I had such an amazing ride on Apollo today! (for those of you who don't know I'm training him from the ground up and we had our first "real" ride 3 weeks ago). I rode with my friends along side the road with oncoming traffic for the first time to get to a near by field and he did amazing. He followed along behind them and didn't seem to care about the cars...he slowly kept walking as he usually does. He even stepped on a rabbit and it screamed and took off running and it didn't phase him, he just kept on walking.
He was in a very good mood and we did lots of trotting, the most we have done on any of our rides. My friends were having fun cantering around in the field and we followed behind at an extended trot because I hadn't worked on cantering with him at all yet...but I said what the heck, its worth a shot. So I made a little kissy noise and he picked up his canter for the first time, the first time I asked him!!! No refusal, ear pinning, teeth grinding, taking off, bucking ect...he picked it up softly and we kept a very slow steady canter (on the correct lead too!). I transitioned him back to the trot and to the walk and gave him a long pat and let him have a breather. He is incredibly comfortable too...his trot is very smooth and his canter is to die for.
We went back to our boarding facility and played around in our empty pastures and cantered a few more times with the same great results. But I like to push the limits, so I wanted to canter ONE more time before calling it a day. He picked up his canter perfectly, and we were passing an open gate and at the last second he tried to turn through it and the momentum threw me right off. He stopped instantly and just stared at me confused lol. I'm happy he didn't take off given we were in a big pasture and he could have if he wanted too. I got right back up and led him into the arena and got back on him and walked for a few seconds and got back off. I didn't want him to think falling means the ride is over...especially since he is so incredibly green (plus my back was killing me). I was kind of expecting him to be a little nervous of me getting back on because of the fall, but he stood at the mounting block patiently and let me back on without hesitation :)
Our amazing ride today was SO worth the fall...even if it means having a sore back for a couple days. I'm so proud of him.