Monthly Archives: February 2012

A Saturday day off

We were up early, as usual.  Lindsey headed to the gym, I tidied  up around the coach and had a nice long Skype chat with Ivars over breakfast.

We headed to the stable on a blustery, chilly morning.  The drive down Hwy 101 (PCH, Pacific Coast Hwy) was dramatic with big grey clouds over the ocean and 10′ waves breaking on the beach.  A wonderful drive to start the morning.

We stopped at Pannikin for hot green tea and muffins…yum.  Arrived at the barn to hear Lance from down the alley way hollering at us “You’re late!!!  I want to go out!!!!  Ok, then just feed me!!!”.  He’s such a goofy, jolly horse.  “Ok Lance, hang tough, your turn soon!”

Fred walking on the treadmill with Lindsey monitoring her, I started feed buckets for lunch feed and Saturday’s supper and Sunday’s breakfast.  Lance is still hollering at me every time I passed through the alleyway.  “Ok Lance, Fred is done, it’s now your turn on the treadmill”  Lance is now trying to passage, buck and generally goof around instead of just walking on the treadmill…oh boy, a fit Grand Prix horse indeed.  He was sooo happy to get back to his stall and eat his lunch.  His day now made sense to him and he was content.

William was the most tired yesterday and had to be convinced not to trot on the uphill cycles of the treadmill.  “Stay walking William”.  He was glad to be put back in his stall and sleep the rest of the afternoon away.

We then had the afternoon free…Outlet Mall???  Okay, we’re both not big shoppers but this mall is on the Mexican border so we thought it might be a good adventure.  We got directions from the girls at the barn…”It’s the last US exit on the 5, don’t miss it ’cause you be in Mexico if you do!!!” and headed out.

A very busy mall, a very packed parking lot and a very long time with soo much traffic to get back to the freeway to head back north when we finished.  We won’t be doing that again on a Saturday afternoon!

We met Noel and Olivia at Jake’s for a typically early dinner.  Sunset over the ocean, good food and friends…a lovely way to end a great day.


Today is light ride on all three horses.  They’ll be ready for lessons with Shannon on Monday.

Off to the stable…

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Fred’s day off…

The boys worked hard yesterday…Fred didn’t…

Fred layed out flat, sound asleep mid day...very, very tired

The boys both had a lesson with Shannon and worked their tails off (not literally, they both still have very lovely tails…).  Fred on the other hand could not lift her head from her bed.  Those of you who know Fred, know how unusual it would be for Fred to lie down in her stall, even overnight in a quiet barn.  She really worked hard this week both physically and mentally and yesterday was her calling “Uncle”.  Ok Fred…day off for you and guess what girly…day off today as well!

The boys get the day off today along with Fred.  We’ll head to the barn and put them on the treadmill, feed and check blankets and plan a rainy day activity for us for the afternoon.

Lindsey has headed to the gym to workout, I’m headed to the beach for a long walk on a grey morning.

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Bossy, bossy boys.

The boys are very bossy and Fred is just kinda going along with it all with a quizzical look on her face.

This new level of work has the boys a bit upset.  They were comfortable in their easy chairs, asking for another beer and having the remote close at hand…well welcome to the big ring boys…we’re steppin’ up the work!!!  It’ll take them a couple of days to get into the new rhythm but soon they’ll both be their jolly ol’ selves!  Fred, on the other hand, just looks a bit confused.  She’s a smart girl so it won’t take her long to catch on!

Lindsey taught a Pilates lesson in the sunshine at Arroyo yesterday.  Hopefully none of the riders are too sore today!  It was a perfect day for Pilates on the lawn, sunny and warm.

Off to beat the freeway traffic…

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Hump day!!!

A new level of work, greater expectations for all!

Today will have to be a lighter work day…everyone is very tired.  Physically they are all working very hard and mentally the work has intensified, big time for each of them.   They are all coping very well and staying focused and happy.  Yeah…such good horses!

William, schooling tempi changes yesterday.

I’m sure they all slept well last night and I’m Lindsey did as well!…our brains are very, very full…

More learning today!

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Fun, fun fun…

What a fun day! Thanks to Shannon’s expertise and wonderful coaching we all have added new level of expectation to the work.  Can hardly wait for tomorrow’s  lessons!

A  short bit of Fred (Fadora) and Lance’s lessons…

Whooo hoooo…a fun, fun day!

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Baby William…clever boy!!!

Why is Lindsey standing BEHIND William on the treadmill???….

William????!!!!!.....

Because my lazy stallion is sitting on the butt bar while walking on the tread mill!!!  That’s cheating William!!!!!

"William...get your butt in gear!!!"

The horses worked great yesterday.  Everyone is getting ready for the CDI at the end of the month, fine tuning elements in the half halt to add extra polish to the movements required for each test.

Here’s a short video of William and Lance’s lessons with Shannon yesterday.  The work and progress is going great!!!

We met Barb and Curtis and their golfing friends Candy and John, here from Camrose for an early dinner (or late lunch!) in Oceanside.  Lindsey’s evening was at the gym, mine was catching up some work from home.

Light rain expected today…maybe we can get one horse worked before it starts???

Dig out the rain jackets…

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Lance got a present!!!

Lance got a present yesterday…a new bridle!

Fitting Lance's new bridle

" I think it fits well."

"Ok...I like it but a carrot as a present would have be just as good..."

We had a great dinner with Curtis and Barb last night in Laguna Woods.  We were joined by Joe and Maureen, Barb’s friends from Alberta.  A whole evening and not a Super bowl comment to be heard…must be a group of Canadians!  We did hear about the Oilers game though!!!

Today is a light ride on all of them to be ready for lessons with Shannon tomorrow.

A lovely day ahead,

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