Sunday, August 22, 2010

August 22, 2010

Gary and Cindy headed over to the stables around 9:30 a.m. Cindy took her close contact saddle to the barn for today's ride.

Gary brought LBR up from the paddock while Cindy staged the tack and grooming supplies.

There was only one other boarder at the stables this morning so things were quiet. They groomed and tacked LBR and Cindy led him to the sand arena for their ride. Cindy worked LBR on flat work at the walk/trot/canter focusing on transtions and bending. Riding the close contact saddle was fabulous. Cindy had much better control and a much better seat. When some literally jumped out of the bed of a pickup near the arena, LBR shy'd sideways and Cindy stuck to the saddle like glue.

After about an hour of flat work, Cindy dismounted and Gary rode LBR. They had a great ride too. Gary worked him at the trot over cross rails and up a simple line of 2' jumps. They trotted into the first jump and LBR cantered slowly to the next one and over. They continued the canter at a perfect pace around the end of the arena.

AFter Gary rode in the arena for about 20 minutes, Gary took LBR on a "trail ride" down the to the entrance of the property and back.

When they got back to the stables, Cindy had a bucket of water for LBR. He held his breath and dunked his nose almost to eyes into the bucket before drinking about half of it. It was so funny.

After rinsing LBR off, Gary and Cindy took LBR back to his paddock. He still had his alfalfa flake and a bit of chops. Gary put his alfalfa in his shelter so he could enjoy it in the shade.

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