|Teresa and Siena at Broxton.|
Back in Virginia, my new friend Azzam (a mechanical engineering graduate student from Saudi Arabia) was willing to help
|Siena and me at Take No Prisoners|
My mom and I were enjoying an afternoon in Virginia Beach with Teresa post-surgery, when I got a call from Barb asking me to come get Chrome, who had gained weight and height over the winter and was becoming a bit of a pest. Gryphon needed a break anyway, so I swapped him out. We'd taught Chrome how to lunge and started him under saddle the previous summer, and to my delight were able to pick up where we left off, knowing that even if he turned four in June the soonest we might take him on his first limited distance ride wouldn't be until late this year or early 2019.
Meanwhile, my friend Caron who rides dressage graciously began patiently working with Siena, having great success in getting her to round, use her back and develop the neck muscles just in front of the withers. I could tell the difference by early March, when I competed her at the Take No Prisoners ride in South Carolina, again escaping the worst of a windstorm that caused hundreds of thousands of power outages. My friend Lily Kuhn and Chrome came with us, and after a short warm-up ride together the day before the competition, Lily took Chrome through his first pre-ride vetting experience. The little guy also did fine being left alone the next day while Siena was on trail, managing to devour most of a bale of hay. As we headed home, it felt great to watch the two of them devour green grass and clover at a roadside stop.