This is my sister Leah. Today is her birthday. What better way to enjoy than by sharing a humorous horsey-related story.
Tuesday was my first day back in town. I turned Hemie out since I didn’t know precisely the last time he’d been exercised. He wasn’t particularly hot, so I set up a bunch of jumps. We went on a hack around the property and it was delightful. By the time we got back to the ring with the jumps, a trainer and 3 students had entered and were just starting a lesson….oh well.
Wednesday we did a bareback hack around the property, then he got turned out with my friend’s 2 horses and they romped around. I think turning horses out together is so healthy for them.
Thursday I got a short and sweet jump lesson, as I had to pick up my father-in-law from LAX. Hemie had his hunter hat on – relaxed and happy. At one point he started to get a bit behind the leg when tracking right, getting started after standing around after another gal had done a course. Laurie had us “gallop” to get our giddyup going, then keep that throughout the course instead of coming back down to a canter. I’m sure we weren’t really galloping but we had a much better pace. Left to my own devices we’ll just mosey around the course. Hemie was great and overall it was a fun lesson. We did some bending lines and 2-stride exercises. Good stuff.
Birthday dinner tonight with the sister, so I get a fresh pony for Saturday’s lesson!