Saturday, January 29, 2011

Heeeerrrre's Johnny!

Johnny exploring his new home:

Today was busy, in between doctoring Jazzy, moving round bales out into the fields, tons of lessons, and Faith riding, I had to go get Johnny. He is less than a mile from the farm so he wasn't far, and it takes awhile to load him since I haven't had much of an opportunity to trailer train him, so we decided to just walk him down. He came right up when called and walked calmly the whole way there. It took us less than 20 minutes and he was on the farm and feeling at home. He seems to have settled in quickly. Chuck walked him around the farm a bit, giving him a brief tour, before we took him back to the pasture he will be staying in. He has 40 acres and two pretty cool mares to hang out with. They all seem to get along well and the girls are excited to have a man around.

Jazzy is doing a little better today. Not great, but at least not staring down death. The Tri-hist seems to do a little something for her...either that or the steroids, because her breathing is better. Still coughing, but her breathing is back to almost normal.

Lessons all went well. Dwight even got a ride in on Billy. I finally got him to do more than a few steps of trot, and he did really well. He even said he would do more next time. Faith's ride started out bad, but improved. They started out attempting to practice some of their flat, focusing on making nice 20 meter circles at the trot and canter. Chip was being a butt and Faith was not completely listening which equaled everyone being frustrated with everyone. I decided a change of scenery was in order...we went out to the field and worked on some jumping and finished on a great note. Their flat out in the field was much better, and their jumping was fantastic. Apparently that was what we needed to work on today! I'm glad it ended well. Sometimes it's hard being mom and coach and trainer.

It was a beautiful day today....I wish there were more hours in the day so I could get some ride time too! I'm looking forward to getting Johnny back under saddle. He looks great! Tomorrow is Faith's birthday party...the big 8!

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