5/30/09, Bentonville, IN - Things are progressing towards a mid June departure. I now have the brakes bled down and working good and I’ve done some more work on the storage boxes.
After a bit of effort, I now have front shoes on both horses. Today, I’m going to shoe up Bob in the rear. Bill is a little “kicky” when it comes to his rear feet. No worries - my landlord, Dr. Marti, is going to mix up a nice tranquilizer for him. I find that I only have the strength to do two shoes at a time right now.
It was a beautiful day so Marti and I took the lads for a five mile spin around the block. As predicted, Bill is starting to come off the bit and driving with a lot lighter line. He still tends to be a bit bouncy, but he’s coming along. When I got him, he was being worked with a pretty snug overhead checkline going to his bridle. The new harnesses have side checks, which I use to keep them out of trouble, but don’t apply a constant bit pressure.