Raising Norwegian Fjord Horses Since 1973
"Disposition, Conformation, Versatility"
As usual down doing chores by 6:30 am and letting the horses have an hour to finish eating their breakfast. A little late starting Lisbet and Mektig on the quad. It was 8:13 this morning when we started our warmup walk. So proud of Lisbet, she is walking the first walk averaging 6 kph and going over the 1 km in ten minutes. we went up the meadow and through the trail Orville mowed for me through the trees. Lots of chipmunks running across the path and a pair of Muley does watching me and gliding off through the trees. We were at the end of the first kilometre when I seen Stina and Ellie standing in the trees swishing flies. We finished our walk going up the steep incline to the first bench or first loop as I call it, and onto our 11 min. trot.
Just as we got going there along the trail was the rest of the outside horses. A quick count got me 11 when the number should be twelve. Did I miss count. Mental note to double check numbers later on. Leisel and Jarry come trotting up and as usual Leisel is the only one to come with us. Thought I lost her when we came past the cabin but she was taking a short cut through the trees. Down past the corrals and Lara, feeling very left out, was whinniying and following as much as she could.
Just past the corrals we started our second walk, again averaging 6 kph and onto the second trot and I figure Lisbet is doing well enough to do a second loop and not just stay in the meadow area for her second trot. I have to really remind my thumb to stay at 11 kph for the trot. Keeps creeping up to 12 or 13. Near the end of our 11 min. trot Lisbet has more room and she is up by my left shoulder. Interesting, maybe she is ready for 12 k's at 12 kph. Better wait another day or so. Mektig likes to stay right by my right shoulder or just behind the quad at my shoulder if the going is narrow. I did a little longer walk home and we travelled 7.6 km total.
We started out doing 6, so Lisbet is coming along nicely. Leisel did the entire route with us again and came through the gate into the yard. I put her into the corral and fed her her grain. Orville meanwhile had caught, fed grain and harnessed up Josefa and Jussi.
Turned Lisbet and Mektig loose into yard for a few minutes to graze. Not sweaty enough to hose off, so soon as Orville was ready to go I put them away and we hooked up "the Sisters" to the carriage and worked on Dressage today.