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Hickory: December 23

I hope you & your family have a Merry Christmas!

This week, we sure had a beautiful week for mid-December & a good week for Hickory at that. 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. While Hickory hasn't struggled with the jumping like Hero did, he still did just the bare minimum to clear it. We also spent several days ponying & doing some groundwork from another horse. Day 1 was ugly & he sure put my saddle horse to the test when he would resist coming forward. By the end of Day 1, he was coming up off of halter pressure willingly & trotting beside us as we made our way up & down the lane. Day 2 had a few little tantrums before getting with the program & Day 3 was much better & we made a trip out to the pasture. I also briefly introduced the sled to Hickory on Friday. Like Hero, 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. We'll likely spend some time playing with the sled & maybe do a bit more ponying through the snow.

- 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.

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