Our wonderful hay supplier was at the barn this morning delivering two round bales - maybe our last ones for this year as we'll be out on grass soon. I'd been planning to take some photos - this blog has been all words all the time recently - and it seemed like a good opportunity. I'm still very much a beginner when it comes to photography, but I've started trying to be more selective/brutal about ditching photos that just aren't working due to composition or other reasons. So the following are what's left from over 130 shots I took this morning.
Dawn was on alert:
Hay on the truck is the best hay of all, she says:
Pie had to come up and say hi - that's Fritz on the right:
A close-up of Pie's star - sometimes it looks like an E to me but not so much in this shot:
Pie and Scout agree with Dawn that hay on the truck is the best:
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Pie and I had a very nice trail ride yesterday with Charisma and Sugar - lots of trotting. Other than a brief episode involving some screaming, running children and a very loud whoopee cushion they were playing with (!!!!) Pie was very calm - I can't say that I much like the noises the children were making either. Pie volunteered some softening at both walk and trot on trail, and once we got back to the barn we went in the area for a while and did some more softening work at the walk. He's really getting the hang of it - he's about ready to do it consistently at the walk and move up to trot - and we actually got some very nice moments of walk where he was starting to step under himself behind, extend a bit in front and lift through his back. That's what the softening work is really about - it isn't about the head position, it's about the feel you get when the horse is relaxing the top line, engaging the core and lifting from behind. And he doesn't brace at all even when he's figuring things out - this is a new experience for me and pretty delightful.
Hoping for another ride today, and perhaps some more work with Dawn if she's coming out of heat. And Drifter's vet check is on Wednesday, if that goes well he should arrive on Saturday, followed by x-rays next Monday . . . keeping fingers crossed . . .