10-25-2013, 09:42 PM
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Today's ride was pretty ok. Horse was 100% sound. He was VERY energetic and felt quite explosive. He kept making that gurgling sound with his nostrils as he searched the woodline waiting for some type of monster to leap out at him. Or maybe he was hoping to use the gunshots that were coming from the distance as an excuse to enjoy a bucking spree. I'm not really sure but I could definitely tell he was in a naughty mood.
He never once attempted anything though. He rolled up into a nice round position and picked up a beautiful jog. He maintained his speed through directional changes and even trotted sideways across the ring. We did 360's in both directions, backed beautifully, and side passed each direction. I did not canter today. Mostly because his muscles never did loosen up and I never got that sigh that says he's done w/ stupid. But also because I ran out of daylight.
I got off feeling really good about my ride though. He wanted to be bad, I could feel it but he never once attempted it. Nor did he ever say no....