My confidence in Larry's preparation for the upcoming show is building. We had really good schooling sessions yesterday and today; the better I ride, the better he goes. (Heh. Funny how that works!) I start off with riding through both tests at walk on a long rein, which gives him a good warm-up, then we work on connection, gaits and transitions.
Yesterday and today have been summer-like, with record high temps for the dates. Yesterday after I schooled him I thought I'd give the sweaty boy a bath, but he was so freaked out by the sight of the hose that I postponed it for today, when I knew I'd have more time. It didn't take long for him to settle down, and he got a good scrubbing with medicated shampoo. I also used the clippers to tidy up his chin; will do his hairy legs another day. He wasn't at all comfortable with the clippers near his bridle path or ears, so I just scissor-trimmed those areas. After I was done cleaning him up, I took a couple photos to share. It gives me great satisfaction to see him filling out and starting to shine!
Hopefully the sheet will keep him clean enough that all I'll need to bathe before the show will be his head and legs.