Today Scooby and Kellie worked for an hour on a western riding pattern - working on lead changes and trotting between the cones - going over the log... she had two barrels set up as well and at first he wanted to charge around them but she worked on making him listen to what she wanted. I wasn't home but she said he did really well.
For Whiskey - I bitted her up loosely and then lunged her for a half hour - she was really fussy at first, when asked to lope off she did a lot of head shaking, lunging forward, throwing half bucks and acting a fool. So she got lots of transitions from lope to trot to lope until it wasn't a big deal - this took the above mentioned half hour. Then we changed directions and repeated, doing walk/trot/lope transitions until she was relaxed about them. So after about 45 minutes total she seemed ready to ride. I set up a long L shape with two eight foot poles on each leg of the L, and then added poles to add a box on one end. We then did trot overs, turns in the box, sidepasses both ways down the long leg, and then lope overs. Her sidepasses are getting very smooth. We then used Kellie's western riding pattern to trot between and around the cones, and she is doing great turning under me. I finished her ride by asking her to lope a circle both ways, and for each way she stepped into the lope and I had a nice loose rein. I was really pleased - I was on her for about an hour and twenty minutes.
I got off her, turned her loose in the pasture (4 acres they aren't allowed out on right now as we are trying to let the pasture recover) and then turned out
Scooby as well. Scooby of course, hothead that he is, took off with his tail in the air and blew around the pasture with Whiskey in hot pursuit. The sun was going down so the light was really pretty, and they hauled butt around the pasture for a few laps - snorting and blowing. I let them stay out there for a half hour then called them back into their paddock for some complete feed. I dont' feed grain 'cause Scooby's too hot, but I do give them a couple scoops of complete feed to give them a boost they need being on grass hay.
Cleaned out the stalls and picked up the poop from the paddock and dumped it around the outside of the arena. We run the harrow over it and then the drag once a week so we don't have a manure pile. Our neighbors appreciate it. After that watered the trees in the yard and headed in. A nice night.