By Thursday, I was ready to get back in the routine. SInce I am now on summer vacation, my mornings are free for riding so I got to the barn at 7:00 a.m. It felt good to be back on my summer schedule. During the summer months, I ride Monday through Friday (normally) and take the weekends off. If I only got paid for my 4 hours at the barn, it would be the perfect life!
I saddled Speedy first. As suspected, he was a bit of a stinker. Even though he'd had plenty of turn out, he still humped up his back and threw in a few bucks with a small bolt. I turned him into the fence to get a halt and threw on the lunge line. He promptly shaped up and returned to business as usual. It wasn't the best ride as he didn't want to bend (ongoing issue) and he's been a bbit stuck at the jaw to the right. No matter. We have forever to work on it.
My ride on Sydney was the best we've ever had. Right away he was nicely forward and very happy to lift his shoulders. I grinned from ear to ear the whole ride. I hope that he starts to offer that level of relaxation away from home. When he does, our scores are going to shoot through the roof!
So my first day back in the saddle was a good one. How much better can life be?