I had the alarm set for 5:45 AM so that I could feed, load up the trailer and head off to meet some friends for a nice early morning trail ride at Clemson. About 3 AM I got up and my back was still not right so I shut off the alarm and slept in until ~6:30.
After feeding and grooming Boomer and Cody (the new guy), I did some chores around the barn and came in for breakfast. When I went back out, I saddled Cody to give him a try (he just got here for training on Thursday and I like to let them settle in before riding). I saddled him up, lunged him, put his bridle on then eased into the saddle - he's a long legged 16.1h AQHA racing bred, built like a TB. He was a little jumpy at first and got light on the front end. I let him go where he wanted to so that he got the feel of me and I could assess how he was. After a few minutes, I took control and we W/t around the field a bit. That was all I could handle. By the time we got back we were both totally sweated up. ~1/2 an hour all totaled. I hosed him down, and headed back to the house - all by 10:00. It's just to humid to ride.