Friday, July 12, 2013
How nice that on a beautiful Friday afternoon, I had my husband with me and was able to have some pictures taken of us working! It's always nice to have someone around for a "leg-up" when I use the bareback pad as well.
Kind of a funny one, I was reading an article about 2 weeks ago that a guy wrote saying he would never, ever again have a headstall with chicago screws in it. One fell out (not sure which) and was the cause of a pretty big riding accident for him. So, when cleaning mine last week, I noticed one missing on my headstall!! Thinking back to the article, I immediately sidelined it and ordered a new one!! Below is a pic of Linus sporting his new one. It matches his reins really nicely considering they came from different places!
I have for a while now wanted to try barrels with the bareback pad. I find going back to it every now and then helps me keep on top on my balance and making clear signals. I waited until I was on his back before I told my husband there was a good chance I might fall off trying this bareback! Thankfully, I didn't!
Of course Linus has to give the barrels a good sniff first!
He is really catching on to what we do at the barrels and we are starting to pick up speed!
They called from Calgary asking if we'd consider competing in the Stampede barrel racing but we were unable to make the trip......(ha ha ha yeah right!)
I tried a "lesson" I learned online where you start and finish in between two barrels. It helps to give the horse a start and stop point. Worked well! my husband was on the other side of the barrels so Linus liked to head to him for a head rubbing after we did each run!
I was pretty impressed today by his turns.
It was nice that our best spot for barrels had dried up. Last week there was puddles here!
Hard to tell it in this picture but he is losing weight and look! He has a bit of curls showing in his tail!
And a big hug for my big red friend...
Hey look Linus I can reach to rub your neck from here! He loved that!
Ok, let's move the barrels and practice some weaving...normally I dismount to move them but I wanted to give Linus a test and see if he would let me do it from his back. It took a bit of maneuvering to get close enough to reach the opening on the barrel to grab it but he was so good about it!
Good job Linus!
The weaving went really well.
Ah, time for a break!
The hayfields at the end of the trail that borders our farm have been cut today. So, in a few days we will have another spot back to ride in again! YAY!! Then I will really get at the separation even more.
We're supposed to have some great weather (finally!) coming up! Hoping to be able to take full advantage!!
Have a great riding weekend!
Donna & Linus
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