Thursday, May 20, 2010

May 17, 2010

Cindy stopped by the house after work to change before heading to the stables with Gary. There were huge cumulus clouds in the distance and thunderstorms about 30 miles from the stables.

When they arrived at the stables, it was 92F degrees and about 95% humidity.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy put the tack and grooming box in the grooming stall.

LBR stood calmly for grooming and tacking despite 3 other rhorses being tacked up. Everyone was in a bit of a rush as the thunderstorms were coming our way.

Cindy rode LBR in the sand arena and he responded fairly well considering the other horses were being schooled at the walk/trot/canter and over/around jumps.

Cindy worked LBR at the walk and trot only as he was getting a bit anxious about the approaching storms. He “spooked” (for LBR that means freeze in place) when a loud thunder occurred. Cindy rode him at the trot a few more times around the arena – until he listened and relaxed.

As she was leading him to the stable, the sky darkened and the wind stirred up. LBR was groomed quickly and Gary returned him to his paddock. Gary said it was the fastest trip back to the paddock and was winded from trotting LBR most of the way.

When Cindy & Gary left the stables the temperature had dropped 22 degrees to 70F.

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