|Friday evening sky|
Busy weekend here, with my guys out of town on a short backpacking trip. Rode Lance briefly Friday evening; it took more time to clean him up than I spent on his back! He was so dusty I was suspicious that dirty little elves had dumped bags of fine, red flour all over him and then kept him from shaking. I transferred a good portion of it to me while grooming him, so as soon as I was done, I went to the house and took a shower. Rode him again this morning and he was worse, if possible; we got a brief shower yesterday afternoon so some of the dust (on him, not the ground) had turned to mud. Ugh. I would have bathed him if I thought he wouldn't stop, drop and roll at the first opportunity.
With the State Fair coming up in 2 1/2 weeks, I've been adding some new things to our schooling sessions. I'd still like to get over to the facility with the trail obstacles, but our camper is still on the pick-up waiting for an opening at the RV center to fix the refrigerator, and I'd rather not haul with the camper. (Won't be going to the beach tomorrow, either; the friend who was going to haul can't go.) So for now I'm working on making Lance more maneuverable, moving his hindquarters, moving his front end, side-passing, backing. I need to find an old tarp to see if he'll walk on it, and put down some poles for things like a keyhole.