I hope you & your family have a Merry Christmas!
This week, we sure had a beautiful week for mid-December. We had several days in the 40s, 50s, & even the 60s. We ended up spending our time with groundwork outside of the arena. We spent time at the jumping logs, jumping over barrels, trekking through the weeds, & improving his handle & lightness on the ground in the trees. Hero has been about the least athletic horse I've taken to the jumping logs. It was a bit comical to see the wheels turn as he tried to figure out how to manage his legs & get himself to the other side of the log. Even then, it took a lot of "oomph" to get over. I also briefly introduced the sled to Hero on Friday. He was pretty look-y as I had him follow it while dragging. It makes quite a bit of noise as it drags across the ground without snow. Eventually, he became more comfortable & I was able to let the rope out longer & longer so that it would drag beside, & later, behind him.
Next week will be dependent on what this storm brings. It's a bit up in the air right now, but we're forecasted to get 6-14" of snow with a couple of days of high winds. Hindsight is 20/20, but I put the laydown off as that would be easier to do with a little bit of snow (not anticipating the forecast to increase so much) in the round pen next week versus slipping & sliding as we worked on groundwork outside. If we can get into the round pen, we'll move forward with the laydown. If not, we'll spend some time playing with the sled & Hero will get his turn ponying from another horse.
- Lexy Nuesch
Next week's update will be posted on Friday.
I do my best to get these updates posted in a timely manner, but it's not uncommon for me to be outside until after dark, depending on the weather, my schedule, & who gets worked when so updates will sometimes be posted quite late in the evening. Don't be alarmed if you don't see your update right away. In rare cases, I may have to push them until the next morning, but I'll reach out & let you know if so.