FINALLY! A wonderful warm-up after weeks (felt like months) of COLD WINTER. Friday was pretty windy but a lovely day for a ride at the Bonderosa with Cindy, Sheila, and Allison. Cindy took Sunny for a spin and Sheila worked both her horses at the same time since White Pony ran the fence while she had Yellow Pony out on the trail. Splash was a very good boy although the donkeys (Starsky and Hutch) made him snort a bit when we got back to the barn.
We headed out to the south-west forty to check cows/calves and BULLS (three of them). When we got back to the hay field, 2 cows had escaped – Splash and I helped Sheila push them back into their pasture – 2 counts as cattle, right?
For Saturday’s party lesson, the girls and I were joined by Marilyn B, Kathy B, and Nancy E – for lunch after lesson, Jennifer, Ashlyn, Pat, and Rosetta AND Larry joined us at Ron’s for their famous Spanish Fries. For the lesson, I worked in western tack and used my big spurs. Splash and I worked on maintaining trots and canters – trots were pretty good. Canters were to fast but got better as the lesson went on. Splash was pretty good on the canter-overs despite the interference from his rider. We also worked on the box, back through, and the dreaded cone weaving. My problem was trying to do cone weaving with leg yields. When I used leg to change bend, things went better. Our canter departs to the left were still resistant (dropping left hard) but we got a bit better with that too.
Next weekend is the Will Rogers Classic Open Horse show! The start of the show season is here.