Saturday, September 18, 2010
Best Ride Ever
I finally managed to get in a ride on Dawn this afternoon - the first ride since she had her chiropractic work last Sunday, and in fact the first real work session since her fence-collision injury on September 5. It was windy and cool, and most of the other horses were out in the pasture, and there were many small children running around near the arena, and she hadn't been ridden in a week, but I just saddled up - using the dressage saddle and her snaffle bridle - and got on and we went to work. We started with some figures to help us both focus. Then we moved on to lots of shortening and lengthening work at the trot. She was incredibly soft and responsive, and moving very well. I think it was the best ride we've ever had. By the end of the session, she was giving me a true medium trot while remaining soft - the first time we've been able to do this. After a while doing that, she was starting to get pretty revved up, although she was still completely responsive, so we did a few small figures and turns to help her relax a bit, and then did a lovely center line halt from the trot, and we were done. We stood for a bit by the barn and watched horses coming in - part of our just standing around work. Then I took her in and untacked and told her what an excellent horse she is!