Second ride today, about 5-6 miles mostly dirt road, but some wandering through brush & trees. Got up to a bit of trotting. Did very well for a young, supposedly pretty green horse.
Just one problem, though: the creek crossing. This was what I call a slot creek in a meadow: about 18 inches wide & deep, with vertical sides, so it needs to be jumped over instead of waded. Well, I'm used to Ellie's nice little hop over this kind of creek. Nova went about 3 feet up in the air (and I think I went about 5 ), like someone added a rocket booster under her tail. So I think I need to do some work to learn to handle that.