Thursday, June 24, 2010

June 23, 2010

Gary & Cindy headed to the stables to groom LBR for a training lesson. The trainer was scheduled to ride at 8:00 but was running late and didn't get there until almost 8:30. LBR waited fairly patiently in the cross ties, but did get a little anxious for treats.

The training ride started out well at the walk/trot and cantering counter-clockwise. LBR relaxed and flexed nicely. The ride was interrupted a couple of times for conversations between the trainer and the staff.

After that, LBR was a different horse. He wouldn't take his right lead easily (took at least 4 attempts) and got frustrated. After a bit, he settled and cantered smoothly but still wasn't his easy going self.

The trainer brought him back to the trot and did a few cross-rail courses with him. He did pretty well, but still seemed to be holding a grudge about not having her undivided attention.

He sweat so much during the ride that he was wet from head to hoof. He really enjoyed the long cool rinse off after wards.

It was nearly 9:30 and dark by the time Cindy and Gary walked him back to his paddock for carrot treats so there was no grazing.

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