After a quick cool down, we were back above 80 today – a lovely day for a trail ride with our horsey friends. Patty, Rhonda, Lora, Taylor, Erika, Ivy and me. We took our mounts to the lake and saw a flock of wild turkeys, a couple of squirrels, and one deer. Splash was a very good boy but I didn’t let him have a chance to dunk me. Ivy and Kizzy tried out canter along the shoreline and Prince pranced around in his first lake water.
The party lesson was delayed an hour to let the temps warm up from 38 degrees for a low. We worked very hard with some lateral work. 1) leg yield along the rail; 2) trot off; 3) canter half circle; and 4) return to the rail in counter canter to transition to leg yield. We started very slow with just leg yield at the walk / transition to trot. Splash did OK with leg yield left but to the right, we slowed to a stop and then struggled to leg yield. Very difficult for both of us. Splash and I finished up with roll-backs and cooled down with barrel back-throughs and cavaletti walk-overs. Our party lesson pals were Gena (escaped from summer lake duty), Lora (getting in as many lessons as possible before she leaves town), Nancy ( ET before the wedding extravaganza), Rosetta (with her red pony), Ivy (prepping Kizzy for camp), and Alaina (worried about Sunny’s joins and planning to take Sammy to camp). After Gena was finished with the lesson, Alaina gave Sammy a quick spin before we lunched at Black Fox.
Hunting season is here with Youth Gun starting on Oct 17. In between gun seasons, Patty and I are plotting to ride often this winter to give both Prince and Splash lots of trail practice. YaYa – lets go!