Friday, March 19, 2010

March 18, 2010

Gary & Cindy were so proud of LBR today.

Gary headed over to the stables in the morning to groom LBR (we hadn't visited in 2 days and have had rain). LBR's paddock was muddy, but no standing water - Gary leveled it last week.

LBR had done an excellent job of rolling - from the end of his tail to the tips of his ears (including forehead) were totally coated in mud. Gary spent about 2 hours currying the mud off.

The good news is LBR is starting to shed. The bad news is when Cindy & Gary arrived at the stables after Cindy's workday, the booger had rolled again.

This time the mud was not as bad and currying only took 30 minutes.

Now...on to the "PROUD" part. The "Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo" is in town. It's also Thursday which meant lessons for the people that take them during the week. Due to the rain, the lessons were being held in the grass arena and that was the only place to ride. Cindy was determined to ride as more rain is predicted for this weekend.

Gary lunged LBR for a few minutes (walk/trot) in the round pen and he was very calm.

Cindy mounted him in the sand arena and then rode him out towards the grass arena. LBR pulled the "I don't want to move forward" move as soon as she headed him in that direction. Instinctively, Cindy gave him a quick pop/tap on the butt with her hand and he moved forward...hmmm, maybe he is just a normal horse?

Now...back to the Rodeo. Cindy rode LBR quietly down to the grass arena and he was very calm. Three riders/horses were warming up for their lessons so Cindy kept LBR at the walk along the rail - working on "whoa's", backing and flexing.

As the lesson got underway, it was obvious that this was going to be part lesson part rodeo. LBR was not part of either! He walked calmly along the rail as the lesson group struggled with bucking, runaway's and stubborn horses. Cindy was glowing with pride as the bronco's flew past/into/in-front of LBR and he didn't flinch.

After the lesson finished up (1 hour), Cindy trotted LBR around a couple of times (until he flexed properly and traveled in a straight line).

They headed back to the stable for de-tacking and grooming and LBR was again the calmest horse.

The evening ended around 8:00 p.m. with leading back to the paddock and treats.


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