Did I mention that Sydney and I are going to a schooling show at White Birch Farm on Sunday? Yep. We're arriving on Saturday to have a lesson with Chemaine, my favorite trainer on the coast, and then we're showing at the crack of dawn on Sunday.
But back to Thursday's perfect ride. The neighbor had a crew working in the "scary corner," so I was pretty sure we were going to be schooling some spooks. I walked Sydney down to that end of the arena where he tensed on cue, but with a stern hey! from me, he relaxed completely and never bothered to look their way again.
We jogged around the arena in both directions, picked up a left lead canter at A, did a 20-meter circle and then quietly cantered the whole arena. We did a downward transition followed by a change of direction at the trot. We did several 20-meter circles tracking right and then I cued for the right lead canter. Captain Awesome rolled into it perfectly! We cantered the 20-meter circle and then the whole arena as before. I asked for a downward at P and then came down centerline for a halt and salute.
And that was it. Best. Ride. Ever.
Oh … and then my barn owner came out with a fistful of Redd's Apple Ales for the three of us (Shelly had shown up to groom Bailey). Nothing better than a yummy afternoon drink with the girls in 75 degree weather. Life is very good.
See you on Monday!