It’s so strange to be back in the land of wi-fi and horses. I left July 5th for a week-long family vacation in Michigan, which involved 64 of my closest relatives packed into 4 small cabins on a lake. It’s a yearly thing, but thanks to Husband’s educational/employment endeavors, we haven’t been in the past 3 years. It was great to see everyone we don’t see throughout the year, as we’re scattered around Chicago/Virginia/NC, but a week of no horses is way too long! Thanks to the lack of wi-fi and basic internet connection, I couldn’t even get my horse fix through y’all’s blogs, so I’ll be stalking them throughout the day to catch up on what I missed.
The day before I left, Leo and I went up to Trainer B’s and a boarder came with me to get MEDIA. And she picked the perfect time to come, as Leo was the most amazing ball of amazingness.
We started with a bunch of work on the flat, getting him to relax. When he lets go, man-oh-man, you won’t want to go against him in dressage. Homeboy has some serious fancy pants he occasionally flashes.
Then we trotted a bunch of poles, which he’s done quite a lot, then over a teensy x-rail.
Then with one half of the 2nd x-rail up:
Then TWO x-rails. Hitting the big time here.
Then Leo’s first vertical!
We did that a few more times, then headed out to the XC field for some real fun.
First up was the ditch. Trainer B has 3 levels of ditches in a row. You can start with the log with the dip behind it, then graduate to the faux ditch with the sand/pole, then next to that is the legit ditch. We started by walking around it both ways, then trotting over the teeny log before coming around to the middle faux ditch. I sat in the backseat, just letting him have his head and encouraging with my leg and he hesitated for a split second but DID NOT STOP before popping right over!
Then we went the other way, with no issues.
Then threw in the flamingos just for fun.
Then went to the water. Leo’s been in both of Carolina Horse Park’s water complexes, but this was the first time he’s seen the dyed turquoise water. And he clearly didn’t trust it once he saw it, so we spent a few minutes doing laps around the edge, getting closer and closer…
…Until he decided we miiiight not be trying to kill him, and oh so gingerly stepped in:
Then we just walked in and out from all different sides until there was no hesitation and called it a day!
Then Leo promptly got a week off while I was gone, and decided he didn’t need hind shoes.
So we’ll spend this week getting back in the swing of things before heading to Trainer B’s on Saturday to see what’s next!