Sunday, January 9, 2011

January 8, 2011

Cindy and Gary headed over to the stables around noon. It has been a nice winter so far in Central Texas but rain and cold weather are predicted starting tomorrow.

Gary brought LBR up from his paddock while Cindy staged the tack. After grooming and tacking up, Cindy took LBR to the sand arena for his ride. There were already 2 others in the arena as Cindy mounted.

LBR was very calm with all of the others in the arena and didn't even notice when a fourth horse entered. Cindy worked him at the walk, trot and breif canter (due to the hectic nature of the group). She rode him over cross rails and low jumps at the trot and LBR was FABULOUS. After Cindy finished riding, Gary rode for a short ride including cantering and cross rails.

There is another horse at the stables that is for sale and Cindy rode her after riding LBR. She is a 13 year old thoroughbred who is a very experienced show horse (local and class 'A'). She's swaybacked, but has no lameness issues.

Cindy rode her and had the hardest time getting her to go. Gary had ridden her earlier in the week and said it was easy....not today. Eventually Gary got one good lap or two out of her before she shut down again - only wanting to walk.

Cindy wasn't going to let her end on getting her way so she went and got a crop and got back on. Two taps on the shoulder and the mare was WONDERFUL (her barn name rhymes with witch, but doesn't start with a "B"). Cindy cantered her both directions, did flying lead changes and really had fun. Cindy didn't jump but plans on taking a lesson on her soon.

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