So much learned, so much to write. Unfortunately my will to write is weaker than the urge to go sit in the hot tub and soak the various muscle groups reminding me that I don't usually ride more than once a day--certainly not several days in a row.
The consummate trainer, Ike gave us take-home lessons we can work on without a mechanical cow. Exercises that will mix up our normal routine, as well as help with collection and other things both horses need.
Pictures will have to suffice. The hot tub's siren call is too hard to resist. Much, much more later.
Here he is, Bar, the "crazy" OTTB chasing a mechanical cow. Did I mention he is awesome?
Lena looking like the cow horse she was bred to be:
So proud of both horses, and so proud of myself. I let a lot go, learned a lot, and had a lot of fun in the process.
There are still trailer loading issues for Bar, but the good news is once loaded, once Lena was in with him, they both rode quietly the whole way there and back. It's opened up a whole new set of opportunities for us going forward--adventures yet to be had.