I had a really great ride today. It was me and Razz's first ride since he was diagnosed with white line. He had a month off, but I haven't ridden him for a few extra weeks because I was doing heavier riding than I was comfortable putting him through. Well, the vet said he's fine now, and I got to ride him! He's gained weight, so I took him to Fat Camp. :P
My instructor ran over in a lesson, and wanted to know if I'd mind riding in a lesson with three more-or-less beginners. I didn't mind at all-- the people were nice. Well, I rode Razz in a circle. They followed, which is OK. Two of the beginners and I started to trot.. well, kind of. I trotted. :P One was getting really upset, so I popped off of Razz and got on Sun, who just wouldn't trot. Well, I made him haul.. especially after he kept circling in front of the gate. Once Sun was in a better mood, I got back on Razz, and did some walk-trot transitions.
Then we got to canter. I missed his canter. It's forward, but smooth and he collects easily. We did some walk-canter and trot-canter transitions. After that, we trotted some crossrails(My second time.. I need to work on keeping him going over the jump.. we kept stopping in front of it). As a cooldown, I took his saddle off and rode bareback.. then did some rider exercises and stretches.
It was great.