(Though I hope we get some good rain or snow soon or else it's going to be a scary dry year)
First, we had a good grooming session. Kachina is really starting to shed out and I was covered in her hair.
Next, we went on our first trail ride of the year, a two hour walk down the tractor track near the barn. We went with my friend S and her standardbred mare. Kachina was awesome. She was relaxed, listening, and in her best babysitter behavior. We worked a bit on transitions between medium walk and free walk and Kachina was stretching down in a nicely active walk.
|View between the ears|
|It'll be another couple months until this greens up|
Finally, S and I let Kachina and her two horses loose in the big outdoor arena to play. The three horses share a paddock together so there's no worries about them fighting. We call them the three amigos. The outdoor arena is a fair bit bigger than their paddock and has better footing, so they enjoy the opportunity to roll, run, and play. S and I enjoy watching them rip around.
|The three amigos|
|A good roll was first on the agenda - shedding is itchy!|
|Straight from rolling to full speed|
|When I got Kachina, she would never voluntarily canter, even when loose.|
It makes me so happy to see her now offer a lovely balanced canter by herself.
|Not sure what this is lol|
|This is about as much as Kachina ever kicks up her heels, she's too sensible|
|And they're off again|
What we did on Sunday might not improve our dressage scores, but it builds Kachina and I's relationship and we both had fun, and that's just as important :-)