Gary had a golf tournament in the morning so he and Cindy headed over to the stables in the late evening - around 7:00 p.m.
When they arrived, the stables were quiet - no other boarders. Gary brought LBR up from the paddock as Cindy got the tack and grooming supplies staged.
As Gary was grooming, Cindy found an unopened peppermint in another grooming stall. She gave it to LBR and he was hilarious....he licked his lips conitniously for about 10 minutes. He didn't anxious for another treat the entire time he was groomed and tacked.
Cindy led him to the sand arena for their ride. LBR did very well tonight. His pace was perfect and he was flexing and responsive. Cindy decided not to canter but focus on enjoying the simple ride that LBR was giving her. They did flat work and then started patterns. Again...LBR was so good. He never rushed cross-rails, traveled away in straight lines and seemed to be having a great time.
Gary commented that it was their best ride ever.
After the ride, Cindy cooled LBR by walking in the sand arena. Once LBR was cooled down, Gary de-tacked and rinsed LBR off. LBR had foamy sweat butt. The thing that was cool about that was it was from exercise and not from nerves.
After rinsing, Gary & Cindy took LBR to the common area for grazing before returning him to his paddock. Cindy checked LBR's water trough (it was full) and Gary inspected LBR's hay (big round bale - getting low, but still a few more days to go).
Gary treated LBR by his hay while Cindy left the paddock. Once Gary ran out of treats, LBR ran to the gate to see if Cindy had more. She did and LBR enjoyed the extra carrot.
It was 9:00 p.m. and getting dark by the time Gary & Cindy left the stables. It was so nice because the temperature had dropped into the mid 80's.