I usually don't ride on Saturdays - I have music lessons and driving to and from that takes up most of the day. But it was a beautiful, frosty morning, with sun and only a touch of wind. The leaves were drifting down and the tall grasses were gently waving. It was in the mid-20sF when I went to the barn to feed and clean my stalls. By the time I rode, it was about 30, but I was dressed for the weather.
Pie and I did several new things today. We rode in the morning - I took him out of the pasture about 1 1/2 hours after he'd been turned out - no problem. We rode alone and went further than we've gone before - we were out for about 1 1/2 hours - he did great. We did lots of trotting, including some towards home (always a good test) - no problem. We did find out that he doesn't like large, out-of-control lunging dogs who are dragging their owners towards him - we encountered two - he was nervous but controllable - but then I don't like large misbehaving dogs either. He was slightly worried - staring and gentle whuffing - by a guy by the side of the road banging together some sort of road construction thing out of large pieces of lumber. There was one bigger spook - something went crashing away through the grasses on the side of the trail - might have been a deer although we didn't see it - he startled hard, moved sideways and his feet were dancing for a second, but again he listened to me and didn't leave the scene. And even more importantly, he calmed right down afterwards and walked and trotted on a loose rein.
It was lovely to be out on the trail with a fine horse on such a beautiful day!