I picked up a hackamore at Dover on Wednesday so Lauren could ride Lucy in it.
On a small side rant, Dover had two hackamore options:
1. Herm Sprenger Comi Hackamore for $185
2. Herm Sprenger Short Shank Hackamore for $94
SERIOUSLY, Dover?! That's all you have to offer? SmartPak has a cheapie $25 hackamore that is not overly pretty to look at, but it does the job!
Anyway, I chose the $94 version and I still can't believe that of all of the Herm Sprenger products I could have spent $94 on, it was a hackamore that I bought.
The GOOD news is that Lu seems to really like it! Lauren had a good ride yesterday (Wednesday) and today, and though I need to doctor my bridle a bit to allow the hackamore to sit higher up on her face, she really does seem so much happier in it than she is in a bit.
Maybe it wasn't such a bad expense, afterall. I mean I could have bought three cheap bits that she would have probably hated.
Anyway, I had a crappy day today, so even though Lauren already rode, I decided to take Lucy and Cairo on a trail ride. It is really hard to be sad, upset, and stressed out when I'm out in the woods with my dog and my horse. Jeez I am beginning to sound like a country song!
Lucy did really well. She was a bit looky at first, but I let her stand still and survey everything when she needed to. We went along the trails and around a big field, about an hour in total, though most of it was walking. We did trot a bit and we had a little canter, but Cairo got very excited and went into hyperactive mode when Lucy started cantering, and though Lu didn't do anything bad, I chose to mitigate any potential blow-up and just bring her back down to a walk.
On the walk back to the barn, I recorded a little video so you could all see Lucy's newest trick:
She's a clever muffin :)