Sunday, May 2, 2010

May 1, 2010

Lesson Video - Cantering
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Wow...it's May already.

Cindy & Gary headed to the stables aroun 11:00 a.m. for Cindy's noon lesson on LBR. A cold front came through overnight so it was a chilly 68F degees with winds out of the north at about 20 mph. Despite the "brisk" air (okay - by Central Texas it's brisk).

LBR was fairly mellow when Gary brought him up from his paddock. Gary & Cindy groomed him and tacked him up for the lesson. They used one of the trainers "edge" bits as that is what she has been riding him in. It's not a sharp edge - it's barely detectable when you feel it. Cindy warmed LBR up in the sand arena at the walk and he continued his mellow ways despite 4 other horses warming up - 3 of which he has never met in the arena.

The lesson was the BEST ever for LBR & Cindy. LBR did his walk/trot flat work with ease and didn't mind the other horses. His ground pole trips were flawless too. The trainer suggested Cindy shorten her stirrups another notch so Gary helped her with that. Cindy loved the ease at which she could get the correct leg position and LBR responded much better.

The other horses cantered on the rail while LBR waited patiently for his turn alone. When it was his turn, he did GREAT. He got his leads both directions and responded to being ridden with leg.

After LBR's canter rounds, the lesson continued with course work. Again....LBR was the perfect horse - even making some tight turns between jumps fearlessly.

After the lesson, Cindy took off LBR's tack and groomed him. Due to the cool weather, LBR was not sweaty - only a bit damp under the saddle. Gary sponged him down before Gary & Cindy took him back to his paddock. They left the stables around 2:00 p.m. - what a great day!

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