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Phillippé was out for a half hour with a new boarder, friend and mini mom tonight, and her 11-year-old daughter. First drives for each of them, they loved him! Mom’s been struggling for quite a while with her mare and was not loving horseing. So she met me and my lot of sillies and has been infected with the bug of just having no-pressure fun. Her smile tonight made my heart happy.
Phillippe and I were out yesterday for about an hour!
Windy and blustery it was! I was all wrapped up in my lap robe and ear muffs but he was just a trooper and took good care of us both.
Phillippe had 45 minutes of driving on Friday, then 35 minutes on Saturday.
Falcor and I had the best drive we'd ever had on Saturday. He stayed relaxed in his body the whole drive. Yes, he was still way forward, but he was relaxed! I actually got to ask him for more a few times! We made laps around our hay field several times! What fun!
Phillippe was out for 30 minutes yesterday. Seems one of his rear feet are sore again. I think I know what's going on but I'll give him some time off before I make changes.
Falcor and I drove for a half hour as well. Unfortunately not the same type of awesome drive we'd had on the weekend, but not all drives are going to be amazing. He was more relaxed to get started though, so still a win. And we had some cantering happening. I didn't reward or discourage it, just brought him quietly back to a trot. I do appreciate that he's offering it though. For the bits we had, it was quality!
45 minutes with Billy yesterday. We went a little over 2 miles. Stopped to talk with a neighbor. She had the stroller and baby in a swing. I thought Billy might object to these two, but he was fine. Those darn no-see-'ems have hatched, which makes driving with the wind at one's back noisome. I need to remember to spray my hat and Billy's ears with OFF next time.
He didn't show any tenderness after his hoof work the day before; I did put his boots on him. Unfortunately, I also couldn't tighten any more holes on the girth yet!
Wednesday I sent Ail and her friend out for a good half hour or so with Jasmine and Willy. Ali hasn't driven her pony in months and months! We have Jasmine leased to an awesome lady who loves that pony and Ali's just far more focused on her big riding mare. Ali's friend had never driven before and Willy has recently been opinionated about being asked to move forward. Well, I put him in Phillippe's harness and vehicle and gave his new driver the low down and sent them off. Willy was offering to canter off after Jasmine! So I guess it's a harness or vehicle fit issue that's causing him to communicate his discomfort.
Well I've been ground driving Peanut occasionally and hand walking Oatie practicing our "Walk Only" dressage tests for the month. Probably about 2 hours total for April.

I have to start keeping track better but things have been hectic here and I just plumb run out of gumption :D !