Today was my first time back to riding after about 2 weeks off. Navigator was surprisingly well-behaved and didn't seem too fresh.
We started off with a lot of warm-up post-trotting to loosen him up and get him thinking about work. My left shoulder was giving me trouble to the left, but as long as I thought about it and pulled it back it wasn't so bad. It didn't seem as bad as normal today, which was nice.
After that we did a little canter in both directions. He just wanted to run, but I got him to calm down and do a nice controlled canter.
A little bit of sitting trot after that, and some transition work. Then we spent a bit of time working on walk to canter transitions. I'm sure I was cuing him incorrectly (partly due to my shoulder?), but the first few times in either direction he picked up the opposite lead. We did manage a nice walk to canter transition to the left though, and after that we were done.
I ended up going out to the barn later than expected today, so I only had about an hour and a half to tack up and ride before it got too dark.
Tomorrow I'm going out with one of my best friends and she's going to ride Navigator. I'm planning to borrow one of the other horses, an older quarter horse gelding named Rhetoric. Should be fun as long as my friend remembers how to ride and doesn't get nervous and forget everything.