Ride Log

Updated occasionally . . .

September 9, 2015 - really nice w/t rides on Dawn and Missy, finally cooler.  Added three good big circles in both directions to our five minutes of trot work.  Worked with Missy on consistent forward at the trot, and on her left bend.

September 8, 2015 - finally four short w/t rides - still warm but better.  Did 5 minutes sustained trot work with all four horses - lots of sluggishness, except Dawn.

September 7, 2015 - way too hot to ride, horses in early.

September 6, 2015 - too hot to ride, horses in early.

September 5, 2015 - too hot to ride, horses in early.  Dawn's nose much better, swelling on Pie's face improved.  Red last dose levamisole, Pie on 1x day antihistamine, Dawn still on 2x day SMZs.

September 4, 2015 - short rides on all four horses, very hot and humid in the afternoon, all were very good.  Dawn's goopy nostril improving a bit, she still feels OK.  Nostril now smells OK.  Pie has bad fly bite on face - using antihistamine and also antibiotic ointment.

September 3, 2015 - too hot to ride, horses in early.

September 2, 2015 - too hot to ride, horses in early.

September 1, 2015 - very nice, short w/t ride on Dawn.  Goopy left nostril, no fever or other symptoms, eating and drinking well, started on SMZs - 14 days 2x day.  Don't like that nostril smells bad, but mouth smells OK. Sinus infection? Tooth problem? Horses in early, very hot.

August 31, 2015 - Really lovely rides on all four horses, couldn't have asked for a better day.

August 30, 2015 - Dawn, Missy and Pie: day off.  Red: really nice w/t ride, worked hard on offering softness and he took me up on it, very responsive and forward.

August 29, 2015 - Very nice w/t rides on Dawn and Missy, hard rain outside.  Red: day off.  Pie: good short w/t/c ride in indoor, a bit sluggish.

August 28, 2015 - Dawn, Missy and Pie: day off.  Red: lovely w/t ride outside, more forward than he's been.  Red's blood test results: insulin high, thyroid low.  Slightly into metabolic syndrome, probably in the earliest stages of PPID.

August 27, 2015 - Dawn, Missy and Red: day off.  Pie: lovely w/t/c ride outside.  Pie losing tail hairs now.  Substituting Chromium Yeast 2x for Marold's in a.m. for both Pie and Dawn, stopping using container of Marold's that has more "flecks" than normal.  Excess selenium?

August 26, 2015 - Dawn: nice w/t ride in indoor, forward but not rushing.  Lost a lot of short tail hairs when I was grooming (?). Missy and Pie: day off.  Red: pretty good w/t ride, some bracing when he was distracted but worked through it.

August 25, 2015 - Dawn and Red: day off.  Dawn in heat, peed all over the aisle last night.  Missy: really lovely ride in the outdoor on a cool and windy day.  Even tried a bit of canter work, including left lead - her hard one - after some very nice shortening/lengthening work at the trot.  Red's insulin came back at 18.5, so upping his chromium to 2x Platinum Yeast in a.m., 1x Marold's in p.m.  Pie: lovely ride in outdoor, finishing in indoor.

August 24, 2015 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride, nicely forward and soft.  Missy and Pie: day off.  Red: really excellent ride with good softness from beginning - because I offered it myself.

August 23, 2015 - Dawn, Red and Missy: day off.  Pie: lovely w/t/c ride, soft and responsive.

August 22, 2015 - Dawn and Pie: day off.  Red: very good bareback w/t ride, tried to offer softness from the beginning and we did better.  Missy: excellent w/t bareback ride, nice softness and engagement.

August 21, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, quite forward and some nice softness.  Missy and Pie: day off.  Red: good w/t/c ride, but some bracing.  Used Rockin S raised snaffle and worked on softness, things were better by the end - I need to offer him the same soft feel I want back and not just get the job done.

August 20, 2015 - Dawn and Missy: day off.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, lovely and forward and soft.  Red: a lot of distraction and bracing and not sure he was happy about the dressage saddle - will try him next in his western saddle again.

August 19, 2015 - Dawn and Missy: very nice w/t rides, quite a bit cooler.  Red and Pie: day off.

August 18, 2015 - Dawn: very nice w/t ride, some lovely softness by the end.  Missy: very nice w/t ride, left bend still a challenge.  Red: very good w/t ride, despite lots of work going on in pastures.  Really seems more comfortable and forward in the dressage saddle.  Pie: lovely forward w/t ride despite work in pastures, soft and willing.

August 17, 2015 - Dawn: short, very good w/t ride, interrupted by horse jumping out of paddock - Dawn thought that was very exciting, also heavy equipment working right by arena doors.  Missy, Red and Pie - day off, still very hot and equipment working around barn.

August 16, 2015 - still too hot to ride.

August 15, 2015 - too hot to ride, horses in early.

August 14, 2015 - back on-line, hoof trims all, day off all.

July 8, 2015 - moving to off-line records.

July 7, 2015 - Dawn, Missy, Red and Pie: day off.

July 6, 2015 - Missy and Red: day off.  Dawn: very good w/t ride, shoulder much better, swelling has ended up down at her knee.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, lovely soft trot work and some very nice sustained canter work, including some lovely circles.

July 5, 2015 - Dawn, Missy and Pie: day off. Red: excellent w/t/c ride - took a few moments to establish softness in halt and back, but after than the ride was wonderful.  Lovely soft trot and good sustained canter work.

July 4, 2015 - Missy and Red: day off.  Dawn: day off, impact injury/scrape to shoulder.  Doesn't seem too bad, 1 gram bute.  Boys in at 11 a.m.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, nicely forward and soft, some nice sustained canter work.

July 3, 2015 - Missy and Pie: day off. Dawn: very good forward w/t ride.  Boys in at 11 a.m.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, a little bracing at beginning but afterwards very soft and responsive.  Canter work very good, worked on sustaining it - my new position helped.

July 2, 2015 - Dawn, Missy and Red: day off.  Pie: very good w/t ride, despite numerous distractions - he was worried but stayed with me.  Boys: in at 10:30 a.m.

July 1, 2015 - Missy, Red and Pie: day off.  Dawn: very good w/t ride, quite forward and happy to work, perhaps because of cooler weather.  Missy: another episode of bloody urine, started on 14 SMZs 2x day, and will also have a bladder ultrasound on 7/14, will not ride between now and then to avoid irritating whatever it is.  Boys: 3 and 1/2 hrs+ grazing - in at 10 a.m.

June, 2015: total rides: 49; Dawn: 15; Missy: 9; Red: 11; Pie: 11; Shania: 3.

June 30, 2015 - Dawn and Pie: day off.  Missy: very good w/t ride, did about 5 minutes trot work, a bit stiff tracking left but very willing.  Boys out 3 hours heavy grazing.  Red: very good w/t ride, took a bit to establish halt and back from walk, but once we had that he worked very well with a lot of softness and forward.

June 29, 2015 - Missy and Red: day off.  Missy's legs looking good, will ride tomorrow.  Boys out 2+ hours heavy grazing, eating from dirt pile when I got them (!).  Dawn: very good short w/t/c ride, a little sluggish to start and wanted to stretch way down.  Didn't really want to sustain canter, but did some nice trot work to finish.  Pie: excellent w/t/c session, took a minute to get softness in halt and back, but after that lovely soft trot work and then we did some canter work - excellent - and started work on simple changes, he did very well.

June 28, 2015 - Missy, Dawn and Pie: day off.  Boys in at 11 a.m.  Missy out for most of the day, will go out full day tomorrow.  Legs scabbing over.  Red: excellent w/t ride, soft almost from very beginning, lovely trot work and good transitions.

June 27, 2015 - Missy, Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Missy: legs looking better, turned out for most of day.  Sound on lunge at trot, although right hind a bit swollen.  Boys in at 11 a.m.

June 26, 2015 - Missy: day off for leg scrapes, in pen, with some hand walking.  Right hind a bit swollen, but not hot - wounds look good - another 750 lb. dose Banamine for swelling. Dawn: very good w/t ride, a big sluggish so didn't work long.  Red: day off.  Pie: excellent w/t ride, lovely forward and softness, and some very nice transitions.  No baby strollers today.

June 25, 2015 - Missy: day off for leg scrapes, in pen so won't get muddy.  Dawn and Red: day off.  Pie: good w/t ride, very nervous and looky, quite concerned about a baby stroller.  But worked well when I asked him.

June 24, 2015 - Missy and Pie: day off.  Dawn: very good, short w/t ride, she really didn't much want to work and may be a bit sore.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, really wanted to canter to warm up - stiff on RH?  Excellent softness and engagement from the beginning.  Missy: big scrapes down fronts of both hinds - caught on fence?  Who knows?  Washed and medicated, 750 lb. dose Banamine to help with swelling.

June 23, 2015 - Missy and Red: day off.  Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, has some trouble holding right lead.  But very nice and soft, and did some good stretching down warm up work.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, partly inside and partly outdoors in pasture.  Just lovely canter work, with me adjusting my position - round, soft and engaged.

June 22, 2015 - Missy: very good short w/t ride, heat pretty bad.  Horses in early due to storms/heat/flies.  Dawn and Pie: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride, would have been excellent except for some bracing in w/halt transitions in one area of the ring.  T/w transitions very good, nice trot work.

June 21, 2015 - Missy and Red: day off.  Boys: out for 3 1/2 hrs., flies very bad.  Dawn: very good w/t ride, nicely responsive.  Pie: excellent short w/t ride, lovely soft, engaged trot work and some very nice transitions.

June 20, 2015 - Dawn and Pie: day off.  Boys: out for 3 1/2 hrs.  Missy: very good w/t ride, good forward and softness, some very nice transitions.  Red: very good w/t ride, only a little bracing at the beginning, and a bit stiff, but very soft and responsive once warmed up.  Some excellent t/w transitions.

June 19, 2015 - Missy and Red: day off.  Dawn: very good w/t ride, nice shortening/lengthening and good transitions.  Boys: 3+ hours grazing, but most not on big pasture due to bugs.  Pie: very good w/t ride, good softness at trot and some nice transitions.

June 18, 2015 - Dawn and Pie: day off.  Missy: very good w/t ride, worked on sustained softness and energy in trot, and also on t/w transitions.  Boys: 2 3/4 hrs. with herd, part of that not grazing as horses came up to barn early due to bugs, in at 9 a.m.  Vetrolin baths all.  Red: excellent w/t ride, once we got past a bit of bracing at the beginning.  Lovely trot and softness, and excellent transitions by the end.

June 17, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, offered some nice softness.  Missy and Red: day off.  Boys: 2 1/2 hours grazing (in at 8:45 a.m.)  Pie: very good w/t ride, some excellent t/w transitions.

June 16, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, nicely soft and forward.  Missy: very good w/t ride, a bit gimpy but rode well.  Good sustained softness and excellent transitions.  Boys: 2 1/4 hrs. grazing. Red and Pie: day off.

June 15, 2015 - Dawn, Missy, Pie and Red: day off.  Heavy rain, very hot and humid, horses in early. Boys: two hours grazing.

June 14, 2015 - Dawn, Missy, Pie and Red: day off.  Very hot and humid, bugs terrible, horses in early.

June 13, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, worked on transitions.  Missy: very good w/t ride, a bit stiff to start.  Good flow of energy, good transitions by the end.  Pie: day off.  Red: excellent w/t ride, flies very bad, good transitions.  Dawn, Missy and Pie: Microtek baths.  Boys: 2 hours grazing.  Red: scrape on face.

June 12, 2015 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride, we were nicely with each other.  Missy and Red: day off.  Pie: very good w/t ride, some nice transitions and very soft at the trot.

June 11, 2015 - Dawn, Missy and Pie: day off.  Red: excellent w/t ride, working on the things I identified at the clinic and making sure each thing we did was soft and correct before moving to the next.  Boys: 1 3/4 hours grazing.

June 10, 2015 - Missy: excellent w/t ride in indoor, dealt well with ladder in arena.  Worked on quality of walk and trot and also softness at trot and trot/walk transitions.  Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Boys 1 1/2 hours grazing.

June 9, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, struggled a bit with softness at marching walk but did well. Missy, Red and Pie: day off, I'm too tired.

June 8, 2015 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride.  Missy: excellent walk ride.  Red: excellent w/t ride.  Pie: excellent w/t ride.  More about this in my posts.

June 7, 2015 - Dawn, Missy, Red and Pie: day off.  Excellent ride on Shania at the clinic.

June 6, 2015 - Dawn, Missy, Red and Pie: day off.  Excellent ride on Shania at the clinic.

June 5, 2015 - Dawn, Missy, Red and Pie: day off, hoof trims, boys one hour grazing. Excellent ride on Shania at the clinic.

June 4, 2015 - Dawn, Missy, Red and Pie: day off.  Boys: one hour grazing.

June 3, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride in outdoor, nicely relaxed.  Missy: very good w/t ride in outdoor, did about 5 minutes trot work and she seemed to feel fine.  Waited for her to pee for a long time - to collect urine sample - but no luck.  Boys: 45 minutes grazing.  Red and Pie: regular day off.

June 2, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in outdoor, quite forward but fairly relaxed.  Missy: day off, waiting for blood test results.  Boys: 45 minutes grazing. Red: very good w/t ride in outdoor, quite up but worked very well. Pie: very good w/t/c ride in outdoor, very distracted and worried about horses galloping, people in the pasture and car doors slamming.  Finally got to where he could work and hold it all together.

June 1, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride in indoor - too windy/cold out.  Missy: day off, vet came to do blood draw due to blood in urine.  Boys out for 20 minutes grazing.  Red: very good w/t ride mostly in outdoor, very forward and up but well behaved.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in outdoor, quite relaxed and soft.

May, 2015: total rides: 67; Dawn: 19; Pie: 16; Red: 15; Missy: 17.

May 31, 2015 - Dawn and Missy: regular day off.  Red: very good w/t ride, good forward and softness once we got working.  Didn't work too long due to still somewhat soft footing.  Pie: very good w/t ride, nicely soft and good bend.

May 30, 2015 - Dawn: very good walk ride, nice relaxation and forward.  Missy: good walk ride, very reactive and spooky, but relaxed somewhat with leading work and riding.  Red: good w/t ride in a very crowded arena - couldn't ride long or well but he did very well with the commotion.  Pie: good w/t ride in a crowded arena, nicely forward.

May 29, 2015 - Red and Pie: day off, concert.  Dawn: very good walk ride in indoor.  Missy: very good walk ride in indoor despite being in heat and some screaming.

May 28, 2015 - Dawn and Missy: regular day off.  Red: excellent walk ride in indoor - too hot and buggy outside.  Lovely forward walk and great softness and bend, excellent shortening/lengthening.  Pie: excellent walk ride, very forward and soft, just lovely.

May 27, 2015 - Dawn: excellent walk ride, lovely softness and bend.  Missy: day off, security system in barn being repaired, involving ladders in the arena.  Pie and Red: regular day off.

May 26, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride outside, good forward and softness.  Missy: very good w/t ride outdoors, rode well despite lots of screaming while tacking up.  A bit stiff, but worked well.  Red: excellent walk ride in indoor, good shortening/lengthening, excellent bend and circle work.  Pie: excellent walk ride, lovely bend and forward and very good lengthening/shortening work.

May 25, 2015 - Dawn: excellent walk ride indoors - footing still too soft for faster work.  Excellent lengthening/shortening/reaching down/softness and very good small circles.  Missy: very good walk ride, dealt well with distractions, good softness and improved bend.  Red: very good walk ride in indoor, worked on softness and bend.  Pie: very good walk ride in indoor, great softness and bend.

May 24, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off.

May 23, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride outside, much calmer and nicely forward.  Missy: very good w/t ride outside, a little stiff at first but improved, one accidental canter that I let her enjoy.  Red: very good w/t ride outside, a bit amped up due to an unfamiliar horse in the ring, but worked very well.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride outside, quite a bit of nice forward canter work.

May 22, 2015 - Dawn: first ride outside, very good w/t ride, quite forward but well behaved.  Missy: very good w/t/c ride - canter because she offered.  A little stiff at trot to begin, but improved, didn't work too long.  Noticed that she tends to rotate her hinds after placement at walk.

May 21, 2015 - Dawn, Missy and Pie: day off.  Red: very good walk ride - arena footing still too deep - did very well with all the scary objects.

May 20, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off.  Arena footing being redone, regular p.m. off.

May 19, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, mostly on a loose contact, neck was better.  Very nice.  Missy: very good walk ride, very good softness and bend and did some transition work.  Wind puffs on left hind have disappeared - very good. Pie: excellent w/t ride, very soft, excellent bend and lovely cadenced trot - he's really carrying himself.  Red: day off.

May 18, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, a bit stiff in neck, did some massage after.  Missy: very good soft walk ride.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, took a while for him to settle down and work, but once he did he was very forward, engaged and soft.  Pie: very good w/t ride, somewhat distracted but did very nice soft trot work.

May 17, 2015 - Dawn, Missy, Red and Pie: day off.

May 16, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, not at all stiff.  Missy: good w/t ride, quite stiff and improved during ride but not enough for us to do too much.  Will do walk rides for a few days after her rest day tomorrow and then see how she is.  Red: very good w/t ride after he was able to concentrate.  Very soft and cadenced trot.  Pie: excellent w/t ride, some of the softest and most engaged trot work he's done, even on right rein.

May 15, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, slightly stiff but got better.  Missy: very good w/t ride, starting to do some nice stretching down at trot.  Red: very good w/t ride, somewhat looky and spooky but moving well and softened at end.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride outside, nicely forward and soft.

May 14, 2015 - Dawn and Missy: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride, a little looky, but very good and nicely forward and soft.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, quite forward and soft, a little spooky on left side.

May 13, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, quite forward, did some lateral work off thought - better on right rein than left.  Missy, Red and Pie: day off.

May 12, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, nicely forward.  Missy: very good w/t ride, nicely forward,  completely sound at trot, worked on stretching down and did it well on both reins by end.  Pie: very good w/t ride in crowded arena, nicely forward and soft.  Red: day off.

May 11, 2015 - Dawn, Missy, Red and Pie: day off - wet and muddy, all horses very dirty and took a long time to groom.

May 10, 2015 - Dawn, Missy, Red and Pie: day off.

May 9, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, nicely forward.  Missy: very good w/t ride, sounder than the day before, nicely forward.  Pie and Red: day off.

May 8, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, a little stiff but worked well.  Missy: very good w/t ride, started a bit stiff at trot but improved as we went, didn't work too long.  Red: excellent short w/t ride, very forward and engaged, lovely gaits.  Pie: very good short w/t ride, nicely forward and soft, good bend in both directions.

May 7, 2015 - Dawn, Missy, Pie and Red: day off.  Sprained left wrist.

May 6, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, quite forward and wanted to canter.  Missy: very good 15-minute marching walk ride, trotted off into pasture quite sound.  Red and Pie: day off.

May 5, 2015 - Dawn: very good short w/t ride, nice shortening/lengthening work.  Missy: very good 15-minute marching walk ride.  Red: excellent w/t ride, extremely forward and engaged and lots of very nice elevation at trot.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, quite forward and some really nice softness in trot.

May 4, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, very forward and sound, really wanted to canter at every opportunity, we did a bit of it, nice forward, soft trot work.  Missy: still just slightly off at trot on lunge, so we did a 15 minute marching walk session, very nice.  Rabies shots Dawn, Missy and Red.  Red and Pie: day off.

May 3, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off.

May 2, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, very forward, wanted to canter.  Missy: very good w/t ride, still off at trot right front/left hind pair, improved a bit but not 100%.  Will put her on lunge on Monday to observe, and if still off will walk under saddle for the rest of the week. Red: very good w/t ride in outdoor, pasture and indoor -very forward and a bit excited, but very well behaved and responsive, some nice lengthened trot work.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in outdoor and a pasture expedition, calm and responsive.

May 1, 2015 - Dawn and Missy: day off.  Hoof trims all.  Pie: very good walk ride around pasture, nicely relaxed.  Red: very good hand walk around pasture, with a little riding - I got on from a hay feeder - quite nervous but very well behaved.

April, 2015: total rides: 56; Dawn: 18; Pie: 12; Red: 12; Missy: 14.

April 30, 2015 - Dawn, Missy, Red and Pie: day off.

April 29, 2015 - Red and Pie: day off.  Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, energetic but soft.  Missy: very good short w/t ride, a bit off on right front/left hind pair at trot when tracking left, much sounder tracking right.  Improved a bit during ride, but kept it short.  Galloped off at high speed when we were done.

April 28, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, quite forward.  Missy: very good w/t ride, consistency of softness at trot improving, excellent transitions, put up well with unsaddling in an unfamiliar spot.  Red: excellent w/t ride, ended with some amazingly engaged and soft trot work.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, working more on softness at trot without diving, really coming through.  Canter work on a loose rein also very nice.

April 27, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, nicely forward and soft.  Missy: very good w/t ride, had to work a bit more on mounting but didn't take long - Dawn doing a lot of calling for her.  Worked on consistent softness at trot, transitions very good.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, nicely soft and forward.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, worked on improving consistency of softness at trot without diving.

April 26, 2015 - Dawn, Missy, Red and Pie: day off.

April 25, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, quite forward and did offer canter, although we kept to trot.  Very nice shortening/lengthening and good bend and softness.  Missy: very good w/t ride, one big scoot when a horse bolted into and then out of the arena, she calmed down well.  Good bend and softness.  Red: excellent w/t ride, lots of softness and engagement.  Pie: excellent w/t ride, back in Rockin S raised snaffle, worked on his bend and not diving, did really well.

April 24, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, she really wanted to canter which was great, nicely soft and responsive.  Missy: excellent w/t ride, very calm and relaxed, with forward, quite consistent softness at the trot and bend also very good.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, really good engagement and softness, good shortening/lengthening work.  Pie: good w/t/c ride, one big spook when someone came to the door, a bit frazzled and trouble with right bend, but nicely forward at trot.

April 23, 2015 - still cold.  Dawn, Missy, Red and Pie: day off.

April 22, 2015 - cold and windy.  Red and Pie: day off.  Dawn: excellent w/t ride, very soft and forward, nice lengthening/shortening work.  Missy: excellent w/t ride that started with her being nervous and not standing for mounting.  Worked on that until it was right, then went on to have an excellent ride.  It was cold, and she was nicely forward.  Softness is really coming along at the trot, bending is better, and her transitions were excellent.  Mounted again one more time at the end - no more problem.

April 21, 2015 - very cold and windy.  Dawn: very good w/t ride, a little nervous with all the wind.  Missy: day off.  Red: excellent w/t ride in a very noisy arena - very high winds.  Forward, soft and just plain lovely.  Pie: excellent w/t/c in a very noisy arena, nicely forward and soft in the side pull.  Some nice sustained canter work.

April 20, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, nicely forward and soft.  Missy, Red and Pie: day off, in part of the day due to cold rain.

April 19, 2015 - Dawn, Missy and Red: day off.  Pie: very good short w/t/c ride in a crowded arena.

April 18, 2015 - Dawn: day off.  Missy: very good w/t ride.  Very antsy on crossties, lots of fidgeting and screaming, but led well and did better than yesterday in terms of concentration.  Transitions really improving.  Pie: very good w/t ride, mostly in outdoor, looking around quite a bit but very good.  Red: very good w/t ride in indoor, nicely forward and soft.  Coped well with someone lungeing - was worried but tolerated it unless it was too close, let him move away as needed.

April 17, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, quite relaxed.  Red and Pie: day off.  Missy: very good w/t ride, acting hardbound - calling and distractible but able to listen to me and did quite well, nice forward trot, working on softness.

April 16, 2015 - Dawn, Missy, Red and Pie: day off.

April 15, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, nicely relaxed and some good softness.  Missy, Red and Pie: day off.

April 14, 2015 - Everyone dewormed with Equimax. Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, relaxed and soft, very much in heat.  Missy: also in heat, lots of screaming, pawing and fidgeting while getting ready.  Did some leading work, then OK, very good w/t session, lots of nice forward trot, worked on softness and transitions.  Red: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, working on transitions, then walked out to outdoor and rode out there, also let me mount from the ground in the pasture.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in outdoor, very responsive and soft.

April 13, 2015 - Dawn, Missy and Red: day off, horses out late.  Pie: very good short w/c ride (to spare my knee).

April 12, 2015 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Missy: very good walk ride bareback, nicely soft and forward.

April 11, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, nicely forward and relaxed.  Red, Pie and Missy: day off - everyone very dirty.

April 10, 2015 - Dawn, Missy, Pie and Red: day off.

April 9, 2015 - Dawn, Pie and Missy: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride, nicely soft and forward once he warmed up.  Horses in all day due to storms.

April 8, 2015 - Missy, Red and Pie: day off.  Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, nicely relaxed and soft despite being in heat.

April 7, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, quite relaxed and some good soft canter work.  Missy: very good w/t ride, forward established, worked on transitions and much improved, bend and softness coming along. Red: very good w/t/c ride, nice relaxation and stretching down.  Did a little canter work, doesn't hold it well yet but very willing.  Pie: very good w/t ride, quite nicely forward and less uneven at trot.

April 6, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, quite relaxed and soft.  Missy: very good w/t ride, nicely forward, better right bend and some good transitions and stretching down.  Red: very good w/t ride, nice soft trot work with stretching down.  Pie: very good w/t ride, still a bit uneven on right diagonal, but willing to move.

April 5, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off.

April 4, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, nicely relaxed and soft.  Missy: very good w/t ride in crowded arena.  Forward now automatic, very nice w/t/w transitions and some halts as well.  Red: short, very good w/t ride, just a leg stretcher after vaccinations.  Pie: very short walk ride, clearly under the weather and had a 101.4 temp.  Gave him 500-lb. dose of Banamine and temp down to 100.  Reaction to vaccinations.

April 3, 2015 - Red, Pie and Missy: day off.  Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, relaxed and soft. Vet visit all: spring shots (EWT, W Nile, all but Pie rabies), sheath cleaning, Missy microchip.  Dent/slight deviation in Dawn's face is due to small fracture - she's fine.  Pie's left eye cyst stable and no distortion of iris, has a small cyst in other eye too.

April 2, 2015 - Dawn and Missy: day off.  Red: excellent ride, relaxed in indoor so led him to outdoor arena and we had an excellent w/t ride out there.  Looked at some things but was responsive, forward and lovely.  Led back to the barn.  Pie: very good easy w/t ride, felt a bit uneven at the trot but posting on the left diagonal helped again tracking right.  Did some ground driving first - he was great - using my new long lines.

April 1, 2015 - Red and Pie: day off.  Dawn: very good w/t ride with a bit of canter, quite forward and responsive, really wanted to canter.  Missy: excellent w/t/c ride, starting in indoor and finishing in outdoor - first time out there and she was perfect, stood for mounting and we walked and trotted around and tried a little cantering - she canters like a meat grinder and will have to work on that.

March, 2015: total rides: 65; Dawn: 13; Pie: 18; Red: 18; Missy 15; Blue 1.

March 31, 2015 - Missy: day off. Dawn: excellent w/t ride with a bit of canter, relaxed, forward and soft, just lovely. Pie: excellent w/t ride, worked on right bend.  Moved my leg forward a bit - at girth, and that seemed to help a bit, as well as keeping my eyes up and ahead.  But what really helped was posting on the wrong diagonal - may be slightly weak right hind that's the issue.  Short pasture excursion to mare water tank.  Red: excellent w/t ride with long pasture excursion with another boarder.  At first he was a bit nervous - walking very fast and thinking about going back to the barn, but very good.  I got off and led for a bit, then rode more in the arena.  He seemed interested in going back out so we went and joined the other horse for a bit.  More work in the arena - very forward nice trot work.

March 30, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, worked on moving inside hind under with feel.  Missy: excellent w/t ride, worked on transitions and stepping under with inside hind off feel.  Pie: very good w/t ride in side pull, got some nice right bend at end but took a while, I'm using too much leg and we're still not connected to the feet.  Red: very good short w/t ride, nicely relaxed and soft.  Right with me on bend and transitions.

March 29, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off. Horses in a bit early due to sleet/high winds.

March 28, 2015 - Dawn: very good short w/t ride, quite sound after trim.  Missy: excellent w/t ride, neck more relaxed.  Worked on w/t/w transitions, feeling to the feet.  Pie: good w/t/c ride, a bit nervous and tense, seemed very interested in the mares in the arena.  Red: very good w/t/c ride except for one spook/bolt when a horse came up to the door of the arena, otherwise nicely forward and soft.

March 27, 2015 - Dawn, Pie and Missy: day off.  Hoof trims all. Pie and Missy: chiro.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, nicely responsive and soft, did a bit of cantering and he was fairly relaxed about it.

March 26, 2015 - Dawn and Red: day off.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, worked a lot on my right bend at trot.  Missy: very good w/t ride in evening in very crowded ring, good forward.  Worked on our transitions.

March 25, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, very nicely forward and relaxed.  Missy: excellent w/t ride, worked on transitions off my thought and she was really getting it.  Also worked on halts.  Red: very good w/t ride with lots of work on transitions.  Pie: very good w/t ride, nicely soft and forward.

March 24, 2015 - Dawn: very good short w/t ride, seemed completely sound but didn't want to push things; very cold, rode in rump rug.  Red, Pie and Missy: day off.

March 23, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off, dental all - only Dawn didn't need doing.  Dentist determined that Missy is about 17 years old.

March 22, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off.

March 21, 2015 - Dawn: day off - slightly lame on LH at trot after minor soft tissue injury during pasture chasing.  One gram bute and some icing, then one gram bute in pm - no obvious swelling which is good.  Red: very good relaxed w/t ride.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, nicely relaxed.  Missy: a bit excited about the other horses - she's in heat - but very good w/t ride with lots of nice forward trotting.

March 20, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, with shortening/lengthening.  Pie: very good w/t ride with some distractions, more relaxed.  Also rode one of the barn owner's horses - Blue - to help out a lady who's now riding him - a very nice responsive horse.  Missy: very good w/t ride, sound, worked on forward at trot and stretching down.  Red: very good w/t ride, quite relaxed, did some work on transitions.

March 19, 2015 - Dawn, Missy and Pie: day off.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, nicely relaxed and some good transitions.

March 18, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, nicely relaxed and soft.  Pie: very good w/t ride with lots of distractions and commotion going on - he was nervous at points but dealt well with things and ended very well. Red and Missy: day off.

March 17, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, good bend and softness.  A short amount of canter - very nice on both leads.  Pie: very good w/t ride in a.m., dealt well with lots of distractions.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, quite relaxed and soft.  Missy: very good w/t ride, seemed a bit off at beginning but worked out of it, put her on lunge after to confirm and she was sound but seemed to be less happy (ears) tracking left.  Put Thrush Buster on fronts.

March 16, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride with 10 minutes of trot work, very forward but responsive.  Pie: very good w/t ride - first ride in a.m. in a long time, nervous a bit but very well behaved.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, nicely forward, some spooking and one mini bolt, very nice canter work on both leads.  Missy: very good w/t ride, a bit off at trot but warmed up out of it and will hope she's less arthritic tomorrow.

March 15, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off.

March 14, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride with 10 minutes of trot work, very forward but reasonably soft. Missy: very good w/t/c ride - only a few strides of canter each way since we're really not ready for it yet. Dealt well with lots of distractions.  Worked on stretching down at trot.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, some nice sustained, fairly relaxed canter work.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, good sustained canter work.

March 13, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, forward but reasonably relaxed, good shortening/lengthening work.  Missy: excellent w/t ride in morning, got right on after just a little leading.  Trot nicely forward, good bending and worked on downwards transitions.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, great soft trot work and very good sustained canter work in a relaxed manner.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, very forward and engaged at trot, very nice canter work with good trot afterwords.  Finished with walk/trot/walk transitions.

March 12, 2015 - Dawn and Missy: day off.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, with some lateral work.

March 11, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, just got on, very forward and a little tense, but did very well, about 5 minutes trot work.  Missy: excellent morning w/t ride after some leading, lungeing, rope work - outside turns and leading by the legs.  Did very well.  Red and Pie: day off.

March 10, 2015 - Dawn: excellent session, with a bit of no-drama lungeing to start, then about 5 minutes trot work under saddle.  Missy: very good morning leading and lungeing session, despite lots of distractions, including Dawn calling for her.  Red: excellent w/t/c session, good relaxation and stretching down at canter, did w/t/w transitions and also shortening/lengthening trot.  Did some canter work - very elevated and engaged.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, lots of canter work, ending with some nice softness and engagement, where he didn't lose the back end on circles.

March 9, 2015 - Dawn: very good groundwork session - leading, ground driving and lungeing.  Started out wild, ended well.  Red: very good w/t ride, nice stretching down.  Was huffing and puffing a bit, perhaps because of the warm day.  Missy: very good w/t ride, quite relaxed.  Good trot work, nicely forward, but started off a bit off but warmed up out of it - arthritis in hock?  Pie: very good w/t/c ride.

March 8, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off.

March 7, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off.  Red: small bleeding cut below left eye.

March 6, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off.

March 5, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off.

March 4, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off.  Pie: vet visit - hematoma is a torn muscle, mostly along fascia.  No signs of an abscess.

March 3, 2015 - Dawn: a little leading work.  Red: very good w/t ride, extremely forward.  Missy: very good walk ride, worked on transitions and bending, dealt well with being alone.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, short due to hematoma.  Vet tomorrow.

March 2, 2015 - Dawn: did a little leading work, still too cold in morning to ride.  Red: very good w/t ride, extremely forward.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, worked on opening my right hip, did leg yielding back and forth through cones without reins.  Lovely, relaxed canter and good transitions up and down.  Missy: very good w/t ride, slightly sore (left front?), no heat or pulses, did thrush treatment after.  Worked on her owning forward, and on w/t/w transitions.  Neck reins beautifully.

March 1, 2015 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent w/t ride, relaxed and responsive.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, very forward.  Missy: very good w/t ride - once she settled down from all the distractions.

February, 2015: total rides: 28; Dawn: 2; Pie: 8; Red: 10; Missy 8.

February 28, 2015 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride, very responsive and soft, good in scary corners.  Missy: excellent w/t ride, 5 minutes sustained trot work, relaxed and responsive from the beginning.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, relaxed but forward, hematoma still large but not bothering him much.

February 27, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off, too cold.

February 26, 2015 - Dawn, Pie and Missy: day off.  Red: excellent, not too long w/t ride, no recurrence of studdy behaviors, nice relaxed trot work.  Pie: large hematoma on right side of neck - appears to be from a bite.

February 25, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off.

February 24, 2015 - Dawn: day off, too cold in morning.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, nicely forward but responsive and soft, did some excellent canter work including circles where we didn't lose the back end.  Missy: very good w/t ride with about 4 minutes of sustained trot work.  Started out nervous but settled to work well.  In trot, worked on forward and some stretching down and softness.  Red: very good w/t ride, was obnoxious - tried to nip - as we were getting ready to ride - extremely forward and not as relaxed as I'd like, but very good, one bolt when someone slammed on the door.

February 23, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off, too cold, horses out late.

February 22, 2015 - Dawn, Pie and Missy: day off. Missy did a big spook on cross ties (sound of my coat sleeve on a blanket?) but recovered well.  Red: excellent w/t ride despite 15 degree temps, relaxed and stretching down, no problems with scary stuff.

February 21, 2015 - Dawn: day off, too cold in the morning.  Missy: very good w/t ride in a very crowded ring, softness and stretching down well established at walk, just started working on them in trot - mostly asking for forward and stretching down.  Red: very good w/t ride in a very crowded ring, quite forward and animated, particularly when a new mare came into the ring - one he remembered from old barn.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in an empty ring, very nice, forward and responsive.

February 20, 2015 - Hoof trims all.  Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off, too cold.

February 19, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off, too cold, horses went out late.

February 18, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off, too cold.

February 17, 2015 - Dawn: day off, too cold in morning.  Red: day off.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, forward at trot and some very nice canter work, including circles where he stayed relaxed and engaged.  Missy: very good walk ride, worked more on relaxation and bending.

February 16, 2015 - Dawn: day off, too cold in morning.  Missy, day off.  Red: very good w/t ride, very forward and responsive.  Pie: very good w/t ride, quite lively but good.

February 15, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off, too cold.  Red and Pie out at 7:00 a.m., Dawn and Missy at 11:00 a.m.

February 14, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off, too cold.  Dawn in most of the day, others in a bit early due to wind chills.

February 13, 2015 - Dawn: day off, too cold.  Lump on inside of left hind below hock still there, still somewhat sore to the touch - worrisome.  Pie: day off.  Missy: excellent walk ride, did everything beautifully despite a very crowded ring with people galloping.  Red: excellent w/t ride, nicely forward and soft, no problem with scary areas despite extreme cold and banging arena.

February 12, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off - too cold.

February 11, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off.  Missy: thrush buster fronts, sound on concrete and in pasture.

February 10, 2015 - Dawn and Red: day off.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, nicely forward, good bend, some relaxation at canter.  Missy: very good walk ride, tried a bit of trot but she was sore - think front heel cracks are bothering her a bit.

February 9, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, with about 8 arena lengths at trot.  Felt pretty good.  No sensitivity to touch at all in scraped area - very odd after last night- and less swelling.  Red: excellent w/t ride, some more work on bending into corners, and also lengthening long side/shortening ends, some shoulder in as well, very nice stretching down.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, very good bend and forward, some lovely relaxed canter work.  Missy: day off.

February 8, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy - day off.

February 7, 2015 - Pie: day off.  Dawn: very good walk ride, with a bit of trot at end - not completely comfortable due to scrapes on left hind.  Lots of figure work and stretching down/relaxation.  Very sensitive to touch on scraped area in p.m. - had had no sensitivity before so that was worrying, also a little swelling just above that area - vein?  Missy: very good walk ride, much sounder.  Figure work, bending off my leg and short/long walk - very nice.  Red: very good w/t ride, all our scary corner work stuck - he was pretty much fine down there.  Lots of nice stretching down trot work, a little bit of shoulder in.

February 6, 2015 - Dawn: day off, too cold.  Red: day off.  Pie: very good w/t ride, with some spiral out work using shoulder in and also some shoulder in in both directions.  Missy: very good walk ride, somewhat sore on left front on concrete, started out a little short in arena but warmed up out of it, sore again when back in barn aisle - central sulcus crack?  Stood beautifully for mounting, backing excellent, worked on softness, stretching down and moving sideways off my leg.

February 5, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off - too cold.  Dawn: scrapes down inside of left hind.

February 4, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off.

February 3, 2015 - Dawn, Pie and Missy: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride, focussed on traveling through the scary corner, using shoulder in, at walk and trot.  Made huge progress.

February 2, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off.

February 1, 2015: Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off.

January, 2015: total rides: 50; Dawn: 13; Pie: 13; Red: 13; Missy: 11.

January 31, 2015 - Dawn: good w/t ride, never really relaxed.  Did some walk shoulder in that was good. Red and Pie: day off.  Missy: very good w/t ride.  Mounting and backing 100%, worked on softness and stretching down and on moving off leg.

January 30, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, sound from beginning.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, much more settled than yesterday, good softness and attention.  Missy: very good w/t ride, reviewed everything and she's doing great.  Red: good w/t ride, quite up and nervous, somewhat spooky in the corner and didn't relax and stretch down as much as I'd like, but he was a good boy.

January 29, 2015 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: good w/t ride, quite nervous and tense and didn't settle as well as I'd have liked, worked well but not relaxed.  Red: very good w/t ride, came out nervous and alert but settled well to work - some nice stretching down work in trot.  Missy: excellent w/t ride, also a lot of in hand trail obstacle work, really figured things out, softness coming through at trot.

January 28, 2015 - Red, Pie and Missy: day off.  Dawn: very good short w/t ride, not as stiff as yesterday and really moving well by end of ride.

January 27, 2015 - Red and Pie: day off.  Dawn: very good short w/t ride, sound again.  Missy: excellent w/t ride, did some in-hand movement off my hand (in lieu of leg), harder on right side.   Nice short trot work on both diagonals, and arena doors were open - a very good Miss mare.

January 26, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, started out pretty stiff at trot but improved quickly, didn't trot too long.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, nicely forward and soft.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, quite forward but pretty soft.  Missy: day off.

January 25, 2015 - Dawn, Red, Pie and Missy: day off.

January 24, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, completely sound and nicely forward.  Red: excellent w/t ride, very forward and good stretching down.  Missy: excellent walk ride, stood for mounting, softness and backing much better, good stretching down, worked on her moving over/bending from my leg.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, good softness/stretching down, excellent w/c departures and some nice sustained canter work.

January 23, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride after she unstiffened, nicely forward.  Pie: very good w/t ride, very forward, not as relaxed as I'd like but some moments of relaxation.  Missy: very good walk ride, some in-hand work, a bit nervous and one short bolt when door opened but recovered well and did some nice stretching down.  Red: very good w/t ride, very forward and decent softness but still pretty keyed up.

January 22, 2015 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride, lots of nice forward trot with stretching down.  Just after I left the ring, there was a huge section of snow that slid off the arena roof - much commotion in the ring and even the horses in their stalls were upset.  Pie: good w/t/c ride, a bit frazzled and jumpy - perhaps the snow episode - didn't relax as much as I'd like.  Did some nice three -tracking on a circle at the walk.  Missy: excellent walk ride.  Worked on in-hand softness and backing, mounting, lengthening/shortening the walk, halt and backing under saddle.  Very rapid progress - what a smart mare!

January 21, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, very stiff on right hind to start but was better by end, didn't work too long. Red, Pie and Missy: day off.

January 20, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, started stiff at trot but improved.  Not as relaxed but still offered some softness.  Red, Pie and Missy: day off.  Missy went right into wash stall to have legs and feet rinsed off.

January 19, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, nice relaxation but a bit gimpy at trot so didn't work long.  Red: very good w/t/c ride with nice relaxation and stretching down, able to carry that into some brief canter work on the circle.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, nice relaxation and stretching down in all three gaits.  Missy: excellent walk ride, changed into Rockin S raised snaffle and made a huge difference to her.  Softness and stop coming along nicely.

January 18, 2015 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, with very good relaxation, including at canter, some nice engagement on circles.  Red: very good w/t ride, some nice stretching down and relaxation.  Missy: good walk ride, better with in-hand softening, but seemed nervous - one startle - could be because in ring by herself.  Lots of rushing around at the walk, did stretch down on circles but not very relaxed.  Halt still not great, was nervous about softening and backing under saddle.  Need to do more in hand relaxation work and just standing around.

January 17, 2015 - Dawn: very good walk ride working on relaxation.  Red and Pie: day off.  Missy: lots of work in hand on relaxation and then bracing, was getting it by end but hard for her.  Worked on mounting again and then did about 10 minutes of walk work - turns much softer and worked on halt.

January 16, 2015 - trimmer all - Missy got front shoes off, first herd turnout for about 3 hours, day off.  Dawn: day off.  Pie: excellent w/t ride, lots of very nice softness from relaxation cues.  Red: excellent w/t ride, relaxation really worked - he wasn't as spooky and his w/t transitions were flawless, and he trotted sound and forward and just lovely.

January 15, 2015 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Missy: first ride, worked on relaxation, mounting and some backing in hand, 10 minutes walk work.

January 14, 2015 - Dawn: too cold to ride.  Missy: groomed in morning, a bit of leading and lungeing, improving every time.  Red: very good w/t ride after some in hand work on relaxation, was quite stiff, particularly tracking left, but then it was very cold.  Pie: very good short w/t ride, I ran out of breath.

January 13, 2015 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, still very cold.  Missy: a bit of lungeing and more head down work.

January 12, 2015 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, still sick.  Missy: some leading and head down work - beginning to get it already.  Let her loose in the arena and she pretty much just followed me around.

January 11, 2015 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, I'm still pretty sick.  Missy: hand walk in morning, did a little work on leading.  In p.m., a little w/t lungeing - pretty crabby about trotting but moved well in both directions.

January 10, 2015 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold.  Missy arrives!

January 9, 2015 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold.

January 8, 2015 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold, horses in during morning.

January 7, 2015 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold, horses in all day, hand walks in barn aisle.

January 6, 2015 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold.  Dawn in most of the day, hand walked in the afternoon.

January 5, 2015 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Too darn cold.  Dawn out for about an hour and a half, then in because cold.  Pie and Red out all day and didn't want to come in at bring in.

January 4, 2015 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

January 3, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, not too relaxed but very good.  Did some nice shoulder in work, but needed more relaxation.  Red: very good w/t/c ride - very up and feisty, quite sound at trot from beginning, some head shaking and one crow hop at canter departure.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, somewhat nervous.

January 2, 2015 - Dawn: very good w/t ride in a fairly cold arena - rump rug.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, slow to warm up but fine once he got there, very forward at canter.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride with some nice canter softening work.

January 1, 2015 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, did a full lap of arena in each direction at canter.  Still slow/stiff to warm up, but once he's moving he does well.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, some really nice forward trot work and excellent continuous canter.

2014: total rides: 516; Dawn: 150; Pie: 193; Red: 173.

December, 2014: total rides: 56; Dawn: 18, Pie: 20, Red: 18.

December 31, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, very cold and windy.

December 30, 2014 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride in a very cold arena w/rump rug.  Relaxed but forward, just lovely.  Red: very good, relaxed w/t/c ride, with a bit of canter at the end.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, some more very nice canter work.

December 29, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, improved bend, sound in both directions.  Red: very good w/t ride, a bit stiff but good in both directions, left hind still slightly swollen but not uncomfortable.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, did lots of loose rein canter work and then worked some on him softening in canter, did very well.  Nice, forward trot work, too.

December 28, 2014 - Dawn and Red: day off.  Red: scrape on inside of left hind, a bit of swelling.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, lots of nice loose rein relaxed canter work.

December 27, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, still a bit too forward on left rein but otherwise very responsive.  Red: day off.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in a very crowded arena, I didn't feel too well so we didn't work hard but at least he got out and moving.

December 26, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, pretty sound.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, once he softened at trot was nicely engaged and responsive.  Some nice short canters on both leads, and then more trotting.  He was huffing and puffing . . . Pie: very good w/t/c ride, some nice loose rein canter work.

December 25, 2014 - Dawn and Red: day off.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, very responsive and soft and some good sustained canter work.

December 24, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, nicely forward and sound.  Red: excellent w/t ride, not as forward but very soft after a bit of warm up, some nice circles and figures.  Pie: day off.

December 23, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, felt pretty sound in both directions, no rushing when tracking left.  Red and Pie: day off.

December 22, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, moving much better, nicely forward and relaxed.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, pretty forward and soft once got over initial bracing.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, nicely forward and responsive.

December 21, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

December 20, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride, he wanted to canter but we kept it at trot.  Some nice relaxation and stretching down, a little stiffer tracking left.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride with some leg yield work at end - he's getting the idea - and some nice sustained loose rein canter work.

December 19, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, but still a bit funny tracking left, almost off but not quite.  No swelling, heat or foot symptoms I can detect.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, a bit of showing off but better in corners, wanted to canter, very forward.  Pie: unusually forward, a bit spooky, but good work at trot and canter.

December 18, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, very sound, forward and responsive and softness much more available.  Trot and canter had a lot of spring and engagement.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in evening group.

December 17, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, nicely forward and responsive and reasonably relaxed. Red and Pie: day off.

December 16, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, gaits a little funky but looked fine on the lunge.  May be a slight neuro flare up.  Red: good w/t ride with a bit of canter, a mistake as he was already hot under the collar and worked up.  But got some good stretching down trot work at the end - he was pretty spooky and reactive throughout our ride.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, nicely forward and soft in all gaits.

December 15, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, until all the mares spooked and ran up the hill.  She got very excited, I got off and then back on briefly for some walk work once she settled down.  Red and Pie: day off, sheath cleanings.

December 14, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, very forward and responsive and delighted to canter again.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride with lots of transitions work.

December 13, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

December 12, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, quite forward but well-behaved.  Hoof trims all three, everyone well-behaved.  Red seems better, appointment Monday.  Red: very good w/t ride, some good transition work and forward trotting.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, nicely forward and responsive, transitions improving.  Some lateral work at end.

December 11, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, with two long sides of canter at the end.  Worked on slow/fast walk and w/t transitions, much better.  Came in evening, found urine dribbling from sheath - cleaned it a bit as very dirty but will arrange sheath cleaning.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, some nice relaxed, forward canter work.

December 10, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride with some relaxation, better left bend.  Red and Pie: day off.

December 9, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, worked on softness in bends and also did a bit of leg yield work - harder when tracking left.  Red: very good w/t ride, lots of work on w/t/w/t transitions, did very well with that.  Less spooky until very end when he decided the light wasn't right on the mounting block - big spook/bolt, but then fine.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, good trot work, still a bit falling in to right.  Good canter transitions and some softness.  Did some w/t/w/t transitions, improving.

December 8, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, focussed on bending/softness, some improvement on left rein.  Red: very good w/t ride with some nice forward engaged trot work (once he got going and stopped bracing around the first couple transitions from walk).  A bit spooky/looky, but used that place as a rest area and it worked well.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, some nice w/c and t/c transitions.  Worked a bit on t/w transitions and still need to do more.

December 7, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

December 6, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride, nicely forward and engaged once warmed up.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, some nice t/c transitions and also some good sustained canter work.

December 5, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, forward but responsive, still a bit rushed on left rein.  Red: very good w/t ride, some nice engagement and power.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, including some canter work on a loose rein.

December 4, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride in a busy evening arena, coped well with distractions and did some nice engaged trot work and more transitions.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in crowded evening arena, also some obstacle work, very relaxed and forward.

December 3, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride after a bit of quiet lunge work.  Very forward and a bit rushed and stiff on left rein, but had a nice long set of good trot work.  Back to using the side pull, probably for good.  Red and Pie: day off.

December 2, 2014 - Dawn: good w/t ride preceded by quite a bit of lunge work.  Still a bit tense but got some softness so stopped there.  Could not use bit and went back to side pull.  Red: very good w/t ride, did three nice sets of trot work - not too stiff even at the beginning, and some very nice, soft, engaged trot.  We did some trot on a loose rein, and also some w/t/w/t transitions, many of which were very nice.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, nicely forward.  Some good canter transitions and sustained canter work.

December 1, 2014 - Dawn: day off, very cold.

November, 2014: total rides: 44; Dawn: 12, Pie: 16, Red: 16.

November 30, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

November 29, 2014 - Dawn: good w/t ride, a bit jumpy.  Put her on lunge until brain back in body and she could respond to commands.  Red: very good w/t ride with about 10 minutes of sustained trot work, very sound - no boots due to slightly muddy legs.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, nicely forward and soft, finished with some very nice leg yield work.

November 28, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride in a very cold arena.  No snotty nose; continuing SMZs for full 10 days. Red: very good w/t ride, about 10 minutes sustained trot work, stiff at beginning, but very good after warmed up.  Pie: very good w/t ride, nicely forward and responsive.

November 27, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

November 26, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride.  Lunged a bit first, very relaxed.  Quite forward under saddle but very good, some moments of relaxation.  Left nostril still a bit snotty, but not as thick.  Red: very good w/t ride with about 9 minutes of sustained trot work, in three three-minute sets.  After a few minutes of warming up at trot, very engaged, soft and lifting through the back.  And wanted to trot again after a break.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, I kept working on keeping my posture erect, eyes up and hands soft.  Some very nice sustained canter work on both leads.

November 25, 2014 - Dawn: very good short w/t ride, bursting with energy - very cold, but a good girl.  Started 10 days of SMZs for left snotty nostril.  Red: very good w/t ride with 8 minutes sustained trot work, nicely forward and engaged.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, focussed on keeping my eyes up and posture open.  Also lowered bit one hole, which he seemed to appreciate.

November 24, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, quite forward but well-behaved.  Still in heat, so that was very good.  Red and Pie: day off - very windy, rainy/snowy and cold, lots of grooming to get them cleaned up.

November 23, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride with about 8 minutes of trot work, very nice and forward once he warmed up.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, quite forward.

November 22, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride with about 7 minutes of trot work.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, very forward.

November 21, 2014 - Dawn: day off, still too cold.  Red: very good w/t ride with 6 minutes sustained trot work, very sound.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, very forward and almost frisky.

November 20, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold and windy.

November 19, 2014 - Dawn: very good short walk ride, with rump rug (still very cold but a bit better) then did some lungeing until she could respond to asks, took a while.  Red and Pie: day off.

November 18, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold.

November 17, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold to ride.

November 16, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

November 15, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride with 6 minutes of sustained trot work, very good and soft after a couple of laps to warm up. Moving very well by the end.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, with good w/c and t/c transitions, nicely forward.

November 14, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, forward but reasonably relaxed, got some moments of softness on left rein in side pull.  Red and Pie: day off.

November 13, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent w/t ride in crowded arena, 6 minutes trot work.  Nicely forward and pretty soft once he warmed up, felt quite sound.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in crowded arena, some lovely w/c departures.

November 12, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride in a cold arena - nicely forward and responsive, a bit stiff on left rein but trying hard to bend.  Red and Pie: day off.  Red trotted off downhill nicely sound.

November 11, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, pretty relaxed and soft, clearly not in heat any more. Red: very good w/t ride, 5 minutes trot work, a bit stiff at first but improved.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, very responsive and forward.

November 10, 2014 - Dawn: day off, in heat, very distracted - calling on cross ties.  Red: very good w/t ride with 5 minutes of trot work.  More forward and soft than he's been, on both reins - did big figure eights and that seemed to help things be more even.  Pie: very good short w/t ride, very soft and responsive.

November 9, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride with 5 minutes trot work, a bit stiff on left rein (first), better on right rein - seems whichever rein he starts on is the hard one because he needs to warm up.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, mostly on a loosish rein, very forward and responsive but also soft.

November 8, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride with 5 minutes trot work, a bit inverted on right rein until end, much better on left rein.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, very soft and responsive.

November 7, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, hoof trims.  Everyone was very good.

November 6, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride in crowded arena, 5 minutes trot work in two sets of 2 1/2 minutes.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in a crowded arena, also did some lateral work, very soft and forward.

November 5, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, still very forward but very good. Red and Pie: day off.

November 4, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride without any lungeing first.  Fairly relaxed on right rein, still a bit too forward and rushing on left rein, but held herself together very well despite high wind.  Red: very good w/t ride with about 6 minutes trot work, two 2 1/2 minute sets and one one minute set.  Footing a bit deep but he did well once he warmed up.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, very forward and quite soft.

November 3, 2014 - Dawn: good w/t ride, a bit tense.  Did some lunge work after until her mind was back in her body and she could do transitions on request and without any bucking.  Got back on for a bit of walking, still very tense at trot so stopped and will pick up tomorrow.  Red: very good w/t ride with 5 minutes of trot work, two sets of 2 minutes and one set of one minute.  Pie: very good w/t ride, nicely soft in bit.

November 2, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Dawn's test results: 2-2-2 for EPM, like Pie, which is good news.

November 1, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

October, 2014: total rides: 52; Dawn: 17, Pie: 16, Red: 19.

October 31, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

October 30, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

October 29, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride in side pull, more relaxed than yesterday. Red and Pie: day off.  Pie rabies shot.

October 28, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, very forward, a bit too forward tracking left, bending left still not as easy.  Red: very good w/t ride with 6 minutes of trot work, same sets as last time.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, nicely forward, relaxed and soft in side pull.

October 27, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, very forward, did a tiny bit of canter.  Red and Pie: day off.

October 26, 2014 - Dawn and Red: day off.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in outdoor and some pasture walking.

October 25, 2014 - Dawn and Pie: day off. Red: very good w/t ride with 6 minutes of trot work, two two minute sets followed by two one minute sets.

October 24, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride in side pull.  Red: very good w/t ride, 5 minutes of trot work in same sets as yesterday.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in outdoor in side pull.  Some really excellent loose rein, forward, relaxed canter work.

October 23, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride, with 5 minutes trotting, two sets of 2 minutes and one set of one minute.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in side pull, very good soft trot work and some nice relaxed loose rein canter work.

October 22, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride in side pull, very forward but got some relaxation.  Red and Pie: day off.

October 21, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride in side pull, wanted to do a lot of stretching down.  Red: very good w/t ride with 4 minutes trot work, same sets as day before, felt pretty good and there was more softness and using hind end.  Pie: very good w/t ride in side pull, did some nice lateral work.

October 20, 2014 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride in sidepull, forward, engaged and felt really solid.  Red: very good w/t ride, with 4 minutes trot work, two sets of 1 1/2 minutes and one set of one minute.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in side pull, one trip behind but otherwise very forward and responsive.  Results of EPM test: 2-2-2, so likely he doesn't have a new infection.

October 19, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Dawn 5 cc Banamine, neuro tests almost completely normal.

October 18, 2014 - Dawn: day off. 5 cc Banamine.  Pie: day off, cut on right hind a bit swollen, cold hosed and silver spray.  Red: very good w/t ride in a crowded arena, 3 minutes trot work in two sets.

October 17, 2014 - Dawn: brief w/t ride, very good but neuro tests pretty abnormal.  5 cc Banamine a.m. and p.m.  Red: very good w/t ride with 3 minutes of trotting, very sound.  Pie: very good w/t ride, quite forward - I was doing too much riding the head.

October 16, 2014 - Dawn and Pie: day off.  Dental vet came and looked at Dawn - very large laceration to right side of tongue, also bruising on right cheek.  Banamine for a few days and SMZs for 10, also starting on EPM meds even before blood test.  Red: very good w/t ride with 3 minutes of trot work.

October 15, 2014 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride in side pull, very comfortable and soft, just lovely.  Eating slightly better but still having trouble.  Did not want right side of mouth touched at all.  5 cc oral Banamine - dental experts coming tomorrow p.m. to check her out. Red and Pie: day off.

October 14, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride in side pull, much more comfortable although still a little stiff bending left.  Was nicely relaxed.  Still having trouble chewing - ate some soaked hydration hay plus grain, also ate all her hay last night, leaving a few quids.  5 cc oral Banamine in p.m.  Ate only a little hydration hay plus soaked grain, eating hay a bit better.  Red: very good w/t ride with 2 minutes of sound trotting.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, unusually forward and not too relaxed until end of the ride.

October 13, 2014 - Dawn: good w/t ride, still having trouble on left rein and also when chewing - lots of gaping her mouth and stretching out her neck, and when riding, rooting, bobbing head up and down and rubbing face on legs.  Not sure what's up, dentist said to have vet out to verify nothing stuck in her mouth - right side of tongue sore and red.  10 cc Banamine by mouth. Red: very good 15 minute walk ride, cut short by vet visit.  Pie: day off.

October 12, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Dawn: excellent chiro session, her neck should be much better.  Re-draw of blood from Pie for EPM test - last draw got lost in air traffic control mess. Red trotted off very well, very slight shortness of caudal stride.

October 11, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride with 2 minutes of trot work.  Very sound, but somewhat reluctant to trot - a bit of fussing, I expect he might have been slightly sore.  But trotted well, and no tripping on downwards transition.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in outdoor, with a bit of pasture riding thrown in.

October 10, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, reasonably soft on left rein.  Red: very good w/t ride with 2 minutes of trotting again - felt very good until last steps when tripped again with right hind.  Ankle looked puffier after, but iced and did sore-no-more and we'll have to see how it looks tomorrow.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, didn't go to outdoor since horses in pasture.  Kept falling out of canter and a bit rushed.

October 9, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride with about 2 minutes of trot work - two laps one direction at trot, two laps at walk, two laps other direction at trot, after 15-minute walk warmup until we got swinging walk.  Very willing and it was great to be trotting again.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in outdoor with a pasture walk after - forward, soft, sustained canter, very nice.

October 8, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, quite forward, a little less stiff on left rein. Red and Pie: day off.

October 7, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, very forward but well behaved.  Dental surgeon visited - all is healed well but took down opposing teeth a bit and also other fractured but stable tooth. Red: very good 30-minute walk ride, did neuro tests after and everything's normal except he will swivel left hind when I move right hind past center line - muscle weakness?  Pie: very good w/t/c in outdoor, nicely forward, didn't really want to sustain canter.  Neuro test very good.

October 6, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, quite focussed but stiff in the neck on the left rein.  Red: very good 30-minute walk ride - he was willing to trot but we didn't.  Pie: very good short w/t ride, very forward and responsive, softness a bit inconsistent at beginning but got much better.

October 5, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

October 4, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good 25-minute walk ride, very nice walking out and some lateral work.  One bad step with right hind, but otherwise very good.  Pie: very good w/t ride, very soft and very responsive, did some nice figure and lateral work.

October 3, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, some relaxation towards the end, still very stiff on left rein.  Red: very good 25-minute walk ride.  Very nice, and much better backing with lifting of hinds and only the slightest curved scooping, not the big, very curved drag marks he was doing before - improvement in EPM symptoms.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride with two perfect w/c departures, one on each lead, just off my thinking the rhythm and exhaling.  Some odd stances on cross ties yesterday and today and a few odd steps at trot, so had blood pulled for an EPM test and started him on decoquinate.

October 2, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good 20-minute walk ride, felt very good, did some figure work, a little leg yielding and also some very nice walk pirouettes.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, some very nice soft sustained canter work, also settled nicely into softness at the trot.

October 1, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, nicely forward and responsive. Cleaned cut on left hind heel with water and put on silver spray - it was a bit cracked and bleeding but otherwise seemed OK. Red and Pie: day off.

September, 2014: total rides: 42; Dawn: 12, Pie: 17, Red: 13.

September 30, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, forward and still stiff on left rein.  Red: very good 20-minute walk ride.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, mostly in outdoor, big, forward, soft canter and also some very nice trot work.

September 29, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, a bit distracted due to new horse at the gate.  Red: very good 15-minute walk ride.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, kept my body up and open and his bending/turns were excellent - no diving or cutting in - and he nailed a walk/canter departure on left lead.

September 28, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

September 27, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in outdoor, some very nice canter work both on a loose rein and with contact - very soft and responsive.  Red: excellent 15-minute walk ride, felt very good.

September 26, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, farrier.  Boys came in easily and were good for the farrier, unlike last time.  Got Red's EPM results - 8-2-2.  This explains his neuro abnormalities and stumble/tripping causing reinjuries.  Likely he was reexposed, and was developing an infection with phenotype 1.  Will continue decoquinate for a month and perhaps a second month.

September 25, 2014 - Dawn and Red: day off.  Pie: two very good rides, one w/t/c in outdoor and indoor, excellent forward and softness, and one in the evening in indoor where we worked on lateral work.

September 24, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, much more relaxed.  Red and Pie: day off.

September 23, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, hyper alert and very forward but very well behaved, got some moments of relaxation at trot.  Red: day off, ankle looking a bit better.  Started Platinum Performance chromium plus yeast.  Test came back with some small strongyles, Dawn and Pie clear.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in outdoor, flies were terrible, nicely forward and very nice engaged canter work.

September 22, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, got some relaxation at trot, stiffer on left rein.  Red: day off, ankle still pretty swollen.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in outdoor, very forward and some nice lengthening shortening work in trot.

September 21, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Red's ankle more swollen after all the running yesterday, but he's walking well.  May have to wait a while longer to start our walk rides - had planned to start tomorrow but things have regressed.

September 20, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Red and Pie did a lot of running - hot and sweaty and breathing hard - before they came in.  Red's leg looks about the same and he ran well - iced thoroughly.

September 19, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, quite forward and not as soft tracking left.  Red: day off, very agitated for some reason in stall.  Pie: very good short w/t/c ride, I'm tired so we didn't do much, but he was very good and we took a brief ride outside.

September 18, 2014 - Dawn and Red: day off.  Red being blood tested for EPM again - abnormal reflexes and abnormal right hind foot placement.  Also recommended that he start on chromium plus yeast from Platinum Performance, since he won't eat the powder Dr. M provides.  Also started him on decoquinate powder.  Right hind significantly less swollen.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, not too long, first in bit since he had his skin infection.  Second ride in evening during people-doing-groundwork - we weren't into that but did some nice lateral work.

September 17, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, got some good moments of relaxation at trot by the end, a bit stiff bending left.  Red and Pie: day off.  Started Red on 8 arnica tablets a day.

September 16, 2014 - Dawn: good w/t ride, very alert and easily distracted - suspect she's coming into heat.  Lunged a bit, she was fine, rode for a bit at w/t but she never fully relaxed although she was very good.  Red: day off, ankle still quite puffy.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in outdoor arena, not consistently soft in side pull but nicely forward.

September 15, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, about 10 minutes sustained trot work.  Red's ankle looked a bit less swollen in pasture.  Red: day off, ankle still puffy, ice and one gram bute.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in side pull, nicely forward and soft.

September 14, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Red's ankle puffy, iced and gave one gram bute.  Looks like he reinjured it, but on lunge he was pretty good at trot except for first few steps.

September 13, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride, 8 minutes of sustained trot work, fell down behind with both hinds on first transition to walk after first 4 minute trot set, seemed OK and trotted well for second set although got tired.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, some circle work at canter, had some trouble sustaining the canter (dropped dressage whip before canter work), but did well and was very soft in the side pull.

September 12, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, with about 7 minutes of sustained trot work.  She was very good, despite how cold it was.  Red: very good w/t ride (with some volunteered left lead canter), 6 minutes of sustained trot work, moving very well after the first couple of laps.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in side pull, one big scoot - don't know why.

September 11, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride with 4 minutes of sustained trot work, one small bolt.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, nicely forward and relaxed in the side pull.

September 10, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

September 9, 2014 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride, 5 minutes of sustained trot work.  Red: excellent w/t ride with 2 minutes of sustained trotting, which he did willingly.  A bit stiff and braced, but happy.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, he was happiest when I stayed off his face (in side pull).

September 8, 2014 - Dawn: very good short w/t ride, very willing but a little braced.  Red: very good 30-minute walk ride.  Saw him trot downhill in pasture - completely sound with good engagement.  Pie: very good w/t ride in indoor and outside, in side pull.

September 7, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Red and Pie each had a hand walk in the pasture, which they enjoyed.

September 6, 2014 - Dawn and Pie: day off, face crud.  Red: very good 30-minute walk ride.

September 5, 2014 - Dawn and Pie: day off, face crud.  Red: very good 25-minute walk ride, feels good.  Moved Pie's topical antibiotic to the p.m., still had shavings stuck to it this morning even without.

September 4, 2014 - Dawn and Pie: day off, face crud.  Both slowly improving.  Doing Dawn's topical antibiotic in p.m., Pie's in a.m. so it can stay dry overnight and not get shavings stuck to it.  Red: very good 25-minute walk ride, using cones.

September 3, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Crud improving for both - Dawn's face much better, knee still swollen although better.  Pie's face crud better except where I had to pull scabs off where he'd embedded shavings, knee still swollen but moving well.

September 2, 2014 - Dawn: day off, face crud.  Vet had us switch to Quadritop ointment and twice daily SMZs (14 pills each time).  Pie: day off, face crud.  Red: very good 20 minute walk ride - set up cones!

September 1, 2014 - Dawn: very good short w/t ride.  Has some swelling in one knee (from transferred face crud?), and left front slightly swollen and sore to palpation - may be a splint or high suspensory strain.  Sound at walk, just slightly off at trot so didn't do much.  Treated face and knee in p.m. and iced front, started her on Uniprim - one scoop once a day.  Pie: day off, face crud pretty yucky, treated in a.m. and p.m. with silver sulfa after washing, also bleached all his brushes and bought new sets for Dawn and Red.  He has one knee that is swollen and has some irritated places - just like Dawn.  His face is too raw to ride with.  Started him on SMZs - 12 pills once a day.  Red: very good 20 minute walk ride, some very nice stretching walk.

August, 2014: total rides: 28; Dawn: 7, Pie: 17, Red: 5.

August 31, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

August 30, 2014 - Dawn: very good short w/t ride, very forward and responsive.  Red: very good 15-minute walk ride.  Pie: very good short w/t/c ride in side pull, quite happy to move out.  Sore on face very nasty, cleaning with saline spray and then using Vetericyn.  Area around it is bumpy and itchy.  Tonight, cleaned with saline spray and just put on Neosporin.

August 29, 2014 - Dawn: very good 15-minute walk ride - first ride since recent dental surgery, worked on softness in the bend, on circles, serpentines, etc.  Red: very good 15-minute walk ride, seemed like he wanted to trot.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, very hot so didn't ride long, rode in side pull which he really liked - very soft and relaxed.

August 28, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good 10-minute walk ride, nicely soft.  Second in-hand session with obstacles - very good and brave, fascinated by noodle gate and log dragging. Pie: very good short w/t/c ride with cones, wanted to get him some movement before the evening obstacle ride.  Very good evening obstacle ride, did everything, even noodle gate and a little log dragging.

August 27, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

August 26, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent 10-minute walk ride, responsive and soft.  Pie: excellent w/t ride, working on "up and out".  Some excellent w/t/w transition work using my exhale.

August 25, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: did some ground work on lunge line and in hand.  He trotted pretty sound, a little short strided with the right hind when tracking left, but not bad, and no "protecting" it when he slowed down.  Had to "nip" his wanting to bite in the bud - close in lateral work when he got frustrated.  Ended very well with a much better understanding between us.  He's ready to start ridden work at the walk.  Pie: good w/t/c ride, a little distracted and spooky but responsive.

August 24, 2014 - Dawn and Red: day off.  Red: some "riding" in-hand with cones - very responsive. Pie: excellent short w/t/c ride (very hot), working with cones on my creating openings rather than trying to push him over.

August 23, 2014 - Dawn and Red: day off.  Pie: day off, hot and stormy.

August 22, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, farrier and too hot.  Both boys were awful for the farrier - guess they weren't happy about being in pens. Dawn and Red got rinsed off and Pie got a soap bath as he was very hot and sweaty and dirty.

August 21, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red and Pie: day off but did trail obstacles in hand in the evening - they both did great.

August 20, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Red: dose five Panacur - all done for now!  Will do fecal retest in 14 days.

August 19, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: day off, dose four Panacur, did very well.  Pie: very good short w/t/c ride in indoor - responsive and forward.

August 18, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: day off, third dose Panacur, a bit agitated in stall, not eating breakfast.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in outdoor, some very nice canter work and good transitions.

August 17, 2014 - Dawn: day off, 5 cc oral Banamine.  Red: day off, second dose Panacur, did better with clicker in the barn aisle - no bopping!  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in the outdoor, very forward and soft, also did some spiral out work and leg yield at trot.

August 16, 2014 - Dawn: day off, 7.5 cc oral Banamine.  Red: day off, hand walk in pasture, started Pacacur power pack for strongyles, bashed me in the nose (!).  Pie: didn't ride due to having been hit in the nose and face by Red.

August 15, 2014 - Dawn: day off, 10 cc oral Banamine.  Red: day off, did some in-hand "riding".  Pie:  excellent w/t/c ride in indoor, a bit spooky visually, but very good and very soft.  Did some in-hand work first.

August 14, 2014 - Dawn: day off, dental recovery, 10 cc oral Banamine.  Red: day off.  Pie: day off, has a deepish gouge just above his right front hoof, still weeping/bleeding.  Not sore to touch.  Washed it off, put nolvasan and swat on it.

August 13, 2014 - Dawn: day off, dental recovery, 10 cc oral Banamine.  Red: day off, did an in-hand "ride", using cones.  Pie: good w/t ride, partly in pasture - flies very bad despite wind - and partly in indoor - didn't get to do much due to an out-of-control horse careening around.

August 12, 2014 - Red and Pie: day off.  Dawn: day off, dental surgery to extract two molars, started Uniprim.

August 11, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, forward and responsive.  Last ride before dental work.  Red: day off, some "hand-riding" work.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, very forward and even a bit rushy.

August 10, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

August 9, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride.  Pie and Red: day off, did a little riding in hand with Red so he was happy.

August 8, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, well-behaved even though coming into heat.  Red: day off - but very successful "virtual ride" in hand with the bridle.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, warmed up in arena and then worked in outdoor on trot/canter transitions.

August 7, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: day off, pasture walk, had trouble going down hill so may have to stick to the arena for a while although he likes to go out.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, working on t/c transitions and anticipation.

August 6, 2014 - Dawn: day off, more barn construction.  Red: day off, pasture hand walk.  Pie: very good w/t ride indoors and in pasture.

August 5, 2014 - Dawn: day off, construction work at barn with lots of equipment.  Red: day off.  Pie: day off, could have ridden but didn't feel like it.

August 4, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, brief canter that she did very nicely.  Red and Pie: day off.  Saw Red trotting in pasture, looked very good.

August 3, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

August 2, 2014 - Dawn: very good forward w/t ride.  Pie and Red: day off.

August 1, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, very forward, a bit of nice canter.  Red: day off.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, a bit rushed at canter but settled nicely, with some good trot work after.

July, 2014: total rides: 36; Dawn: 11, Pie: 13, Red: 12.

July 31, 2014 - Dawn and Red: day off.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, followed by a short w/t pasture excursion.

July 30, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, very forward and responsive.  Red: day off.  Pie: very good w/t ride, nicely forward and good bending, short pasture excursion.

July 29, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, about 10 minutes trot work, very forward.  Nipped me on arm.  Red: day off, leg responded well to icing.  Pie: very good w/t ride, nicely forward and responsive.  Kept it short as he'd had a number of days off due to cut under saddle area.

July 28, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, about 8 minutes trot work.  Pie and Red: day off.  Red: vet visit, much improved, probably soft tissue injury in right hind ankle, 30 more days rest with pasture turnout, icing and Traumeel ointment.

July 27, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

July 26, 2014 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride, total trot time of 5 minutes.  Red and Pie: day off.

July 25, 2014 - Dawn: very good short w/t ride, quite responsive and soft.  Red: day off, some work over poles in arena and a pasture walk.  Pie: day off, some work over poles in arena and a pasture walk.

July 24, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: day off, cut and swelling under saddle area, hand walk in pasture.  Red: day off, hand walk in pasture, had some difficulty walking down the hill.

July 23, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good ground work session, working on "trailer loading" into wash stall and stall, inside turns and some in hand turn on the forehand and side pass.  Pie: good session on going forward at walk on lunge, also some "loading".

July 22, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, very hot.

July 21, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

July 20, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

July 19, 2014 - Dawn and Red: day off.  Pie: excellent short w/t ride, focussing on forward and softness.

July 18, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: day off, 1/4 tube UlcerGard.  Red: good walk ride, very distracted.  Not sound at trot on lunge, perhaps a bit better.

July 17, 2014 - Dawn and Red: day off.  Pie: short, very good w/t/c ride, 1/4 tube UlcerGard.

July 16, 2014 - Dawn: day off, last dose Uniprim.  Pie: day off, 1/2 tube UlcerGard.  Red: very good walk ride with one small scoot when he spooked.

July 15, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Dawn 2 scoops Uniprim.  Pie: 1/2 tube UlcerGard.

July 14, 2014 - Dawn: day off, dental recovery, 2 scoops Uniprim.  Eating very well.  Pie and Red: day off.  Pie: 1/2 tube Ulcergard.

July 13, 2014 - Dawn: day off, dental recovery, 2 scoops Uniprim plus probes.  Pie: all day turnout (at last).  1/2 tube UlcerGard.  Very good w/t/c ride, didn't work too long.  Red: very good walk ride.

July 13, 2014 - Dawn: day off, dental recovery.  Red: still not sound at trot on lunge - short striding with right hind, but not too bad.  5 cc oral banamine, 2 scoops Uniprim. Very good walk ride with shortening/lengthening, figures and lateral work.  He even offered up a few steps of pretty good walk when we were doing big walk.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, nicely forward and some really good relaxed soft canter work on both leads.  3/4 tube UlcerGard - he's clearly feeling much better.

July 12, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Dawn 7 cc oral banamine, 2 scoops Uniprim (assuming she ate it - dish thrown around stall).  Pie: 3/4 tube UlcerGard, 7 hours grazing.  Red: looked like he bumped left eye or had an insect bite - eyeball not weepy but eyelid pretty swollen - put in eye antibiotic.

July 11, 2014 - hoof trim all three.  Dawn: day off, dental recovery, 10 cc oral banamine in a.m., 2 scoops Uniprim p.m.  Pie: 5 hours pasture turnout, day off after hoof trim, 3/4 tube UlcerGard.  Red: very good walk ride, lots of nice swinging walk and also some good lateral work.  Didn't lunge to check soundness since he'd been trimmed.

July 10, 2014 - Dawn: day off, dental recovery, 10 cc banamine a.m., 2 scoops Uniprim p.m., probes. Pie: 5 hours pasture turnout, seemed slightly footsore (grunting when stamping at flies), although no heat or pulses, 500-lb. dose banamine.  One tube UlcerGard (dose 10).  Good short walk ride.  Red: very good walk ride with cones and poles.

July 9, 2014 - Dawn: day off, dental recovery. 10 cc banamine a.m., 2 scoops Uniprim p.m., probios. Pie: 4 hours pasture turnout.  Very good short w/t/c ride in p.m., some very nice soft sustained canter work, including on circles.  One tube UlcerGard (dose 9). Red: very good walk ride with cones.

July 8, 2014 - Dawn: day off, dental surgery.  Had 10 cc banamine in a.m., 2 scoops Uniprim in p.m., didn't eat it very well.  Ate hay avidly, but seemed a bit uncomfortable when I left the barn. Red: very good walk ride, nice loose long walk and good softness.  Pie: 3 1/2 hours pasture turnout, one tube UlcerGard (dose 8).  Very good w/t/c ride, nicely forward and soft and cantering again was fun.

July 7, 2014 - Dawn: very good short w/t/c ride - cantered nicely on both leads.  Very muggy so didn't ride long.  Pie: 3 hours pasture turnout, one tube UlcerGard (dose7).  Pie and Red: day off, too hot and humid to ride.  Red: lots of swellings on right side of neck - bug bites/stings?  1,000-lb. dose banamine and lots of arnica gel.

July 6, 2014 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride in newly dragged arena.  Very forward and relaxed.  Pie: 2 1/2 hours pasture turnout, one tube UlcerGard (dose 6).  Pie and Red: day off.

July 5, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride in freshly dragged arena.  Pie: 2 hours pasture turnout, one tube UlcerGard (dose 5), excellent w/t ride with lovely forward and softness, and great willingness.  Red: very good walk ride, with some nice free walk.

July 4, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, quite forward and focussed.  Pie: 1 1/2 hours pasture turnout, one tube UlcerGard (dose 4), very good w/t ride, completely forward and relaxed at trot.  Red: still lame at trot - right hind, 2/5 so improved.  No heat or sensitivity, so likely dealing with a minor soft tissue injury - bruised extensor tendon? deep digital flexor tendon strain and/or suspensory strain from falling in barn aisle.  But better, so still riding at walk - walk is amazing, forward and very sound.

July 3, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: one hour turnout, one tube UlcerGard, very good short walk ride, still doing very well.  Small grain meal p.m., added Succeed.  Red: excellent walk ride, very nice swinging walk, even some nice extension.

July 2, 2014 - Dawn: good w/t ride after some lungeing - very antsy and nervous, probably coming into heat.  Pie: 45 minutes turnout, one tube UlcerGard, hand walk, much improved.  Red: 4 hours turnout, short very good walk ride.

July 1, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride after a bit of lungeing, very forward.  Red: day off.  Pie: day off, colic attack in p.m., refused grain and hay, vet out - ulcers likely, one tube UlcerGard, seemed much better.

June, 2014: total rides: 47; Dawn: 12, Pie: 15, Red: 20.

June 30, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride in early a.m. before heat.  Red: day off, 4 hours turnout.  Pie: day off due to heat, 25 minutes turnout, started UlcerGard paste treatment for suspected ulcers.

June 29, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Pie: bit of a colic attack after coming in from grass - 25 minutes, maybe too much.  Gave him 500 lb. dose banamine.  May be that he has ulcers, will try Ulcergard paste starting tomorrow.

June 28, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, about 10 minutes of trot work. Red: day off, almost 4 hours turnout, iced right hind leg - almost 100% sound at walk, wind puffs still there but no soreness or heat on palpation.  Swelling on front of cannon bone almost gone, no soreness to touch.  Pie: day off due to heat, 20 minutes turnout.

June 27, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride after a bit of lungeing to verify her soundness - she looked great.  Very nice forward and some good softness.  Red: day off, 3/5 lame on right hind - either digital extensor injury from small wound on front of cannon bone, with a bit of swelling, or due to falling on the barn aisle 11 days ago - a bit of a wind puff on outside of right hind.  Seems happy in turnout, we'll see how he is in a week.  Pie: very good w/t ride after brief lungeing to verify his soundness.  Very relaxed and happy after 15 minutes of turnout (and running around!).

June 26, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: day off, 15 minutes turnout with herd - he was careful through the mud then took off like a shot.  Red: 3 1/2 hours herd turnout, good w/t ride, quite stiff, maybe because he hasn't been eating his aspirin . . .

June 25, 2014 - Dawn and Red: day off.  Pie: good w/t ride, did a little trot, he was pretty up and the ring was full of horses, got off and did a little lungeing, some kicking out but otherwise good.  Need to do more groundwork with him.  Right front seemed a little short tracking right, no pulses or heat.

June 24, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Red: 3 hours turnout.  Ding on front of right rear cannon bone, not serious but a little swelling. Pie: no pulse, no grazing.

June 23, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off. Red: 2 1/2 hours turnout.  Pie: 15 minutes hand grazing, slight digital pulse right hind in p.m., will back off on grazing.

June 22, 2014 - Dawn: day off:  Red: 2 1/2 hours turnout.  Very good w/t/c ride. Pie: 15 minutes hand grazing.  Very good w/t ride, some significant left side spookiness.

June 21, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, started out a bit stiff but improved, 2 hours turnout.  Pie: very good w/t ride, quite forward, 10 minutes hand grazing.

June 20, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, about 7 minutes trotting, sound tracking left, improved tracking right.  Pie and Red: day off. Pie: 5 minutes hand grazing.  Red: 1 1/2 hours turnout, no sedation.

June 19, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: day 14 levamisole.  Excellent w/t/c ride, worried about left lead canter but was able to do it very well. Red: one hour turnout, saw him canter a long way on right lead, seemed very comfortable.  Very good w/t ride - he seemed a bit ouchy on right hind so didn't work too long.

June 18, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, still not quite right on right hind although neuro tests show very little.  Started her on aspirin in p.m. Pie: good w/t ride a.m., distracted and nervous, didn't settle, much better, very good w/t ride in p.m. with some forward trotting.  Day 13 levamisole. Red: excellent w/t/c ride - just a little bit of canter on both leads, but felt very good.  45 minutes with herd.

June 17, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off due to heat, horses came in early.  Pie: day 12 levamisole, sheath cleaning by vet.  Red: 45 minutes herd turnout, quite a bit of galloping.

June 16, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, even a bit sounder.  Day 14 levamisole.  Red: 20 minutes turnout in pasture - very happy, 2 cc oral ace.  Excellent w/t ride in p.m., kept it short because it was so hot, but he was very sound at the trot, which was good news. Pie: day off, too hot, day 11 levamisole.

June 15, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, sounder to the right.  Day 13 levamisole.  Red: fell down in barn aisle, scraped both rear pasterns.  40 minutes hand grazing. Very good w/t ride, took him a while to stretch out - he's probably sore - less than 10 minutes trotting but good relaxed stretching down work at end.  One gram bute to help with soreness. Pie day 10 levamisole.  Very good w/t ride, nice forward, sound trot work on both diagonals.

June 14, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Dawn day 12 levamisole, Pie day 9.

June 13, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, trotted 5 minutes.  Still slightly "dropping" right hind around corners, but seemed happy to trot and was very forward.  Day 11 levamisole. Red: very good w/t ride, 10 minutes almost continuous trotting, pretty nice trot by the end.  Pie: very good short w/t ride in a very crowded arena, seems completely sound. Day 8 levamisole.  A second short w/t ride in p.m., very nice trot work, completely sound.

June 12, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Day 10 levamisole. Pie: very good w/t ride in a.m., much sounder at trot.  Day 7 levamisole. Red: very good w/t ride in a.m., a bit braced due to new time of day and also a bit stiff but loosed up at end, 10 minutes of trot work. 20 minutes hand grazing.

June 11, 2014 - Dawn: day off, horses in until late due to rain, day 9 levamisole.  Pie: day off, dose 6 levamisole.  Red: very good w/t ride with 10 minutes trotting, he coped very well with a very crowded ring and trot was very good.  15 minutes hand grazing.

June 10, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride with 2 minutes trotting.  Did mostly tracking left, with some posting on right diagonal on straights.  Dose 8 levamisole. Red: very good w/t ride with 10 minutes trotting, pretty stiff until towards the end.  Did some canter at the beginning.  10 minutes hand grazing. Pie: good very short walk ride, quite wobbly.  Dose 5 levamisole.

June 9, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride with 2 minutes trotting.  Much better at trot, still slightly not right around corners tracking right but just fine on straights.  Dose 7 levamisole. Red: 5 minutes hand grazing in a.m., very good w/t (with a bit of left lead canter) ride, started quite stiff and really didn't loosen up until the end, 10 minutes trot work.  Pie: very good w/t ride, a bit wobbly at trot, did about 8 minutes trot work, didn't ask him for much, dose 4 levamisole.

June 8, 2014 - Dawn, Pie and Red: day off.  Dawn dose 6 levamisole, Pie dose 3.

June 7, 2014 - Dawn: day off, feet a little sore from trim, dose 5 levamisole.  Red: very good w/t ride, 8 minutes of good trotting with some nice stretching down.  Pie: most of ride excellent w/t, very good trot, much more even and with good engagement.  Tried a little cantering - right lead fine, refused to do left lead (right hind is weak) - only time I can ever remember him balking.  Did a little left lead successfully down center of arena, but when tried it again got a horrible discombobulated cross canter.  Stopped there, did a little more trot and he seemed OK.  Poor Pie.  Dose 2 levamisole.

June 6, 2014 - Dawn: short walk ride with a bit of trotting, still not balanced, dose 4 levamisole.  Red: very good w/t ride, 8 minutes of trotting, vet who was there for someone else, said he looked very good and only slightly short-striding with left hind.  Pie: still happy, short very good w/t ride, dose one levamisole.

June 5, 2014 - Dawn: day off, dose 3 levamisole.  Red: very good w/t ride, about 4 minutes trot work, more forward and engaged behind.  First dose aspirin - perhaps that made a difference.  Pie: very good w/t ride, much more friendly while grooming, stance more normal, no trouble picking feet, right hind still not normal and gait at trot still not right.

June 4, 2014 - Dawn: day off, horses turned out late, dose 2 levamisole.  Pie: day off, very teeterey when picking feet, did a short hand walk.  Red: very good w/t ride, 8 minutes trotting, not very forward, will give him a reduced day tomorrow and consider going to a 3 days on one day off schedule and see if that works better.

June 3, 2014 - Dawn: very good 20-minute walk ride.  Starting 14-day treatment with levamisole.  Red: very good w/t ride, quieter than yesterday, 7 minutes of trotting.  Pie: good w/t ride, in pasture had a bolting episode due to crashing in the brush, did some trot work in indoor afterwards, not very secure with right hind.

June 2, 2014 - Dawn: very good 20-minute walk ride.  Red: very good w/t ride, 7 minutes of trotting, one spook/bolt, also kicked off his ice boot.  Pie: day off, happy for grooming and a short hand walk.

June 1, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: day off, some chiro and a blood test for EPM - right hind not neurologically normal.  Red: very good w/t ride with 6 minutes of trot work, 20 minutes of icing afterwards.

May, 2014: total rides: 56; Dawn: 14, Pie: 20, Red: 22.

May 31, 2014 - Dawn: very good 20-minute walk ride.  Pie: day off, left neck and shoulder very sore, did some massage as he could tolerate it.  Red: very good w/t ride, 6 minutes of trot, stiff for about a minute or two then very sound.  Tolerated icing for a long time.

May 30, 2014 - Dawn: very good 20-minute walk ride.  Red: very good w/t ride, 6 minutes trotting each direction.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in pasture - very forward and soft, and happy to be out.

May 29, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good 20-minute walk ride, followed by 20 minutes of icing leg.  He was very chilled.  Pie: excellent w/t ride out in pasture - very forward and soft.

May 28, 2014 - Dawn: very good 20 minute walk ride in indoor (during driving rainstorm).  Red: very good w/t ride, a bit fussy at first trot departure and was a bit stiff to start, but trot improved as we went, seemed somewhat more happy tracking right.  Did about 5 minutes of trotting.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, lots of cantering.  Neck seemed to feel slightly better.

May 27, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride, a bit braced at trot tracking right, better tracking left - 5 minutes trot work, kept ice boot on whole time.  Pie: very good short w/t ride, neck seems to feel a bit better, carrot stretches.

May 26, 2014 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride, still a bit short strided with right hind tracking right around corners.  Evaluation by Dr. Marold, pulses in right hind and right front, some weakness right hind also some sensitivity medial suspensory ligament right hind.  Drew blood for EPM follow up test, also will increase magnesium/chromium/selenium powder to 3 scoops daily.  Pie: day off, more chiro, much better.  Red: very good w/t ride, 5 minutes sound trotting.

May 25, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: day off, carrot stretches.  Red: very good w/t ride (some unintentional canter), first without sedation, 16th ride since surgery on April 16 - 5 1/2 weeks since surgery.  Somewhat feisty but very well behaved, a tiny bit of head shaking, and some attempts to canter, but very good - 5 minutes of trotting, sound.  Tolerated ice boot for a while.

May 24, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, a bit stiff tracking right but better than yesterday, nicely forward.  Pie: day off, chiro.  Red: very good w/t ride, a bit stiff but worked well - 5 minutes trotting, 0.5 cc oral ace, will use none tomorrow.

May 23, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, a bit stiff.  Red: very good w/t ride, 1 cc oral ace, rode with dressage whip, 2 1/2 minutes trotting each direction, a bit short-strides until asked him to trot properly, then sound.  Iced leg after.  Pie: good walking pasture ride, extremely crabby when in stall and grooming, threatening to bite about left neck and shoulder.  One area in pasture he was unwilling to cross, very odd.

May 22, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good 30 minute walk ride, 1 1/4 cc oral ace, very quiet - had to carry dressage whip to get a decent walk.  Iced leg after - looking pretty good.  Pie: very good walking pasture ride - very good despite having no real running around turnout for quite a while

May 21, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, some nice moments of softness. Red: very good w/t ride - 5 minutes total trot work, sound but very tired and hard to keep moving.  1 3/4 cc oral ace - can reduce tomorrow.  Iced leg afterwards - ice massage with ice bags - he liked that.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, some stiffness in neck but otherwise very good.

May 20, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, not quite as soft as yesterday but some good moments.  Much sounder.  Pie: day off, rinse off.  Red: excellent w/t ride with 2 minutes trotting each way, then had a bath.

May 19, 2014 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride, seemed to have some minor hock soreness mostly tracking right, but excellent softness and forward.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, some very nice sustained soft canter work, including nice circles.  Red: excellent w/t ride, 1 minute trotting each direction.  Small amount of superficial bleeding from lower end of incision where a scab had been scraped off.

May 18, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, very good softness and bend and some very nice sustained canter work.  Red: 1 cc oral ace for pen turnout, 1 1/2 cc in p.m. for 30 minute walk ride - he was much more alert than yesterday but still very good.

May 17, 2014 - Dawn: very good short w/t ride after a bit of lungeing.  Very crabby for grooming, but very good for our ride.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, nicely forward at canter and some good sustained work.  Red: excellent walk ride - very relaxed (1 1/2 cc oral ace) and soft, interested in cones.

May 16, 2014 - Dawn: day off, farrier visit for Red.  Red: farrier visit, pretty good for him, 2 cc oral ace for pen turnout; 30 minute w/t ride, not quite 100% sound, will do two days walk riding, put arnica on leg.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, still a bit spazzy.

May 15, 2014 - Dawn: in heat, day off.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, still a bit sore and also spooky, right lead canter much better than left.  Red: most of the day turnout in pen, excellent w/t ride - 5 minutes trotting, he was sound and willing although some head shaking (1 cc IV, 1/2 cc IM in a.m., 1 3/4 cc oral in p.m.).

May 14, 2014 - Dawn: very good, short w/t ride, did a bit of lungeing first, she was very good.  Red: excellent walk ride in p.m., 4 1/2 hours pen turnout, 1 1/2 cc oral ace in a.m., 2 cc in p.m. and he was pretty well zonked.  Pie: good w/t/c ride, very up and a spaz attack, had to wait for kid lessons to get over with, then did a bit of trot and canter work and he was better.

May 13, 2014 - Dawn: very good, short w/t ride, lunged a bit first but she was calm.  Red and Pie in due to rain.  Red 2 cc oral ace, hand walked for 30 minutes and he was very well behaved.  2 1/2 hrs. pen turnout with Pie, rode for 20 minutes at walk in p.m. with 2 cc oral ace, very calm.  Pie: day off - had a slightly swollen bite mark just under saddle area.

May 12, 2014 - Dawn: day off, in heat, rinsed her off when she came in.  Pie: day off, very hot and humid.  Red: 4 1/2 hours pen turnout,  1 cc oral ace, 30-min walk ride in p.m. 2 1/2 cc oral ace.

May 11, 2014 - Dawn and Pie: day off.  Red: 5 hours pen turnout with 1 cc oral ace, very good 30 minute walk ride with 2 cc oral ace, did very well although somewhat more alert and sometimes braced than yesterday.

May 10, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: 4 1/2 hrs. pen turnout, 2 cc oral ace; wonderful 30 minute walk ride in p.m. with 2 1/2 cc oral ace - couldn't have been more responsive or soft.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride.

May 9, 2014 - Dawn: day off, kept her in for a few hours in the a.m. due to storms.  Red: too wet for pen turnout, 30 minute hand walk a.m., 2 cc oral ace, 30 minute hand walk p.m., 2 cc oral ace.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, nice canter work.

May 8, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Dawn and Pie had baths, and Red and I worked on meds-by-mouth and did a 30 minute hand walk, 1 cc ace by mouth for turnout and 1 cc for hand walk.

May 7, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: day off, pen turnout plus 30 minutes in hand walking in p.m., did wash stall perfectly.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in outdoor arena, relaxed and forward.

May 6, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Red: 4 hrs. pen turnout, 1 1/2 cc ace.

May 5, 2014 - Red: day off, stall rest, 3 1/3 hr. pen turnout, very quiet, 20 min. hand walk.  Reduced oral ace to 2 cc a.m., 1 p.m.  Dawn: very short w/t ride, coming into heat.  Pie: very short w/t/c ride, starting in pasture and finishing in arena - three little grunt/squeals - something may be hurting but I was not able to figure out what it was - he was sound in all gaits and willing to move out.  Gave him a massage and 1 gram bute.

May 4, 2014 - Red: day off, stall rest, 2 1/2 hr. pen turnout, 20 min. hand walk.  Reduced oral ace to 2 1/2 cc a.m., 1 1/2 p.m.  Dawn and Pie: day off.

May 3, 2014 - Red: day off, stall rest, 2-hr. pen turnout, 20-min. hand walk.  Dawn: very good w/t ride, felt better tracking right.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in fairly crowded indoor.

May 2, 2014 - Red: day off, stall rest, 2-hr. pen turnout next to Pie, 20-min hand walk in p.m., did a lot on leading.  Dawn: very good w/t ride, still not quite right in hind end.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, very good canter work.

May 1, 2014 - Red: day off, stall rest, two 20-min. hand walks.  Leg looking better.  Dawn: day off.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, very nice canter work, slow and engaged.

April, 2014: total rides: 36; Dawn: 12, Pie: 18, Red: 4, Roxie: 2.

April 30, 2014 - Red: day off, stall rest.  Vet came, bandage off, 20 min. hand walking, leg more swollen in p.m. but we're very happy. Dawn: day off. Pie: very good w/t/c ride, nicely forward and the best right lead canter departure from trot yet.

April 29, 2014 - Red: day off, stall rest.  Dawn: very good short w/t ride, a little better than yesterday.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, plenty of forward and very soft.

April 28, 2014 - Red: day off, stall rest, bandage change in p.m., still a fair amount of swelling, he was very good for it without sedation.  Dawn: very good w/t ride, still not quite right when tracking right at trot.  Pie: very good, short w/t/c ride in indoor, barn deserted.

April 27, 2014 - Red: day off, stall rest.  Quiet in morning, starting to wake up in p.m. Manure better. Did not give Reserpine.  Dawn: day off.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, short due to him being very good and no one at barn.

April 26, 2014 - Red: day off, stall rest.  Quieter in stall, very loose manure but seemed to feel OK.  Dawn: very good w/t ride, neuro symptoms seems to be gone.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in indoor and outside in pasture.

April 25, 2014 - Red: day off, stall rest, surgeon came and drained fluid/blood from leg, said things looked very good, another dose Reserpine.  Gave him 1 cc ace by mouth in p.m. to keep him from stamping leg. Dawn: very good w/t ride, one foot still not neurologically normal, trotted fairly well and not wobbly for mounting.  500-lb. dose Banamine. Pie: day off, to keep Red calm.

April 24, 2014 - Red: day off, stall rest. Dawn: day off, seems neurologically normal.  Pie: day off, couldn't take him away from Red as Red got upset.

April 23, 2014 - Red: day off, stall rest.  Dawn: very good short w/t ride.  Sprawly on cross ties, and both fronts now fail placement test.  Turning test OK.  Gave her 500 lb. dose ban amine.  Much better at turnout that afternoon.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in indoor and one nice circuit of the pasture despite the cold and wind.

April 22, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, a little funky and did foot placement tests - failed with left front and hind - likely due to rabies vaccination two weeks ago.  Red: day off, stall rest.  Pie: very good short w/t/c ride outside - very forward and responsive.

April 21, 2014 - Red: day off, vet visit again for more sedation and bandage change.  Dawn: day off due to vet visit timing.  Pie: day off, so he could stay and keep Red calm.

April 20, 2014 - Red: day off, stall rest, vet had to come again and redo his bandage.  Dawn: day off.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride outside, lovely day.

April 19, 2014 - Red: day off, stall rest.  Dawn: day off, too busy with Red's vet visit and she's in heat.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in arena and outside.  One very big buck when I tapped him with the whip to ask him to keep cantering when he had broken to trot.

April 18, 2014 - Red: day off, back from vet clinic - had a lot of trouble loading.  Dawn: very good short w/t ride, one spook otherwise fairly relaxed.  Pie: day off.

April 17, 2014 - Dawn and Pie: day off. Red: day off, at vet clinic.

April 16, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Red: surgery.

April 15, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Red: trailer to clinic for surgery tomorrow.  Ended up using a send to get him in trailer.

April 14, 2014 - Dawn and Red: day off.  Pie: ride at clinic, trailered home.  Also rode Roxie.

April 13, 2014 - Dawn and Red: day off.  Pie: ride at clinic.  Also worked with Roxie.

April 12, 2014 - Dawn and Red: day off.  Pie: ride at clinic.  Also rode Roxie.

April 11, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, relaxed and responsive.  Red and Pie: day off, Pie trip to Wisconsin.

April 10, 2014 - Dawn and Red: day off. Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in outdoor, and also walk around pasture.

April 9, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride - just enough to keep her in shape and moving. Red and Pie: day off.

April 8, 2014 - Dawn: day off, dental surgical exam.  Red: day off.  Surgery scheduled for splint bone fracture.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in outdoor - forward and relaxed.

April 7, 2014 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride, nicely relaxed and even did a little cantering.  Vet came to do shots: Pie West Nile, Red and Dawn rabies.  Vet looked at Red's leg, took one x-ray to rule out hairline splint bone fracture but may be just inflamed vein.  He was sounder on lunge but not 100%.  Lunged Pie - he was sound but not too clear on what he was to do and galloped around for a bit until I could get him to calm down.  Red: very good walk ride under saddle, with lots of lateral work.  Pie: very good short w/t ride - he's having a local reaction to the vaccination so used a hot compress.

April 6, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red and Pie: loaded them together and then went for a ride around the block - Red still very nervous but rode well.  Red: very good walk bareback ride, leg looks the same. Pie: very good w/t/c ride, seemed a bit off - perhaps from catching his toe getting off the trailer.  We'll see how he is tomorrow.

April 5, 2014 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride - nicely forward and relaxed.  Concerned about her mouth - she's leaving most of her hay at night and seems to also be having trouble eating in the pasture.  About one hour of trailer loading practice with the boys - both got on and stayed on, eventually.  Red: very good walk ride with a bit of trot - very happy to trot but clearly a bit sore so only did a little.  Leg looking a bit better, lots of cold hosing, one gram bute.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride - some excellent softness.

April 4, 2014 - Dawn: very good short w/t ride - didn't ride with much contact due to her mouth.  Red and Pie: day off.  Red's leg still swollen below and behind wound area - no heat and swelling is hard.  Vet will evaluate on Monday. Cold hosed for a while, one gram bute, seemed a bit better.

April 3, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good walk ride with a bit of trotting. Not completely sound on lunge - 2/5 lame, but when I asked him to trot under saddle he felt very good and even on both diagonals.  Did a few straight lines - he wanted to keep going around the corner but we didn't.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride - appalled by mini being ridden and very forward, but very soft and responsive.

April 2, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off - dentist.

April 1, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Extremely windy in morning, had meeting in p.m.  Red's leg looking less swollen, wound still bleeding slightly.  Back on antibiotics and doing well.

March, 2014: total rides: 46; Dawn: 14, Pie: 15, Red: 17.

Monday, March 31, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, some good softness and shortening/lengthening work with arena doors open.  Red: excellent trailer loading session.  About 90% on lunge at trot.  Very good walk ride under saddle in afternoon - arena doors open and very windy.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in windy, noisy arena - a bit heavy in the hand at trot but canter very good.  Then a brief jaunt outside in mare pasture at his request!

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Stopped antibiotics for Red due to diarrhea, and we did some hand walking and walking around parking lot.  No wrapping tonight - will see how wound does.

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, did some nice shortening/lengthening work.  Red: very good walk ride bareback.  Leg looking a bit better and was sound at trot and canter in the pasture.  Still doing the medicating/wrapping routine.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride - some excellent softness in all three gaits.

Friday, March 28, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, with some very nice moments of softness.  Pie: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride.  Leg looking slightly better.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good short bareback walk ride, with some tarp working and hanging streamers.  Wound looking pretty good, continuing to wash and then wrap at night.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, very soft and responsive, some of best canter work yet.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - still very cold.  Dawn: very good short w/t ride with rump rug.  Starting to come into heat and alertness increasing, but she was very good.  Red: short walk bareback ride in the morning - he was unsettled by the time of day but very good.  Swelling in leg better, wound still nasty.  Pie: day off.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, very forward and responsive.  Very cold - used rump rug.  Red: leg oozing and nasty, but swelling and heat reduced.  Hosed and put on some Neosporin in a.m.  Very good walk ride in p.m., also did full medication routine.  Pie: very good short w/t/c ride as he seems to be having a bit of reaction to the vaccination - somewhat elevated - 100.8 - temp but not a full fever so no Banamine.

Monday, March 24, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, some moments of nice softness.  Vet visit - flu/rhino all three, Dawn and Red West Nile, looked at Red's leg, some cellulitis/infection going on, new treatment regime.  Red: outstanding walk bareback ride, lots of softness and lateral work.  Pie: excellent w/t ride, good softness, forward and bending.

Sunday, March 23, 2014 - Dawn and Pie: day off. Red: excellent walk ride, with lots of lateral work - very soft and responsive.  Cut has opened up a bit and still oozing but clear and seems OK.

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride with very nice forward and relaxation.  Red: very good short bareback walk ride.  Turned him out in the morning, did a lot of rolling on it but doesn't look too bad.  Wrapped for the night, wash stall just fine again.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, gaits seemed a little bit funky but not off - perhaps a slight EPM symptom flare up due to vaccination?

Friday, March 21, 2014 - Red: day off, more of the same.  Walked right into the wash stall three times with no problem, and stood on a loose lead for hosing. Dawn: excellent w/t ride, very forward and responsive.  Pie: day off.

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: day off, cold hosing, medicating, wrapping and hand walking.  In pen with Pie, until I saw him harassing Pie, then turned Pie out.  Pie: very good short w/t/c ride - responsive and soft - and sound.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - Red and Pie: day off.  Dawn: excellent w/t ride, very forward but also very responsive with some moments of softness.  Worked longer than we have and she did well with that.  Red: significant kick injury to left hind - see post.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride.  Only did a tiny amount of lungeing - she didn't  need it.  Very forward and not particularly relaxed, but well-behaved.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, oddly enough got softness in back early on but then lost it again.  Some bracing on and off.  Pie: very good walk ride - he seemed very slightly off at trot, was a bit sore to touch left stifle but no obvious injury, did have a hematoma right ribcage where back cinch would lie so rode in dressage saddle - might have been the saddle that made things feels odd but I think not.

Monday, March 17, 2014 - Dawn: day off, she'd been in most of yesterday due to cold, and it was a bit too cold this morning.  Nice massage/energy work.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, still had brace at beginning but worked through it and then excellent trot work (including perfect first w/t transition), some head shaking when taking left lead canter.  Extremely soft and forward, had to work on relaxation/not falling into lightness after canter.  Pie: excellent w/t/c work, soft almost from beginning, did some excellent soft canter work.  All horses dewormed with Equimax.

Sunday, March 16, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Friday, March 14, 2014 - Red and Pie: day off.  Dawn: very good w/t ride in a very noisy arena due to wind.  Not much relaxation, but she was very good.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride.  Had some trouble establishing softness in halt and back at beginning, but once that was working the first w/t transition was perfect and he was soft and excellent thereafter.  Had to be careful to not push him over into light.  Pie: outstanding w/t/c ride, excellent softness throughout and got back and transitions immediately.  Superb canter work with very good softness - best ever.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, very cold, lots of noise from wind, but she was very good.  Struggled with softness.  Red and Pie: day off.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - Dawn: very good short w/t ride, not completely relaxed or soft but very well-behaved.  Red: outstanding w/t ride, with my focussing on consistent softness.  Pie: ditto - see today's post.

Monday, March 10, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride - a few minutes of lungeing - she was fine - followed by about 10 minutes of walk work and 5 of trot.  Red and Pie: day off - vet visit for shots, Coggins and sheath cleaning.

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in a crowded arena.  Some very nice softness at the trot, and some good canter work including some nice departures.  The new bit continues to be comfortable for him.  Red: very good w/t bareback ride, not too soft at the beginning but improved, and another bad first w/t transition.

Friday, March 7, 2014 - Dawn: long groundwork session on the lunge - she was crazed - in heat again I think - megabucks, lots of megabucks.  Took quite a while to get w/t/w on lunge in both directions - to right particularly difficult.  Did not ride.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, except for a very ugly first w/t transition.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, seems to really like the new bit.

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red and Pie: day off, I was somewhat under the weather.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - Dawn: day off, still too cold in the morning.  Made it into the low 20s in the afternoon.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, was able to calm down after canter work a couple of times.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride - tried new ported snaffle, he did very well with it, a lot of very nice softness and forward.

Monday, March 3, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off - too cold.

Sunday, March 2, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - Dawn: day off, borderline too cold to ride and she also had a scrape right where browband goes - should be healed by Monday.  Tried sacral energy massage on Dawn - worked beautifully, also did some light touch work on her neck, which she appreciated.

February, 2014: total rides: 36; Dawn: 10, Pie: 13, Red: 13.

Friday, February 28, 2014 - Dawn: day off, too cold.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, was able to relax somewhat after canter work.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in a very crowded arena.  Was able to move the whole horse with energy while doing sacral massage.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold.  Horses in all day, hand walking.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold.  Horses in until late morning, then out.  Wind chills below zero all day.  Dawn back in at 11:30.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - Dawn: day off, too cold.  Groomed her - she nickered at me when I asked her if she was ready to go back out.  Red: outstanding w/t/c ride, he really wanted to go and his trot work was also excellent.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, everything was very good except that he was really glaring at me both times I took him to the mounting block - he was unhappy about something but I don't know what - maybe the shims I was using on the saddle?  Next time I'll ride without shims and see if his attitude is better.

Monday, February 24, 2014 - Dawn: day off, too cold.  Red: outstanding w/t ride -very responsive and connected - lots of good lateral work, transitions and shortening/lengthening work.  Just delightful.  Pie: excellent w/t ride, helped me with my focus and attention, very good work.

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Horses in due to ice, put mine in paddocks.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, very soft and responsive, some excellent canter work.  A couple of awkward c/t transitions.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, more up than even Red but very good, some nice sustained canter work.

Friday, February 21, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, horses in all day due to high winds and ice.  Dawn did a little lungeing.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - Dawn: day off. Red and Pie: day off, horses only out for part of the day, horrible weather, raining hard and in the 30s.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - Dawn: excellent short w/t ride - no lungeing.  Relaxed and soft.  Snow avalanches off roof later in morning - lucky for us.  Red and Pie: day off.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride after only a small bit of lungeing at the trot which we probably didn't need.  Worked on relaxation, and even with a few small startles - ice falling off wall of indoor - she was able to relax again.  Didn't work too long, just two sets of trot, with big circles.  Red: excellent w/t ride, very relaxed and mostly soft.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, nice forward and softness, including at the canter.

Monday, February 17, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride.  Much better - did some lungeing first, she wanted to burn off some energy and did some big trotting and some canter - only one buck - for a while.  When she was able to do walk/trot/walk/trot/walk transitions from my voice in both directions, I got on.  We didn't do too much trotting, since she'd already had a good workout, but she was fairly relaxed and very cooperative.  Red and Pie: day off, snowstorm.

Sunday, February 16, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - Dawn: good w/t ride.  Challenging ride - she is apparently coming into first spring heat, and was on edge and very keyed up and hyper alert.  It was very cold in the arena - about 10F.  She held it together during first half of our ride - she was trying very hard.  After a walk break, we had one spook, then a full-on bolt (I lost one stirrup and was close to coming off), then another spook and partial bolt - she was overwhelmed by her emotions and any small thing or noise was going to set her off.  I got off and we did some lungeing so she could discharge some tension - starting with galloping with huge bucks, and then finally getting to some nice trot/halt work on my verbal command.  When I rebridled her, she offered a muzzle wrap - saying sorry I think.  Rode briefly and did some walk and trot circles, then turned her back out.  Red: excellent w/t ride, very forward and relaxed with nice softness.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, some very nice forward and softness.

Friday, February 14, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride.  Extremely forward, not much relaxation, but she was very well behaved.  Red: excellent w/t ride, good (not perfect, but good enough) w/t transition, after than just wonderful.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, very good forward and straightness, and good circles at trot and canter.

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent w/t ride, a bit of bracing at first w/t transitions but quickly through that - very nice.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, soft and willing and good sustained relaxed canter.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - Dawn: day off, too cold.  Red and Pie: day off.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold.

Monday, February 10, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold, horses in until late morning.

Sunday, February 9, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - A little warmer - single digits in morning with little wind, Dawn happy in turnout.  Dawn: excellent w/t ride, forward but soft.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, very distracted by mare in arena and very forward, settled well.  Some nice work, including some canter, one small buck on first left lead canter departure.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride by ourselves - nicely forward and soft.  Blood draw for Lyme retest and a bit of chiro work to help his tight back.

Friday, February 7, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold.  Horses out late, Dawn in most of day - too cold for her.

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold.  Horses out late, Dawn in most of day - too cold for her.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride, no head shaking although neck still sore to the touch.  Lovely forward and softness.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, much better focus on my part, some nice w/t transitions and a bit of very nice canter work.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, good softness and some very nice sustained canter work.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, not as cold.  Bit of neck cramp on right side, some head shaking, not as soft and very forward but a good girl.  Red: very good w/t ride, some bracing and wiggling - my focus and direction weren't as good.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, excellent softness and impulsion and some lovely canter work.

Monday, February 3, 2014 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride, not too long as it was extremely cold - maybe 10F - in the arena.  She was relaxed and soft from the moment I got on.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride - lots of very nice work in both trot and canter.  Red: stupendous w/t ride, very responsive and connected.

Sunday, February 2, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - Dawn: outstanding w/t ride, wonderful joinedness and feel - all I had to do was think and she was on it; relaxed, forward, outstanding!  Red: outstanding w/t ride - lots of trot to the spot and shortening/lengthening off my feel - just fabulous.  Pie: excellent w/t ride, lots of very nice forward trotting, and excellent circles - the connection was good.

January, 2014: total rides: 37; Dawn: 10, Pie: 13, Red: 14.

Friday, January 31, 2014 - Dawn: outstanding w/t ride after 8 days off.  Some very good moments of relaxation and she behaved perfectly.  Hoof trims for all three horses.  Red: excellent w/t ride, lots of softness and very little bracing.  Pie: excellent w/t ride in a very crowded arena - he was great and very soft and forward.

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  First full day of turnout.  Red: outstanding w/t ride with a bit of canter.  Bracing almost gone if I put the feel of the transition into my body first and don't pull.  Despite 7 days off, cold and banging doors, relaxed and soft.  Pie: outstanding w/t ride in a very crowded ring.  Cool, collected and soft.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, horses out late morning.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, horses inside due to extreme cold.

Monday, January 27, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, horses locked inside due to extreme cold, hand walking in barn aisle.

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Friday, January 24, 2014 - Dawn: day off, too windy and cold, horses in until mid-morning.  Red and Pie: day off, too windy.

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - Dawn: outstanding w/t ride in a very cold arena.  Very soft and relaxed - couldn't have been nicer although she was in almost all day the day before and was kept in this morning due to wind chills.  Red: outstanding w/t ride, almost all bracing was gone despite snow falling off the roof and lots of distractions.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, good trot work early, then got all exciting and rushing at canter so lost relaxation, got some back in later trot work but need to slow things down and offer softness.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - Dawn: very good, short w/t ride in a very cold arena - it was about 10 degrees in there but we did fine.  Mares in for the day, geldings out.  Red: excellent w/t ride.  He tolerated a horse lungeing with a lunge whip at far end of ring.  Worked a lot on left turns and transitions with straightness and softness - up to almost 50% in terms of success - he's starting to give up the behavior and seems much more relaxed in general.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, some very nice trot work and excellent relaxed, soft canter with good breathing.

Monday, January 20, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, worked on shortening/lengthening trot off my thinking the feel.  Red: outstanding w/t ride, lots of work on softness prior to asking for transitions and offering him softness at/before his brace, very productive.  Pie: outstanding w/t/c ride, his canter is now orders of magnitude better and his breathing was good from the beginning.

Sunday, January 19, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, lots of nice forward trotting - wore balaclava today so face was OK.  Lots of nose rests and muzzle snuggling.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, worked a lot on bracing on upwards w/t transitions and him not getting anxious after canter work - getting there but not quite yet.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride with lots of cantering to get him breathing correctly.

Friday, January 17, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t ride - very cold, 11 degrees, my face was numb by the time we were done.  Red and Pie: day off.

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, worked on downwards t/w transitions, and also on not bracing to right on upwards w/t transitions - lots of circling to get him soft first and also some bending to left before asking on straightaways.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in a crowded ring, need to work more on him continuing to listen to me in sustained canter - he tends to tune me out and just go.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride, despite mares being in due to ice and trying out the new quarter sheet due to the cold - it was 13 degrees when I got to the barn.  Relaxation and softness came through, ended with some shortening/lengthening work.  Red and Pie: day off.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - Dawn: outstanding w/t/c ride - couldn't have been nicer and more relaxed and responsive and soft.  Red: outstanding w/t/c ride, very relaxed despite wind and banging doors.  Some attempts to brace to right on upwards transitions, but small circles to left until soft and then transitioning mostly solved it - we'll keep working on it.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in a very crowded ring, canter work very relaxed.

Monday, January 13, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, very responsive and soft, mostly on a loose rein.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, some nice sustained slow soft canter.

Sunday, January 12, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Saturday, January 11, 2014 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, even a bit of canter - until she got too excited, then back to trot work.  Horses in all day due to ice, mine out in paddocks.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, very forward and soft.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, worked on sustained canter.

Friday, January 10, 2014 - Dawn: excellent short w/t ride, had to avoid one end of arena since it was "raining" inside.  Very soft and responsive, kept it short since she's out of shape.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, very little bracing.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, very forward.

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, very forward and responsive, almost no fussing on upwards transitions, and some very nice sustained canter work.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, very forward and responsive, good canter work as well.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold, horses in all day.

Monday, January 6, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, way too cold.  Horses in all day, pasture horses in arena so only minimal hand walking possible.

Sunday, January 5, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold.  Dawn in paddock for a couple of hours, Red and Pie until noon.  Much colder weather coming . . .

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - Dawn: day off, too cold.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, very feisty and forward and had a bit of dolphin bucking at the first canter departure.  Saddle tends to ride a bit high in front, which causes shirt to poke him in the loin - thinner pad should help.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, very forward but good, saddle fits him even better than Red with the thicker pad.

Friday, January 3, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold.  Red and Pie in paddocks with hay - sun is bright - Dawn in paddock briefly while stalls cleaned, did some hand walking, then back in.

Thursday, January 2, 2014 - Dawn and Pie: day off, too cold, horses out all day.  Red: good w/t/c ride - rode for a while in new saddle - he was pretty feisty but behaved well and there was a fair amount of upwards bracing but he settled pretty well - new saddle seems to fit well, particularly in the shoulders, need to see how it fits in the skirt in the back.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold, horses able to be out all day due to snow.

2013: total rides: 673; Dawn: 200, Pie: 223, Red: 250.

December, 2013: total rides: 41; Dawn 13, Pie 14, Red 14.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off - too cold.  Same as yesterday.

Monday, December 30, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off - too cold.  Horses in all day due to cold and ice, Red and Pie in paddocks for the day and Dawn out in a.m. during stall cleaning.

Sunday, December 29, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent w/t bareback ride, one big spook when a horse in a stall next to the arena snorted loudly, otherwise really nice, including some good relaxation.  Pie: outstanding w/t/c ride, worked on getting continuous, soft, relaxed canter.  Not breathing freely, worked for a while and got it on both leads - need to come back to this and do some more so canter is relaxed from the get go.

Saturday, December 28, 2013 - Dawn: very good short w/t ride, very responsive and forward.  Pie and Red came to gate - Pie stared and stared at me and Red started pawing at the gate - wanted into the paddock - good eats?  Put them in there for a bit and then back out.  Red: very good w/t bareback ride, somewhat distracted but did some nice work.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, forward and responsive and some good sustained canter work.

Friday, December 27, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride, very forward and responsive, a bit more relaxed than yesterday.  Red: excellent w/t bareback ride, very forward and soft, dealt well with the electrician.  Pie: outstanding w/t/c ride, very forward and excellent sustained canter work.

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - Cold but a bit better than it's been. Dawn: very good w/t ride, very forward and not particularly relaxed but very well behaved.  Boys in paddock again due to iced over gelding water troughs, Red chasing Pie away from hay so put out three piles.  Red: excellent w/t bareback ride - very forward and feeling good, but very responsive and well-behaved.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, unusually forward but very good.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold.

Monday, December 23, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, too cold.

Sunday, December 22, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: outstanding w/t ride bareback - completely soft and responsive and just a delight.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, very forward and good bend in all three gaits.

Saturday, December 21, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, started with Steubben but wasn't really working - he was happier in sitting rather than posting trot, which probably meant the saddle was rocking.  Took it off and we had a wonderful bareback ride.  Have a lead on a #2 bar light trail Black Rhino saddle.  Pie: excellent w/t ride, very forward and excellent bend and responsiveness.

Friday, December 20, 2013 - hoof trims.  Dawn: very good short w/t ride - lots of forward trotting - before hoof trim.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, rode in Stuebben again, not quite as comfortable for us today but still pretty good.  He was very forward and really strutting his stuff for a mare in the ring.  Pie: very short w/t/c ride - he seemed a little crabby and sore from his trim, gave him 1 gram bute and stopped ride early.

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: vet out to recheck eye, abrasion on cornea fully healed; excellent w/t/c ride, tried out a Stuebben dressage saddle - fit him pretty well and he seemed happy.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, very forward and responsive.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, very cold and very forward but some nice softness. Red and Pie: day off.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, still quite cold, focussed on relaxation and we did very well.  Red: very good w/t bareback ride, very much on his toes but very well behaved and some nice moments of softness.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, I worked on my position and focus and he responded.

Monday, December 16, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off - too cold.

Sunday, December 15, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Saturday, December 14, 2013 - Dawn: good w/t ride, no real relaxation until very end but she was very well-behaved.  Red: good w/t ride, very distractible and overly energetic.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, nice forward and energy, and very good canter work.

Friday, December 13, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, about 25 in the arena.  She was very forward, but well behaved.  Could see in sunlight that Red has a sizable corneal abrasion on his right eye - put in more medicine and called the vet.  Red: very good, short w/t bareback ride while waiting for the vet to come.  He does have a shallow abrasion, so medication at least 3x day.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, both before and after the vet visit.

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off - too cold.  Red had an irritated eye - put in medicine.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off - too cold.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off - too cold.

Monday, December 9, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride in a very cold arena, forward but relaxed and soft.  Red: attempt to ride but just too darn windy and cold, although he was trying his heart out for me.  Pie: day off.

Sunday, December 8, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Saturday, December 7, 2013 - Dawn: day off - too cold, brought her in for a while to warm up. Red and Pie: day off.

Friday, December 6, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, a bit stiff on left rein.  Red: excellent w/t ride, very forward and soft, a few small spooks.  Pie: outstanding w/t/c ride, very forward and excellent bend and turns, also best canter work he's ever done.

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: very good w/t ride, quite forward, worked on bend and circles, we weren't perfect but it was very good.  Red: excellent w/t bareback ride, very soft and responsive.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, quite forward and engaged. Red and Pie: day off.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride, our corners and bends were perfect and she was delightfully forward with superb impulsion and lift.  Red and Pie: day off.

Monday, December 2, 2013 - Dawn: good w/t ride, a bit tense and rushing, took a long time for her to relax at all at the trot, but she was good.  And there were drips . . .  Red: very good w/t bareback ride, he was moving well in the deep footing.  Pie: excellent w/t ride, he was good about giving me feedback about my position and we did very well.

Sunday, December 1, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

November, 2013: total rides: 55; Dawn 20, Pie 16, Red 19.

Saturday, November 30, 2013 - Dawn: excellent walk ride, working on me.  Red: excellent bareback walk ride, working on me.  Pie: outstanding walk ride, working on me - he certainly responded!

Friday, November 29, 2013 - Dawn: chiro visit; very good walk ride (new arena footing), working on my right bend.  Red: very good bareback walk ride, worked some on my right bend.  Pie: very good walk ride, working on my right bend.

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off - Thanksgiving.  Medicated Red's eye in early a.m. - eyelids still swollen, but not teary and sclera looked less red, even a bit better in p.m. and he must be feeling better as he resisted having me put medicine in.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off - new arena footing.  Red's right eye a little puffy and teary in p.m., put in some antibiotics twice, once at 5 p.m. and once at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, forward and responsive.  Red: very good bareback w/t ride.  Pie: excellent w/t ride, focused only on forward and bend, almost no reins.

Monday, November 25, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, very forward and had some trouble relaxing.  Red: outstanding w/t bareback ride, really nice self-carriage and shortening/lengthening work - very close to true collection/extension.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride - worked on activating the hind end for true forward, without overmanaging the front end or allowing him to dive.

Sunday, November 24, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Saturday, November 23, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride on a very cold morning - it might as well have been summer, she was so good.  Red: excellent w/t bareback ride, some very nice short/long work at the trot.  Pie: very good, short w/t/c ride.

Friday, November 22, 2013 - Dawn: very good, forward w/t/c ride - quite cold this morning.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, very nice.  Red: excellent w/t bareback ride - exceptional softness and also some very nice trot shortening/lengthening.

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t bareback ride, two stands and two come withs, and he tolerated being in the ring with a horse lungeing - whip not cracking but held up.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in a very crowded ring.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - Red and Pie: day off.  Dawn: cold morning; very good w/t ride, took a while for her to relax and soften.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, still quite cold.  Rode with very light contact, or none at all, only one indication of discomfort when she shook her head.  She also did some stretching down, which was good.  Red: excellent w/t bareback ride with very soft backing and a superb stand-by-himself.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, worked some on softness at canter.  Trot forward and soft.

Monday, November 18, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, quite forward due to cold and day off in her stall on Sunday.  Neck clearly sore. Red: excellent w/t bareback ride, a couple of spooks but very forward and soft.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, canter really improving.

Sunday, November 17, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Storms, and horses in most of the day.

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - Red and Pie: day off.  Dawn: extremely short ride - doesn't count - she was slightly off in the right front at the trot, so gave her one gram bute and turned her back out.

Friday, November 15, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, not as relaxed as I'd like but very good.  Red: excellent bareback w/t ride - no fussing or balking and very happy and soft.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in a crowded arena, some very nice work at trot and canter.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good bareback w/t/c ride, then tried saddles again - no go and he was unhappy.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in a crowded arena, very forward and soft.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, not completely relaxed but very good. Red and Pie: day off.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, very cold morning but she was very good.  Red: very good w/t/c bareback ride, went and got dressage whip as secondary cue since he was a bit lazy.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in crowded arena, some very nice sustained canter work and nicely forward throughout.

Monday, November 11, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, lots of softness and very forward.  Red: very good w/t/c bareback ride, a little braced at beginning but very soft for most of the ride.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride - very forward for him and some nice sustained canter work.

Sunday, November 10, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride, very soft and responsive.  Pie: day off due to fever yesterday, temp. 99.2.  Red: very good w/t/c bareback ride.

Friday, November 8, 2013 - Dawn: day off. Red: very good w/t bareback ride, some nice softness.  Pie: day off.  Fever of 101.4, gave 1,000 lb. dose banamine.  Eating and drinking well, slightly subdued but otherwise normal. Two hours later, down to 100.5.

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - Farrier all three. Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, had to stop and fix issue (cramp?) with her poll.  Pie and Red: day off: vet visit for Pie rabies shot and Pie and Red sheath cleaning.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride, very soft and forward.  Worked on not tilting my head to the right on turns.  Pie and Red: day off.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - Dawn: outstanding w/t/c ride, working on the quarter lines on straightness.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride bareback - lots of fun canter work.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in a crowded ring; we lost our bend and straightness when I did too much.

Monday, November 4, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, she ran off bucking afterwards!  Red: outstanding w/t/c bareback ride - dressage saddle doesn't fit either.  Ended with prefect walk/canter transitions on my thinking the rhythm and exhaling: less is more.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, good canter work but better tracking right than left.

Sunday, November 3, 2013 - Dawn and Red: day off.  Pie: very good short w/t/c ride, very nice work.

Saturday, November 2, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride, more work on my position. Pie: day off.  Red: very good w/t/c ride bareback, had to sort out some things I was doing that were wrong to get decent canter transitions.

Friday, November 1, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride, she worked with me on my position.  Pie: day off.  Red: outstanding w/t ride bareback - no problems at all with transitions or forward.

October, 2013: total rides: 54; Dawn 16, Pie 18, Red 20.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, need to rethink secondary cue.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, with lots of work on canter departures and sustained cantering.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, lots of nice trot work and some good sustained canter work as well.  Red and Pie: day off.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride, very forward but mostly relaxed as well.  Very soft and connected at trot.  Found hematoma between front legs, not hot or sensitive, gave her 1 gram bute. Red: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, one first w/t transition that was excellent and then one that wasn't - I didn't prepare well enough - but after that he was about perfect with forward and softness.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride mostly in far pastures with two other boarders, including some trot and canter work.

Monday, October 28, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride, very forward with excellent softness.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, took a while to get softness and forward but then he was great.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride with excellent forward and good softness, some very nice canter work.

Sunday, October 27, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - Dawn: outstanding w/t/c ride in indoor.  Was relaxed from the beginning.  I worked on opening my posture and allowing her to move, and she was fantastic at all three gaits.  Red: good w/t/c ride, quite stiff at the beginning.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, a bit "clunky" and one big trip in front at the canter.

Friday, October 25, 2013 - Dawn: very good cold w/t ride in indoor with excellent forward and engagement.  Red: very good w/t/c ride in indoor - started quite stiff, improved a bit and did some nice canter work on both leads.  Pie: outstanding w/t/c ride in indoor, very good softness and continuous cantering.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride in indoor - it was cold and she's had 4 days off but she was very good - got some decent relaxation and softness by the end.  Red: very good w/t/c ride with some excellent engagement at trot by the end.  Pie:  very good w/t/c ride with some excellent sustained loose rein canter work.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Monday, October 21, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Sunday, October 20, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off, my mashed toes and getting ready to move.

Friday, October 18, 2013 - Dawn: good w/t ride in indoor - extremely forward and it took quite a while to get some moments of relaxation.  Red: very good w/t/c ride after some balking on first couple of walk/trot transitions, think he may be a bit sore but worked out of it well.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, lots of very good work at trot.

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: good w/t bareback ride in indoor - a lot of bracing but then very nice trot work and completely sound.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in a very crowded indoor - particularly proud of his canter work.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor despite three days off and cold temps.  Pie and Red: day off.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red:  good w/t/c ride in indoor, some bracing to right, but good left lead canter work and some good trot work.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor, still working on right lead canter departure.

Monday, October 14, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: good w/t/c ride in indoor - footing very deep, didn't work that long, some bracing to the right but worked through it, also very spooky.  Pie: short, excellent w/t/c ride in indoor, didn't work that long due to deep footing.  Got perfect w/c transition to left, still working on right but better.  Excellent relaxed loose rein canter with nice deep corners.

Sunday, October 13, 2013 - Dawn and Pie: day off.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor and outdoor, a bit of left lead canter to warm up, then some really excellent trot work outside - very soft, forward and relaxed.

Saturday, October 12, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor, just lovely all around, with some nice sustained loose rein canter.  Red: day off, some standing around work.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, including working on walk/canter departures - very close - and some very nice relaxed, sustained loose rein canter work.

Friday, October 11, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, very forward and some nice moments of softness.  Pie: day off.  Red: very good short w/t bareback ride in the indoor with the ball - lots of fun.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride in outdoor and pasture - very soft and engaged, and volunteered some left lead canter.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in outdoor and pasture - really wonderful canter work and some fun pasture riding and geese herding.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor.  Excellent softness at trot and good sustained canter.  Red and Pie: day off.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, good softness and sustained canter.  Red: very good w/t ride in outdoor, forward and engaged.  Didn't overdo it, but worked for about a half hour total.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in outdoor - very soft and forward.  Some really excellent canter work in both directions.  All three horses dewormed with Equimax paste.

Monday, October 7, 2013 - cold and windy.  Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor - reduced in size due to wet areas from storms.  Despite the cold, she was just about perfect.  Checked on Pie in the pasture - looks fine and eating up a storm, passed a nice pile of normal manure.  Red: very good w/t ride in outdoor arena - very forward and completely sound.  Some bracing to the right since he was a little bit nervous out there, but worked through it pretty easily.  Pie: very good w/t ride in pasture and indoor - excellent rhythmic trot work.

Sunday, October 6, 2013 - Dawn and Pie: day off.  Pie mild colic attack in evening, 1,000 lb. dose oral banamine, some walking and massage and he seemed to feel better - perhaps due to a big weather change.  Red: very good short w/t bareback ride in indoor.

Saturday, October 5, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor.  Very soft and responsive, trot got better as we went.  Cantered on both leads, harder for her to hold right lead.  Very nice collected trot work.  Red: very good w/t bareback ride in indoor, about 15 lengths of arena at trot.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor, with some really nice relaxed, forward, soft canter work.

Friday, October 4, 2013 - Dawn: very good short w/t/c ride in indoor.  Still a bit short strided on left hind but seemed happy to work, did only a little trot and left lead canter.  Red: very good w/t bareback ride in indoor.  He was much more sound - pretty much 100%, so we did 10 lengths of the ring in trot.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, some trouble getting softness in halt and back at the beginning.  Rode very well at trot and canter - canter much more balanced and soft.

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride in indoor, just a bit of trotting, happy to do it but still a bit sore.  Was very brave for a lunge whip.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride outside, with some geese herding.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - Dawn: very good walk ride in indoor, a little trotting but still sore in left hind.  Some very nice lateral work at walk.  Red and Pie: day off.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good bareback w/t ride in indoor, very willing to trot, still slightly short strided on left hind so we only did a little.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in outdoor, very nice trot work and some excellent continuous loose rein canter work.

September, 2013: total rides: 49; Dawn 16, Pie 15, Red 18.

Monday, September 30, 2013 - Dawn: day off to give her feet more time.  Pie: day off - my back is sore. Red: very good walk bareback walk ride in indoor, nice and soft.

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Dawn: one more gram byte, seemed a bit less sore.  Red and I did some standing around work.

Saturday, September 28, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor, lots of really nice softness at trot and some very good sustained canter work.  All three had trims, Red and Pie very sound after, Dawn a bit sore - one gram bute.

Friday, September 27, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, very forward.  Red: very good bareback walk ride with a little trot in indoor, one gram bute for farrier tomorrow (was postponed).  Pie: good w/t/c ride indoor and outdoor, somewhat braced and bulgy, also did a big trip stumble over some poles.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Very good bareback walk ride with just a bit of trotting.  On lunge, better but still lame.  Walked out well and was happy to trot, and trot felt much stronger - so better but not well.  One gram bute in preparation for trim tomorrow.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in pasture and in indoor, very forward and soft.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride with some nice collected trot work with lots of impulsion, and some good sustained canter work.  Pie and Red: day off.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride - she was positively frisky.  Red: very good walking ride bareback in indoor, with just a little trot - seemed a bit better and walk/trot was easy. Pie: very good w/t/c ride in outdoor arena - very forward and soft.

Monday, September 23, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor, very forward and soft.  Pie: very good w/t/c pasture ride, very forward and we went even farther back into the pastures.  Red: still lame at the trot on the lunge, although swelling is down a bit - I'm thinking it may actually be the hock/Achilles tendon issue again as he's wanted massages every day for a while.  So we had a lovely short bareback walk ride, with only a moment of trot, which he did willingly.

Sunday, September 22, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: very good walking pasture ride, herded geese and went way back in pastures.  Red: short, very good w/t bareback ride - he insisted on being ridden and w/t transitions were perfect - we only did a tiny bit of trotting.

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - Dawn and Red: day off.  Red's left hind looking a little better, gave him 1 gram of bute.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride despite bozos in action.

Friday, September 20, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride, very soft and responsive.  Really nice canter work on both leads, and some outstanding collected trot.  Pie and Red: day off.  Red's leg still hard and swollen, although more defined - definite lump.  Did some lovely standing around work.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: good w/t ride, very resistant to trotting, just did a little as he seemed sore - confirmed on lunge - left hind still enlarged and hard but not sore to the touch. Will give him a few days off and see if he improves.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, some very nice canter work, relaxed and slow.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, still very forward but somewhat more relaxed and there were moments of softness.  Pie and Red: day off.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - Dawn: good w/t ride, she was somewhat tense and braced but improved as we went.  Red: very good w/t ride in outdoor, nicely forward and soft - left hind swelling still there, still hard, not sensitive and he was sound.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in outdoor and pasture, very forward.

Monday, September 16, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor, with some very nice sustained canter work and also some long/short trot work.  Red: good w/t ride in indoor, very distracted and braced at the beginning, but we worked through it in walk and then he did very well.  Slight swelling in outer lower aspect of left hind above pastern, but no heat.

Sunday, September 15, 2013 - Dawn and Pie: day off.  Red: very worried about Mikey's injury and death; very good w/t ride in indoor - tense when we started but very soft by the end and seemed to feel much better.

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor, very cool and she was very forward and responsive.  Red: day off.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in pastures - lots of cantering, went even farther back.

Friday, September 13, 2013 - Dawn and Pie: day off.  Red: very good w/t/c ride in both indoor and outdoor, started with some bracing when led and ridden but worked through that very well, very soft and responsive.  Some very nice sustained canter work, and a very good pasture walk followed by some very nice trot work on the hill and a loose rein walk back to the barn.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - Dawn and Red: day off.  Pie: very good walking ride all over both pastures, including all the way into far gelding pasture.  It was very nice and relaxing.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor, really nice sustained one-hand canter on a fairly loose rein, just excellent all around.  Pie: day off.  Red: good w/t/c bareback ride in indoor - I was clamping and he was fussing on canter transitions, but trot work was pretty nice.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - Dawn, Pie and Red: day off, too hot.

Monday, September 9, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, very nice sustained canter work on both leads.  Pie and Red: day off, too hot.

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride outside, nice and forward.  Red: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, excellent lateral work as well.

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in outdoor, some nice relaxed canter work and some good shortening/lengthening at trot, moseyed around pasture afterwards.  Pie: very good short w/t ride - brief expedition outside but thunder and lightning, went indoors.  Red: very good w/t and bit of canter bareback ride for him to stretch his legs.

Friday, September 6, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, some nice canter work on a loose rein.  Pie: day off.  Red: very good short w/t/c ride in indoor bareback, and a lot of very nice lateral work.

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride outside - lots of nice forward canter and trot work.  Red: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, a bit stiff to start but worked well and was very soft and relaxed by the end.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in outdoor, some nice canter (and one unintended right to left flying lead change), some more work on introducing half-pass at the trot.  Red and Pie: day off.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - Dawn: very good short w/t/c ride in indoor - interrupted by ring watering.  Some very nice collected trot work, and started introducing half pass bend.  Pie: day off.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride in pastures and outdoor, including some very nice canter work.

Monday, September 2, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor.  Very nice collected trot and some good canter and lateral work.  Red: very good w/t/c ride in indoor - very dusty so didn't work for long - a bit stiff but ended up working well.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, very nice work all around.

Sunday, September 1, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Pasture walk with Red to find Dawn's fly masks - found one - he was somewhat nervous and spooky - some running in circles - at barking dogs and speeding golf carts.

August, 2013: total rides: 56; Dawn 18, Pie 18, Red 20.

Saturday, August 31, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good short w/t ride bareback - had a swollen eye and also a kick on left stifle - not too bad and not lame but only did a little trot work and lots of nice lateral work at the walk.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in indoor - some nice soft sustained canter work on both leads.

Friday, August 30, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off - too hot.

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off - too hot.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor - very nice loose rein canter and also some very nice short/long trot work with excellent self-carriage and slow cadence in short trot.  Red: very good w/t/c ride mostly outside - he was a bit barn sour but worked well.  Pie: excellent w/t ride outside - we went all the way to the gate to the back pasture and he didn't call once.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - Dawn, Pie and Red: day off - too hot to ride.

Monday, August 26, 2013 - Dawn, Pie and Red: day off - too hot to ride.

Sunday, August 25, 2013 - Dawn, Pie and Red: day off.

Saturday, August 24, 2013 - Dawn: day off due to hoof trim.  Red: very good walking pasture ride followed by a bit of trot work in indoor.  Pie: excellent walking pasture ride, despite activity at pool house, tennis courts and barking dogs.

Friday, August 23, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in door, offering real softness in collected trot.  Farrier for hoof trims all three. Red: very good walking pasture ride.  Pie: very good walking pasture ride.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, some very nice canter work as well as some very good floating work.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, some excellent softness and very good lateral work - leg yield and shoulder in.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - Dawn: outstanding w/t/c ride in indoor, some lovely moments of self-carriage in slow trot - almost passage - and some very good lateral work.  Red and Pie: day off, too hot.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor, good softness and some very nice canter and lateral work.  Pie: very good walk ride around pastures - went almost to back tree line.  Red: very good w/t ride in pastures - a bit nervous and had to work in circles at walk and trot.  Also went in other pasture with another horse and he did very well.

Monday, August 19, 2013 - Dawn: very good short w/t ride in outdoor.  Pie: day off.  Red: very good short w/t bareback ride in indoor.

August 18, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

August 17, 2013 - Dawn: pasture walk around - I wasn't feeling very well.  Red: outstanding w/t ride in pasture, dealing with scary pool party.  Pie: outstanding ride in pastures, dealing with scary pool party, also worked up on hill in gelding pasture.

August 16, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor - some very nice lengthening/shortening and lateral work at trot.  Red and Pie: day off.

August 15, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t/c ride indoors and outdoors, settled well despite lots of activity around him.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in outdoor and in pasture.

August 14, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, some very nice lateral work at trot.  Red: very good w/t/c ride in indoor and outside, then work on trailer loading.  Pie: short, very good w/t/c ride outside.

August 13, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, some very nice softness at the canter in both directions.  Red and Pie: trailer loading practice.

August 12, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, with some excellent leg-yielding at the trot at the end.  Picked up new trailer!  Red: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, some bracing initially - need to get rid of that.  Very nice sustained canter.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride out in pasture with other horses.  Much happier on one cross tie.

August 11, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

August 10, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in outdoor - quite soft and a bit of nice canter.  Red:  very good w/t ride in outdoor, also some pasture riding. Pie:  excellent w/t ride in outdoor and in pastures, very forward and soft.

August 9, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride in outdoor - she was relaxed and confident, despite not having been out there since last fall.  Good lateral work at trot - helped that I posted on outside diagonal - kept me straight.  Cantered one long side on each lead - took her a bit to pick up right lead but OK once on it.  Galloped across pasture when I turned her back out.  Red: very good w/t/c ride in pastures, after an exciting moment where he spun and bolted back into the indoor after seeing a pony and mini being led in - after a mare had been turned out in the pasture and run around like crazy.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in pastures - very forward and responsive.

August 9, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride in outdoor, very relaxed in all gaits.  Red: excellent w/t ride mostly in outdoor, with some pasture riding as well.  No Dementor ponies.  Pie: excellent w/t ride, mostly in outdoor - very forward, the best of the day.  Some very good pasture riding as well.

August 8, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in pasture - lots of very forward and soft trot work and some nice loose rein cantering, also went a ways out in the other pasture, he called a few times but was very good.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride in pasture, very responsive - lots of trot work after some walking around, also a bit of cantering.  We also trotted quite a bit in company with another horse - he was delightful.  A bit of moseying in the other pasture.

August 7, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride with some good lateral work, she helped me with my right bend.  Red: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, did some bending poles for fun.  Pie: day off.

August 6, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride, good lateral work at walk - think about "being" the hind legs and offer her that feel to join with, offer her the feel of moving where we want to go - a lot like hind leg stepping under when circling.  Pie: eye improved in a.m., eye meds and 500 lb. dose Banamine, same in p.m. and eye looking almost normal.  Short walk ride, worked on bending and some lateral work, using what Dawn taught me.  Red: day off.

August 5, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride, started some lateral work - shoulder in at walk, working on not doing too much with my body.  Pie: day off - poked himself in the eye, eye antibiotics at 3:30 and again at 8:30, and 1,000 lb. dose Banamine, part of which he spit out.

August 4, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

August 3, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride, very forward and willing.  Pie: very good walking ride, mostly in pastures - he had a pulse in his left front so no trotting, 1 gram bute.  Red: very good w/t ride, also a nice pasture expedition.

August 2, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride, good forward and some moments of real softness, not snappish at all.  Red: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, somewhat lacking in forward but rode well.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, some nice sustained canter work.

August 1, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: very good w/t ride in outdoor, with some pasture excursions.  Red: very good w/t ride in outdoor, short pasture excursions.

July, 2013: total rides: 59; Dawn 21, Pie 17, Red 21.

July 31, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, still a bit snappish leading to mounting block.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride despite door to barn being worked on.  Pie: day off.

July 30, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, did a bit of lungeing before to confirm soundness at trot.  Nicely forward and some moments of softness.  Red: very good w/t/c ride - a bit distracted and braced at beginning of walk warm up, but worked through that well.  Very nice soft trot and sustained canter work.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride - had to ask for forward, but once going was good with it, and good softness, including at the canter

July 29, 2013 - Dawn: good w/t ride, a bit braced and very snappish when I went to mount.  Started a bit stiff, but warmed up as we went.  Red: very good w/t ride in outdoor, and a short pasture expedition.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in outdoor, some pasture riding too.

July 28, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

July 27, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, equivalent of 20 laps of arena.  A big up and not as relaxed as I'd like, and a little braced, but was moving very willingly and well - it was a lot colder this morning. Pie and Red: day off.

July 26, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, 15 laps of arena, good bending and softness.  Pie: very good, short intense w/t/c ride - very good softness and forward.  Red: excellent, short, intense w/t ride - perfect transitions and excellent softness throughout.

July 25, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in outdoor, very good, forward, soft trot, and some nice sustained canter.  Pasture saunter afterwards.  Red: excellent w/t ride in outdoor, with a pasture walk as well - he dealt well with other horses riding off in another pasture and was working very well.

July 24, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, 15 laps of the arena, much less braced after I worked on a knot in her neck.  Red: excellent w/t ride, mostly alone in outdoor arena, very soft and forward.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, mostly in outdoor.  Very nice softness and forward.

July 23, 2013 - Dawn: good w/t ride, 5 laps of arena at trot on each diagonal, pretty braced, may be sore although felt sound.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, partly in indoor and partly in outdoor.  Some very nice continuous canter work outside.  Red: day off.

July 22, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, equivalent of 20 long sides but did entire circuits on both diagonals, extremely forward but well behaved.  Pie: day off.  Red: very good, short bareback w/t ride, very soft and responsive and no balk at all.

July 21, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, not too long - good forward and engagement, some "floating" lateral work.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, followed by a pasture excursion.  Very responsive, soft and forward in all three gaits.

July 20, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, with 15 lengths of arena at trot.  Pie: very good w/t ride - brief ride in arena and then up and down lane along pastures with two other horses - sound at trot and dealt with distractions well.  Red: outstanding w/t/c ride - no w/t balks, wonderful softness, good sustained canter and lots of excellent transitions, short pasture rides.

July 19, 2013 - Dawn, Pie and Red: day off - too hot to ride.

July 18, 2013 - Dawn, Pie and Red: day off - too hot to ride.

July 17, 2013 - Dawn, Pie and Red: day off - too hot to ride.

July 16, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, 10 minutes walk work followed by 10 straight lengths of arena in trot.  Pie and Red: day off.

July 15, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, 5 mins loose rein walk warm up, 10 minutes trot work followed by 5 straight lengths of arena in trot - sound on both diagonals.  Pie: day off; one gram bute a.m. and p.m.  Red: excellent w/t bareback ride.  Instant w/t transitions from the get go with no problem.

July 14, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: 4 hours grazing, pulses in left front although standing and walking well - too short trim? Gave him 2 grams of bute at 7 a.m., pulses gone by late a.m., in stall at 11.  One more gram bute at 4 p.m., seemed more comfortable.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride.  Worked on immediate w/t transitions - much better - only fussed for a second on first one - I immediately asked with dressage whip and there was no more fussing.  Also maintained canter very well.  Did a couple of pasture tours as well.

July 13, 2013 - Dawn: 30 minute walk ride, added more small circles and tighter turns and did some easy lateral work.  Pie: 4 hours grazing; very nice walk ride in arena, outdoor and pasture - left front seems slightly sore due to trim.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, worked on w/t transitions - immediate and straight, and also did first solo w/t/c trip to outdoor arena.

July 12, 2013 - Dawn: 30 minute walk ride, farrier.  Pie and Red: day off, farrier.  Pie: 3 1/2 hours grazing.

July 11, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: 3 and 1/2 hours grazing; very nice walk ride around pastures and into outdoor arena - opening and closing gate - he was great despite haying going on.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride in outdoor arena.  A little nervous about downed branches, but quickly got over it.  Really nice sustained canter work.

July 10, 2013 - Dawn: very good 25 minute walking ride.  Pie: 3 hours grazing, face much better; short walking ride in arena and pasture - did very well with haying machinery.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, worked on sustaining canter and forward at trot, also did a nice pasture walk and he was very good with the machinery.

July 9, 2013 - Dawn: very good 15 minute walking ride. Pie: 2 and 1/2 hours grazing and day off; eye vet and swollen face; blood draw for EPM and Lyme retests.  Red: quick, very good w/t bareback ride - very hot and humid but he seemed to enjoy it.

July 8, 2013 - Dawn: very good 25 minute walk ride.  Pie: 2 and 1/2 hours grazing; day off - came in with swollen face.  Red: day off; too darn hot.

July 7, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: 2 and 1/4 hours grazing; very good short w/t/c ride followed by a nice cold hose off.  Red: out all day; very good w/t/c ride in afternoon, did a short pasture excursion but flies very bad.

July 6, 2013 - Dawn: very good 20 minute walk ride.  Pie: 2 hours grazing, very good w/t/c ride.  Red: 5+ hours grazing; excellent short bareback w/t ride, also worked on walking out through the wash stall.

July 5, 2013 - Dawn: very good 20 minute walk ride.  Pie: 1 and 3/4 hours grazing; very good w/t/c ride, a bit sluggish.  Red: 5 hours grazing; very good w/t/c ride with a pasture excursion afterwards; a bit tired today.

July 4, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: 1 and 1/2 hours grazing; very good w/t/c ride.  Red: 4 hours grazing; very good w/t/c ride, a bit stiff which is usual after a day off.

July 3, 2013 - Dawn: very good 20 minute walk ride. Pie: one hour 15 minutes grazing; day off.  Red: 3 and one-half hours grazing; day off.

July 2, 2013 - Dawn: very good 20 minute walk ride.  Pie: one hour grazing, very good short, intense w/t ride - good softness, engagement and forward. Red: three hours grazing.  Red: excellent short w/t bareback ride - got very nice w/t transitions.

July 1, 2013 - Dawn: excellent 15 minute bareback walking ride, very soft and engaged at end.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, worked on getting engaged and forward trot.  No trips or stumbles.  45 minutes grazing.  Red: 3 hours grazing.  Excellent w/t/c ride, including a pasture expedition.

June, 2013: total rides: 64; Dawn 10; Pie 24; Red 30.

June 30, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: three hours grazing.  Very good w/t/c ride, followed by a very nice pasture walk. Pie: 45 minutes grazing.  Very good w/t/c ride, a couple of trips behind at canter but recovered well.

June 29, 2013 - Dawn: 15 minute walking ride - first ride since June 15 - she was great.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride; 30 minutes grazing.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, seemed slightly sore today; 2 hours 20 minutes grazing.

June 28, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: 15 minutes grass turnout, very good w/t/c ride.  Red: 1 hour 50 minutes grass turnout, excellent w/t/c ride.

June 27, 2013 - Dawn and Pie: day off.  Red: very good bareback w/t ride - very sound - perhaps some adhesions broke.

June 26, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  When I turned her out she cantered off very well, including on the right lead.  Red: turnout at 1, galloped off.  Very good w/t/c ride in p.m., a bit tired from galloping around with Pie.  Pie: turnout at 2, much galloping around with Red, came in hot and sweaty - both had rinses before rides.  Very good w/t/c ride, felt just fine.

June 25, 2013 - Dawn: day off; lunged briefly, much sounder but not 100%. Pie: very good w/t ride, one very big backwards/sideways spook at wash stall cover, otherwise very good.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, seemed a little tired.

June 24, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in early morning, despite distractions.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, did some nice loose rein canter work.

June 23, 2013 - Dawn and Pie: day off.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, not as feisty; some very nice sustained canter work.

June 22, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent w/t ride, extremely feisty at the beginning but settled well and did some very nice work.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, good shortening/lengthening as well as very nice canter.

June 21, 2013 - Dawn and Red: day off. Pie: very good short w/t/c ride, some very nice sustained loose rein canter, relaxed and forward with good bending.

June 20, 2013 - Dawn: day off, one gram bute p.m.  Vet confirmed upper medial suspensory strain on left hind - not too bad and time will tell.  Red: good w/t/c ride - ran me into the wall once at walk - very forward and engaged.  Did another w/t bareback ride after riding Pie to test out forward and "throughness" - just fine.   Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, forward, soft and able to canter around and around on a loose rein.

June 19, 2013 - Dawn: day off, hind still swollen, vet looking at it tomorrow.  One gram bute a.m. and p.m. Red: good, short (they started watering the arena) w/t/c ride, very forward and responsive; 45 minutes out with the boys.  Pie: 30 minutes out with the boys, very good w/t/c ride and a pasture expedition.

June 18, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Left hind looks slightly less swollen, but still hot and large.  One gram bute p.m. Red: good w/t/c ride - I felt like a sack of potatoes, didn't ride long.  30 minutes out with boys.  Pie: good w/t/c ride, I was very tired and not riding well, just a short ride.  15 minutes out with the boys.

June 16 and 17, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: days off.

June 15, 2013 - Dawn: day off; left hind somewhat swollen between hock and fetlock - scratches on front of cannon bone?  One gram bute. At bring in left hind swollen on inside under hock area, hot and sensitive to the touch but walking sound.  Gave her another gram bute in p.m. Right hind cuts looking good, gave one gram bute for swelling and put on antibiotic cream.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, one big stumble on right lead canter but didn't seem to cause him a problem.  Very soft and forward and just plain wonderful.  Another quick bareback walking ride in the p.m. Pie: very good w/t/c ride, couldn't ask for better.

June 14, 2013 - Dawn: very short w/t ride, OK to left, didn't want to trot to right.  Discovered kick wound high up on inside of right hind thigh.  Cold hosed and used wound cleaning spray. Red: excellent w/t/c ride, very forward and soft at the same time, lots of engagement and spring at the trot.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in outdoor and indoor arenas, soft and very forward and just lovely.

June 13, 2013 - Dawn: very good, somewhat longer w/t ride, able to so some lengthening at trot.  Will start levamisole next week when I get back from my trip.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, he was brimming with energy but very good and soft.  Most canter work we've done. In p.m., bareback w/t ride, just relaxing, followed by 15 minutes of grazing.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, with a pasture excursion and 10 minutes of grazing.

June 12, 2013 - Dawn: very good, short w/t ride.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, wanted to canter on warm up so that's what we did, good trot work after.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, forward and engaged.

June 11, 2013 - Dawn: good, short w/t ride.  Red: very good w/t/c ride - very forward and engaged.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride.

June 10, 2013 - Dawn: day off - too wet and muddy when I went to check on her - birthday girl got the day off!  Red: very good w/t/c ride, pretty forward and stretched out well.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, somewhat bothered by the flies.  Some very nice continuous canter work.

June 9, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

June 8, 2013 - Dawn: good w/t ride, really didn't want to trot so stopped early.  Red, two rides: first in a.m., after some leading work, very forward and engaged, settled well after a bit.  Short p.m. ride in pasture and then a bit of w/t ride in the arena.  Pie: very good trail ride with Cajun.  One instance where he just was visually overwhelmed and was thinking about bolting, got off and led for a bit then remounted.  Very forward and engaged, good trotting on trail, settled well.

June 7, 2013 - Dawn: good w/t ride, still odd tracking right.  Red: good w ride, mostly in pasture.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, partly in pasture and partly in indoor.

June 6, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, very soft and forward, good bending.  Red: good w/t/c ride.  Clearly sore to left in trot, wanted to warm up in canter straight lines so we did that.  Resisted w/t transitions and trot not that good, although didn't get worse.

June 5, 2013 - Dawn: good short w/t ride, still a bit funky when trotting to right.  Red: good short w ride - he spooked/slipped/fell behind on concrete aisle just before, but other than being stung for a moment he seemed fine afterwards - trotted on lunge, still not 100% with left hind.  Another walking ride in the p.m. - walking out well.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, good softness, straight and bend.  Canter work on just letting him move out - very good on both leads.

June 4, 2013 - Dawn: good w/t ride, a bit reluctant to move out and not as steady on right rein, didn't work long.  Pie: very good morning w/t ride - very springy due to unusual time and noises, but did very well.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, wanted to do some short bits of canter in warm up.  Good w/t work inside, then did some very nice w/t work in the pasture, including some up and down a slope.

June 3, 2013 - Dawn: very nice w/t ride, seemed more balanced than last week but we didn't work too hard.  Pie and Red in pens due to Pie's trouble with the grass last week.  Red: very good w/t ride with a bit of canter for warm up.  Started a bit stiff but worked better.  Ended with some nice pasture w/t.  15 mins hand grazing.  Pie: excellent w/t ride, very soft and forward.  Ended with a nice pasture w/t ride.

June 2, 2013 - Dawn and Pie: day off.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, started out a bit stiff but improved greatly.

June 1, 2013 - Dawn: day off, seemed a little groggy in the evening.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride with very good softness, seemed much more comfortable.  Pie: excellent w/t ride, good forward and impulsion.

May, 2013: total rides: 59; Dawn 15; Pie 21; Red 22; Whisper 1.

May 31, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: good w/t ride, a bit stiff and braced, didn't ride too long as he seemed sore.  Pie: very good w/t ride, a bit footsore, perhaps - front foot pulses, 500-lb. dose banamine.

May 30, 2013 - Dawn: day off, blood draw for EPM test.  Red: blood draw for EPM test; very good w/t ride in p.m.  Pie: excellent w/t ride.

May 29, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off. Whisper: lesson with Mark Rashid - see post dated May 30.

May 28, 2013 - Dawn: good w/t ride, showing some neurological signs, stopped ride early because she wasn't moving well and was tripping.  Pie: excellent w/t ride despite being in for the first time in the morning - very forward and connected.

May 27, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, good connection of cores.  Somewhat scuffing with fronts, abnormal on neuro tests.  She and Red will have a blood test yesterday, Pie already did and was 8-8-8, and we'll be using a new follow-up treatment protocol.  Pie: excellent w/t ride - couldn't have asked for better connection.  One very big sideways spook but I stayed on.  Red:  very good w/t ride, seemed a bit sore.

May 26, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent w/t ride, ended with some turning from my core and some floating work.  Pie: excellent w/t ride, partly in the pasture.  Very forward and soft and connected.

May 25, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride - focused and settled very well despite some pretty serious distractions.  Didn't want to hold canter, but departures were good.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, very good forward, softness, straightness and bend.

May 24, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

May 23, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

May 22, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride, very nice canter work and good engagement.  Red: excellent w/t ride. Pie: outstanding w/t/c ride.

May 21, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride, core to core working very well.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride despite many distractions.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride - very soft and engaged and with core to core, bend and straightness were excellent.

May 20, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride, very soft and responsive to core to core.  Red and Pie: AM and PM hand grazing - 30 minutes total.  Got to see Red gallop off at very high speed. Red: excellent w/t/c ride.  Very nice softness, and good w/c departures.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride - very good softness and forward, and when I was riding from our core, everything was easy.

May 19, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: outstanding w/t/c ride.  Worked on core to core, and directing the hind legs from our core.  Some really nice work, including some lovely canter work.  Took a pasture excursion, with some nice trotting.  Pie: outstanding w/t/c ride.  Worked on core to core, and directing the hind legs from our core.  Excellent trot work, including circles.  Outstanding canter work - he was consistently round and soft and able to sustain the canter on both leads.  Boys had 30 minutes of grazing.

May 18, 2013 - Dawn: outstanding w/t ride, working on connecting my core to her core and engaging both with the intent of engaging/lifting the hind legs - worked like a charm.  Soap bath, promptly rolled in the dirt. Red and Pie: day off; 15 minutes of grazing.

May 17, 2013 - Dawn: good w/t/c ride, pretty relaxed but wanting to brace on my hands - got some softness and called it a day.  Red: very good w/t ride in indoor, somewhat tired from yesterday.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, mostly in pasture, but some very nice canter work in indoor.  Boys had 15 minutes of grazing.

May 16, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in outdoor, excellent forward and bending.  15 minutes had grazing after. Red: very good w/t ride in pasture and outdoor.  Tried gelding pasture with some other horses, but he was very nervous there, so we went to outdoor and had an excellent session there - lots of good trot work up and down the slope.  Then went on pasture walk, more hills, with another horse.

May 15, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride - still in heat but able to pay attention.  Red: very good w/t/c ride in pasture and outdoor with lots of horses and distractions - he was up and nervous but settled and worked well.  Very proud of him.  Pie: day off, ran out of time but he got a good grooming.

May 14, 2013 - Dawn: day off - still in heat.  Pie: very good short w/t ride in arena and pasture - very hot day - nice bath and a bit of hand grazing after.  Red: very good w/t ride in outdoor - very forward and soft, even though slightly worried and very alert.  Bath after - did well even though he didn't think much of it; hand grazing afterwards.

May 13, 2013 - Dawn: day off - in heat.  Pie: day off - chiropractor.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, no bracing even after some canter work, little pasture excursion - he was nervous but well-behaved.

May 12, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

May 11, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride, very relaxed and pretty soft.  Red and Pie: day off.

May 10, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, she was a bit nervous but very good.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, good softness and forward.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, some very nice softness, stretching down and transitions.

May 9, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride, good softness.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, very forward and happy.

May 8, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, more "lifting". Red and Pie: day off.

May 7, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, I focussed on "lifting" her hind legs at trot to help with the toe dragging - worked very well.  Red: excellent w/t ride, in indoor and then in outdoor.  Not even the slightest bracing in indoor, only a little bit a few times in outdoor even though it was his first time out there this year and he's only been out there a few times before.  Excellent trot work, very soft and engaged.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in outdoor, very forward and round.  Replaced his bit with a 5.5 inch KK loose ring with the same mouthpiece; he was much more comfortable as the 5 inch had been rubbing him a bit.

May 6, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, quite forward.  Took a while to get some relaxation and softness.  Slightly dragging hind toes at trot, a little more with right hind.  Red: excellent w/t ride, bracing 99% gone, and what there was was trivial - all transitions good almost from first moment.  Nice pasture walk with a bit of trotting after.  Pie: excellent w/t ride outside in pasture, very good forward, soft trotting.  Survived the scary blue motorized bike - I kept riding and his brain engaged.

May 5, 2013 - Dawn: day off. Pie: very good w/t/c ride in outdoor arena, very forward and got some good softness at canter.  Good pasture stroll.  Red: very good w/t ride in indoor, more work on w/t transitions.  Lots of distractions.  Did some left shoulder in to help him soften up for w/t transitions.

May 4, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, including some nice canter work on both leads. Pie and Red: day off.

May 3, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride - very soft and connected.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride - very soft and connected, nice relaxed canter work.  Something was fussing him at the end - lots of tail swishing - might have been a bug bite he has on his belly.  Red: excellent w/t ride - lots, and lots, and lots of w/t transitions, focussed on getting softness before at the walk and through the transition to trot.  Dawn and Red got rabies shots and Dawn had a blood draw for ACTH test.

May 2, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, some fussiness/braciness about canter departures, then got revved up.  Need to work on his relaxation in canter, and also softness through departures - could just be his hocks are a bit sore.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, nice and forward and excellent canter, including some sharp turns.

May 1, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, very willing and focussed.  Did some floating exercise - she did very well.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in outdoor - very forward and soft.  Concerned about the ticking of a short in the electric fence near the gate, didn't worry at all about the tub/cone covering a hole in the mares' pasture.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, at night when we usually don't ride.  Forward and soft, somewhat reluctant to sustain canter on left lead and stiffer tracking left in general during warm up.  Floating exercise very good, although starting to anticipate a bit.  Initially startled by tub/cone in pasture, thought about bolting but stayed with me, but approached it bravely and wasn't concerned at all by then.

April, 2013: total rides: 68; Dawn 21; Pie 20; Red 27.

April 30, 2013 - Dawn: good w/t/c ride - very distracted.  Red: very good w/t ride inside and then took a nice stroll through the big pasture.  Pie: day off.

April 29, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, gaits seemed a little flat.  Red: very nice w/t/c ride, quite sound although fussed a bit about left lead canter.  Kept session short, and did a nice tour of the front pasture - he was great.  Pie: outstanding w/t/c ride in outdoor arena - really good canter work, including up and down slopes, and handled larger corners with ease.  Lots of fun on his birthday!

April 28, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

April 27, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, somewhat reluctant to sustain canter so we didn't push it. Pie: day off.  Red: nice walking bareback ride - knee still swollen but looking better.

April 26, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, a bit distracted and harder to soften on left rein, but very good.  Red: leg quite swollen and sensitive around kick injury, but walking fine.  Rode bareback at the walk for about 20 minutes and he was very good despite some distractions.  Pie: outstanding w/t/c ride. Worked first on ground to reinforce that leg does not mean forward, it means move inside hind - over or more engaged.  Very good trot work where forward was there and corners were good.  Canter work was also excellent, and even got some very nice departures.

April 25, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: got kicked in right front just above the knee, not too bad but just did a short bareback walking ride which he enjoyed.  Did some lateral work and floating exercise.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride.  He was a bit distracted - lady with flash camera that he had to investigate and get used to.  Bending not very good in the beginning of the ride, got a lot better as we went.  Ending canter work on mostly loose rein was very good, forward but relaxed and was able to bend and sustain it well.

April 24, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, very forward - in full heat.  Red and Pie: day off.

April 23, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride, very connected and happy.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, good softness and forward, sound in both directions.  Worked a bit on floating exercise - he's picking it up very quickly. Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, very good forward and corners.  Some very nice loose rein canter work, including large circles, actually stretched down at one point.

April 22, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, somewhat distractable since she's in heat.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, good shortening/lengthening and softness.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride.  Forward very good, bending nice as well.  Good canter departures and nice relaxed canter - not particularly soft in carriage but that will come.

April 21, 2013 - Dawn, Pie and Red: day off.

April 20, 2013 - Dawn, Pie and Red: day off.  Pie: right hind looked a little puffy in fetlock area, no heat or sensitivity; 1 gram bute.

April 19, 2013 - horses in again in a.m. for farrier.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride in a.m. while big tractor and spreader were in arena and stalls being cleaned.  Nice short easy w/t ride in p.m. Dawn: day off.  Pie: short walk ride, working on connnection, forward without nagging leg, some spiral out and leg yield work and the floating exercise.

April 18, 2013 - horses in for the day due to flooding/thunderstorms.  Dawn: very good w/t/c ride during rainstorm.  Red: very good early morning w/t ride - very good and very forward.  Excellent w/t/c ride in the p.m.  Pie: very good w/t ride while they were shoveling and banging in the arena - brave Pie.

April 17, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride - very relaxed and with me.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride during a thunderstorm, some pole work.  Pie: day off.

April 16, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride - had to cope with lots of interruptions and distractions and she was very good.  Red: excellent morning w/t ride - he was very anxious being in the barn by himself, but was outstandingly good under saddle, although still very nervous.  Second afternoon w/t/c ride - very good and wanted to be out and around.  Decent w/t transitions as long as I sat back and kept my eyes up.  Worked some more on lunge whip training - did very well.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride - forward mostly there, now need to get a bit more relaxation to do with it.

April 15, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride.  Very nice left lead canter, had trouble sustaining right lead and didn't push it.  Red: very good w/t/c work, did some work on his bracing upwards on transitions - it's a combination of anticipation and my posture.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride - canter work best he's done, very balanced and engaged.  Worked on him being forward without my nagging with my leg.

April 14, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: very good w/t ride - felt even in both directions at the trot, and foot picking was much easier.  Red: very good w/t/c ride - forward and happy, and felt very sound in both directions.

April 13, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, despite wind and banging doors and her being in heat.  Connection very strong.  Red and Pie: day off.

April 12, 2013 - Dawn: outstanding w/t ride - connection was really there. Vet visit for W Nile vaccinations. Pie: very good w/t ride, still a bit funky tracking left - not as willing to move out.  Red: outstanding ride.  Made significant progress on his extreme fear of lunge whips, with the help of another boarder.  His w/t work was excellent.  Did a lot of w/t transitions to help him let go of bracing on the transitions.

April 11, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: very good w/t ride, working mostly on forward and fitness, did some poles too.  Red: very good w/t ride, working on fitness, did some poles.

April 10, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, somewhat reluctant to maintain right lead canter.  Red: very good short w/t ride bareback with a bit of canter.  Pie: day off.

April 9, 2013 - Dawn: very good short w/t/c ride, dealt with distractions well.  Red: excellent w/t ride, very responsive and soft.  Did some shortening/lengthening.  Pie: very good w/t ride, nice forward and very good circles.  Right hind still not 100%, will probably defer Friday's vaccination.

April 8, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride - some wonderful sustained, relaxed canter work on both leads.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride - very forward and sound.  Cantered well, but one trip and almost fall - seemed OK afterwards.  Pie: very good w/t ride - good forward and steering.  Then worked on "floating" exercise with him rotating left - he's already much better at it.

April 7, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, very forward and responsive.  Tires quickly at the canter.  Started out stiff tracking left, improved through the ride - some very nice trot work.  Took a pasture jaunt and did some hill work - he was excellent on a loose rein.  Pie: very good short w/t ride.  Right hind more normal - resisted putting it behind and moved it quickly.  500 lb. dose banamine, may delay West Nile vaccination scheduled for Friday.

April 6, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride, very forward and responsive, a bit stiff on left rein starting out but softened up, almost no rooting or head fussing. Red and Pie: day off.  Pie had no trouble with hoof picking, and resisted putting right hind behind left hind, although did on second try - improved from yesterday.  Another 1,000 lb. dose banamine, will tail down to 500 tomorrow if he continues to do well.

April 5, 2013 - Dawn: good w/t ride - very forward but fussy with head - lots of rooting - probably due to dental work yesterday.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, very forward and responsive.  Excellent canter work - very bounding on both leads.  Also did some poles.  Pie: showing some small neuro signs, particularly right hind.  May be an EPM inflammatory flare up due to E/W/tetanus vaccination last week - gave him 1,000 lb. dose banamine and will keep an eye on him.  Otherwise perfectly fine - had a very nice short w/t ride - steering very good even on a loose rein.

April 4, 2013 - Dentist in the a.m.  Dawn: day off.  Red: very up, did a fair amount of forward trot and canter work, then we went for a ride in the pasture on a beautiful day - he calmed right down and really enjoyed it.  Pie: just had a nice walk ride in the pasture - he was very good.

April 3, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride - leg looked even better, still kept it a little short.  Red: very good quick w/t/c ride - very forward, a bit stiffer than yesterday, did some more pole work.  Pie: outstanding w/t ride - offered to stretch out and down and lift his back on a loose rein in both directions - stopped right there.

April 2, 2013 - Dawn: right hind looked a bit better, but kept our very good w/t ride short - started a bit stiff at trot tracking right but improved.  Red: very good w/t/c ride - very forward and offered to canter several times - gaits in both directions very good; did some pole work.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride - best canter work yet - circles and softening.  Trot work also very good, and did some pole work.

April 1, 2013 - Dawn: very good short w/t ride - right rear fetlock area looking slightly larger to me, so took it very easy even though she was moving sound.  Red: very good w/t ride, working on fitness and building muscle - used some poles.  Pie: excellent w/t ride - forward and soft, very good bending, and very good connection, also did some pole work.

March, 2013: total rides: 67; Dawn 20; Pie 22; Red 25.

March 31, 2013 - Dawn: day off, came in to eat some hay in the morning.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride - very forward and quite sound, barely detectable short striding when tracking left - hardly anything.  Pie: very good short w/t ride since he'd had a fever - fine today - seemed slightly sore tracking left.  Did some "floating" lateral work.

March 30, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride.  Red and Pie: day off - Pie had a small fever - 101.5 - from vaccination.

March 29, 2013 - Dawn: very nice w/t ride.  Red: very good w/t bareback ride.  Pie: day off.  Vet came for E/W/tetanus, Coggins and sheath cleanings - Pie had a large bean.

March 28, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: outstanding w/t/c ride - very sound and also good brief canter work.  Stood outside the arena as a reward - he liked that a lot.  Some more good wash stall work.  Pie: very good w/t/c work - softening starting to come at the canter.  Worked some on better t/c transitions.

March 27, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, some sustained intervals of good connection.  Red: very good w/t/c ride - almost no soreness and worked very well - no time for wash stall training so didn't rinse legs.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, nice trot work - very connected from back to front and good forward, rhythm and softness.  Some pretty nice canter work - better on right lead for a change at softness.

March 26, 2013 - Dawn: outstanding w/t ride - everything flowed with softness and we were glued together, mind and body.  Red: very good evening w/t ride, quite sound, only a little stiff tracking left.  Did some impromptu wash stall loading practice in the afternoon to work on getting rid of the "no" and brace.  Pie: very good evening w/t/c ride - canter pretty stiff and had trouble softening, but trot was very good.

March 25, 2013 - Dawn and Pie: day off.  Red: very good bareback w/t ride - he seemed to really enjoy it.

March 23, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride - one big kick out on right lead when I overdid aids.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, less stiff at start, good departure to trot, excellent trot work later, somewhat reluctant to canter.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride - very forward at trot, bending well, also very good canter work with some bits of softening.

March 22, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride - very forward and felt pretty good on both diagonals.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride - doors to arena were open - he was fascinated.  Worked out of stiffness well.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride with very good bending and some moments of very good softness.

March 21, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent w/t ride, less stiff starting out and had a very nice first w/t transition on a longer rein.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, quite forward and had good bending for most of it.

March 20, 2013 - Dawn and Pie: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride, very stiff starting out but got much better.

March 19, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride despite extremely windy conditions and cold.  Still a bit stiff tracking right, will give her two days off.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, started very stiff but got better. Very alarmed by doors at one point but recovered perfectly.  Pie: very good w/t ride, kept it short to see how big chip on his hoof does.

March 18, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride.  Red: very good w/t ride - some fussing at trot transition,  quite stiff starting out in trot, but got much better as we worked.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, nice corners.

March 17, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride - first w/t transition in a long time with no fussing or balking - was on a loose rein and very relaxed.  Quite off left hind when we started trotting but improved a bit as we worked, didn't work too long.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, worked on bending inside hind into outside rein, did some in hand work to start.

March 16, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride - forward but relaxed.  One bird spook and big trip.  Red and Pie: day off.

March 15, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride - forward but softness. Red and Pie: day off.

March 14, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good, short w/t bareback ride - very stiff and sore starting out at trot but did improve.  We'll see if two days off makes him better or worse.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, not too long.  He's getting two days off too.

March 13, 2013 - Dawn: good w/t ride, somewhat less spooky but not really relaxed although she tried hard.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, seemed a bit tired today.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, we need to work more on him moving the hindquarters over.

March 12, 2013 - Dawn: good w/t ride, very spooky but did work well, although never fully relaxed.  May be going into heat.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, very forward, started stiff at trot but warmed up well.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, good bend in final small circles work.

March 11, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, only did medium trot after walk warm up.  Took hoof tracings to see if hind boots will help her be more comfortable - it will show if it's her feet that are bothering her or something else.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride - he wanted to really motor at the canter so we had fun.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, softening and stepping under and into corners very nicely.

March 10, 2013 - Dawn and Pie: day off.  Red: good w/t/c ride, short due to lack of time but about 15 good minutes of trot and canter after warm up.

March 9, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride.  Limiting canter work to occasional to save her hind legs.  Red: day off.  Pie: outstanding w/t/c ride - work on moving hindquarters over and stepping under really paying off.  Canter work soft, engaged and forward - able to easily do smaller circles and tight turns.

March 8, 2013 - Dawn: day off, farrier visit, no work so she can grow more foot.  Lump on neck much smaller, almost gone in the afternoon.  Did hot compresses and DMSO cream. Red: farrier visit, slight adjustment to LH, temp normal in a.m. and p.m.  Very good w/t/c ride, only worked at trot and canter for about 15 minutes. Pie: farrier visit, no work done.  Very good w/t/c ride, kept it short, corners and lateral work going well.  Changed bit, Rockin S a little narrow for his mouth and causing headstall to rub.

March 7, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Had larger lump at injection site - not sore or hot - called vet and they said hot packs and DMSO cream.  Temp 99.4. If not better tomorrow, then 12 SMZs a day for 10 days.  Red: had a 101.8 fever, but eating and drinking well, only slightly "dampened" in demeanor.  Rode him gently at walk and trot for about 20 minutes - very sound at trot, then gave him a 500-lb. dose Banamine - temp down to 101.1 an hour later, and he seemed more lively.  Pie: temp 100.7, had and excellent w/t/c ride - he's getting the idea of moving the hindquarters over and stepping under himself.

March 6, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride despite interruptions and distractions.  Red: excellent w/t ride in the morning while lots of commotion was going on - he was very brave.  Second w/t/c ride in the afternoon - he was a bit tired but did well. Pie: good w/t/c ride in the afternoon, sat and watched a jumping lesson, did well with first snow/ice fall. EHV-1 vaccinations for all three.

March 5, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, nice bounding canter.  Red: brought him in during the morning to briefly groom.  Red: very good w/t/c ride.  Trot work very good, particularly after some canter, even feel on both diagonals.  Canter somewhat discombobulated.  Survived an ice/snow fall. Pie: very good in hand session - turns on the forehand, circling with haunches out, some shoulder in.  Ridden work mostly at walk. Small circles with haunches out, shoulder in - only a few steps each time.  Did very well - picked it up quickly and cue reduced, although still at about back cinch. Some free trot at end.

March 4, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, lots of cone work and some poles.  Trot very good, didn't do much canter.  A bit nervous but worked well.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, did a lot of loose rein trot and canter work, also cone work.  Worked on him being in front of my leg while doing softening work, and maintaining forward and stepping over with hinds.

March 3, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t/c ride.  Snow and ice slid off the roof with a crash at one point - he coped well with that afterwards and also dealt with lungeing horses.  Trot pretty good in both directions.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, worried a little about a slit of sunlight coming through a crack in the door.

March 2, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride - good softness, shortening/lengthening, small circles, leg yield and shoulder in as well as some circles on both leads with good bounding canter.  Pie and Red: day off.

March 1, 2013 - Dawn: outstanding w/t/c ride with some of the best canter work we've ever done.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, one very bad trip/stumble behind at trot, and somewhat reluctant to canter.  Good trot work though.  Pie: very good w/t ride after he got over being spooky.  Worked on headless steering with cones, some improvement.

February, 2013: total rides: 48; Dawn 13; Pie 18; Red 17.

February 28, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent, relaxed w/t/c ride - stepped right into trot on first depart with no cantering first.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, lots of long trotting.

February 27, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride.  Got nervous at end - may have been hearing snow on roof creaking.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride.  Some bracing since there was lots of traffic, but did very well.  Some very nice canter work.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride.  Better on headless "go there", excellent trot work and very good canter work.

February 26, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride.  Lots of trot work - small circles and shortening/lengthening.  Worked on my maintaining steady hands and keeping eyes and posture up.  Some very nice sustained canter work - didn't do so much that she revved up too much. Red: very good w/t/c ride, very forward and responsive.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride - bit of a looky-loo but rode well and settled down.

February 25, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride, worked on our eyes/focus/hind legs taking us to various points around the ring, and on shortening/lengthening trot with "our" hind legs.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride - felt very good, did well at headless horse.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride - found headless horse go there difficult, but short/long was easy for him.  Very good canter work.

February 24, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: good w/t/c ride - had to deal with serious stress resulting from two people lungeing at once, snapping lunge whips and ropes - got very anxious but recovered well after we took a break out of the ring.  Pie: outstanding w/t/c ride - excellent trot work and best canter departures, corners and sustained canter yet.

February 23, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride - I focussed on riding the headless horse (see today's post).  Red and Pie: day off.

February 22, 2013 - Dawn: outstanding w/t ride.  Very forward and responsive.  Lots of small circles, and medium to more collected trot.  Worked on keeping my eyes up, minimal posting and keeping elbows close and back - she gave me some of the best soft medium trot ever.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride - less stiff than he's been and very good trot work.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride - worked on him not anticipating, and on shortening/lengthening at trot.

February 21, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride - very forward. Took a while to warm up at trot - this time he was shorter strided to the left.  Very nice canter work.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in a very crowded ring - the traffic made him a bit nervous but he coped and worked well.  Very forward, and excellent trot and canter work.

February 20, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride, did a few minutes of lungeing first but she was fine so just got on.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, good sustained canter on both leads, somewhat stiffer tracking right at the trot.  Some head-shaking but kept on working.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, including some very nice sustained, balanced canter work.

February 19, 2013 - Dawn: day off, brought her in early since it was so cold.  Red: very good w/t/c ride - he was very feisty - some head shaking, but worked well despite the howling wind and banging doors.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride - he was very up and nervous but worked through it well.

February 18, 2013 - Dawn: day off, slightly better on the concrete.  Red: better behind but I noticed some front foot soreness too - tentative when walking on the concrete.  Gave him 1 gram bute.  He insisted on a ride, so I threw on his bridle and walked him bareback briefly in the soft footing in the arena - this seemed to satisfy him.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride - very forward, moving well and quite responsive.  Some very nice trot and canter work.

February 17, 2013 - Dawn: still sore, although slightly better on hard surfaces; brought her in early and put some Venice turpentine on her soles, gave her 1 gram bute.  Red: still slightly sore, put on Venice turpentine, gave him his regular aspirin instead of bute.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride - very forward and responsive.

February 16, 2013 - Dawn: still too sore to ride, day off, 1 gram bute.  Red and Pie: day off, Red 1 gram bute.

February 15, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off after hoof trimming.  Dawn very sore behind - 1 gram bute.  Red somewhat sore - 1 gram bute.

February 14, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off - hoof trimming.  Gave Dawn 1 gram bute.

February 13, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Tweaked my back yesterday, better by end of the day today.

February 12, 2013 - Dawn: outstanding w/t/c ride, with some nice sustained canter work and also some  good leg yield and shoulder in.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, used bend to get first w/t transition and it worked.  Very stiff to start, got better as we went, particularly after canter work.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in a crowded arena.

February 11, 2013 - Dawn: outstanding w/t ride despite very high winds howling, the arena roof buzzing and the doors banging and slamming - relaxed, soft and just wonderful - one small scoot when the doors slammed directly behind her but she went right back to trotting a few strides later as if nothing had happened.  Red: outstanding w/t/c ride.  Still had a lot of trouble with first couple w/t transitions - I tried not to give him anything to brace against.  Stiffer tracking left.  Improved after some canter work that stretched things out.  Getting some aspirin down him with wetted feed.  Pie: outstanding w/t/c ride - worked some on him staying soft and not diving down and behind the bit with his head.

February 10, 2013 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

February 9, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, mostly medium posting trot.  Very good concentration (both of us) when no one was around, lost our concentration a big when people and horses were coming and going.  Red and Pie: day off.

February 8, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride; worked on my position.  Red: very good w/t/c ride - he was quite sore coming out although got better as we worked - I asked him to keep his head down and out so he'd use his hind end - it was hard for him and he fussed a bit but he was able to do it.  Some nice trot/canter/trot work on both leads.  Used some Sore-no-more on his hocks afterwards.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride.  More work on canter transitions and also did some work on him not "diving" with his head when asked to soften.

February 7, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t/c ride.  Took a while to unstiffen.  Responded well to neck ring at walk and also backed well.  Less responsive at trot.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride.  Rode him with neck ring at walk - did well although took a bit to figure out backing.  Rode mostly on a loose rein at trot and canter, and worked on t/c/t transitions - he did very well.

February 6, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, seemed a little under the weather when I turned her back out.  Red and Pie: day off.

February 5, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, despite lots of distractions.  Worked on my keeping my posture and focus up and on keeping my hands steady.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, took a while to get him to soften and use his hind end.  Pie: short, very good w/t/c ride, worked on forward and bending.  He was falling on the forehand a bit.

February 4, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride, despite having not been ridden for four days.  Red: another outstanding w/t/c ride, one bad downwards c/t transition, otherwise moving very well.  Very soft and responsive, worked on getting him to stretch down a little.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, a little sluggish but gaits of good quality.

February 3, 2013 - Dawn: came in a bit early, did some lungeing - some bucks and kicks but didn't really want to lunge much and calmed down pretty quickly.  Red: outstanding w/t ride, moving very well and we got effortless w/t transitions for the first time in a long time, including the first one.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, good bending and forward.  One hind end slip when cantering left.

February 2, 2013 - Dawn, Pie and Red: day off.

February 1, 2013 - Very cold, wind chills well below zero.  Dawn staying in for the day, and Dawn, Pie and Red had the day off.

January, 2013: total rides: 58; Dawn 17; Pie: 20; Red: 21.

January 31, 2013 - Very cold; wind chills about zero; Dawn came in about 11 a.m.  Dawn and Pie: day off.  Red: excellent w/t ride - I worked on directing him without pushing, and on keeping my eyes up and posture open, and using only my energy to make transitions.  Much, much better than yesterday.

January 30, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride - very relaxed despite colder weather.  Had some difficultly sustaining right lead canter.  Rest of horse day was meh. Red: good, not great, ride - very distracted and bracey, had to carry dressage whip to keep him moving forward - expect he was a bit sore but there were moments when he worked well.  Pie: good but not great w/t/c ride - I was distracted by other riders and didn't give him the guidance he needed.  Some good sustained canter.

January 29, 2013 - Dawn: very good short w/t ride, very relaxed and responsive - after she had a melt down as we led out when a horse was being crazy in a paddock next to the barn, and we had to do a bit of lungeing until she could listen and do canter departures without resistance or bucking.  Pie and Red: day off.

January 28, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride - lots of nose rests beforehand.  My improved posture and focus helped her to stay "up" and use her hindquarters well.  Somewhat fussy with her head - may be some dental issues going on.  Red: very good w/t/c ride.  Worked through fussiness on first walk/trot transition until he relaxed.  Some stiff moments, but he was mostly moving very well.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride - lots of forward trot and then some excellent canter work, including a series of trot/canter/trot transitions on both leads.

January 27, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t/c ride.  Worked on getting w/t transitions from the beginning.  He did some bracing, but we worked it out.  Also did some left lead canter.  A bit of mysterious head shaking - bird poo?  Pie: very good w/t ride - very forward and responsive, with good bending.  A bit startled by the sleet on the roof and the snow that had blown under the barn door.

January 26, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride, still very cold.  Better bending and more consistent softness - used "moving myself to the side" to work on some leg yield and spiral out.  Pie and Red: day off.

January 25, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride despite cold and no lungeing.  My improved high eye focus and posture helped her with softening, and the "move myself to the outside" helped with bend.  One scoot/bolt when someone in the viewing room behind her suddenly shook out a coat.  Red: very good w/t/c ride, worked hard, sore on and off but ended well.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride - very forward and bend perfect in both directions, even at canter.  Ended ride early since he was doing so well.

January 24, 2013 - Dawn: day off, brought her in at 10 a.m. due to cold, did a bit of lungeing so she could stretch her legs.  Red: very good w/t/c ride - stiff moments but worked very well.  Pie: excellent w/t ride, fixing me - focus up and out, secondary cue to get forward consistently, and moving mentally to outside.  Also didn't him saddle and switched to raised Rockin' S snaffle for softer contact.

January 23, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride after a bit of lungeing.  About 22 in the arena, but she was very good and did some nice trot work.  Only a tiny bit of canter as it was clear she was going to get revved up.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, lots of cantering; right bend still needs work.  Red: excellent w/t/c ride, warmed up well and did really nice trot and canter work.

January 22, 2013 - Dawn, Pie and Red: day off - just too darn cold.

January 21, 2013 - extremely cold and windy, horses in for the day.  Dawn: two very nice w/t/c lunge sessions.  Red: very good w/t/c ride - he was very feisty and forward but well behaved and worked well.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride - forward and responsive, and some good canter work on both leads.

January 20, 2013 - Dawn: short w/t/c lunge session - very good and responsive and only one buck on first canter departure, despite the cold.  Red: outstanding w/t/c ride - good canter work on both leads and some very nice trot work as well.  Pie: outstanding w/t/c ride - good trot work and then very good canter work on both leads - good sustained canter with very good bend into corners and on circles, and some excellent softness at points in the canter.

January 19, 2013: Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

January 18, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride after some preliminary lungeing.  Pie and Red: day off.

January 17, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: a little stiff and sore after hard workout yesterday, so short w/t/c ride.  Red: very good w/t/c ride after standing around for quite a while on a loose rein during a jumping lesson.  Used left lead canter to stretch him out, and after that did some very nice trot work.

January 16, 2013 - Dawn: good w/t ride, despite riding with another horse and having to do some lungeing first to get out the ya-yas.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride - very energetic and gaits very good.  Red: very good w/t/c ride - warmed up after walk on left lead canter, trot much better, also did a bit of right lead canter.

January 15, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride despite cold and ice sliding off the roof.  Red: very good w/t/c ride.  Had to deal with a horse jumping big jumps and cantering around.  Had some trouble with first couple of w/t transitions.  Did some left lead canter to warm up, then trotted fairly well once he warmed up.  Pie: day off - I ran out of energy due to my cold/flu thing.

January 14, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride despite it being very cold - 12F outside with windchill of 0 and 23F inside arena.  Red: very good w/t/c ride.  Quite stiff at beginning.  Did one lap of left lead canter at end, which he seemed to enjoy.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, forward and listening.

January 13, 2013 - Dawn, Pie and Red: day off.

January 12, 2013 - Dawn: outstanding w/t/c ride with excellent relaxation, including at the canter - did loose rein canter at the end.  Pie: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride - a bit stiff but worked well by end.

January 11, 2013 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride after very brief lunge - she was perfect from first lap.  Some really excellent soft canter work and also some good lateral work.  Red: day off, hand walk.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, some very nice sustained canter on both leads.

January 10, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good w/t ride.  Trot started a bit stiff but got much better, did some w/t/w transition work.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride - forward and engaged.

January 9, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride with no lungeing first.  Red: very good w/t ride, worked at trot for about 5 minutes on and off, got over mini and donkey braying.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in crowded indoor, canter really coming along.

January 8, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride after lungeing - much calmer today.  Got the "nose rest of reconciliation".  Red: first real working ride - 15 minutes of walk warm up then about 5 minutes of on and off trotting - he felt good and did very well despite many distractions.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in a very crowded ring.  Right bend (his and mine) inconsistent.

January 7, 2013 - Dawn: good w/t ride after lungeing - much less wild than yesterday but still needed to get some energy out.  Red: vet visit - good report.  Pie: excellent w/t/c session - good bending and really excellent canter work.

January 6, 2013 - Dawn: good w/t ride after wild beginning and some lungeing.  Red: very good walk ride.  Pie: excellent w/t ride - very forward and good bending and softness.

January 5, 2013 - Dawn: day off.  Red: good walking ride.  Pie: got kicked in LH fetlock - cut/abrasion, a little ouchy.  So good walk ride.

January 4, 2013 - Dawn and Pie: day off.  Red: short lungeing session, mostly at walk as he wasn't 100% at trot.

January 3, 2013 - Dawn, Pie and Red: day off; hooves trimmed, all doing very well.

January 2, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride; I worked on minimal posting.  Red: good w/t ride.  Felt pretty sound at trot.  Somewhat excited and braced and really wanted to canter.  Pie: good w/t/c ride.  I think he may be a bit tired - tomorrow he'll get a day off.

January 1, 2013 - Dawn: very good w/t ride - very cold - in mid-20sF in the arena.  Brought Red in briefly for a walk around and some standing around in the arena.  Pie, at gate, said "what about me?"  Red: good walking ride.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, some nice softening at the canter.

December, 2012: total rides: 62; Dawn: 21; Pie: 20; Red: 21.

December 31, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride - good softness despite cold.  Red: excellent w/t ride - very soft and responsive and very nice bit of trotting - he felt very good.  Pie:  excellent w/t/c ride.  Very forward and also good cantering and departures.

December 30, 2012 - Dawn, Pie and Red: day off.

December 29, 2012 - Dawn: good w/t ride - very forward, worked on getting her to relax at trot on a loose rein.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, got some softness at canter.  Introduced simple change on the diagonal.  Red: good walking ride, lots of lateral work; he was nervous but rode well - very cold and we were alone in ring with noises outside.

December 28, 2012 - Dawn: good w/t ride in a somewhat crowded arena.  Pie: day off.  Red: good w/t ride; 15 minute walk warm up then a bit of straight line trotting.  Very willing to move, pretty good but not 100%, all but one downwards transition normal.

December 27, 2012 - Dawn: good w/t/c ride - very up.  Red: morning walk around, very good w/t ride in p.m.  Felt very good at walk and wanted to trot - did a bit of straight line trotting with me posting on his LF/RH diagonal.  Felt very good - no gimping and downwards transitions were good - no "dropping" the bad hind leg.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride.  Did some halt/trot transitions and even did some left lead walk/canter transitions - not quite up to that on right lead.  Quite a bit of very good canter work.

December 26, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride.  Red: brought him in for  bit in the morning and we walked around the barn aisles and inside the arena for him to see the sights.  30-minute walk ride in the afternoon, with lots of lateral work.  Started very up but settled well - extremely cold and windy with banging doors and lots of activity in the arena.  Pie: some diarrhea overnight (new hay?).  Manure normal in p.m.  Very good short w/t/c ride - up at beginning but settled.

December 25, 2012 - Dawn, Pie and Red: day off.

December 24, 2012 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride, with very large ladder - she was a star!  Red: lunged first - better but still slightly off.  Very good walk ride, with some excellent lateral work - pirouettes, leg yield, side pass and turn on the forehand and hauches.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride.  Much better bend to the right, including at canter.  Canter departures prompt and engaged.

December 23, 2012 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride - still very cold.  Worked on my staying soft and maintaining feel as changed bend in small circle work.  Red: good walking ride - lots of distractions.  A bit mouthy.  Pie: excellent w/t ride - worked on bend and changing bend at walk and trot - right bend much improved.

December 22, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride - very cold day.  Pie and Red: day off.

December 21, 2012 - Dawn, Pie and Red: day off.

December 20, 2012 - Dawn: day off.  Red: good 30-minute walking ride.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, worked on right bends at trot and canter.

December 19, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride.  Very soft and relaxed until other horses came into ring - then got very up.  Excellent canter work.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride - canter was good, including some fairly sharp turns.  Red: good walk ride - very forward and soft.

December 18, 2012 - Dawn: good w/t ride - she coped well with other horses, despite one rider who did not use proper ring etiquette.  Pie: very good w/t ride, with good circles.  Red: walk ride, lunged - not 100% sound at trot.  Made appointment for full lameness work up.

December 17, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride - except for one big buck/kick at canter as we were passing another horse who was on the quarter line.  Red: good walk ride, then some lungeing - a little short-strided at first but when he moved out he was sound in both directions.  Trotted a few lengths of the arena under saddle.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride - right lead canter departure still a bit rushed.  Did better bending into corners and circling at the canter.  Some very nice small circle work at trot at the end.

December 16, 2012 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

December 15, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride - very lovely, elevated, slow cantering.  Red and Pie: day off.

December 14, 2012 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very nice walking pasture ride.  Pie: very good walking pasture ride.

December 13, 2012 - Dawn: day off.  Red: lunged first - somewhat worse than he was the last time we lunged.  So tried an experiment - rode him for about 10 minutes at the walk, really working on him stepping up and under and using himself.  Then lunged again - he was much improved and the short striding with the LH was barely visible when tracking right (his worse direction), and not at all when tracking left.  Pie: very good w/t ride.  Worked a lot on my bending, particularly to the right.  Pie responded very well to this and our joint right bend is coming along.

December 12, 2012 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride - I worked on keeping my chin and focus up and on bending myself right.  Red: good walk ride - would brace briefly when distracted.  Walk very forward and engaged.  Pie: very good w/t ride - worked a lot on my posture and bending right - Pie helped me a lot.

December 11, 2012 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride - coped with many distractions and occurrences.  Some of her best canter work yet - slow, elevated and responsive.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride - very good walk and trot work.  Canter work coming along - mostly I need not to block and/or push.  Red: very good walk ride despite lots of distractions and very cold temps.

December 10, 2012 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride in indoor - very good relaxation and softness.  Saw her galloping and doing "handstand" bucks in the pasture afterwards.  Red: excellent walk ride - very good small circles with softness and tracking up, also very good stretching down forward walk.  Pie: good w/t/c ride, not as forward as I'd like (didn't carry dressage whip for secondary cues) - I was using too much leg and other aids.

December 9, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor.  Got some good relaxation and softness, including at canter.  Red: lunged - sound to left and 98% to right - very slight short-striding.  30-minute walk ride, lots of very nice softening and stretching down.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride.  Worked on not blocking bend with my outside leg, and letting him canter on a relaxed rein to establish rhythm before asking for softening.  Really did well with canter work.

December 8, 2012 - Dawn: good w/t ride in indoor; more up and distracted than usual, worked until got good relaxation at walk and trot.  Pie and Red: day off.

December 7, 2012 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

December 6, 2012 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off - I'm not feeling too well with a cold.  Everybody got a nice grooming.

December 5, 2012 - Dawn: really excellent w/t/c ride in indoor.  Much colder, but she just went right to work with excellent relaxation.  Got good softening at trot - left still a bit harder.  Canter work really good - sharp departures, good sustained canter, sustained softness to the left and worked on softness to the right - got some sustained bits that were very good, with elevation and lift to the canter.  Worked on not doing downwards transitions except when she was soft - resulted in good transitions and continuous softness into trot.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in indoor.  Some good sustained canter, with more moments of softness, and some prompt transitions.  Red: good walk ride in pasture (a little up and "squirty") as well as in indoor.

December 4, 2012 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor.  Very nice sustained canter and transitions.  Slightly more stiff bending left at trot.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, partly in pasture, partly in indoor; soft and responsive.  Red: excellent walking pasture ride just at dark, very soft and responsive.

December 3, 2012 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor.  Worked a lot on canter transitions - w/c, t/c and c/t, and also on relaxation in between.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor - good canter work and more softness to the right - and then worked in pasture a long way from the barn, including trotting and cantering and lots of circles.  Red: good walk ride in indoor - cones and poles with circles, and then did a bit of pasture walking.

December 2, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in arena and in pasture.  Very good relaxation at trot and canter, and good sustained canter on both leads.  Red: walk ride, warm-up with small circles in indoor, then walking pasture ride.  Pie: w/t pasture ride, very nice.  Didn't do more - cut on throat right behind jaw.

December 1, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride.  Very forward and relaxation came and went, got some nice trot work at end with good softness.  Pie and Red: day off.

November, 2012: total rides: 55.

November 30, 2012 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: day off.  Red: lunge session.  Trotting sound to the left, just slightly short striding to right with left hind, but much improved from last week.

November 29, 2012 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: very nice, short pasture walking ride.  Red: good walking pasture ride, also some "remedial" ground work to have him stay soft and not crowd or nip.

November 28, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor - better relaxation and good sustained cantering. Pie: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, canter much more relaxed and easy to sustain.  Softening on left lead starting to be much more consistent, bend to right improving.  Red: 30 minute walk under saddle, and some poles, very responsive and relaxed.

November 27, 2012 - Dawn: good w/t ride in indoor - extremely cold, lots of distractions, and water was dripping on her head and nose from the ceiling - she really didn't like that.  Seemed to be having some trouble with the bit so I raised it a hole, which seemed to help.  Took a while to settle and begin to relax, got very nice loose rein trot at end.  Pie: good w/t ride in indoor - a bit spooky but settled and worked well.  Red: nice 30 minute walk ride - distracted by things but settled well and did nice work.

November 26, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor - lots of distractions - arena being watered, equipment coming and going.  She settled well and worked very nicely.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, dealt with horses being brought in and arena being dragged.  Rabies shot and 500 lb. dose Banamine.  Red: 25 minute walk ride in indoor - cones and poles.

November 25, 2012 - Dawn: day off. Red: 20 minutes of walking under saddle, was distracted at beginning, but settled well and worked, did some poles and circles.  Pie: excellent ride - best canter work yet - good sustained canter and circles, very good softening on left lead, still tends to invert and pop shoulder in to right, but starting to get moments of softness.  Need to work on upwards transitions - rhythm, not speed.

November 24, 2012 - Dawn: outstanding w/t/c ride in indoor, very good relaxation at all three gaits and good progress on softening work in canter.  Red: good 15 minute walk ride in indoor - a bit braced and distracted at the beginning but settled well and did some nice small circle and walking work by the end.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor.  Very good small circles and softness at walk and trot.  Did a lot of canter work - departures better, holding canter better, getting some intervals of softness, and able to canter in circles without falling into trot.

November 23, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t ride in indoor, despite cold, and the wind that made the roof buzz loudly and the doors rattle and slam - didn't completely relax but almost and worked very well.  Pie: day off.  Red: lunged, much better but still not 100% - really leaning into pre-work massage.

November 22, 2012 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

November 21, 2012 - Dawn: excellent ride in indoor, very good loose rein canter work.  Red: day off, hand walk - pasture patrol.  Pie: very good w/t ride in indoor intermixed with pasture rides - went much farther in geldings' pasture - flat area at top will be good to work in once it snows.

November 20, 2012 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor, followed by walk around pasture.  Wonderful sustained canter work on both leads, very good trot work with lots of excellent softness.  Red: day off, hand walk - pasture patrol.  Pie - good w/t ride, alternating indoor and pasture walks - went a good ways in gelding pasture - he called a lot but was very good.

November 19, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride - lots of distractions.  Very good small circle work at w/t, then some very nice canter work on both leads.  Red: day off, hand walk - pasture patrol - did very well after one spook and when fireworks were set off nearby.  One gram bute. Pie: very good w/t/c ride.  Worked on small circles at walk and trot, took a pasture ride, then did a good bit of canter work on both leads.  Able to corner and circle much better, and did some good transitions.

November 18, 2012 - Dawn: outstanding ride.  Worked on my posture, focus and breathing during walk warm up, then did small circles at walk to establish bend/straightness and tracking up as well as lateral softness and impulsion.  Excellent trot work, going into corners well.  Fabulous sustained canter work, both leads, on a loose rein - some inside rein to promote bend into corners and on circles.  Finished with some excellent small trot circles.  Red: short w/t ride, walked some in pastures, not sound at trot - left hind, keep trying to canter on left lead.  Gave him 2 grams bute.  Pie: short w/t ride, some small circle work.

November 17, 2012 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

November 16, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor.  Good sustained canter on both leads.  Pie and Red: day off.  Farrier came for trims.

November 15, 2012 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent walking ride in pasture and indoor - he was alert, forward and relaxed and we went all over the pasture.  Pie: very good w/t ride in pasture - very forward.

November 14, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, despite lots of commotion at the barn - noises, vehicles, etc.  Good tracking up in both walk and trot.  Felt the slightest bit sore, so didn't canter - she gets a day off tomorrow and we'll see how she is then.  Red: good w/t ride, came out a bit stiff on lunge and under saddle but warmed up.  Pie: very good ride - worked on small circles at walk and trot, much better.

November 13, 2012 - Dawn: outstanding ride - good softness at walk, trot and canter.  My warm-up routine and also tracking up in small circles seems to have made a difference to her relaxation.  Red: very good w/t/c ride - did quite a bit of trot, got some relaxation and stretching down - he was puffing by the end, and a little left lead canter.  Pie: very good w/t ride, worked a lot on small circles at walk and trot, finally got pretty good tracking up in both directions - to the right is harder for him.

November 12, 2012 - Dawn and Pie: day off - chiro.  Red: chiro, but less extensive than the others so we rode - very good w/t ride in indoor - very cold and he was very forward and trotted well, a bit braced at beginning, but softened well as we went.

November 11, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor - nice canter work including one very nice flying lead change.  Red and Pie: day off.

November 10, 2012 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor.  Very nice sustained canter on both leads, with some softening, and also excellent trot softening at the end of our ride.  Red and Pie: day off.

November 9, 2012 - Dawn: good w/t ride in indoor and outdoor, survived one big spook.  Red: very good w/t/c ride in indoor - worked on small circles at walk, some trot - a bit stiff and tired, but not unsound - and a bit of left lead canter.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in indoor - good small circles - worked on right bend - and some good canter departures and some sustained cantering.

November 8, 2012 - Dawn: day off.  Red: excellent w/t ride - lots of trotting - very sound and willing.  Pie: good w/t/c ride in a very crowded ring - corners to right still a problem, canter departures were poor - very rushed - due to my losing my focus due to worrying about not running into anyone.

November 7, 2012 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride, with lots of cantering.  I worked on keeping my contact very soft and asking for relaxation and stretching down.  She was able to hold canter better in both leads since she wasn't bracing.

November 6, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride, got some nice softness at trot - worked on the stability and softness of my hands.  Had some trouble holding right lead canter.  Red: good w/t ride - he coped with doors to arena being closed and being all by himself.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride in a very crowded indoor.

November 5, 2012 - Dawn: good w/t ride.  Had trouble staying relaxed after real softening work and some shortening.  Red: very good w/t ride, worked well for long sets of trotting, although tired by end.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, canter softness really getting consistent.

November 4, 2012 - Dawn: day off.  Red: good w/t ride in indoor and outdoor - his first real work session in the outdoor.  Still dragging LH toe down steep hills.  Sound but feels a bit stiff at trot.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, with substantial progress on softness.

November 3, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride - very forward but was mostly able to relax.  Red and Pie: day off.

November 2, 2012 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.  Red: hand walk in pasture - pasture patrol.  Slight LH toe drag when going down steep hill, otherwise moving well.

November 1, 2012 - Dawn: day off.  Red: w/t ride in indoor, a little stiff from work the last two days, although moving soundly.  Didn't work too hard.  Pie: nice w/t/c ride in pasture with another boarder.

October, 2012: total rides:  67.

October 31, 2012 - Dawn: excellent w/t ride in indoor - worked on her relaxation and my riding the hind legs - she answered by doing excellent, deep corners.  Red: excellent w/t ride in indoor with some very good continuous trotting on both diagonals.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor.  Good corners, and the beginnings of some very nice canter softening as well as good sustained canter on both leads.

October 30, 2012 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor - great relaxation despite very cold temps, wind and horses running outside.  Red: excellent w/t ride in indoor - some very good trot work once he warmed up.  Trot: excellent w/t ride in indoor - good stepping into corners.

October 29, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor.  Pie: good w/t/c ride in indoor.  Red: short bareback walking ride.

October 28, 2012 - Dawn: day off.  Red: good w/t ride - some continuous trot on both diagonals, repeated a few times.  Pie: excellent ride - good shortening/lengthening at trot with very good softness, and some excellent canter work on both leads, even with some moments of softness.

October 27, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t ride, trot all posting.  Cold and after two days off took her a while to relax and stretch down.  Then some very nice shortening/lengthening work, including almost some true collection with slowed cadence (pre-passage), and some spiral in/spiral out work. Red and Pie: day off.

October 26, 2012 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

October 25, 2012 - Dawn: day off.  Red: good w/t ride.  Not as forward as yesterday - probably a bit tired - but still sound.  Didn't trot as much, and now he'll get two days off.  Pie:  good w/t ride.  A bit tired after yesterday, two days off coming.

October 24, 2012 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor, all by ourselves.  Really excellent softening at trot, good lengthening/shortening.  Outstanding canter work on both leads - great departures and some good softness.  Pie: outstanding trail ride with another boarder - almost 2 hours.  He dealt with many obstacles and new objects with ease - he was alert, and forward and interested, but not at all spooky.  Excellent trotting side by side with another horse.  Although it was very warm - upper 70s - he stayed forward without any urging - no slugging.  Red: outstanding w/t ride - rode with dressage whip since he was slugging but didn't seem unsound - wonderfully forward, big trotting in both directions - did several sets of laps of ring with direction changes on diagonal - completely sound on both diagonals.

October 23, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor - had the place to ourselves so ended with some flying lead change work down the center line.  One buck when she couldn't get her feet organized, but did very, very well.  Red: very nice walking ride in indoor - got some very nice softening and extension at the walk.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor.  Very good softening and shortening/lengthening at trot, did some excellent trot/canter departs.  Still struggles with softening and not inverting at the canter, particularly on the left lead.

October 22, 2012 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride in indoor.  Very nice softening and good canter work.  At the end, two just plain lovely flying lead changes down the center line.  Red: w/t ride in indoor.  Not as forward as yesterday, may have been a little sore, so didn't do that much.  Pie:  Good w/t/c ride in indoor, good softening and shortening/lengthening at trot, couldn't do more than canter an occasional long side due to traffic.

October 21, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, good sustained canter.  Very forward, good softness.  Red: excellent w/t ride - very sound and forward, doing whole ring and diagonals.  Led to outdoor - no trouble going down hill - and rode a bit at walk out there.  Pie: excellent ride, started with walking up and down hills in pasture, then very good w/t/c ride in indoor - shortening/lengthening at trot and also some all the way around the ring canter work on both leads.

October 20, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t/c ride in indoor, very forward, some good softness.  Pie and Red: day off.

October 19, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t ride in indoor, lots of forward and softness.  Pie and Red: day off - did walk around arena and put overhead doors up and down, both horses easily did victory stand.

October 18, 2012 - Dawn: day off.  Red: good w/t ride in indoor, very sound and forward at trot, some poor downwards transitions.  Pie: good w/t ride in indoor, very nice shortening/lengthening work.

October 17, 2012 - Dawn: day off. Red: walking bareback ride in indoor.  Pie: w/t ride in indoor - very crowded and couldn't do too much except some shortening/lengthening work at trot.

October 16, 2012 - Dawn: good w/t/c ride, starting in indoor and then moving to outdoor when things got more crowded.  Red: good w/t ride in indoor, did more trot work around corners and some large serpentines.  Pie: fun w/t/c ride outdoors, some in pasture and some in outdoor arena.

October 15, 2012 - Dawn: very nice w/t/c ride in indoor.  Held canter on right lead much better - helps if I sit up and breathe.  Also worked on stepping over with inside hind on corners and circles, and some lateral work.  Red: nice bareback walking ride.  Also did the victory stand.  Pie: day off, but did the victory stand in hand.

October 14, 2012 - Dawn: nice w/t/c ride in indoor.  Worked on holding canter in right lead, still hard for her on the small circle that is all the arena size permits.  Did some lateral work at the walk; harder for her at trot as she gets revved up if I use leg aids - have to work more on connecting and thinking the hind legs over.  Red: very good w/t ride.  Did more trotting, including some circles and corners.  Felt very good, although tired by end.  Pie: good w/t/c ride in indoor.  Not bending into corners tracking right - I was riding the head instead of the hind legs - need to work on that tomorrow.

October 13, 2012 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

October 12, 2012 - Dawn: good w/t/c ride in outdoor and indoor - she perferred the softer footing in the arena.  Pretty nice relaxation.  Red: good w/t session, mostly in indoor.  Did some trot sets - felt the best he's felt in a long time.  He wanted to go outside, so led him to the outdoor arena - he managed the steep hill down very well - and rode him at the walk out there for a bit.  Came inside, did another trot set - he was getting tired so we stopped there.  Pie: excellent w/t/c ride, mostly in the pasture with two other boarders.  Very forward and energetic.

October 11, 2012 - Dawn: day off.  Red: good w/t ride in indoor, did some stringing together of trot work and a few corners.  Felt a little stiff but not off and was protecting LH in downwards transitions.  Didn't seem to get as tired - last trot side was the best, and he walked back into stall with no toe-dragging.  Pie: nice outdoor pasture ride with another boarder, w/t.  He was very forward and alert.

October 10, 2012 - Dawn: very good w/t ride in indoor despite other horses.  Lots of relaxed, forward trot.  Pie: excellent w/t ride in indoor - forward, soft and alert, moving very well.  Red: nice walk ride in indoor.

October 9, 2012 - Dawn: day off - trim yesterday, shifting weight slightly on concrete, should be fine tomorrow.  Eye looking good.  Red: good w/t ride, did 5 lengths at trot 3 times with walk breaks in between.  Pie: good w/t ride, one in-place spook (baloon), but went well.  Still has some trouble with deep footing and tripped once.

October 8, 2012 - Dawn: eye much better, did more ointment and another 500-lb. dose of Banamine.  Excellent w/t ride in indoor - very forward and good stretching down.  Pie: very good w/t/c ride, lots of power and forward, couple of big trips in the deep footing. Red: day off, short hand walk.  Trims all around.

October 7, 2012 - Dawn: eye still very swollen - looks like she might have bumped it on something.  Gave her 500-lb. dose Banamine and more eye ointment.  Good w/t ride in indoor - got some consistent softness and relaxation, although that went away when we cantered - back to trot and ended on that good note.  Red: w/t ride in indoor, very feisty and sound.  We were first in arena, so I could see that at the walk he was tracking up perfectly evenly with both hinds - no short steps or stepping with LH to center line.  Trot work very good and powerful - did 10 trot lengths in two sets of five.  Pie: good w/t ride in indoor - very forward and engaged, powerful and soft.

October 6, 2012 - Dawn, Pie and Red: day off.  Dawn's right eye somewhat teary and a little swollen - put in some eye medicine.

October 5, 2012 - Dawn: good w/t ride in indoor.  Was very up and it took a while to get some relaxation - did a lot of circles and serpentines to help her focus.  Red: w/t ride in indoor - did 10 minutes of walk warmup and then two sets of 5 longs sides with 5 minutes of walking in between.  Followed with some icing of hock and tendon area above hock.  Pie: extremely crabby and sore to touch.  W/t ride in indoor, actually moving very well although somewhat "looky".

October 4, 2012 - Dawn: day off.  Red: good walking ride, working on activating hinds - it was clear he would have been glad to trot, but we're holding off on that until tomorrow.  Pie: very nice w/t ride in indoor, lots of shortening/lengthening and some good leg yield work.

October 3, 2012 - Dawn: very nice session, starting in indoor and moving to outdoor.  Working on following/allowing - got some very nice gaits, including elevation of the canter, on very light contact.  Red: lunge session for vet/chiro - really looking good - trot big, elevated and forward - 100% sound to left and also good to right although occasionally taking a short step.  Careful, but not collapsing, on downwards trot/walk transition.  Pie: day off.

October 2, 2012 - Dawn: worked w/t/c in outdoor, then a little bit in indoor.  Somewhat up and rushing, didn't get a lot of relaxation. Red: hand walk around pasture - having some trouble with LH down hill, not too bad, walked up hills well; then walked under saddle in the arena.  Pie: very nice w/t/c ride in pasture - lots of energetic trot and canter on both leads.

October 1, 2012 - Dawn: worked in indoor, lots of very good trot work, some inconsistency on softening.  Red: good w/t ride in indoor - trotting sound but LH tires fast.  Pie: nice ride in the pasture - good, forward trot work.

September, 2012: total rides: 58; Dawn: 17 rides;  Pie: 22 rides;  Red: 19 rides.

Saturday, September 1, 2012 - Dawn: day off (second day after trim - better and we should be riding tomorrow).  Pie: lots of walk work: softening, backing, lateral work - leg yield, turns on the haunches and sidepass, focussed on our feeling each other and maintaining softness.  Red: very forward (much cooler today) and feeling good.  Did some lateral work - leg yield and turns - focussed on my riding/feeling the hind foot placement and helping him move from a balanced position; more trot work on the straight - he's doing well and we should be able to add some half-circles using the whole width of the arena tomorrow; taking up the reins with softness to get softness and backing.

Sunday, September 2, 2012 - Dawn: very nice w/t/c ride in indoor.  Worked on offering her softness and she responded very nicely.  Red: increased trotting and some lateral work at the walk, seemed very happy to work but tires easily.  Pie: extremely crabby for saddling - not sure what that was about, but did seem to be somewhat ouchy on the concrete from his trim.  Worked only at the walk, and experimented with not carrying dressage whip/relying on secondary cues and just on bringing energy up and down with feel - worked very well.

Monday, September 3, 2012 - Dawn: outstanding ride where I worked on communicating feel to her - the feel I wanted her body to have - with thought - worked exceptionally well and had a lovely flying lead change - our first ever.  Red: good walk/trot session - added going around corners and did most of our work sitting.  He was sound and very good, and dealt well with distractions.  Pie: groomed in the arena to spare his feet and he was much less crabby, and not bad for saddling either.  Since fronts still somewhat sensitive on the concrete, did only a walk ride working on our feeling each other - took some time and moderately successful.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - beastly hot and humid - Dawn and Pie had the day off.  Red: good walk/trot session, not using himself in downwards transitions as well as I'd like but he got better.  Very sound and forward at trot, including around corners.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - still quite hot.  Dawn: very nice ride with more lead changes.  She was startled from behind by someone slamming a door and didn't buck and bolt - just a little fishtail for two strides and then we just kept on cantering.  Red: good session in a very crowded ring - someone actually ran into his butt and he didn't kick or do anything else.  Nice trot work using whole ring and doing some large circles.  Pie:  very crabby and sore.  Short ride almost all walking.

Thursday, September 6, 2012 - Dawn and Pie day off.  Pie has a very thorough chiro treatment and felt much better - think this was the source of the crabbiness as he was extremely sore in a number of places. Red: good walk/trot work, with lots of turns and circles.

Friday, September 7, 2012 - Dawn: very good ride, lots of canter work, some very nice lead changes including a left to right lead on quarter line where she waited for my thought.  Red: good walk/trot ride - dealt well with distractions of new horses, a little stiff and needed to warm up.  Pie: much more cheerful today, walk/trot work with lots of figures.

Saturday, September 8, 2012 - Dawn: good walk/trot session, reluctant to hold right lead so didn't push that.  Pie: walk/trot/canter session - very nice right lead canter departure.  Worked on bringing up the energy.  Made a bit switch to KK with lozenge - he did well with this.  Pasture walk with new boarder and her gelding.  Red: hand walk/pasture patrol.

Sunday, September 9, 2012 - Dawn, Red and Pie: day off.

Monday, September 10, 2012 - Dawn: good walk/trot/canter ride focussed on relaxation and softness, and on making feet light at canter.  Red: walk/trot ride in indoor, then hand walked to outdoor and rode there for a bit - he was getting tired as footing is deep out there so we went in - very good - his first ride in the outdoor.  Pie: pasture ride with two other boarders - very "looky".

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - Dawn: good ride at walk/trot/canter - tried KK with lozenge - she hated it.  Went back to Mylar single joint snaffle, this time using Red's sweet iron D ring - she seemed to like it much better even than her Mylar full-check, which isn't sweet iron.  Red:  not moving that well, did a little trot and one attempt at canter.  Beginning to suspect EPM for continued lameness, did neuro tests and left hind placement, movement and carry all abnormal.  Pie:  Good ride outdoors, had some fun trotting and cantering around.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - Dawn: excellent ride in outdoor arena.  Lots of very nice canter work, including a number of flying lead changes with two strides between.  Red: hand walk.  Pie: good pasture ride with another boarder.

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: quick arena ride.  Red: hand walk.

Friday, September 14, 2012 - Dawn: very nice ride in outdoor and mares' pasture.  Lots of trot and canter work.  Did some work on her holding the lead at the canter - now that she knows I might want a lead change she's offering them all the time!  Pie: very nice ride in mares' pasture and outdoor - lots of big trotting and cantering.

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: pasture ride with another boarder.  Red:  bareback walking ride - very nice.

Sunday, September 16, 2012 - Dawn: good w/t/c ride, in indoor and outdoor.  Did well holding leads.  Pie: good w/t pasture ride with another boarder.  Red: hand walk.

Monday, September 17, 2012 - Dawn: very nice w/t ride in outdoor, lots of good lengthening/shortening with excellent softness.  Pie: day off.  Red: short walking bareback ride with cones.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - Dawn: day off due to swelling on neck.  Pie: pasture ride with another boarder, a little w/t/c work in outdoor.  Red: short walking bareback ride in indoor.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - Dawn: day off due to swelling on neck.  Red: very nice short bareback walking ride with cones.  Pie: excellent ride/work focussed on activating inside hind leg, both in hand and under saddle w/t.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - Dawn: day off. Red: very nice walking bareback ride with cones, did some moving the hind legs over work.  He felt more forward and engaged, and backed with ease.  Pie: very nice ride, with some in-hand work before.  Walked around pasture with two other boarders, and did some trot and canter work.  Did work with cones in the arena, working on activating inside hind leg.

Friday, September 21, 2012 - Dawn: fairly short w/t ride, good softening and shortening/lengthening, some baby leg yields.  Red: good walk ride, lots of turns and also baby leg yields.  Pie: excellent ride, very soft and responsive; w/t/c, good trot shortening/lengthening, need to work on bend to right, canter excellent to left, tending to have more trouble holding it to the right.

Saturday, September 22, 2012 - Dawn, Pie and Red: day off.

Sunday, September 23, 2012 - Dawn: very nice w/t/c ride after grooming ground-tied in a spot of sun inside the arena door - first time we've ground tied since moving to the barn in February and she did it perfectly.  Very nice feel and connection to hind feet.  Red: nice short bareback ride with cones.  Pie: excellent pasture ride with two other boarders, some good forward trotting, good softening and baby lateral work.

Monday, September 24, 2012 - Dawn: w/t ride in indoor, relaxation elusive but did very well.  Red: walking ride under saddle, did not lunge sound.  Pie: nice ride in indoor, short/long trot and also some canter work - has trouble holding R lead around a circle.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - Dawn: nice w/t/c ride, mostly in outdoor, solved saddle fit issue by reducing shims to 2 each side.  Pie and Red: day off.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - Dawn: day off.  Pie: nice walking trail ride in pastures with three other boarders.  Red: sat on him briefly, ring too crowded, did some hand walking in pastures.  Very feisty.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - Dawn: day off.  Red: very good walking ride in indoor - felt very good and forward.  Pie:  excellent ride in outdoor - good w/t/c work with softening.

Friday, September 28, 2012 - Dawn and Pie: day off.  Red: hand walk around barn area.

Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Dawn: excellent w/t/c ride in outdoor - very forward but also soft and responsive.  Not bothered by saddling at all with new shim arrangement.  Pie: day off.  Red: hand walk.

Sunday, September 30, 2012 - Dawn: good w/t/c ride in indoor - kept to end with firmer footing.  Very forward, had more difficulty maining softness, in part due to some distractions.  Red:  lunged in indoor - completely sound tracking left, improved although not 100% tracking right.  Rode at walk in afternoon in indoor, then led him to outdoor in hand and walked around a bit - did fine going down hill - then mounted in pasture and rode around out there a bit and then back up the hill into the arena.  Pie: nice walking pasture ride with another boarder.

September ride total: 58 rides.


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