I expected my 16yr old arthritic mare to be stiff NOPE
Warmed up with some liberty she was great popped over jumps walk trot canter with me. Then when I got on she was the hottest she's ever been. She had no walk only jog, when I applied leg on the circle she took that as canter! She was quite happy to canter 10m circles when I made them smaller to slow her down.
The boogeyman was hiding in the bushes and she wouldn't use half the paddock. She was jumping beautifully although slightly rushy but the brakes were failing a bit. I eventually got sick of fighting to slow her down so decided to ask for the canter keep her on a big circle till she decided to stop, a friend timed it at 5.30 right leg and 4.10 left. We almost had sanity after that ALMOST but I was exhausted! So it was cool down and out away.
Next time I'll let her canter it out to begin with!!
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