mud and all.
I rode Toby first. He gave me a great ride. Once his muscles were warmed up, he became round and forward. Two things that he's not so great at doing! We had some bending issues but overall he was fantastic! He put a huge grin on my face.
Then it was Ollie's turn. I admit that his pea sized brain makes me a bit nervous when it comes to riding. Especially since he's been nothing but a pasture powder puff for the past couple months. I put on his new dressage bridle and rubber bit. He looked very fancy in his tack. He let me get on him without being overly fidgety at the mounting block. But then when we went around the large arena, he just can't seem to relax. Perhaps he senses my nerves? Probably. Then a lightbulb went off in my head. There are two round pens at our new place. I took Ollie down to the bigger of the two. This was perfect. We marched around in a circle in both directions for a little while. I wasn't too caught up about his form. I just wanted him to relax and for me to relax. Which we did! As soon as he relaxed we called it a day and I took him in, undressed him and took him for a short bite of grass.
Both rides were short since both guys (and their owner) are fairly out of shape. Having said that, I was impressed with Toby's conditioning. He felt strong and didn't get winded. Impressive for my 21 yr old!
The weather is about to turn poor again but I'm so happy to have had my nice rides. It was just good for my soul to spend hours with them. It'll get me through the rest of winter.