Friday, March 5, 2010

March 4, 2010

Gary headed to the stables in the morning.

When he went to bring LBR up from his paddock, he found a very muddy horse. He rinsed LBR's legs and then proceeded to curry and brush for 30 minutes before tacking up for their ride.

They started in the grass arena (sand arena still wet from the rain this week). LBR did not stand at the mounting block so they repeated that process until on the third time LBR stood nicely.

They rode at the walk/trot in the arena and worked a bit on solid "whoa's". After the work in the arena, they took a trail ride down the entrance to the stables. LBR did a bit of his "I'm not moving forward" and Gary found the cure for that.....a tap on the butt with his hand. LBR pouted for a few minutes, but moved on nicely.

After the ride, Gary groomed LBR and returned him to his paddock for treats.

In reflecting on the day, Gary and Cindy think LBR is just testing us with some of his behavior and luckily, we've realized it and are working on correcting it before it becomes habit.

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