This week, we've been able to get back into the arena with consistency. We've continued to progress & refine our previous exercises & maneuvers while also moving her into a correction bit (ported bit). We also roped the dummy a bit & introduced the stock whip under saddle. Those both went quite well once beyond the initial introduction. Nelly was trimmed on Wednesday. While working on her right hind, she had some built-up dead sole ready to come off. As I was grabbing it with my nipper, she went to step & move to get a better look at the sounds coming from my husband washing the pickup nearby. My nipper grabbed a bit more than I would have liked & found a bit of blood. While it does happen from time to time, depending on the horse, it's generally not a big deal. Regardless, it's something I keep an eye on. She rode great yesterday (Thursday) without any soreness. Today, she was a bit tender & sore on it when turning to the right in the arena. She tends to be a bit tender on the rocks after a trim on all fours anyway & might be a candidate for shoes or boots on rough ground. I'm going to see what she's like in the morning, but if she's still looking a bit sore, I may not bring her to Pierce when I haul back for lessons & will continue to monitor to see if the soreness progresses or improves over the next 3-4 days. Next week, we'll spend some time riding through the cattle, polishing our current exercises & maneuvers, & dragging the sled around a bit. - Lexy Nuesch
Next week's update will be posted on Saturday.
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.