Sunday, August 24, 2008

No Dog Days Yet in 2008

After some really hot days in late July, we have been cooler and wetter than normal. We had a party lesson planned for yesterday since Cindy was finally in town for a visit (supposedly to celebrate Rob's 60th but we know it was really to ride). Up and at'em to load Splash for me and Pico for Donna and the weather was threatening to the north. Check radar, NOTHING since the stuff to the north was evaporating. So, headed south and ran into rain in Inola and before we could unload, it was pounding rain at Patty's. Soooo, we waited for the lightning to let up and the storm to get passed. We were all very wet before we started to ride.

Splash was better than he has been, especially during the first half of the lesson. I am still using 2 whips so I can be ready to help keep the shoulder from dropping out or the rascal from cutting in. We did have some nice moments and some energy to start. Operator error several times including completely dropping the outside rein when asking for canter. Not sure how I keep doing that, but I will try to hang on to it better.

Pico was a good boy for Donna, and all the horses were really pretty good. Carol had pulled out during the rain so she wouldn't have to leave a horse tied to the trailer in a lightning storm. Then, lunch as Graham's - yummy. Donna got coconut cream pie and it must have been really good - no offers to share at all.

Splash really is doing OK since the riding schedule hasn't been as strenuous as it should be. Since I will be in KS again this week, he will be on sabbatical for another few days.

Nancy C - we will be wishing you well this week when you see the doc about your leg. Catch kisses. xxxooo c

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