Sunday, September 5, 2010

September 4, 2010

Gary & Cindy have visitors in town. Their middle-daughter and her family (hubby and 3 grandkids) arrived about 1:00 a.m.

After sleeping in for a bit, everyone enjoyed a big breakfast before heading over to visit LBR.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy set out tack and grooming supplies and kept everyone occupied.

There were lessons this morning so the barn was pretty hectic. Gary groomed and tacked LBR. Cindy mounted him in the sand arena and after a lap around the sand, headed down to the grass arena. Cindy warmed up LBR for a bit at the walk/trot. He was a very mellow fellow which was great because his job for today and tomorrow is to give pony rides. Gary and Cindy switched his bridle for his halter.

The older granddaughter rode first. She is ten (10) years old. Gary led them around the arena, over ground poles and cross rails. LBR seemed to like his new job.

The next to ride was the younger granddaughter. She is six and weighs about 40 lbs. LBR didn't even seen to know she was on his back. He led nicely and especially enjoyed taking bites of grass along the way.

Finally, the grandson who is sixteen (16) rode. LBR continued his mellow behavior.

After the pony rides, Gary led LBR back to the stables to be unsaddled and rinsed off. Cindy was putting tack up in the tack room and Gary was grooming him....all of the sudden, it sounded like the barn was falling down.

The horse in the grooming stall next to LBR kicked out the brace that keeps the 2X4 oak slats in place and they fell like dominos into LBR's tack stall (about 20 of them). From the tack room it sounded like the barn was falling down. LBR's legs were shaking he was so scared.

Gary managed to unhook the cross ties and led LBR out of the barn. Afterwards, he brought him back into the tack stall across from the one being repaired and LBR watched. Once the divider was back in place, Gary put LBR back into the scary gooming stall. LBR was falling asleep within a few minutes.

The visit ended with Gary returning LBR to his paddock.

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