Sunday, April 14, 2013

Another Fabulous Day for a Ride

68 degrees
Slight Breeze
Quiet-except for birds
Singing their songs

Multitudes of Lupine

 Hummingbirds flitting about
Emerald Grasses waving free.
The weather was so absolutely-awesomely perfect today.
I'd like to say it was the perfect ride.
It wasn't, but it wasn't too bad either.
Falcon first wouldn't let me mount-nothing a little bit of circling didn't help.
Then he didn't want to go-then leapt over the creek.
It took some major urging to keep him going-and then he took off at a nice walk up the trail
A few spooks and bucks at the canter
Leaves me with a major bruise on my wrist where it hit the pommel.
Another whack of my helmet on a low branch sent him into another leap and buck...
Out to the lake then turn around for home.
One more major spook dip to the right over a scurrying lizard
And then we took off for home
Cantering/trotting/responding well-no more silliness.
No Tripping at all on this ride!
His feet are starting to look better
These are stress cracks from when his feet were so long.
 They are finally starting to grow out
 The Hoof Trimmer guy comes on Wednesday.
I expect it will still take a couple of more trims to get his feet to where they need to be.
But the fact that he isn't tripping anymore is a major improvement.
This is a hind hoof-looking great
 And the other hind, taken from an odd angle-it is in good shape too.
Last but not least
The "get the roots out of my mouth" technique that Falcon uses
When he pulls up the plant root and all.
He amazes me how he maneuvers his mouth around and manages to drop all of the rooty dirty parts.

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