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JR Session 38: Dorito Gordito

June 2, 2009

Homeward Maryland (Mary)

Monday, 6/1/09

I did a few new portraits of Mary the Morgan. As she becomes more fit, she is filling out nicely. She looks wonderful and it’s fun to chronicle her progress. Photographing black horses has become enjoyable now that I have the perfect practice model mare. There are so many nuances: every type of light makes a different color cast on her coat. The last bit of available light was reaching Mary as I snapped these frames. I particularly like the way she looks in her new Stubben Golden Wings snaffle.

I hand grazed Wizard and put his front legs in standing bandages while I was at the barn. His left front leg is still swollen. He is not lame on it, but the inflammation is still there. He also got a little massage- he seems quite pleased with the pampering. Whenever I massage the muscles near the sacroiliac joint, he does an elaborate yawning routine. Yawning can be a sign of relaxation and released tension.

Did you ever realize that Doritos means “little bits of gold”? That would make JR a gordito dorito since he needs to get his grain cut back a little- he got a little more roly poly when I went to Kentucky.

JR was longed in the indoor arena today. We had another excellent and productive session. I had the happy realization that I had not heard JR interfere at all in the past three longeing sessions! I think that the work has made him more balanced and he is more coordinated so he strikes his own feet less often.

I always start with no side reins and we work toward connection with side reins. Tonight, I experimented with tightening the inside side rein one hole tighter than the outside side rein. I did not see a big difference, but big differences are not what I want to see at this phase of training :^) When we were done with side rein work, I asked for a canter. The canter was easier for him in the indoor arena since the footing is firmer. I only ask JR to canter about 2 or 3 times around in each direction at this point in his schooling.

When we were done longeing, I turned JR loose in the arena. He walked beside me, sans halter, sans tack, and cooled off. His interaction with me has reached a new level and it was apparent when he was at liberty. We’re finally starting to understand each other a little better :^)

I did a little massage work on JR as well- he loffed it.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. oregonsunshine permalink
    June 2, 2009 2:18 pm

    Hi Sarah!

    Mary looks awesome! I love the contrast of her golden bit.

    Nice that JR is starting to really bond. I love the “Gordito Dorito” description! lol

    We’ll be moving out onto acreage by August. Casey will be moving with us by the end of summer. I’m so excited! We’ll have lots and lots of trails to explore on our property.

  2. June 2, 2009 3:56 pm

    Thanks O.S.! I love the gold against her black coat as well :^)

    It took a while, but the chubby bit o’gold is quite charming.

    That sounds wonderful! Best of luck with the move and here’s to a beautiful summer filled with memorable trail rides.

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