I rode in an early lesson today as we determined that everyone would broil if we waited for the 4pm time originally scheduled.
It was great! I love these early rides- it's cool, the sun is coming up, I'm still feeling relatively optimistic about my day!
I've been enjoying the free form lesson structure too- with a warm up on your own with a few pointers before jumping.
We had several successful fences today but trotting over the hay bales stands out as a fun one. Diane has been showing the past two weeks and I've been traveling so when Diane asked me to trot over those bales of hay I didn't know whether Ellie had been over them already or not. Gamely we marched up, and clearly she had not jumped them previously, as she paused and then leapt over like the bales were going to sprout arms and grab her.
And then we trotted them twice more and she didn't give them a second glance.
I need to jazz up my camera roll with more horse photos- luckily my parents will be in town for the 4th and Ill make them take some snaps during the obligatory family barn visit. For now Felix will have to suffice.