|The Usual Suspects- Blaze, Max, Sherlock, Tooie and Annie|
Saturday I groomed him in front of the barn, there were farriers everywhere taking up all the crossties. He was a little nervous at first but really super about his feet. Free-longed in the outdoor arena, he was on a long orbit trotting a sort of figure 8 with me at near the center. He likes he increased room but doesn't want to lose his connection. A little lazy, great whoa.
Had a great time watching the many Smarties at the Breeder's Cup. Lazed all afternoon in front of the TV.
Sunday I again groomed Sherlock in front of barn, farriers were taking up the whole barn. Again pacing a bit but super for his feet. Thrush cleared up nicely. Western saddle and headed off to the outdoor again. A bit spooky in the wind, so I turned him loose for a bit of free longe cantering, then re-saddled. He did great today, first examined the jumps at one end of the arena, esp. interested in the coops today. Expanded out from the gate area very quick today, did some trotting on the short end and then the long end. Then tried trotting the long end with continuing the trot past the gate. Sherlock got a bit confused and we discussed if we were even going to walk away from the gate at all. I stayed patient but held my pressure and we walked on. Practiced some whoa at the far end and got down for many pets. It is hard for him to bypass his safe areas, but I'll need to keep working on expanding those zones so he can venture further in the world.
|Sherlock strolling in tne arena.|
I hope the angelic foot-lifting trend will last for my own farrier who comes in 2 weeks.