Day 4 was another gymnastic day. Finally the weather began to get a little warmer, and the exercises were more technical than the previous day.
I got in trouble with Laurie because I left without putting my horses blanket on...poor guy! My mind was a little scattered from all we had done.
Backing up a little though, we began our session by George letting us work at will. Working at will allowed us to get our horses stretched out and warm before we could start putting them together. It also allowed us to follow up on a couple of George's exercises by ourselves.
Wow, what a working day. Again waking up at 4 a.m. in order to get to the stables and start the preparation. It was a very brutal and cold morning. It was around 25 degrees, and boy I thought Florida was going to be hot and sunny.
Nevertheless, Reed Kessler and I were the first ones to arrive along with Victoria Birdsall. Everything we did consisted of: feeding, cleaning the stall, brushing, longing and making sure the horse was 150 percent ready, not 100 percent, because that would be average...
Day 1, flatwork, was finally here. The wind was blowing, and it was very cold. The horses were wild, and all wanted to gallop free as if they were in the wild.
The morning started very early, as I always like to start my mornings early. Laurie Pitts, who is the general barn manager, keeps us in line and makes sure everything is orderly. Everyone was asked to be there at 6:30 to get all the horses groomed and fed, as the first group began at 8 a.m. sharp.
Meet Theo Boris, our newest blogger. This junior rider from Los Angeles, Calif., made a name for himself last year when he won the Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search-West, and this year he's got even bigger goals in mind. Follow Theo to Wellington, Fla., where he's just begun the George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Clinic.
After arriving on Sunday, the second of this new year, I anxiously awaited the first day all of the riders would get together and the start of the clinic!