It was so peaceful at the barn this morning. I took my time tacking up. I pulled his mane a little. I brushed through his tail and cut a little off the end. I rubbed his ears, which he likes a lot.
I started out our ride sending him forward. He came in front of my leg pretty easily and cantered off almost when I asked. Then we worked on half-halting and coming into contact. It could have been better but it wasn’t horrible. After a nice walk break, I asked for the canter again, and again, it was okay. I’m getting the feeling of pushing my hands forward when I ask, so I don’t bang him in the mouth. The canter itself was nice. He let me collect him a little around the turn and send him forward down the long side. My seat was better too. I also did my homework of riding without stirrups. I was still sore from Thursday, so I didn’t last very long posting, but my sitting trot was a world better.
To end our ride I took him down into the cross-country field. We first took a nice walk around the entire field to see the footing. It was very wet in some places. We hung around the dry parts and I actually trotted him a little.
After I untacked him, I let him eat a little grass. I love spring.