My pony gave me the perfect present: a great ride today!
The rain and consequently crowded arena sometimes makes me a bit grumpy or distracted in my ride. Sometimes it just feels like, “let’s just get this done.” I’m grateful for the covered arena, honestly I am, but it is hard to do concentrated work when people are jumping big fences while you’re trying to do dressage.
But today was different. I had a plan and I worked the plan, because no one else was there! Yahoo! A ring to myself, freshly dragged and all ours, such joy!
Finn and I took full advantage of our freedom to use the entire arena, and made the ride much more complicated than it has been lately. Circles! Zig-zag laterals! Random transitions without worrying that someone would run us over! Tempi-changes here, there and everywhere! Not all of it perfect, not by a long shot, but we had room to experiment, how perfectly delightful.
A big gallop round the arena whenever the energy started flagging, with plenty of praise (and the occasional small treat) kept Finn well motivated.
What an excellent pony and well deserving of the extra treats he got on this beautiful Christmas Day. My wish for all of you is a lovely ride on your horse, whether it be on the trail or in the ring. Hug your horse around the neck and smell that delicious smell…