I had posted recently about my Thursday night ride challenges- primarily that I find it difficult to make the trek out after a long day and get along with Ellie.
I don't know what it was about this day, today, but I just had a great time! Despite leaving the office a little later than intended I didn't feel rushed, in fact I felt remarkably relaxed as a zoomed past what little traffic there was (a light traffic day is one to be enjoyed).
At the barn I watched the girls jump around while I casually zipped up my boots. All that working out must be paying off because rather than sweating and swearing like I usually do while manhandling the zipper over swollen end-of-day calves, the boots zipped right up!
Ellie and I did a light warm up and then Emma asked if we were ready to jump around. For a fleeting moment I had the urge to say no- but instead responded with a firm- SURE! We cantered back and forth over a few little verticals- no major mishaps and a few nice jumps. I really enjoyed Emma's instruction tonight- she always has good tips and adjustments to share and that coupled with a few "good jobs" left me feeling like we were taking steps (albeit small steps) forward and had an accomplished ride!
To end the evening I got Ellie snuggled in her blankets for the night- snug as a bug in a rug!