What an amazing weekend! I'm talking clear blue skies, blinding sunshine, and highs in the mid 60's. It couldn't have been more perfect for riding.
Saturday I rode with Linda's daughter again in our pasture. North was being a bit of a toddler and difficult. Not wanting to be forward, not bending, and just being completely uncooperative. So I suggested we take them on a short hack first. We hacked them on the outside perimeter of the barn and by the time we got back to our pasture, we was loose, relaxed, and bending again. We did a good 20 minute ride and I just basked in all the sunshine. Lol.
Sunday we decided to take the babies to the arena in the new trailer. Despite the craziness and what happened the other day, the mare and North both were fairly easy to load and unload. One of the barn friends, Alex, came with us to help the 11yr old school her mare and start teaching her bend. She's young, but teaches beginner kids. I think the more time we spend riding together, the more her mom is realizing that North is much farther along than their horse, and now wants to step up their training. I told her it's going to be difficult unless she gets someone to start riding their mare and teaching her so that they can then teach her daughter. She's just too young and tiny to understand feel and have the strength to get the horse to move off her seat and legs.
Anyhow, as soon as we got the horses unloaded, we walked them around to get them settled with being there. Again, the mare could not have cared less about being in a new place, but North was a little uneasy and nervous. We walked them through the arena and out the other side and before I knew it, North had dropped and started rolling! The mare saw what he was doing and immediately followed suit! They were both covered in dirt and mud before we even rode! Lol. It was too cute and funny to even be mad about it.
Our ride was fantastic. North is just so much easier to school in an arena setting. With even footing and no distractions, he is just so much more steady and easy to work with. I could not have been more pleased with our ride. I then asked Alex if she'd be interested in cantering North for me. She does eventing and is used to going fast. Lol. She's never ridden North before and said she hoped she wouldn't get bucked off. I assured her it wouldn't happen. He didn't mind cantering, he just wasn't very balanced yet, so off they went.
She cantered him both directions in 2pt and it was great. Towards the end, it was more canter than gallop, and she was even able to sit a few strides. It was so great schooling them in there that we're going to try and go more often.
Below are pics and video from both days. Like I said, it was a really great weekend.