Sunday, September 18, 2011

September 18, 2011

It's been almost a month since I've posted an entry. I've been crazy busy with a new job and the heat has made riding a weekend only activity for me.

Gary has been either lunging or riding Red 4 times a week and riding him on the weekends too. I've been riding Mani on the weekends.

We have finally got a break from the heat. I rode Red for the first time in nearly a month yesterday. He was a dream - super responsive and so much more sensitive than Mani.

We got rain last night so today we're heading over to groom Red (he loves to roll).

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

August 22, 2011

Gary headed over to the stables in the morning and lunged LBR. LBR was glad to have the attention and was the perfect horse. Mani got the day off.

August, 21, 2011

Wow...getting up this morning and getting ready for a lesson was tough after the long day yesterday. I committed to a lesson on Mani, but we weren't sure about Anna being able to ride LBR. It ended up that she had a conflict so Gary had the option to ride LBR in our lesson. He decided to take a break. I couldn't have been happier as it meant he could help with tacking up/down Mani.

The lesson went well on Mani and after we returned him to their paddock, we brought LBR up for grooming. Poor guy - he was so tired that I swear he never shifted in the grooming stall, even when the psycho horse next to him started kicking - LOL.

I haven't complained much lately about the heat. It was 108F degrees yesterday when we drove back from Pine Hills and was 101F degrees by the time we finished grooming LBR around noon today.

August 20, 2011

LBR & Gary - look out eventers:-)


Mani & Me




We loaded up and headed to Pine Hills Equestrian Center this morning. Gary headed over with the neighbor to load her horse up on her three (3) horse trailer and I headed to the stables to feed the boys around 6:30 a.m.

It was a bit of a sad morning as one of our friends showed up around 7:00 a.m. and shortly after that the vet showed up pulling the 'BAD' trailer. Her horse had foundered last month and was going down hill fast. She made the difficult decision to have him put down.

We went ahead with our planned trip and ride after the trainer spent some time with her. I was fine with it all until our neighbor said "It's so sad to see, but I think I'd be upset if I had ever ridden him". BOO HOO, I got all teary because I had ridden. He was a super calm, been there done that horse and when I needed a confidence boost early in my re-riding, I took lessons on Shiloh. I will miss that calm little paint horse.

I dried the tears, helped load LBR & Mani and we headed out. It's about a 2 hour drive to the facility.

We had an absolute BLAST...LBR and Gary are doing so well together and Mani is the perfect confidence builder for me. We both did several jumps, cantered in the field and Mani even went into the water hazard. After a 2 hour ride, we rinsed the horses, put them in their stalls and enjoyed a nice lunch.

We loaded back up, uloaded at the stables and got back home around 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

August 8 -15, 2011

This week has been scary. LBR was not feeling well - off his feed on Tuesday morning and laying down so he was given Banamine and put on stall rest.

He seemed to recover nicely so on Wednesday morning he was put back out in his paddock. On Wednesday afternoon, the stable owner found him rolling in his paddock and immediately rushed him to the Vet. He was put on IV fluids as he was mildly dehydrated and kept in ICU.

He was continuing to show signs of stress through the early evening, but improved overnight.

We brought him home Thursday evening and he remained stalled with limited feed through the weekend. As he improved, per the vet, we gradually increased his feed.

On Monday, he was allowed to go back to his paddock.

I've never worried more for an animal in my life.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

August 7, 2011

LBR had the day off while Mani gave pony rides to the kids.

August 6, 2011

Gary and I took the horses to a friend's property and had a wonderful 2 1/2 hour trail ride.

August 5, 2011

No visit for LBR today as we have family in visiting.

August 4, 2011

Gary rode Mani in the morning and Anna took a lesson on LBR.

LBR is getting BETTER and BETTER with each ride they have together.

August 3, 2011

The horses had the day off today - we're into the 5th week of 100F+ degree days.

August 2, 2011

Gary rode LBR and Mani this morning. They were both good.

August 1, 2011

No ride for LBR as today is Monday.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

July 31, 2011

Woot, woot..me and Mani with a great ride on Sunday. LBR got the day off because of the show.

Monday, August 1, 2011

July 30, 2011

woot Hoot Anna and LBR.



It's Saturday, so I get to head to the horse show early with Gary (6:00 a.m.). We found LBR rested and happy to see us...YAY! Anna schooled him in the morning and he was back to his old self....confident, focused and responsive.

Anna & Gary took our truck/trailer to ferry horses back and forth from the stables to the vet. While they were gone, I lunged LBR and another horse. LBR is such a dream to work, but the other horse had his challenges. I rinsed them both after lunging and relaxed for a few minutes.

When Anna & Gary returned, there was still an hour or so wait for LBR's classes. LBR was a ROCKSTAR today. He had 4 clases. In the first 2, Anna did simple lead changes. In the last 2, no lead changes required.

He placed 6th out of 27 horses in his final class "Modified Hunter". Yay LBR and Anna! After LBR cooled down and we finished watching some of the other people from the stables show, we loaded him up and returned him to the stables. We got home around 9:30 p.m.....long day.

July 29, 2011

LBR had a rough night and it showed. During lunging, he was white eyed and spooky.

Warmup for the classes in the afternoon did not go much better. He was definitely stressed. He had some nice moments in his classes today, but each class had it's "oops moment" where he lost focus.

Oh well...Anna and he got through it and hopefully he'll get some rest tonight.

July 28, 2011

Gary hauled LBR to the show in the early afternoon. He settled in nicely to his stall. Anna came out and schooled him in the evening. LBR was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. He was one of the calmest and most attentive horses schooling.

After the ride, we rinsed LBR off and put him in his stall for the night. As we were re-filling up all of the horses water buckets, I noticed one of the horses kept pawing and laying down. I alerted one of the other girls.

It ends up that the mare had coliced last Saturday and appeared to be doing it again. She was in the stall next to LBR's stall.

After a shot of banamine the mare appeared to relax. However, the owner who was working late came out around midnight and the mare was down again....screaming! All of the horses including LBR were stressed over this. The stable owner came out and took the mare to the emergency vet. Fortunately, the mare is going to be okay, but LBR didn't get much sleep because he stresses over other horses in distress.

July 27, 2011

Gary headed over to the stables to ride both LBR and Mani. LBR was excellent today. They did flat work as well as short courses. His canter is really coming back to being near perfect.

Mani was a good horse too - he jumped the rolly-polly jump many times without hesitation.

July 26, 2011

Gary rode Mani in the morning and had a great ride.

Anna took a lesson in the evening and he did great. We're showing this weekend, so let's keep our fingers crossed:-)

July 25, 2011

LBR and Mani had the day off today as it is Monday.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

July 24, 2011

LBR and Anna in the "Modified Hunter" class last weekend. They finished 2nd out of 28 horses:




We headed to the stables this morning for lessons. Gary took the lesson on LBR while I rode Mani.

We both had great lesson. LBR packed Gary around like a champ. Their flat walk/trot work was at a great consistent speed and they did the four (4) ground poles like champs - even with Gary's eyes closed. Their canter was "to die for". LBR got his correct lead in both directions, avoided 2 horses while circling and coming back to the walk with perfect transitions.

Mani was good for me too...lazy as usual at the canter, but improving with every ride. We did the most georgous circle - though it took a lot of leg and kissing.

We then moved on to course work...OMG, LBR has turned into the packer. Gary and he had perfect courses with no rushing (trotting in and sometimes cantering away).

Mani was good as well...though the added rolly-polly jump was "scary" and he stopped 2x - not a scary refusal, just a stop. On the third time, he stopped, and then did a levade - waiting for me to balance before jumping over the 2' thing...LMAO.

After the lesson, Gary cantered LBR a bit more while I took Mani on a ride around the property to cool off. By the time I returned to the barn, Gary had rinsed LBR and I finished grooming him while Gary rinsed Mani. I headed back to the paddock with LBR and Gary followed behind with Mani.

We are so loving having these two(2) horses - different in personality, but a perfect fit for the family.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Gary headed over to the stables in the morning to beat the heat. He rode Mani and they had a nice ride. LBR got the day off due the evening lesson yesterday.

The heat is unbearable for me in the evenings, so I unfortunately will probably not be riding in the evenings until some time in September:-(

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Anna took a lesson on LBR tonight. She said he was "fabulous" and we couldn't agree more (Gary groomed LBR before her ride and I met them after work) His canter was so consistent and he hit some lead changes...yay!

Today, LBR's adopted brother, "Mani", moved into his paddock with him. All is going well so far. LBR is an Alpha horse, but not agressive at all - only defends his feed.

Feeding time has to be tough for Mani though. He gets 1/4 of a scoop (approx. 1.5 lbs) twice a day while LBR gets 1 1/2 scoops (approx 9 lbs) twice a day. That's the difference between and American Azteca and a Thoroughbred;-) Mani finishes his slowly and then just heads to the round bale to eat hay.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Gary had a fabulous ride on LBR today. Their flat work was great and they even did a few canter courses.

LBR's brother had the day off today.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Gary rode LBR and his brother today. They were both very well behaved. He did flat work and course work with both of them.

Monday, July 18, 2011

LBR had the day off today. His new "brother" got lunged.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

July 17, 2011

We hauled back from the show last night - it's only about 10 miles from the stables and unloaded LBR. He was one tired horse and we were two tired people.

Today, LBR had the day off. We decided to keep/buy Mani, the horse we had on trial. I rode him on the flat today and Gary rode him over some cross rails. He will have his own blog soon.

After riding, I took carrots and treats down to LBR. He looked so tired and the day off was well deserved.

July 16, 2011

On orders from Anna, the morning at the show started with a 45 minute lunge for LBR. Gary warmed him up at the trot and then it was 15 minutes cantering to the left, then 15 minutes to the right and because he was still "fresh" another 10 minutes to the left.

Well...Anna is a very experienced horse rider with tons of showing experience and a lot of it with "forward" horses which she loves to ride.

LBR had 4 classes today. Each one got better than the last. The first one had some trotting and zig zag approaches, but Anna had stepped up to a stronger pelhem and LBR was over reacting. The second one was too forward and included having to circle once. The third one was better (chain adjusted on baby pelhem). The fourth one....OH MY, OH MY - was the most awesome course I've ever seen. He never rushed, was always straight, curled his knees perfectly.

After the class and a lunch, Anna told me secretly she thought she got a ribbon with that ride. There were more horses to go in the last class including 2 others from our stable. The class finished around 3:00 (LBR had gone around 10:30) so we headed to the results table to see how he did. Gary looked at the results pads that have the ribbons attached for each class. His expression looked sad as he looked through the 5th & 6th place ribbons. I was a nervous wreck standing back and watching. There was one board with a red (second ribbon) that he chose to check last.

His face brightened up and he did a fist pump. LBR placed 2nd out of 28 horses in the Modified Hunter class. I still get goose bumps when I think about it.

WAY TO GO ANNA AND LBR. Next show is in two(2) weeks. The pictures from this show should be available tomorrow.

July 15, 2011

Gary headed over to the show mid-morning to watch everyone in their classes. After work, I headed over and Anna schooled LBR. Today's bit was a pelhem. After the curb chain was adjusted properly, LBR schooled well.

After the ride, LBR was rinsed and we headed home...tomorrow's the BIG day.

July 14, 2011

Gary hauled LBR to the Expo Center for the show in the mid-afternoon. Anna schooled him with the trainer after work and Cindy arrived in the evening.

LBR was good for schooling. Anna has to work tomorrow (Friday) so LBR won't be showing until Saturday.

July 13, 2011

Gary lunged LBR this morning as it has been 105F degrees in the afternoon. The lunged on the flat as well as over ground poles and cross rails.

LBR was very good - not rushing and adjusting for the jumps as needed.

July 12, 2011

Our friend, Anna, from the the stables where we board is going to ride LBR at the show this weekend.

Anna took a lesson on LBR after work. They had a good lesson that included both flat and course work. She is a very experienced rider and VERY used to riding "forward" horses. She has a bag-o-bits to try this week to find the balance of control and response/reaction.

After the lesson, Gary & Cindy let LBR hand graze for a while.

Monday, July 11, 2011

July 11, 2011

It's Monday - time off for LBR.

July 10, 2011

We headed over for my 9:30 lesson around 8:30. I rode the trial horse today. His flat work is greatly improving. His trot is becoming more consistent and his canter is coming along.

The plan for LBR was to have one of the young (teenage) riders take a lesson on him and possibly show him next week. Unfortunately, they were not a good match so she decided not to ride.

Luckily, another friend was at the stables and is planning on going to show/school a horse at the show. She offered to ride today and also school/show him. They looked awesome together. His forwardness and strength don't phase her at all.

Yay!

July 9, 2011

We headed over to the stables early to beat the heat. We tacked up the trial horse and I rode him first.

He was pretty good. His bad/lazy habits are slowly improving. He has literally been out to pasture for 14 months and I think that is where he would rather be.

Gary rode LBR next and they had a good ride.

July 8, 2011

The trainer put a training ride on LBR and the trial horse today. LBR was FABULOUS according to her.

The trial horse has a new nickname - Fatty McBratty. He has been used for a lesson horse and knows all the lazy tricks on the books for avoiding work. Once scolded/corrected though, he did very well.

July 7, 2011

Gary lunged LBR today in the grass arena. They focused on transitions and jumping at both the trot and canter on the lunge line.

July 6, 2011

The trainer put a training ride on LBR. He was very good...alsmost back to his old self with no rushing away from jumps and no excitement in the corners.

July 5, 2011

Gary took the trial horse to the vet today. He still failed his hard-surface trot test as he gives to his right front.

We're going to put shoes on him to see if that helps.

After returning to the stables, Gary groomed and lunged LBR. He was very well behaved.

July 4, 2011

We flew back from Portland, OR today. What a shock to go from 50F degree weather there this morning to 100F+ degrees when we landed.

We stopped by the house before heading over to visit LBR. We rinsed groomed him, rinsed him off and then let him graze for a bit in the common areas.

We still have the other horse on trial...vet check scheduled for tomorrow.

Monday, July 4, 2011

July 3, 2011

No visit for LBR as we are out of town.

July 2, 2011

No visit for LBR today as we are out of town.

July 1, 2011

LBR had a training ride today - no updates yet on how it went.

June 30, 2011

No visit for LBR as we are out of town.

June 29, 2011

Gary & I had a lot of errands and appointments today so we didn't make it over to the stables until around 7:00 p.m.

Gary rode LBR and I rode the "trial" horse. We both had great rides and ended with a trail ride around the property. Both horses got "extra" carrots and I hand grazed LBR until well after sunset.

We are headed out of town until July 4th - going to miss the horses.

June 28, 2011

LBR had a training ride today. He was very good. Gary & I were able to watch the rdie - I have the week off before starting my new job.

Monday, June 27, 2011

June 27, 2011

It's Monday so LBR has the day off. We took him carrots to his paddock and he seemed very happy to see us:-)

June 26, 2011

I had a lesson on the on-trial horse today while Gary rode LBR in the grass arena. The lesson went well though "Bratty McFatty" doesn't want to canter because he's too lazy/fat.

Gary had an excellent ride on LBR in the grass arena while the lesson was going on.

After our rides, we rinsed both horses and then let them graze in the common areas together on the leadline.

LBR defintely is the "alpha" horse, but there were no squeels or nips.

June 25, 2011

Gary and I headed over to the stables super early. We arrived around 8:00 a.m. Fortunately, the caretaker had finished feeding early.

We tacked up the on-trial horse and I rode him for a bit at the w/t. Gary mounted him for a few minutes while I groomed, tacked and prep'd LBR for his ride.

Gary rode LBR while I put up the on-trial horse. LBR was a rock star today - both on the flat and over the crossrails.

June 24, 2011

Gary headed over to ride LBR and groom/tack the 'on-trial' horse for the trainer.

LBR was very good today - they rode in the grass arena and had a quiet ride.

The trainer rode "Bratty McFatty" (the on-trial horse). He was good at the w/t but is so lazy he didn't want to canter. It could be because he is at least 150 lbs. overweight.

June 23, 2011

Gary headed over to the stables in the morning. It is SO HOT that if we don't ride in the mornings, we're not riding.

LBR and Gary had a great ride in the sand arena and then went for a short trail ride. Gary also rode the 'on-trial' horse for a bit at the w/t. He's so out of shape that they kept the ride short.

June 22, 2011

Gary rode LBR today. They had a great ride in the sand arena. They did w/t/c flat work and trotted over and way from cross-rails - really concentating on staying at an even tempo.

After I came home from work, we headed over to lead the 'on-trial' horse around the property. He was good in the cross ties for grooming and although excited to be led around to new places on the property, he respected my space.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

June 21, 2011

Gary headed over in the morning to work LBR. They lunged today first and then Gary rode him. LBR was GREAT!

He is not rushing to or from jumps and is very quiet.

Yay Gary & LBR.

On a side note...Gary & I went to look at a "confidence builder" horse. He was located about 60 miles north of where Cindy works so Gary picked her up with the horse trailer and they headed off.

They arrived around 6:20 to find a really cute 13 y/o 16.3 hand Azteca gelding in a horrible paddock/pasture filled with rocks. He was saddled and wearing a western bit that was too small for him.

The owner is going through a divorce and has been leasing him to the people who own this property. He has been well fed, but not ridden due to some personal issues the people have.

Gary rode him at the walk around the least rocky peice of the paddock. We decided to take him on trial. He loaded/traveled/unloaded really well but it was late (10:30 p.m.) by the time we got home.

Here's a picture of him ("Manitowoc"):

June 20, 2011

LBR is normally off on Monday's but he still got a visit today. We forgot to put fly spray on him so Gary took him carrots today and sprayed him.

June 19, 2011

We got home late from a visit up to Waco (~100 miles away) yesterday to watch a horse show.

We got to the stables fairly early despite the late night around 9:00 a.m. LBR had finished his breakfast and was enjoying his flake of alfalfa.

Gary brought him up from the paddock and groomed him while I staged the tack. LBR was acting up under saddle for Cindy in the sand arena so Gary lunged him in the grass arena. LBR was still hyper-sensitive to the trot queue so Cindy dismounted, checked the girth/saddle and tried again. Something unknown was really bothering him so Cindy ended on a good note of just trotting some serpantines.

When we took him back to the grooming stall, de-tacked and brushed, we found the problem. LBR had a thorn (approx 1/2" long) behind his left front elbow. Poor boy:-( Gary removed it, rinsed him off and we let him graze in the shade for an extra long time.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

June 18, 2011

Gary & I headed over early to beat the 105F degree afternoon temperatures. We arrived before the horses were being fed.

The possible "packer" for me to show had visitors from an adjoining paddock.

Gary brought "J" up first but he was so schizoid we put him in his stall for his breakfast.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock before his breakfast was served. Poor horse looked so desperate for his breakfast.



I warmed up LBR while the feed truck made it's rounds. He was a good horse but so pitiful as the horses in the adjoining paddocks ate their food, his ears flicked.

Gary had a great ride once LBR was warmed up, focused and the feed truck was gone.

Stretching


Jumping

June 17, 2011

Usually, LBR would have had a training ride. However, the trainer was out of town at a show and was not available. Gary had other things to take care of this morning so LBR just got carrots and a visit.

Friday, June 17, 2011

June 16, 2011

Gary headed to the stables early to beat the heat. He rode LBR in the arena and they had a great ride.

After the ride, they did a short trail ride. Gary rinsed LBR (including his face - his new favorite).

Poor LBR - no fly mask will stay on this year. He and his neighbor remove them from one another.

June 15, 2011

LBR had a training ride today. Once again, the flat work is flawless but he gets "energized" when doing courses.

The trainer dismounted and lunged him over some jumps for a while before remounting. LBR calmed a bit, but is continuing to puzzle her.

After the ride, LBR enjoyed a cool bath - even letting Gary spray his face. They loaded in the trailer today with only one door open. Such a good horse!

June 14, 2011

Gary rode LBR today. They had a nice morning ride before the 100F+ degrees set in.

June 13, 2011

It's Monday so LBR had the day off.

June 12, 2011

Gary & Cindy headed over to ride in the morning.

Gary rode LBR and Cindy was planning on riding 'J'. Unfortunately, 'J' was off so Cindy didn't get to ride.

LBR was a snotty brat in the arena with other horses so Gary lunged him in the grass arena to burn off some energy.

After he FINALLY settled down (lots of commotion with horses getting out of their paddocks), Gary continued the lunge for a bit and then rode him calmly in the arena.

June 11, 2011

Cindy had a lesson on 'J' today. They had a blast. During the flat work, the other four (4) horses/riders were struggling at the canter so Cindy circled and avoided them with ease - way KEWL!

J is not sure about trotting jumps - he wants to canter a step before the jump but he will soon learn trotting is easier.

June 10, 2011

LBR had a training ride today.

After work, Gary & Cindy headed over to the stables for a trail ride. Cindy rode "J" and he was a good trail horse. LBR was his usual mellow self.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

June 9, 2011

Gary rode LBR today. They had a nice arena ride followed by a trail ride around the property. They focused on flat work with a few cross-rails before their big adventure traveling all over the farm.

June 8, 2011

LBR had a training ride today. He was a good horse, but still a little rushing in the corners....will he ever stop that? Cindy rode 'J' again tonight and had a blast.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

June 7, 2011

Gary visited LBR in the morning - trying to beat the heat. They loaded in the trailer and then Gary lunged him in the newly leveled arena over jumps. After the ground work, Gary took LBR on a trail ride. They had fun and even conquered scarey black plastic and ditches...YAY!

Gary & Cindy headed over to the stables in the evening for Cindy to try a horse. 'J' is older, a packer and very seasoned. The trainer rode first and then Cindy rode. 'J's feet were a bit tender from being shod today.

Cindy will try him again later this week....pictures to be included.

June 6, 2011

It's Monday and LBR's day off - no visit.

June 5, 2011

Cindy took a lesson on LBR today. It went well eventhough Cindy didn't canter him. The arena is too uneven and slippery in her opinion.

They finished the lesson with a 6 jump course of cross-rails and brushboxes.

YAY!

June 4, 2011

The plans were originally to go to a one day show, but the trainer cancelled and decided to go on a trail ride. The location is a 2 hour drive each way so Gary & Cindy decided to pass.

They headed over to the stables in the morning to try and beat the heat (it's been > 100F degrees all week).

Cindy rode LBR in the arena and focused on flat work, collection and transitions. LBR rocked. Gary then rode LBR over a few jumps before cooling him off with a trail ride.

June 3, 2011

LBR had a training ride today and it went very well. Gary & Cindy visited in the evening after work and it was very peaceful at the stables.

June 2, 2011

Gary lunged LBR and worked on trailer loading - they had a great time.

June 1, 2011

LBR had a training ride today and was great!

May 31, 2011

The farrier worked today. LBR got new shoes today and Gary worked him on ground work and trailer loading.

May 31, 2011

LBR got new shoes today and Gary worked him on ground work and trailer loading.

May 30, 2011

Today is LBR's day off.

May 29, 2011

Gary and Cindy took LBR on a trail ride at a friend's ranch. Cindy rode one of the friend's mares and Gary rode LBR.

LBR was such a good boy - the only obstacle he didn't do was walking through deep water.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

May 28, 2011

Cindy and Gary drove to North Texas and back today because Cindy's sister was hospitalized. It was a very long day.

These are pictures of Gary & Cindy's trip last weekend to Kentucky.



May 27, 2011

LBR had another training ride today. He was FABULOUS. His flat work was perfect and his course work included flying lead changes.

After the ride, he did not want to go into the wash rack because the light was not working. Gary took him into the other wash rack and he stood quietly. After LBR dried for a bit, Gary took him down and they worked on trailer loading. Gary worked on half loads in/out and LBR thought that was what he was supposed to do. Eventually, LBR realized he was supposed to go in, stand, then back out quietly. YAY!

May 26, 2011

LBR had a training ride today. It has been 3 weeks since the trainer has been able to ride. LBR's flat work was excellent but he got a little forward over the jumps/courses so she dismounted and lunged him over a fence.

LBR was a bit silly today because there was a yearling that had escaped his paddock and been recaptured and put into a paddock next to the arena.

LBR eventually settled nicely and cantered quietly on the lunge line.

After the ride, Gary rinsed LBR and let him graze for a bit before returning him to his paddock.

May 25, 2011

It was 103F degrees when Cindy got home from work today. Gary had been working outside all day and did not feel up to going out to the stables.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

May 24, 2011

Today Gary headed over to have LBR's feet checked (it's been 6 weeks) and ride.

He is able to go another week without a trim. They had a great ride - doing flat work in the arena at the walk/trot/canter and then completing a few courses. After the arena work, they took a long ride around the property to cool down.

This is LBR's sire's picture taken when we visited him in Kentucky at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm:

May 23, 2011

No ride/visit for LBR today as it's Monday and we're sticking to his routine day off.

May 22, 2011

Yay...Gary & Cindy are back in Central Texas. They headed to the stables to pick up the truck and visited LBR for a bit. He was so happy to see them - he nickered as soon as he saw them and didn't stop until they were at the gate of his paddock.

They let him graze in the common area for a while as they groomed the mud off of him (it must have rained on Friday or Saturday).

May 21, 2011

No visit/ride for LBR as Gary & Cindy are out of town.

They drove up to Lexington, KY yesterday from Nashville. Today they visited Old Friends Retirement Farm and met LBR's sire. He is much stockier and shorter than LBR, but has the same wonderful disposition. A picture will be added soon

May 20, 2011

No visit/ride for LBR as Gary & Cindy are out of town.

May 21, 2011

No visit/ride for LBR as Gary & Cindy are out of town.

May 20, 2011

No visit/ride for LBR as Gary & Cindy are out of town.

May 19, 2011

April rode LBR today. She worked a lot on transitions up and down between the trot and canter.

He was very well behaved.

May 18, 2011

No ride or visit for LBR today. Gary flew out to join Cindy in Nashville where she is attending a business conference.

May 17, 2011

Gary rode LBR today. They had a great ride in the arena with walk/trot/canter flat work and trot-in canter-out courses.

After the ride, they took a trail ride around the entire property.

Monday, May 16, 2011

May 16, 2011

Today is Monday and it's LBR's day off.

May 15, 2011

The day started early again (4:45 a.m alarm for Gary and Cindy). April & the trainer met them at the show grounds at 6:30 a.m. for schooling.

LBR rocked in schooling.

There was a couple of hours break before his classes so LBR ate his breakfast and chilled out.

LBR was a stinker today in his classes - very forward in the first class so we decided just to school and call it a day.

His schooling inside was flawless despite a crowded small arena.

Gary and Cindy loaded LBR in the trailer after he rested for a bit. After that, Gary took Cindy directly to the airport for a flight out of Austin for a business trip.

Cindy is SO TIRED!!!!!

May 14, 2011

April showed LBR today. He did really well in warm up and aced his Schooling class. It was the first time for him to do 2'6 courses in the greens and he got a little flustered. Oh well...this is only his second "real" show and it has been almost a year since his first. His schooling class (2'3") was really good including 3 flying lead changes.

After his classes were over, LBR chilled out in his stall.

Gary and Cindy took him for a walk in the afternoon to a grassy area and let him graze. He really seemed to enjoy it.

May 13, 2011

Cindy took the day off from work today to help Gary prep LBR for the show and haul him over to it. They arrived at 11:00 and LBR had done a great job of enjoying the mud.

After bathing, grooming and drying (about 3 hours worth), they loaded up and headed to the Expo Center.

LBR settled in nicely to his stall. Due to the trainer's illness, April rode him in this show. LBR schooled well but was a little bit excited about 15 other horses in the ring and emergency vehicle sirens (at least 15 during a 30 minute ride).

After the ride, LBR was groomed and fed and left for the night to rest.

May 12, 2011

YAY!!! It rained in Central TX today - almost 2". No ride/visit for LBR.

May 11, 2011

Gary rode LBR in the sand arena today. They did w/t/c flat work and a few cross rails.

May 10, 2011

Today was supposed to be a training ride for LBR but his trainer got into some poison ivy and is unable to ride.

Instead, Gary took LBR on a trail ride through all of the paddocks. They had a great time!

May 9, 2011

It's Monday so LBR had the day off.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

May 8, 2011




Gary learning to collect LBR at the walk.

Out of focus, but funny...

May 7, 2011

Cindy had a 10:00 a.m. lesson on LBR so she and Gary headed over to the stables around 9:00 a.m.

LBR was still enjoying his alfalfa flake when Gary arrived at his paddock to bring him up to the stable.

Cindy had staged the tack as usual and helped Gary with grooming/tacking LBR. Cindy led LBR to the arena and mounted around 9:50. The trainer was showing/selling a horse so the lesson got started late...LBR was patient with the delay - happy to just stand on a loose rein and wait.

The lesson had a large number of horses in it - 5 plus another horse being ridden by a boarder. This doesn't sound like many horses but with the jumps, it can get crowded quickly.

LBR rocked at his walk, trot and flexing flat work. At the canter, he was good too, but a couple of the other riders do not know how to space themselves and would run up his butt which he doesn't like.

It was funny today. He was the biggest horse in the lesson (16.3 hands) but had the most collected/calm trot and canter. Cindy struggled to "lose" the other horses as they would all bunch up his butt.

During the course work, LBR & Cindy had some excitement. The first incident was making the turn at the end of the arean, a toddler came running towards the arena - just making it under the rail as LBR was about 30' away. LBR was awesome...no spook, but put on the brakes and stopped immediately.

Cindy & he regrouped by doing a circle and were approaching a crossrail when the second incident happened. The trainer was looking in her notebook for the coggins of the horse being sold when a 35 mph gust of wind blew all of the notebook contents up about 10' in the air (this was about 15' to the left of LBR).

LBR spooked away from it - about 5 feet to the left and just stood there with a "WTF" look on his face.

After the coggins papers were retreived from the arena and downwind paddocks, Cindy & LBR finished that course.

Cindy learned a HUGE lesson today. If it doesn't bother her, it doesn't bother LBR. He and she did their final course perfectly.

May 6, 2011

Gary & Cindy headed over to the stables after Cindy got home from work.

After grooming and tacking up, Cindy warmed LBR up at the walk/trot. He was being a bit "pully" on the bit so she worked him on flexing and lateral work.

He settled nicely and Gary rode him next. They had a great ride. Excellent flat work at the walk/trot/canter and then a couple of cross-rail jumps.

May 5, 2011




LBR had a training ride today. They worked on transitions a lot during the flat work and did longer courses today (up to 8 jumps).

After the ride, Gary rinsed LBR and returned him to his paddock for treats.

May 4, 2011

Cindy & Gary headed to the stables after Cindy got home from work.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy staged the tack. They were the only people at the stables when they arrived, but shortly after they started grooming LBR another boarder arrived and then the caretaker returned which caused her dogs to go insane...barking, growling, etc.

Cindy rode LBR in the sand arena and focused on ground work. LBR (and Cindy) are getting so much better about ignoring the distractions. Cindy works him on lateral moves (leg yeilds) at the walk/trot and on collection when LBR starts to become distracted.

This strategy works...they ahd an excellent round of flat work.

After the ride, Gary & Cindy groomed LBR and then returned him to his paddock for treats.

May 3, 2011

LBR had a training ride today. He did very well on his flat work. During his course work, the trainer tried a new strategy. She let him take a break of 2-3 minutres between courses.

LBR responded well to this approach. He got all of his flying lead changes and only got a little fast away from one jump going downhill.

After the ride, Gary rinsed him and returned him to his paddock for treats.

May 2, 2011

It's Monday so LBR had the day off.

May 1, 2011

Gary had a very nice ride on LBR today. They did flat work and some courses. It was extremely windy, but LBR and Gary ignored the blowing sand and falling jumps and had a good time.

AFter the ride, LBR got a nice cool rinse off and Gary & Cindy let him graze behind the barn for a bit - the only place on the property that has any grass left.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

April 30, 2011



Cindy had a lesson today on LBR. She and Gary headed over to the stables around 10:00 a.m. for her 11:00 a.m. lesson.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy staged the tack and grooming supplies. LBR was sore on his right shoulder/wither yesterday and didn't have the best training lesson.

Because of this, the trainer lent a thicker pad to Cindy to use for her ride. While grooming, LBR didn't seem sensitive at all.

The lesson went GREAT. The flat work was flawless with LBR getting his leads at the canter perfectly - they even cantered to the right first which is his more difficult lead to get.

LBR was perfect on his course work too...eventhough they trotted into all jummps, he actually jumped the green brush box and cantered away nicely.

After the lesson, Gary rinsed LBR and he and Cindy returned him to his paddock for treats.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

April 29, 2011

LBR had a training ride (if you want to call it that) today.

Gary lunged LBR in his halter in the round pen and LBR did great. They saddled up for the ride and LBR acted like a TB (turd butt) again.

The trainer dismounted, checked his bit, checked the saddle fit, checked his hooves....nothing found.

After a brief ride, she gave up. They examined LBR's back and couldn't find any soreness. However, when she pinched his withers lightly, he tossed his head and acted like he was sore.

Gary gave him a wither/shoulder message for a bit before returning him to his paddock for treats.

April 28, 2011

Gary and Cindy headed over to the stables around 5:30 p.m. The barn was quite busy with several people tacking up for lessons.

LBR had a sprung shoe so they groomed him and let him graze for a while. The resident farrier arrived aroun 6:30 p.m. and rest LBR's shoe.

Gary tacked up LBR and Cindy mounted him in the sand arena and headed down to the grass arena for a ride.

LBR was a true TB (turd butt/thoroughbred) tonight. He was distracted and Cindy could not get his focus under saddle. Gary rode for a bit, but had the same experience.

Gary then lunged LBR and he continued his TB ways. Gary adjusted his bridle and LBR still acted up. Cindy took off LBR's saddle and Gary eventually got LBR to lunge half-way decent.

After the lunging, they groomed LBR and Gary returned him to his paddock.

April 27, 2011

Gary finished up the barn repairs that he has been working on. Because it has been hot, he was tired and didn't visit/ride LBR today.

April 26, 2011

LBR had a training ride. His flat work was great but he was a little rushy over the jumps. The trainer worked him trotting cross rails to get him settled and then finished with a nice course at the canter.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

April 25, 2011

It's Monday...LBR's day off.

April 24, 2011

Gary and Cindy went to watch some friends show at a nearby stables. They stayed there until around 1:30 p.m. and headed over to ride LBR.

It was hot, dusty and extremely windy again today. Gary tacked up LBR and they had a good ride.

After the ride, he rinsed LBR and returned him to his paddock.

April 23, 2011

Cindy had a lesson on LBR this morning. It was extremely windy - gusts to 30 mph and considering that, LBR was a good boy.

They had great flat work, but LBR was a little distracted by the wobbling standards and blowing flowers during the course work. He never refused, but did make stink eyes at a couple of the jumps.

After the ride, Cindy groomed LBR and she and Gary returned him to his paddock.

Friday, April 22, 2011

April 22, 2011

We were supposed to be heading off to a show this weekend. However, several horses have come up lame and others have had large vet bills so the original plan of having 10 horses going to the show, there were only 2 left on the list (LBR was still good to go).

The trainer cancelled the trip.

LBR wasn't ridden today as Gary was working on the barn. There were wind gusts again to 30 mph and another foal born overnight so Cindy decided to give LBR the day off.

Cindy was REALLY disappointed about the show - oh well, there's another one 3 weeks and LBR's flying lead changes should be perfect by then:-)

April 21, 2011

LBR had a training ride today. He and most of the horses at the stables were frazzled by the early morning arrival (a filly was born around 4:00 a.m.).

The flat work of the ride was good, but between the distractions and winds gusting to 30 mph, LBR had trouble focusing.

After the ride, Gary rinsed LBR off and let him graze for a bit before returning him to his paddock.

April 20, 2011

LBR had the day off today. Gary is working a side job roofing the barn and was too tired to ride after a long day of working in the 95F degree heat.

April 19, 2011

LBR had a training ride today. He had one of his silly days (only had four like this ever). He was forward and not listening so the trainer decided to lunge him.

He did his squeel and buck lunge for a while but after a bit settled down.

She then worked on flat work with flying lead changes and LBR was well behaved. They ended the ride with a trail ride around the property.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April 18, 2011

It's Monday - LBR's day off.

Monday, April 18, 2011

April 17, 2011

Gary and Cindy headed to the stables at 8:30 for Cindy's 9:30 lesson.

Things were quiet when the arrived - the trainer was riding a horse that had a few months of under saddle training while Gary brough LBR up from his paddock and Cindy staged the grooming supplies and tack.

After trying to get LBR to drop more "fur", Gary tacked LBR up. Cindy mounted LBR while the trainer helped the departing horse on and off the step up trailer many times.

LBR took it all in stride while Cindy and he warmed up in the arena.

The lesson was FABULOUS today. LBR remained focus despite yelling and screaming happened in the lesson....poor friend pulled her back while warming up.

Today was a HUGE breakthrough. Cindy was instructed to canter over a cross rail on course, but LBR broke down to the trot. At the end of the course on a similar line, Cindy cantered LBR over the "rolly-polly".

YAY Cindy and LBR!!!1

No pictures, but a lot of witnesses!!!1

Saturday, April 16, 2011

April 16, 2011

Gary headed over to the stables around 9:00 a.m. to work on the roof of the hay barn. Cindy had a nice "me" morning at home. She did the mundane things that we all put off when someone is around to distract us.

She headed over to the stables around noon and stopped and bought lunch (Subway) for she and Gary.

Gary took a break from the 25' ladder and they enjoyed lunch together.

Cindy then brought up LBR from his paddock and groomed/tacked him. They rode for a bit in the dusty dry dirt arena. They worked on focus and flex. After a while they headed up to the grass arena for more flat work and some ground pole work.

After about 45 minutes of arena work, they took a LBR guided trail ride. Cindy let him go on the buckle whereever he wanted to go. LBR's choice for the day was in and out every paddock (horses are now stalled during the day).

After the ride, Cindy groomed LBR and returned him to his paddock. He got treats of carrots, alfalfa cubes and ice cubes(his new favorite).

A new horse at the stables got loose and Cindy & Gary helped another boarder get him into a paddock. He's another OTTB and so handsome - though LBR wasn't impressed when he came by his paddock.

April 15, 2011

Gary is doing a side job to repair the roof on the hay barn at the stables. Cindy is at the end of a VERY LONG WEEK.

No ride for LBR.

Friday, April 15, 2011

April 14, 2011

LBR had a training ride today.

Gary headed over early for the 9:00 a.m. ride. LBR was fabulous. He is doing flying lead changes on course now. I struggled once switching only in the front, but the trainer was able to get the back legs switched on the straight away.

So proud of our guy!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

April 13, 2011

Cindy's birthday today...Gary rode LBR and did his first flying lead change. SO PROUD OF MY GUYS...HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME.

Only problem, I was at work when all this happened:-(

April 12, 2011

LBR had a great training ride today. Gary headed over to groom expecting a muddy LBR but the rain didn't reach the stables. The trainer had a great ride. LBR had a visit from the farrier and had his front shoes reset as well as having his hind feet trimmed. No issues for our OTTB:-)

April 11, 2011

LBR's day off:-)

Monday, April 11, 2011

April 10, 2011



This will be all pictures, but couldn't be more proud of him....and Gary too.


What a great day. We headed to a nearby stable with LBR, a loaner horse and great friends. This will be all pictures, but couldn't be more proud of him....and Gary too.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

April 9, 2011

Cindy had a lesson on LBR today. It's a good thing that he's so fit....less than 24 hours between lessons.

Cindy's brother who is a professional photographer and brother-in-law came out to watch the lesson and take pictures - there should be some good pics added later.



The lesson started out with flat work at the trot. The trainer added some strengthening parts - trotting at the half-seat, trotting ground poles in the half-seat, and no cheating/using LBR's neck for balance. Cindy's legs were burning.

They cantered before starting the course work. LBR got flustered when he missed his right lead on the first try so Cindy decided to skip it.

LBR was excellent in the course work. He never speed up or rushed away from any cross-rail or fence. He cantered nicely away from the green brush box every time today.

Based on how good LBR and Cindy were doing, the instructor added in the "rolly-polly" to their final course. They took it perfectly.

After the ride, Cindy de-tacked and groomed LBR. Everyone walked back to LBR's paddock and gave him carrots.

April 8, 2011

Gary had his second lesson today on LBR. It was originally scheduled at 6:00 p.m., but the trainer had to reschedule for 3:00 p.m. BOO! - Cindy was at work and didn't get to watch.

They did an abreviated amount of w/t/c flat work as the other student in the class just wants to "jump". It's no big deal because on non-lesson rides, Gary does a lot of flat work.

The did trot-in/canter away courses. LBR was very well behaved. Their final course included the outside line of a cross rail and barrels - all at the canter...WOOT!

After the ride, LBR was sweaty so Gary rinsed him off and then let him graze why he dried.

April 7, 2011

LBR had a training ride today.

It went very well with both simple and flying lead changes. After the training ride, the trainer took LBR on a short trail ride.

Gary groomed him and let him graze for a bit in the common area before returning him to his paddock.

April 6, 2011

Gary headed over in the afternoon to ride LBR.

They had a great ride with w/t/c flat work and then work over courses. AFter the ride, Gary rinsed LBR as he was sweaty. LBR still has not let go of his long winter hairs...it's thinning out, but he has crazy 2" long straglers.

They did some leading work thru ruts and culverts and LBR finally relaxed and stood in them.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April 5, 2011

LBR had a GREAT training ride. The trainer rode in Cindy's favorite bit...a copper roller D-Ring on LBR today and he responded well.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April 4, 2011

It's Monday....LBR's day off:-)

April 3, 2011

Cindy had another FABULOUS lesson on LBR. Videos of his perfect canter will be posted and this days entry will be updated soon.


He also got a chiropractic adjustment. He didn't need much work, the doctor adjusted his poll/axis and a rib on his left side.

April 2, 2011

Short post...Gary & Cindy headed over to the stables in the afternoon and both rode LBR.

Cindy did a short bit of flat work and LBR was very good. Gary rode next and YAY, YAY, YAY...he learned how to switch his diagonal while posting.

After the rides, they rinsed LBR off and let him graze in the common area until he was dry.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

April 1, 2011

No April Fool's joke - Gary took his first lesson today.

March 31, 2011

LBR had a training ride today.

The trainer switched back to his normal bit/snaffle and he responded well. They did flat work and course work without any issues.

LBR missed one flying lead change - switched in front but not in back, but his changes are much smoother now and he doesn't get excited or anticipate them.

After the ride, Gary let LBR graze in th ecommon area before returning him to his paddock.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

March 30, 2011

Cindy's work has been pretty intense/tiring this week so Gary headed over to ride LBR in the afternoon.

They had a GREAT ride. They did walk/trot/canter flat work and then did some trot-in, canter-away jumps.

This was the first ride that Gary has jumped LBR over the barrels and the wishing well.

After the ride, LBR was anxious to get back to his paddock because dinner had been served.

LBR is being transitioned from 12/2 (protein/fat) to 12/8 (protein/fat) feed this week. We'll see if he gains any weight!

March 29, 2011

LBR had a training ride today. It went very well. The weather was gloomy, overcast and a little 'misty'.

The trainer rode him in the Kimberwick bit again and he responded nicely.

After the ride, Gary groomed LBR and let him eat some grass in the common area before returning him to his paddock.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

March 29, 2011

LBR came into Gary and Cindy's care on March 24, 2009. It's been 2 years now so a review is over due.

March 28, 2011

It's Monday and LBR's day off.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

March 27, 2011

Today, Cindy had a lesson on LBR (Videos Below).

A cold front came through overnight and it was in the mid 50F's with north winds of 20 mph when Gary & Cindy arrived at the stables. Cindy was a bit nervous about a lesson in these conditions @ 9:30 a.m. Gary groomed and tacked LBR and then lunged him for about 20 minutes. LBR is in amazing shape and the lunging just seemed to warm him up.

The lesson today was AMAZING! The trainer had everyone do a lot of different types of flat work. We had to stop our horses with seat only - no rein, only using verbal "whoa's" if we didn't get a response. There was lots of trotting (both posting and sitting) with flexing horses in and out. It was tough work!

We progressed to canter work and LBR was GREAT (see video). His canter is better to the right than to the left (he will lean in to the left) but Cindy learned how to better correct that.

They did a few courses after all of the flat work and LBR continued being a good boy. The lesson lasted an extra 15 minutes. Cindy was exhausted but even the trainer said LBR would probably enjoy giving ten (yes 10) more lessons today.

After the ride, Cindy took LBR for a trail ride. She de-tacked him and groomed him...he's in amazing shape. He lunged for 20 minutes, rode for 1 1/2 hours and wasn't even damp under the saddle pad.

Gary and Cindy returned LBR to his paddock where his daily flake of alfala was waiting for him. They gave him a carrot as well.


March 26, 2011

Yay!! Busy day today. Ride LBR, go to a BBQ, visit a friend doing her first dressage tests at a schooling show and then back to the BBQ.

It was a very warm spring day - high of 90F degrees so Cindy expected a quiet ride on LBR. His flat work was amazing - with the smoothest canter ever. Instead of doing course work, the friends in the arena suggested doing the intro dressage tests.

It was a hoot watching Gary call the tests. However, it wasn't so funny when LBR's turn came and he HATED it. We've done the tests before, but not with Gary calling. LBR was excused from the sand and Cindy took him to the grass arena for an attitude correction.

They did a lot of trotting and flexing and eventually cantered in both directions. LBR was a dream...he tripped once and gently adjusted to Cindy's off balance position before picking the canter up perfectly. After the grass arena, Cindy took him on a brief trail ride to cool down. They were both sweating pretty good.

Cindy de-tacked and groomed LBR before they both took him back to his paddock for treats.

March 25, 2011

The stables were closed today to to the road being repaved. Cindy & Gary are glad that they won't have to drive over potholes but Cindy was dissappointed that she couldn't ride at the end of a VERY tough week at work.

March 24, 2011

LBR had a training ride this morning. Gary headed over to the stables aroun 9:30 a.m. to groom him for his 10:00 ride.

There were several distractions including a trailer and horse arriving for the next lesson (listen with sound and you can hear it).

LBR did a good job of staying focused. Here is some video of his flat & course work:



Thursday, March 24, 2011

March 23, 2011

LBR had a training ride today. Gary headed over to the stables around 9:00 a.m. because the vet was supposed to arrive then. LBR's coggins expired last weekend.


The vet was running late so the trainer started the training ride. LBR was a good horse today but the trainer is thinking of switching to a different bit because he is still strong in the corners. She had a couple of more courses to complete as the vet arrived. He watched LBR jump and his comment was "That's a tall horse"...LOL.

After the ride, the vet drew blood for the coggins and Gary groomed LBR.

Gary took LBR back to his paddock and gave him treats.

March 22, 2011

Due to high winds (35 mph) today, LBR's training ride was canceled. Gary groomed and lunged him for a bit.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

March 21, 2011

Spring has sprung, DST is here and the weather in Central Texas is perfect (well...except for 25 mph winds).

Gary & Cindy headed over to the stables after Cindy got home from work expecting a quiet night as on Monday the stables are usually deserted. Gary groomed and tacked LBR while Cindy visited with a stablemate (Cindy is SPOILED!).

Cindy rode LBR first in the sand arena. Shortly after she started riding (as in the first walk lap around the arena to check footing/foreign objects) the peaceful stables turned into a mad-house.

The caretaker who has 4 large dogs is now keeping them in a fenced area because they have become aggressive. They are not happy and whenever anyone arrives at the stables (even the owner/trainer who walks down from her house, they bark incessantly. They barked for a good 10 minutes and finally calmed down. Just about this time, a truck pulling a trailer pulls into the drive up to the stables and proceeds down the road at about 30 mph. This sets off the barking dogs again and LBR is not amused.

Cindy did a good job of staying focused and keeping LBR's focus too. They worked at the walk and trot and did a lot of flexing and leg yielding in order to keep LBR's attention in the arena.

Once the truck/trailer skidded to stop at the barn, out pops 2 screaming running children. Their parents followed shortly out of the truck.

The kids were INSANELY HYPER...running everywhere, screaming, throwing Tonka toys...OMG.

Cindy continued her ride for a bit and then Gary rode LBR. They did some nice trot in canter away jumps before heading out on a trail ride away from the commotion (Cindy advised this as the visitor and trainer were coming in the arena with two(2) green horses).

Cindy got the kids out of the stables where they were running up/down the aisle pushing their toys by telling them that there was a sick horse in the stables and he needed a nap.

After the trail ride, LBR put up with the farrier and Gary picking up two (2) feet (diagonal front/back). Cindy found it amusing and the farrier was impressed that LBR balanced/tolerated it....most horses won't.

Cindy gave LBR treats for his patience and then Gary took LBR back to his paddock.

March 20, 2011

Cindy & LBR had the day off due to the long day yesterday at the show. Gary headed over to the stables in the afternoon to take out LBR's supplements (Weight Builder) for the week and took him some carrots/treats.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

March 19, 2011

Headed to the stables @ 6:00 a.m. for the show. LBR loaded like a champ! Woo Hoo.

When we arrived at the show, LBR was mister-mellow. He didn't give a hoot about being tied to the trailer and munched on his hay.

After Cindy checked in and Gary had groomed/tacked LBR up, Gary legged up Cindy onto LBR..he took a couple of steps but didn't do anything bad - we need to work on this at home.

Cindy warmed him up in the arena and LBR was such a GOOD boy. The only problem was the crossrails were deep/wide and LBR would not trot out/over them.



Schooling Video




He even did a flying lead change during warm up that Cindy thought was a buck....clever he is.

Cindy decided to scratch the classes and just school LBR. He's such a GOOD BOY.

Loading back onto the trailer was just as easy...and they were done by 11:00 a.m. with Cindy taking LBR his alfalfa flake to his paddock.

Cindy thinks she may be over mounted based on pictures from the show:

Cindy on LBR:


Another Rider on their mount:

Friday, March 18, 2011

March 18, 2011

Two(2) visits to LBR today. Gary went over during the day to groom and clip him. After work, they are headed back over so that Cindy can ride.

Tomorrow they're all off to a schooling show.

March 17, 2010

LBR had a training ride today. Still working on not rushing into lead changes in the corners. His flat work, simple lead changes and jumping were fabulous.

He had 2 good training rides this week - way to go LBR!

Video to be posted this weekend.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

March 16, 2011

Yay!!!! Gary and Cindy headed to the stables after Cindy got home from work. LOVE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME.

Cindy rode LBR in the sand arena. They had an excellent ride after LBR focused inside the arena (that took nearly 20 minutes of trotting, leg yields and transitions).

Gary rode a friends horse "Derby". He's a 16 year old perfect hubby-horse.

After the arena work, they took a trail ride around the property. They groomed and returned their mounts to their respective paddocks and gave them treats.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March 15, 2011

LBR had a training ride today.

His flat work was flawless and his jumping was good. He did get a little strong during one course going up hill but took those jumps well coming back down the hill.

He did simple lead changes on the flat and flying lead changes during the course work.

It was cool this morning (low of 44F degrees overnight) so LBR didn't sweat.

He is however shedding like crazy!

March 14, 2011

Today is Monday - LBR's day off.

March 13, 2011

Today Gary and Cindy headed over to the stables in the late morning. Cindy had a great ride on LBR. They worked on "focus" and though initially distracted by things, he eventually relaxed and gave his undivided attention to Cindy.

This was quite an accomplishment as a new horse was being introduced to the arena. The trainer rode her first and then Gary and the owner rode.

After the ride, the next stable chore was at hand....cleaning and raking LBR's paddock to prepare it for seeding with bermuda seed. Gary did the work with LBR curiously following him around.

The bermuda seed that was originally purchased ended up not being suitable for livestock use (had anit-fungal chemicals that are toxic) so Gary & Cindy headed to Bastrop (about 20 miles) to buy livestock seed at Tractor Supply.

They then returned to the stables and sowed the seeds....we now just need some rain!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

March 12, 2011

Videos have been added to March 8 & 10, 2011. This post is a reflection of today's visit to the stables by Cindy.

Sometimes I wish I understood horse herd behavior and communication better. A mare at the stables slipped a foal this morning (due in May) and after the foal's body was removed from her paddock, she neighed and whinnied for several minutes.

I was riding LBR in the sand arena near her paddock. He replied with whinnies and froze in place (with me on his back) facing the mare. The mare and he whinnied back and forth several times.

We skipped the lesson that was starting, lunged to regain focus and then rode in the grass arena at the other end of the property (actually had a great ride).

I really wish I knew what they were communicating. It was very interesting.

March 11, 2011

Gary headed over to ride LBR in the afternoon. He groomed him and tacked him up and they had a nice quiet ride in the sand arena.

Gary was so happy today. In addition to cantering LBR on the rail, he cantered him in circles.

After the ride, Gary groomed LBR and let him graze for a bit before returning him to his paddock.

March 10, 2011

LBR had a training ride today. His flat work was excellent.

On the course work, his jumps were beautiful with great form, no rushing in or out of jumps. He struggled a bit with the corners - getting a little stronger than his trainer likes.

She worked with him on that and eventually, he softened up.

After the ride, Gary rinsed LBR and let him graze on the fresh spring grass in the common area while he dried.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

March 9, 2011

Gary headed over to the stables in the afternoon. He rode LBR in the sand arena and worked mostly on transitions from walk/trot/whoa without reins - using only his seat.

LBR responded nicely.

After the transition work, they went for a short trail ride around the property.

March 8, 2011

LBR had a training ride today. HE'S BACK!!!! Doing flying lead changes, listening and always getting his correct leads.


March 7, 2010

Today is LBR's day off.

Monday, March 7, 2011

March 6, 2011

Cindy had a great lesson on LBR today. The stables were quiet when Gary & Cindy arrived - just a small lesson going on in the sand arena.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy put out LBR's supplements for the week and staged the tack and grooming supplies.

LBR was a very mellow horse in the grooming stall. As other horses were brought in to be groomed for the same lesson, he napped.

Cindy mounted LBR in the sand arena while the other lesson was going on and LBR continued his mellow ways. The lesson started off really quiet. After about 15 minutes though, two (2) trailers pulled up next to the arena - one bringing a horse and one taking one. LBR was distracted but never totally lost his focus. He did get a little excited a couple of times.

Once, all the horses on the property started calling when the horse was being taken off property and once when the new horse was unloaded. Cindy was supposed to be turning him on his haunches but told the trainer we were going to watch the horse unload and then turn on the haunches. He did a perfect turn.

There was another "incident" when a jump fell down. LBR just looked at it but another horse "spooked" so LBR spooked 4 feet left in one move. Cindy just laughed.

LBR rocked at his walk/trot/canter ground work and did his cross rail courses perfectly. After the lesson Cindy went on a "trail ride" with another boarder.

Gary & Cindy then de-tacked and groomed LBR before returning him to his paddock for carrots.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

March 5, 2011

Gary and Cindy headed to the stables at 5:15 a.m. to hook up the trailer and take LBR to a one day show. A wicked cold front had arrived complete with rain and 30 mph winds around 4:30 a.m.

Well...the trailer fairy was kind to them this morning. No lights. Although the trainer offered to put LBR on her trailer, Gary and Cindy did not think the weather was conducive to a good show experience and decided not to take LBR.

They did go to the show and cheer on the other stable people that were showing and had a great time. The weather early in the morning included sleet, rain, thunderstorms and winds blowing up to 40 mph. Fortunately, by noon it cleared up and was a nice sunny afternoon.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

March 4, 2011

Gary went to look at a companion for LBR today...a nice paint north of where we live.

After riding that horse, Gary returned to Austin. He rode LBR in the sand arena doing trot in/canter out work and flat work at the walk, trot and canter. Afterwards, Gary groomed, trimmed and prepared LBR for a single day show tomorrow.

March 3, 2011

LBR had a training ride today. Things went really well - especially considering that LBR is on his 2 steps forward, one step back. The trainer focused on traveling straight today. So weird that we have to worry about this still.

After the ride, Gary rinsed LBR before letting him graze to dry and returning him to his paddock.

March 2, 2011

Gary rode LBR today and had a great time. They did flat and cross rail work in the arena and then headed out for a trail ride.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March 1, 2011

LBR had a training ride today. Gary groomed and tacked him up before the ride.

LBR's flat work was fabulous. He was nicely collected and rounded out. After a while though, he became agitated by the ground poles and started to be easily distracted. He quit tracking straight and the trainer was baffled. She commented though about the training process and that sometimes it's 3 steps forward, one step back.

During the session, LBR started bowing out. The trainer halted him and side passed him in the opposite direction all the way across the arena.

This worked and LBR stayed focused for the remainder of the session.

LBR was a sweaty mess so Gary rinsed him off and let him graze/dry before returning him to his paddock.

February 28, 2011

Today is LBR's day off:-)

February 27, 2011

Cindy was sick today (bad cold) so Gary headed over to ride LBR in the afternoon.

It was 83F degrees in Central Texas today.

They had a really good ride in the sand arena with trotting in, cantering away from cross-rails.

After the ride, Gary rinsed LBR off. LBR has not lost a single hair from his winter coat and gets sweaty easily.

Gary let LBR graze on the spring grass until he was dry.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

February 26, 2011

Cindy had a lesson with LBR today. It was great!!!

They cantered with two other horses in the lesson (big hurdle for Cindy). LBR got his leads correctly....woo hoo.

Cantering Nicely With Others


Course Work
(Oops, bio-break at the beginning, but love the green brush box at the end)

February 25, 2011

LBR had a training ride today. Gary headed over to groom him before the ride and when he went to LBR's paddock, he found LBR shine clean on one side and coated entirely in mud on the other (no fur showing from his ears, face, side, butt legs).

Grooming the mud off took almost 30 minutes and a LBR is sensitive to the curry he was not a happy camper. Silly horse - we only got about 1/3" of rain - he must have fallen asleep in the mud on that side.

The training ride started off good at the walk and trot. The canter to the left was good, but LBR WOULD NOT take his right lead. The trainer tried every method known to mankind but after about 10 attempts, she abandoned the flat work.

Today, LBR did gymnastics for the first time. It started with two jumps and then a third jump was added to the line. He LOVED it.



After the ride, Gary groomed LBR and returned him to his paddock and gave him a few carrots.

Friday, February 25, 2011

February 24, 2011

Gary headed over to the stables mid-morning to ride LBR. They had a great ride in the sand arena including jumping (trotting in, cantering out) the hay-bale jump and the green brush box. Towards the end of the ride, a cold front was aprooaching so they stopped riding just in time to get in the grooming stall before the rain came down.

February 23, 2011

LBR had a training ride today. Gary headed over to the stables to groom and tack him up. The trainer rode LBR in the grass arena today. His flat work was good. He had trouble with the "quick" corners at the show this weekend so rather than do courses on him (he can jump - loves it) she worked him in a 20 meter circle at the trot and canter over ground poles. He found it very difficult mentally. He eventually got the hange of it and figured out how many strides between each of the 4 poles and not to switch leads over them.

After the session, Gary rinsed LBR off (it was a very warm spring day in Central Texas) and then led him around a bit to dry off. LBR walked through the canyon (aka tire ruts) on the first try today.

Gary returned LBR to his paddock and gave him carrot treats.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

February 22, 2011

Gary & Cindy headed over to the stables around 9:30 to meet the farrier. He hadn't arrived yet so they groomed LBR and took him for a walk around the property.

The stalled horses are now being turned out at night so all of their paddocks were empty. Gary & Cindy decided to take LBR to the paddock at the far end the property from his paddock. These paddocks adjoin another property and there is a horse and a donkey that live there.

LBR is fascinated with them when he can see them from the arena. He met them today. The paint mare was friendly - not marish or snorty at all. The donkey was just as friendly and even gave LBR "kisses".



After the visit, Gary worked with LBR and his fear of unlevel ground. He eventually stood still in the "bottomless pit" and grazed.



The farrier arrived and LBR stood patiently to have his front hooves reshod and back hooves trimmed. Cindy thinks LBR has small feet, but the farrier said "Heck no...he wears a size 2 shoe". She was surprised:-)

Gary and Cindy returned LBR back to his paddock. Cindy replaced a few t-post caps that had been removed. They gave LBR a few treats before heading home around 12:30 p.m.

February 21, 2011

No visit for LBR today as Cindy & Gary were out of town.

February 20, 2011

No visit for LBR today as Cindy & Gary were out of town.

February 19, 2011




Today LBR headed to the schooling show with the trainer. Cindy & Gary were out of town so didn't get to go.

The trainer schooled LBR and decided not to enter him in any classes. He was 'GREAT' according to the trainer and though he was a bit distracted by the crowd, he was responsive.

After schooling, the ladies from the stable were sitting by the trailer facing the showground with the horses tied to the trailer behind them. One of them looked back to check on the horses and said "Where's Red?" About that time someone by an adjoining trailer said "Loose Horse". LBR had untied himself and looked to be headed a few feet away to graze.

He then noticed some riders across the field taking a trail ride and decided to trot over to them (about 1/3 of a mile) to visit. He wasn't wild - just prancing across the pasture like the "stud muffin" he thinks he is. After trotting for a bit looking both ways in his attitude moves, he stopped at the top of a hill and posed. The girls trail riding dismounted as he aprroached. As one of them reached out to catch him while he posed, he flagged his tail and trotted back to the trailer where he stopped to be caught.

After the show, he walked on the trailer without hesitation.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

February 18, 2011

LBR is heading to a show tomorrow for schooling so Gary lunged him and then gave him a bath.

Friday, February 18, 2011

February 17, 2011

LBR had a training ride today. Gary headed over around 10:00 a.m. to groom him. It was an extremely windy (gusts to 35 mph) day.

LBR did his flat work well, but after a few courses, and with horses in the paddocks running around like crazy, he lost focus.

The trainer got off of him and lunged him. He did his famous gallop with whinnies/snorts/squeals in one spot of the circle repeatedly. After a few minutes of getting that out of his system. He started cantering properly and did perfect transitions on the lunge line.

After the training, Gary bathed LBR and the trainer "pulled" his mane. The trainer is taking him to a show on Saturday...if all goes well with schooling, he'll be in the 2'3" classes.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Little Big Red!!!!



This is LBR and Gary comparing whiskers when Cindy headed over to give LBR his birthday carrots.




Here's a cropped version of the photo.





Unfortunately, the breeder/owner that we adopted LBR from doesn't have any pictures of him as a foal. I often wonder what he looked like. Please vote on your pick via comments.

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February 15, 2011

Gary headed over to the stables to groom and tack LBR for his lesson around 10:00 a.m.

The trainer had another great ride on LBR. She is going to be taking him to a schooling show this Saturday and was originally going to show him in the 2' Futures class. This class would be held in a small arena.

Because LBR was so good during his flat work, she decided to try him around some 2'3" courses. He did very well.

So...the plans change, instead of the 2' Futures class, she will be showing LBR in the 2'3" class in the large arena. Gary & Cindy won't be there to cheer him on, but a good friend from the stables has offered to video his classes.

After the ride, Gary groomed LBR and returned him to his paddock with treats of carrots and alfalfa cubes.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

February 14, 2011

Today (Monday) is LBR's new day off.

February 13, 2011

Gary and Cindy headed over to the stables in the early afternoon. It has been nearly three (3) weeks since Gary has ridden LBR so the plan was for Cindy to warm him up and then let Gary do most of the riding today.

LBR started off extremely lazy again. Cindy's legs were sore from pushing him in the lesson yesterday. A light bulb came on in her head. LBR was lazy like this one time about 6 months ago. A quick tap on the butt by Cindy's hand and voila...LBR woke up.

They trotted and cantered a bit and LBR was fabulous.

Gary then rode LBR for about 30 minutes at the walk, trot and canter. They had a great ride ending with a bit of trail riding.

As LBR still had a lot of his new found energy, after removing his tack and grooming him, Gary lunged LBR for a few minutes. LBR was so happy - he was smiling.

After treats in the paddock, Gary & Cindy headed home.

February 12, 2011

Gary and Cindy headed to the stables around 11:30 a.m. for Cindy's 1:00 p.m. lesson.

LBR was munching on his big round bale of hay when they arrived. Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy staged the tack and grooming supplies. There was a 12:00 p.m. lesson in progress and a lot of activity at the barn.

LBR fell asleep while Gary groomed and tacked him up. Cindy mounted LBR in the sand arena and then headed to the grass arena to warm/wake up LBR.

He was extremely lazy.

This laziness continued to the lesson and LBR finally woke up to trot over the ground poles. His flat work was not as good as it has been due to the laziness, but his course work was excellent.

After the lesson, Cindy took him on a trail ride around the property. She removed his tack and groomed and Gary took him back to his paddock while she cleaned up the grooming stall.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

February 10, 2011

LBR had a training ride today. Gary headed over around 10:00 a.m. to groom and tack him up for his 11:00 a.m. ride. LBR is progressing so well. Enjoy the videos (and don't yell...it's his trainer's choice not to wear a helmet)





Friday, February 11, 2011

February 11, 2011

It's still chilly by Central Texas standards - high of 41F degrees but it was sunny.

Gary headed over mid-afternoon and lunged LBR in side reins. They had a good workout and then headed back to the paddock for treats.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

February 9, 2011

The high temperature today was 42F degrees at 4:45 a.m. The wicked cold front arrived with rain turning into sleet. The mess ended by about 8:00 a.m. Roads were okay for Cindy's commute to work and the sun popped out in the afternoon. Wind gusts were up to 50 mph...WINTER GO AWAY.

Gary picked up the trailer and parked it at the stables. LBR appreciated the quick visit with treats. He wouldn't leave his shelter though to come to the gate. Gary treated him in his little barn.

February 8, 2011

It's been 7 weeks since LBR has visited the farrier. Today he had a training ride and the trainer said his hooves/front shoes look great and that several of the horses are going 8 weeks between trims and he would be fine for another week.

His training ride was absolutely perfect. His ground work was focused and he did full courses at the canter with flying lead changes.

A cold front was predicted to come in overnight so Gary headed back over to the stables in the early evening and put LBR's blanket on.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

February 7, 2011

LBR had the day off today. Gary took the trailer up to Georgetown to the dealership to have the new doors installed.

The trailer is a 2001 CM Aluminum 2 horse. The escape/front doors had some issues with the laminate glue. When it was purchased, Gary did some research and contacted the manufacturer regarding the "cosmetic" issue. They said it was a known issue with the glue they used and would replace the doors for free.

It took about 8 weeks for the new doors to arrive at the dealership.

CM really stands by their products!

February 6, 2011

Woo Hoo..in our lesson

Mother Nature has been so good the past couple of weeks. It was sunny and in the low 80F's last weekend and sunny and low 70F's this weekend.

Cindy had a lesson today on LBR. She and Gary headed over to the stables around 9:15 a.m. for her 10:30 a.m. lesson. They anticipated a high-spirited LBR and arrived early so that he could be lunged.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy put out his supplements for the week and staged the tack and grooming supplies. The day was warming up, but there was still a biting wind blowing about 20 mph.

After grooming/tacking, Gary took LBR to the round pen for some lunging. As predicted - he was full of himself. He always listens and does well, but when he's frisky, he well add in a few kicks and snorts to his cantering.

After about 20 minutes of lunging, Cindy took him down to the grass arena to warm up for their lesson. LBR was a little spirited, but was listening well.

They headed back down to the sand arena for their lesson. During the initial walk/trot flat work, LBR was somewhat distracted. Cindy was nervous about cantering, but "put her big girl panties on" and they cantered perfectly. LBR got the correct leads in both directions...YAY!!!!

During the course work, we had another runaway horse....thankfully it wasn't LBR and thankfully the rider was able to stop her horse.

LBR's course work was excellent - no rushing, no over jumping, etc. Once again, he was the start in the lesson:-) He's so smart!!!!

After the lesson, Cindy took him on a trail ride around the property. She learned a new term this week....she rode him "on the buckle" the entire trail ride.

Gary & Cindy took off LBR's tack, groomed him and took him back to his paddock for treats.

February 5, 2011

Gary & Cindy headed over to the stables around noon.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock and he was quite frisky. Cindy had a good ride on LBR in the sand arena, but due to 25 mph winds and the fact LBR hadn't been ridden in 5 days, she skipped the cantering.

LBR settled nicely and they did a lot of transition and bending work. There were other riders in the arena and LBR did a good job of focusing on Cindy and ignoring them.

After the ride, Gary & Cindy returned LBR back to his paddock for carrots.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

February 4, 2011

We had snow/ice over night.



Cindy chose to work from home and started work at 6:30 a.m. She was done working by 3:00 p.m and Gary and she headed over to see LBR. Someone was soaking up the sun by the time they got there and when Gary approached the paddock LBR was rolling and waking up.


They took warm water and oats to make a mash for LBR. Gary brought LBR up from his paddock, and removed his blanket (it was 40F degrees by this time in the day).
While Gary groomed LBR, Cindy prepared his "mash"...Gary's telling LBR how good her soup is.



She carried it down to the paddock in advance of Gary leading LBR back. The video is of LBR "attacking" Cindy because he prefers carrots to mash.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWnUlsBpmfU

Friday, February 4, 2011

February 3, 2011

Gary headed over to visit LBR late in the morning. He made him a "mash" of oats, alfalfa cubes and water. He brought LBR up to the stables for grooming to make sure his blanket was fitting properly. Everything was fine so they headed back to the paddock for some mush eating.

LBR slurped it up and even drooled it onto Gary's jacket and shoes.

We are supposed to get snow overnight and then a break from the cold weather this weekend.