Sunday, April 26, 2015

Keep on keeping on

Hasn't been much going on to share lately.  I was out of town on a girl's trip which was a nice break. We spent a few days mountain biking and hanging out and I was able to sneak in a visit to my dad before coming back.

Then right after I got back it was spring shots and sensitive red heads get a couple days off after that.  Nothing dramatic happened this time anyways, no swelling, fever, or other miscellaneous reactions.  Woohoo!

Enjoy random picture of baby cheetahs from many years ago at the National Zoo
Trainer report has been much the same.  Fawkes continues to improve and become a perfect citizen, except when he isn't.  I rode him Friday and today, and he was excellent both times with small exceptions.  Today he "refused" a pole on the ground because it looked at him funny or something.  But all the rest of the poles he marched over in stride.

His trot is definitely become a thing of beauty.  With basically no effort on the rider's part, he drops down into his hunter frame and marches along in perfect rhythm.  He swings his back and has gotten much more comfortable to ride.  He used to fling his head up if you pulled him off the rail and while that isn't perfect yet, he is now staying much more consistent through circles and across the diagonal.

Canter is also coming along although transitions are still about 50/50.  So we have had some nice rides, but nothing super exciting.  Trainer R is planning on asking one of the other boarders to jump him some more in preparation for selling.  I haven't met her but she is a very talented rider so it can only help Fawkes to get some over fences miles with her.

They had shaved one leg on each of the 4 babies to distinguish them
 No real action on the horse selling front and I don't expect it to happen quickly.  Haven't really considered what will happen after the fact - thinking I will lease for awhile and then reassess.  My finances could really use a break from horse ownership.

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