Today is gorgeous. We have a day of summer in December -- teeshirts for us, baths for the horses, naps for the dogs. Tomorrow is supposed to warm as well and then it starts cooling off with rain expected by the weekend. Camille took this picture of the dogs on the patio.
Brett and I rode together after breakfast, starting out with a walk on the bridle paths. We went around the block which is about 20 minutes if you march. I was able to keep Jackson on the buckle the entire time and he had happy forward energy. The arena work was hit and miss. His trot work was very consistent and supple. He did great with his leg yields: bent around my leg but straight in his neck, leading ever so slightly with his shoulders, crossing, and not losing forward. Good boy! In canter, he struggled to get the correct lead. It seemed to be an anticipation problem so I tried giving a strong half halt as I asked and that helped a lot. I could feel him click his brain back on and then get it right. Overall, it was a successful ride.
After Jackson was clean and dry and put away, I went back to the house to help Camille make toffee for her chemistry class. I spilled sugar on the stove and Camille dribbled sugar water on the floor but other than that we did pretty well. Brett decided to get out the shop vac and clean the tack room. He came up to the house with blood dripping from his forearm. That man cuts himself open all the time. I covered the cut with a non stick pad and wrapped it up with vet wrap. He said he cut it on the key in the tack room door but couldn't explain how beyond that.
I have to go down the mountain after the kids clean out the rabbit area. The kids are going to their dad's house and I need to make a quick stop at the mall (ugh). I hate to leave on days like this.