May worked out OK, despite the weird weather - lots of cold, wind and rain. I managed 45 rides on the three horses, which wasn't bad at all considering the weather, Pie being out of action for almost two weeks and days off for Dawn and Drift before and after the clinic.
Yesterday was a busy day, not just with the saddle fitter. I had both a.m. and p.m. feeding and turnout/bring in duty, and I managed to ride all three horses. Pie and I had a nice 40 minute trail ride, and he did fine despite the heat and humidity. Drift and I also had an excellent work session with lots of trotting.
And I had my best ride ever on Dawn. She was forward, but relaxed. Her softening at the walk and trot was consistent. Her transitions were flawless - walk/trot, trot/walk and trot/halt - all I had to do was think the new rhythm in my mind, exhale and she just flowed into the new gait, maintaining her softness. She did some lovely stretching down work at both the walk and trot. When she momentarily became distracted by something outside the arena, she came right back to me and continued working. Her shortening and lengthening of stride at the walk and trot were effortless. And the leg yields were amazing - all I had to do was think about walking forward with my own legs as we trotted in a straight line and then change the thought to stepping to the side with my own feet - no leg or rein aids needed - and she floated over "with" me without any change of rhythm or softness. It was just glorious - I couldn't be happier with how well she's working.
And today's a beautiful day, sunny with a high of about 80F and low humidity. I expect there'll be some riding . . .