I had a few more errands to do in connection with the move, but that didn't keep me from riding - and I even managed to make some really nice vegetable soup in the crock pot - dried beans, broth and some sautéed onions, garlic, celery and carrots, with the addition of some oregano, thyme and pepper (salt to be added at the table so the beans don't get tough). It's nice after a long day to come home and find dinner hot and waiting.
Dawn was very fine this morning - it was quite cold again, barely 30 in the indoor. She was feeling pretty good after another day off yesterday, but her behavior was exemplary - she used her energy to deliver some really excellent forward and engagement.
Red was fairly stiff behind when we started out, but improved as we went although he didn't get to the point where he was really using himself like he did in our last ride. He was willing though, and we did some decent work, including some canter on both leads - sometimes when he's stiff the right lead can be hard for him but today it was pretty good.
Pie was outstanding. We did a lot of trot work, then did some excellent canter work. We worked on both a loose rein and also with some contact to encourage softness at the canter - this is still a work in progress but he was able to sustain a soft, engaged canter on both leads longer than he's ever done before. And it was really soft - no leaning on my hands which he's tended to want to do sometimes in the past.
Pretty fine, if we say so ourselves! Hoping for more of the same tomorrow . . .