Today instead of just normal arena work with Night Heat, me and my jumping instructor went on an outride to look for Sargent Pepper (silly chestnut gelding). This is totally out of the ordinary for Night, so she is all excited and frisky, wanting to go in front of Discovery (my instructor's horse).
We cantered a few times on long stretches, and I was surprised to find out how unfit I was! Okay, Night Heat does have a really big canter stride, but I think I was probably breathing harder that she was! Yeesh...
On the way home she also got a little too hot in the head and even when Discovery stopped, she carried on past him trying to race with Sarge. Even though my instructor told me to take a sharp turn to face away from home I was a little nervous to turn her so sharp going at that speed.... Once I did that on another horse that spooked and he stumbled and I made a half fall/half dismount. So I just sat back and pulled until she was slow enough and then I turned her around.
Anyway, I seriously need to get more fit.... I think I'm going to go back to cycling again.