visit ended with Gary returning LBR to his paddock.

September 3, 2010

TGIF!

Gary & Cindy headed over to the stables after Cindy got home from work. It was a wonderfully quiet evening. They were the only boarders/riders as the stables.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy staged the tack and grooming supplies. A cold front had come through overnight and it was a wonderful cool evening (82F degrees).

After tacking up, Cindy rode LBR in the sand arena. It was a WONDERFUL ride. LBR trotted nicely on a loose rein, was very flexible, listened and dropped his head when asked and seemed to have fun. After riding on the flat at the walk and trot Cindy worked LBR at the trot over ground poles and cross-rails. LBR was so consistent and even paced.

Cindy then did a little more flat work at the trot. Then...she and LBR had a blast at the canter. LBR got his leads perfectly tonight and cantered at a slow but ground covering pace. They were both having a blast!!!! Circle here, around again, half way around the arena, around the jumps...WOO HOO!!

After the cantering, Cindy trotted LBR a bit before taking LBR for a walk outside the arena to cool down.

Gary rinsed LBR off and Cindy & Gary led him back to his paddock. The sunset tonight was a taste of Fall to come. Beautiful pink clouds, a cool breeze and a sweet horse being shared together - it doesn't get any better.

September 2, 2010

Gary & Cindy headed to the stables when Cindy got home after work. The summer temperatures continue - it was 102F degrees.

Thursday nights are lesson nights so the sand arena was not available for riding. After Gary brought LBR up from his paddock, they groomed LBR and tacked him up.

Cindy mounted LBR in the sand arena and walked him around for a couple of laps before heading to the grass arena.

Cindy started LBR at the walk and then they worked on loose rein, well paced trotting. LBR seemed a bit stiff so they did a lot of flexing exercies. After LBR loosened up, Cindy cantered him both directions. LBR was having a blast. They did full laps in the arena, half laps, circles, etc. They didn't jump tonight.

After the ride, Cindy cooled LBR down by taking a short trail walk.

Gary unsaddled LBR and rinsed him off after the ride (LBR was VERY sweaty). Cindy & Gary led LBR back to his paddock where he enjoyed carrot and alfalfa treats.

September 1, 2010

Cindy and Gary headed to the stables after Cindy got home from work.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy staged the tack and grooming supplies. The stables were quiet tonight with only one other boarder riding.

Cindy worked LBR in the sand arena. He was very good. LBR trotted nicely on a loose rein and they worked on walk/trot transitions. They cantered and LBR missed his right lead the first time but got the correct leads every time after that.

They ended with a walk around the outside of the arenas to cool down.

Gary & Cindy unsaddled and rinsed LBR off before taking him back to his paddock.

August 31, 2010

'A' rode LBR today. He was a bit ornery after having two(2) days off. She rode him for a bit then got off and lunged him for a while.

They worked mostly on flat work and keeping a steady trot/canter. They did some transition work and LBR was well behaved.


'A' ended the ride with some repeated circles over a single jump. LBR did not rush into or out of anything today.

Woo Hoo!

August 30, 2010

Cindy wasn't feeling well today and stayed home from work. LBR got a 2nd day off from riding.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

August 29, 2010

Today, Cindy & Gary played golf with their friends. LBR had been worked five (5) days in a row so he was due a day off.

Cindy and Gary are very proud of LBR this month. Some people think OTTB's are too hot, too crazy, or just too much to deal with. With time, training and patience, LBR is none of these.

This is a video Cindy made (1st attempt of LBR's videos - she will get better):



Click here for August 2010 video



This month, he was a lesson mount and therapist for Cindy when she was stressed from work.

He was a show horse for 'A'.


He was a trail mount for Gary(picture taken from LBR by Gary).

August 28, 2010

Yeah...it's Saturday and it's LBR's first trail ride.

Gary & Cindy headed over to borrow their friends trailer at 7:00 a.m. and picked LBR up at the stables around 7:45 a.m. LBR walked into the trailer without hesitating - YEAH LBR!!!

They made the short 15 minute drive over to the friends property for the ride. LBR was a bit excited by the four horses she has, but not too bad. Cindy and Gary gave him his breakfast and he calmed down nicely. Gary tacked up LBR while Cindy tacked up one of the friends mares.

The property has a lunge pen and a half-size dressage arena. Two other people brought their horses in for the ride as well.

Everyone warmed up in the arena and let the horses get to know each other. Around 9:30 a.m., we all headed out. There were six(6) horses total, 3 mares and 3 geldings. Three (3) of them (including LBR) were "green OTTB's".

The ride started around the perimeter of a 60 acre pasture. LBR was a little upset that one horse (Barney) was being left behind, but he calmed down once he was out of site (and sound).

The ride continued up some hills and then into a shaded tree lined area. LBR had a little trouble/fear at the first low water crossing that required navigating a sloped piece of concrete. Gary dismounted and led him across a few times to calm him down.

The ride continued through a gate and along more tree lined trails. Once LBR was up front with another OTTB gelding, he calmed down nicely.

The next low water crossing was a true bridge with flowing water underneath it. LBR crossed without a problem. The trail ride continued away from the stables for another 20 minutes before they all turned around and headed back.

LBR was an amazing trail horse. He never tried to trot up or down slopes, didn't mind the cows moo-ing, wasn't fazed by a herd of horses in adjoining pasture that ran up to see us all (every other horse was freaked).

The ride ended with a leisurely stroll back through the pasture. LBR was walking happily on a loose rein with his head/next relaxed

After the ride, Gary rinsed off LBR while Cindy rinsed her mount off in the wash rack.

Gary let LBR finish his breakfast before loading him back for the drive home. LBR again led Gary into the trailer...so cute.

When they arrived back at LBR's stables, he was calling to all his friends..."I'm a trail horse. I saw cows. I was charged by wild horses". LBR led nicely back to his paddock and enjoyed his alfalfa flake in his shelter.

Cindy and Gary returned the trailer and got home around 3:30 p.m.

What a wonderful, uneventful, long day!!!

August 27, 2010

The cool evenings/mornings continue. When Cindy was leaving for work, it was 70F degrees. She suggested to Gary that he go ride LBR in the morning and enjoy the cool temperatures.

Gary headed to the stables around 8:30 a.m. He saddled LBR with his saddle and they headed to the sand arena for the ride.

Gary focused on working LBR at the walk/trot on a loose rein. LBR responded very well. After their flat work, Gary took LBR over cross-rails and the 18" gates/jumps. They trotted into the last line and Gary let LBR canter away and around the arena.

They ended the ride with a "trail ride" around the property.

LBR got wormed today. What an awful taste:-(

Gary de-tacked and rinsed LBR before returning him to his paddock for treats and the rest of his alfalfa.

August 26, 2010

'A' rode LBR today. She said he did very well. They focused on walk/trot/canter and some ground poles.

Gary & Cindy are really glad she enjoys riding/working with him. There is a show on September 11, 2010 and hopefully she'll be available to show him again in the 2'3" futures class.

August 25, 2010

Gary and Cindy headed over to the stables after Cindy got home from work. We had the first fall cold front make it through Central Texas today. Yesterday was a record high temperature of 107F degrees. Tonight, it was only 90F degrees when they arrived at the stables.

To our Northern readers, that still sounds hot...to us, fall is on it's way.

Cindy bought a new (used) saddle this week. It's a Ruiz Diaz Collegiate 17" that has barely been ridden.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy staged the tack and grooming supplies. The barn was very quiet tonight with only one other boarder there.

Cindy rode LBR in the sand arena. As she was adjusting to the new saddle, and LBR was feeling spunky (not ridden in three days, cool weather), she kept the session on the flat at the walk and trot. LBR was pretty foward, but eventually settled nicely.

After Cindy rode, Gary rode for a bit and did some crossrails too.

They took LBR's tack off, gave him a rinse and took him to his paddock for treats.

August 24, 2010

The plan today was Gary to meet "A" at the stables. Unfortunately, 'A' and an unexpected change of plans and wasn't able to ride.

Instead, Gary saddled/bridled and lunged LBR. They worked in the sand arena at the walk/trot/canter and LBR did very well.

Gary set up a lunging jump and trotted LBR on the lunge line over it. LBR kept his pace nicely - not rushing into or out of the jump.

After the lunging, Gary rinsed LBR and returned him to his paddock for treats.

Monday, August 23, 2010

August 23, 2010

Today made Gary's heart sink.

Cindy & Gary had forgotten to take LBR's "Weight Builder" supplement to the stables yesterday so Gary decided to take it over during his daily routine.

When he drove up the entrance of the stables, he didn't see LBR in his paddock. He parked the truck and put up the supplements and then headed down to LBR's paddock for a visit. As he approached LBR's paddock, he still didn't see him...ah oh.

Finally, as he opened the gate to the paddock, he saw LBR laying next to his round bale of hay. LBR was not moving. He approached and quietly said "LBR are you okay?". LBR didn't move. He said it louder and LBR blinked at him as if coming out of a dream. Finally, he said "LBR, it's not a dream" and LBR nickered and stood up.

Gary gave LBR a bite of carrot and they walked to the trough for a drink of water.

This was the first time in 1 1/2 years that either Cindy or Gary have seen him sleeping on the ground.

The stable owner said that he usually sleeps around noon each day by his hay. Cindy and Gary have never gone over at noon during the heat of the summer.

It was 105F degrees today....argh.

BTW...Cindy is so jealous - I guess you can tell who writes this blog. One day, maybe one day, she'll see LBR asleep in the hay.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

August 22, 2010


Gary and Cindy headed over to the stables around 9:30 a.m. Cindy took her close contact saddle to the barn for today's ride.

Gary brought LBR up from the paddock while Cindy staged the tack and grooming supplies.

There was only one other boarder at the stables this morning so things were quiet. They groomed and tacked LBR and Cindy led him to the sand arena for their ride. Cindy worked LBR on flat work at the walk/trot/canter focusing on transtions and bending. Riding the close contact saddle was fabulous. Cindy had much better control and a much better seat. When some literally jumped out of the bed of a pickup near the arena, LBR shy'd sideways and Cindy stuck to the saddle like glue.

After about an hour of flat work, Cindy dismounted and Gary rode LBR. They had a great ride too. Gary worked him at the trot over cross rails and up a simple line of 2' jumps. They trotted into the first jump and LBR cantered slowly to the next one and over. They continued the canter at a perfect pace around the end of the arena.

AFter Gary rode in the arena for about 20 minutes, Gary took LBR on a "trail ride" down the to the entrance of the property and back.

When they got back to the stables, Cindy had a bucket of water for LBR. He held his breath and dunked his nose almost to eyes into the bucket before drinking about half of it. It was so funny.

After rinsing LBR off, Gary and Cindy took LBR back to his paddock. He still had his alfalfa flake and a bit of chops. Gary put his alfalfa in his shelter so he could enjoy it in the shade.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

August 21, 2010

Check out these posts for videos and pictures from last weekend's show:



Show Day 1 with video




Show Day with video2




Show Proofs



There were lessons at the barn this morning, but Cindy worked almost 60 hours this week and was too tired to take one. She slept in and they headed to the stables around 9:15 a.m.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy staged the tack and grooming supplies. LBR had been fed late as is usual for the weekends and still had his alfalfa flake for after the lesson.

Gary groomed and tacked LBR up and Cindy mounted him in the sand arena. She walked to the center of the arena and stood for a few minutes before heading to the grass arena.

There were a couple of other boarders riding in the grass arena and LBR handled it well. These riders are very good about staying spaced out and they know how to pass correctly too...WOO HOO! Cindy worked LBR on transitions and bending. They worked on the flat at the walk/trot/canter. After riding for about 45 minutes, Cindy handed LBR over to Gary for their ride.

They did GREAT!! Gary did walk and trot flat work for about 15 minutes before doing trot cross rails. Once LBR was doing them without rushing, LBR let him canter out of the last one in the line. They also cantered in the arena for the first time. Gary worked on his ballance and not flapping his arms. They looked great.

After the work in the arena, Gary took LBR for a "trail ride" through paddocks.

Gary took off LBR's tack and rinsed him off. They all headed back to LBR's paddock where LBR enjoyed two(2) carrots before starting his alfalfa desert.

August 20, 2010

Cindy & Gary waited until later this night to head to the stables. It was 105F degrees again today so they headed over around 7:30 p.m. LBR was surprised when Gary went to his paddock. He thought it was his usual Friday night off.

They groomed and tacked LBR just as the sun was setting. Cindy rode LBR in the sand arena - working on pace and transitions.

LBR was very good tonight. He didn't like coming into the bright barn after being in the dark though. Cindy had to lead him in again to make sure he knew that crowding and rushing were unacceptable.

After Gary rinsed LBR and they all headed back to his paddock.

About half-way back, one of this year's foals (Archie) was out of his paddock. LBR was the perfect "Big Brother". He didn't get excited or aggressive and let "Archie" sniff his nose.

Cindy put Archie back into his paddock and followed Gary & LBR back to LBR's.

They headed home in the dark around 9:15 p.m. It was a chilly 92F degrees.

August 19, 2010

'A' rode LBR this morning. Based on feedback from her lesson on Tuesday, she focused on flat work and keeping LBR at a good even pace.

They worked on transitions and bending too.

The ride went well and 'A' was quite happy after having the "hectic" ride during Tuesday's lesson.

After the ride, 'A' rinsed LBR and Gary returned him to his paddock.

August 18, 2010

Today was LBR's day off for the week. Cindy has been working long hours and appreciated the break from the heat.

August 17, 2010

'A' took a an evening lesson on LBR today.

Gary headed over to the stables and because the lesson started at 6:00 p.m. Cindy headed there directly from work.

The lesson had just begun when Cindy arrived. There were five(5) horses in the lesson which made it very hectic.

'A' & LBR got pinned/cut off on several occassions and LBR got frustrated. Watching the flat work in the class was scary but LBR did pretty well during the course work.

After that class, there was a second class with only 2 riders in it...GRRRR!

'A' rinsed LBR and gave him some treats before Gary & Cindy returned him to his paddock.

August 16, 2010

Cindy and Gary headed over to the stables after Cindy got home from work. There were storms in the area and it had rained breifly at the barn. This provided a nice break from the 100F+ degree temperatures. It was 88 when they arrived at the barn.

Gary brought LBR up from the paddock and Cindy staged tack and grooming supplies as usual.

As they groomed and tacked LBR another storm blew by in the distance and the winds whipped up. LBR was calm and quiet in the grooming stall.

Cindy mounted LBR for a ride in the sand arena. About 5 minutes into the ride, it started raining/sprinkling. LBR ignored the rain drops and seemed to enjoy the cool weather. It only rained for about 5 minutes so they continued their ride.

Cindy worked him on walk/trot transitions and cantered him as well. They had a great ride.

Gary rinsed LBR after the ride and they took him back to his paddock for treats.

August 15, 2010

Today was a day of rest for Gary, Cindy & LBR (not a religious thing...they were all exhausted from the show.

Gary & Cindy headed to the stables in the evening to take out LBR's supplements. They also brought LBR carrots which he enjoyed VERY much.

These are pictures taken by the professional photographer at the show.

http://www.heavenshorsephoto.exposuremanager.com/g/ting_em_459

This one says "Look at Me - I can JUMP" http://www.heavenshorsephoto.exposuremanager.com/p/ting_em_459/e1012-2-1870_5_87_3_115

August 14, 2010




Day 2 of the Show and thankfully, things got started a little later. Cindy was up last night until after midnight for work. She and Gary headed to the show grounds around 7:30 a.m.

LBR had finished his breakfast and alfalfa by the time they arrived and was peacefully enjoying his bermuda flakes. LBR had two(2) classes today: "Futures" and a flat class.

'A' schooled LBR in the morning with the trainer and LBR did well. She put him back in his stall until it was time to warm up and ride the "Futures" class. LBR was getting more relaxed and calm as the days went on.

Here is his "Futures" round from today where he did very well until the last jump:
video

Let's try that one again:
video

Here is a link to his "Flat" class:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlNNMJPxAmc

After everyone was through showing for the day, the stable owner hauled a group of horses back that had no classes the next day. LBR was in that group so Gary & Cindy headed back to the stables to help unload. It was long day...they got home around 7:00 p.m.

Oh...did this post have a weather report? It was 105F degrees in Central Texas today.

August 13, 2010

The big day has arrived. Gary headed to the showgrounds at 5:45 a.m. He helped a friend from the stables feed all of the horses as they were the first to arrive.

Other stable riders arrived over around 6:30 a.m. and everyone tacked up for schooling. The schooling with 'A' on LBR went well in the outdoor arena. LBR was very calm and behaving perfectly.

After the schooling, Gary & 'A' returned LBR to his stall. He was content to eat his hay and ignored everything going on. LBR's rounds were around 10:00 a.m. Before his rounds he warmed up in a small warm up area indoors. He was NOT happy with all of the commotion but calmed down on the walk to the outdoor arena.

He had a warmup round and his "Futures" class. He is still green and this was his first "real" hunter class. Gary & 'A' were so proud.

This is his warm up round:
video

This is his 'Futures' round:
video

August 12, 2010

It's the big day. LBR's first 3 day show. 'A' rode LBR as usual in the morning. They had a great ride.

Gary headed back over to the stables around 2:00 p.m. to help load horses. The stables took ten (10) horses so it took two (2) trips with the truck/trailer. LBR was loaded with the first group. He stopped at the ramp and the trainer said "Get in the trailer". He walked right up the rant and into his slot.

Gary unloaded him at the show grounds (about 15 minute drive from the stables) and LBR settled in nicely. Gary stayed at the showgrounds and waited for the next group to be hauled in. LBR fell asleep and relaxed nicely through the afternoon.

Cindy headed to the showgrounds after getting off of work. When she arrived, Gary was lunging LBR in a grassy area.

Cindy changed quickly into barn clothes and met Gary near the outdoor arena. Gary led LBR into the arena to let him get used to the new place. LBR calmed down very quickly - after 1 time around the arena. The trainer had schooled other riders/horses earlier in the afternoon and taking a break. Gary started leading LBR over the low jumps and cross-rails. Gary would say whoa to LBR, step over the jump and then tell LBR "jump" and he would jump over. It was so cute that people were stopping by the arean to watch it. Some asked "Why is he doing that?" Some asked "How did he train him to do that?". I just smiled and said this is part of his training - ground work trust building.

'A' arrived and schooled LBR on the flat with Gary as the trainer was not back yet. LBR did very well. He walked/trotted/cantered calmly eventhough there were demon ponies and other horses in the ring. The trainer arrived and adjusted the jumps to 18". LBR did patterns at that height perfecctly. The trainer then adjusted the jumps to 2'3" and LBR had a blast.

The original plan for this show was to enter LBR in a couple of flat classes. However, due to his great attitude and performance, that plan was changed. LBR was entered in the "Futures" classes for tomorrow (2'3").

Gary & Cindy headed home around 8:30 p.m. after giving LBR some treatss and saying "goodnight".

Monday, August 16, 2010

August 12-15, 2010

Show updates to come...(August 12-15, 2010) but here is a link to the photographers proofs. "A" rode him and they did GREAT and more importantly both had a blast!

http://www.heavenshorsephoto.exposuremanager.com/g/ting_em_459

Thursday, August 12, 2010

August 11, 2010

There was rain in Central Texas today but it was spotty. It rained heavily at the house but the stables didn't receive any.

Cindy was a little late coming home from work so she and Gary headed over to the stables around 6:30 p.m. It was hot & muggy.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock and he was soaked in sweat. Poor thing - he had to be rinsed off before being ridden. He also had a pretty good bite mark under his throat-latch - presumably from his new neighbor "Vamanos".

After letting him dry and cool off under the fan, Gary tacked LBR up for Cindy's ride. She rode him in the sand arena. They warmed up with flexing exercises at the walk and the proceeded to the trot work. Cindy focused on pacing him without too much rein and LBR did well. Cindy then cantered LBR and he picked up his right lead perfectly - only requiring one step to transition into it.

Another rider joined her in the arena and unfortunately, her horse was not behaving. Cindy decided to skip any more cantering and worked LBR over cross-rails and low jumps at the trot. LBR was very focused and well behaved. Cindy walked LBR a bit in the arena to cool him (and her) down.

Gary took of LBR's tack and headed to the wash rack. LBR did not want to go into/towards the wash rack and stopped about 10 feet shy. Gary coerced him in, but LBR was still upset/uptight. After the shower, Gary led LBR out and back in and commented on the "catch" that the cat had half eaten that was in the walkway. D'oh that's what LBR didn't want to walk past.

After drying LBR off, Gary & Cindy led him towards his paddock for some grooming. Gary let LBR stop by overprotective "Sonny" (he is in love with his new paddock mate "Topsy"). LBR and Sonny puffed up across the fence line and then Sunny realized it was his old buddy and relaxed.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

August 10, 2010

The plans today were for "A" to ride LBR and then have his shoes reset and feet trimmed.

Gary headed to the stables as Cindy headed to work. When Gary met LBR at his paddock, he noticed a missing show. They walked down to the water trough and the missing shoe was found.

Gary and the farrier trimmed and re-shoed LBR on the front and the timing was good so "A" rode LBR.

They worked on flat work today and slowing LBR after cantering...oh my Cindy would love to canter him 1+ miles until he's tired and she thinks everyone else understands now.

They had great ride and ended with a shower and grooming in the common area before heading to the paddock.

August 9, 2010

LBR's night off - no visit.

August 8, 2010

Gary and Cindy headed to the stables early to beat the heat. Gary brought LBR up from his paddock where he was enjoying his alfalfa.

They groomed and tacked LBR up for his ride and LBR was very mellow. Cindy worked LBR at the walk and trot with a lot of flexing exercises. She cantered LBR briefly and he was very responsive.

The trainer/BO brought in a couple of green horses for workouts while they ride and LBR seemed to say "Welcome to my World". After Cindy rode for 1 1/2 hours, Gary rode LBR. OMG...Cindy thought they were headed for their regular trail ride, but when she returned from getting a drink of water, they were trotting cross-rail courses. "Y" commented that Cindy didn't have a horse any more...it was so true - they were doing wonderfully.

After their ride, Gary washed LBR with soap and rinsed him off. Cindy mixed mane/tail conditioner and LBR was pampered.

They ended with grazing in the common area before returning LBR to his paddock. His neighbor has been relocated due to "bonding" issues and he has a new neighbor. LBR was not phased.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

August 7, 2010

Lessons are being held today (Saturday) instead of the regular day of Sunday. Gary and Cindy headed over to the stables around 9:30 a.m. for Cindy & LBR's 10:30 a.m. group lesson.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy staged the tack and grooming supplies. LBR was a little excited because the early lesson was in progress and there was a lot of activity at the barn. Also, he did not get his alfalfa flake with his breakfast. The caretaker let us know so we planned on giving it to him after the lesson.

Gary groomed and tacked up LBR and then took him for a quick lunge. LBR started out perfectly in the lunge pen but got distracted by a foal cantering/bucking in the adjacent paddock. Gary refocused LBR nicely and finished the lunging.

Cindy mounted LBR in the sand arena for their lesson and LBR seemed settled. The flat work started off very well until LBR was cut-off and crowded out a few times. LBR seemed very anxious by this but Cindy remained focused.

During the ground pole work, LBR was rushing through the poles so the instructor made them repeat them several times until LBR traveled smoothly on a relaxed rein. Cindy's thighs were quivering after doing ground poles so many times.

The lesson split into two(2) groups next for cantering. LBR missed his lead (he was so distracted) twice and lunged into it on the final try. Cindy circled him at the far end of the arena until he settled into his rocking horse canter.

Due to all of the distractions, they did not canter any more as LBR was nervously chewing on his bit and having a lot of trouble focusing.

Cindy & LBR did a near perfect 6 item course. LBR listened, trotting in and cantering away and coming back to the trot nicely.

Cindy decided that LBR needed some mental focus time so they headed out for a trail ride. LBR was so wound up that it took three times around the outside of the grass arena for LBR to relax.

After that he walked on a loose rein - the only stearing Cindy did was with leg aids.

Cindy dismounted in the common area and took off LBR's tack. Gary then rinsed LBR off and checked his feet before taking down towards his paddock for some grazing.

Cindy brought treats and LBR's alfalfa flake down. She put his alfalfa in his shelter so that he could enjoy it in the shade.

LBR is so attached to them that when they left, he came back to the gate thinking they were going to stay. As they headed back to the car, LBR figured it out and returned to his delicious salad.

Tomorrow, Cindy is going to ride with the german martingale. It has been several months since she has used one, but previously, he responded to one ride in it by being more responsive and less anxious.