Pea gravel was delivered!
The BO's decided to put pea gravel by all the horses's troughs in their paddocks to encourage foot stimulation and hardening. So excited about this and how great that they did this!
The dogs loved playing on the hill
Laz's posh paddock
He loved it! He pushed it around with his lip, and the BO's said at first, he was pawing at it wanting to roll!
He walks right in, no reservations at all.
Must feel good
Must feel good
Mason playing with his friends...he could hardly see but held the frisbee like this for a while, lol!
During our ride, he just sat outside of arena and watched. He gets a little confused as to why I'm up so high I think. He doesn't like to come close or step foot in arena when we are in there working.
Laz and I had an amazing ride!!!!!
No spooking, no attitude.......well that is not 100% true. We did about 30 minutes of walk/trot work in arena. He did great with trotting in both directions. I can definitely feel him struggle in deeper sanded areas and going uphill (like within the arena..not hills) so I didn't push it with him in those areas. Slowly, slowly. We do about 80% walking, and 20% trotting-IF that. I try to push him a little for strength training BUT I am soooooooooo careful to watch his body language to see any signs of fatigue, stress or pain. It's very difficult to know that fine line and I err on the side of not pushing him.
I'm trying to convince my hubby to come out and video tape us so you can see (and so I can see) how he's looking.
Anyway, last night was beautiful-great weather, happy calm OTTB and pricked forward ears listening to my aids. He was so soft and light yesterday. He seems smooth on the trot (despite the major limp) but considering, we did great transitions, large sweeping circles and serpentines and he was so in tuned with my aids that I barely had to leg him. He is so light! All bareback and all in rope halter! No speeding up and wanting to buck and play. After our work in the arena, he seemed a little bored because he started twisting his head (as he does when being snarky or bored) out. So, I decided we should walk around the property some. Fellow blogger, Juliette, always rides her OTTBs around their property and on trails and her boys seem to love it. I personally, get a little tense thinking Laz will spook and drop me and be off running. I had to thank Laz for pushing me as a rider and doing what he wanted to do. We walked for about 10 minutes around the arena, around the round pen, in the front yard by the street and around some pine trees. Only once did he do a little nervous jig but I'm quite sure I was sending my nerves down to him, so I make a conscious effort to b-r-e-a-t-h-e and talk to him. He was great and seemed to really enjoy it. Mason even walked with us for some of the way and Laz went to nose him and Mason bolted, ha!
It was a great little ride and very peaceful. Laz took good care of me.
His legs/ankles after our ride. Yay!
I do have to take more pics of his right rear.....it's still so odd, so odd. I am still not convinced his not still rotated but I'm trusting Cliff and time will tell. For now, I try so hard to not obsess over it.
Mason sneaking in a snooze with his brother Pudgie