|Elisabeth is one of Lily's greatest fans. (After me, of course!)|
When I first started riding her, she used to be completely all over the place at the trot-slowing down and speeding up every few seconds; it was very hard just to keep her at a consistent speed, and at any speed, it was like riding a jackhammer. Such a big difference! It felt so much smoother during most of the workout. She was more stiff than usual to the left, so I took it easier on her in this direction, keeping the circles slightly larger. She's not lame, but I think I'm really going to have to put those front shoes on her. It's been over 2 months since she was last trimmed, and she still has no hoof wall that can be trimmed! Her left foot seems to actually be getting smaller-she wears it down more, despite daily applications of Venice turpentine to all 4 feet. Front shoes will prevent this from happening. I think it's time. Boo...
Despite that, her trot was still loose and swinging. I was so happy with her! She actually had a nice sweat going when we were done (first real sweat in a while-it was cooler than it's been in a long time), and I think the partial clipping helped-she recovered quickly. I gave her a liniment bath and she finally got to have her real dinner.
Today I was at the barn early to work some more on clipping her before going on a trail ride with Elisabeth. I did the whole front end of her body (neck, shoulders, and chest) before Elisabeth arrived, then we tacked up and we were off.
|That dark stuff on the floor in front of her is all the hair that came off of her shoulders alone! This was using a #10 blade, too!|
|These little pebble clouds never lie-they are usually followed by a cold front. They are only seen between October and April, and always make me smile!|
We trotted back down the powerlines on the way home, and cooled the mares down by walking the rest of the way to the barn. I was kind of sad to have the ride end; I think all 4 of us had a really good time. Lily got a bath and her lunch, and I returned in the afternoon to finish body clipping her. Towards the end, she was tired of it, and started turning her head around to look at me, "Mooom, I'm bored! Are you done yet??" So cute! I turned her out for an hour as soon as we were done. I clipped everything except her ears (that's going to be another project altogether...she doesn't mind the clippers anywhere except on her ears), her forehead (hair is short enough) and her legs from the hocks and knees down (no winter shagginess there yet). I stepped out to her walkout to call Judy to see when we could reschedule last night's lesson. The side paddock shares the fence with our side of walkouts. Lily walked over to me and stuck her head through the fence to say hi before walking away to go back to grazing. This made me smile. Afterwards, I went to her, and she turned around towards me and placed her head in my chest. I love when she does this; I've never met such a lovey horse, and she's mine!