Each day this week has been a good ride, in my opinion. I feel we are moving forward, however slowly, once again.
End of daylight savings time means it is pitch black dark by 6 pm. Pretty much ends our outside rides, except for Sundays. I snuck in a quick hack on Tuesday evening - hurried thru groom and tack - and went for a nice forward trot around the pond several times. Riva was happy, alert, forward - and seemed very surprised when I hopped off and untacked her - almost like 'you mean that is all I have to do today?' I am trying very hard to end before she even thinks about slowing down.
Last night, had to arena ride...I feel awful saying that since many riders would kill for a decent indoor arena. But indoor is clearly NOT Riva's fav place to be. Lucky for me, 3 geldings were working also - 2 being lunged and 1 being worked under saddle. Now bear in mind that last year given this circumstance - I would have elected not to ride Riva. (since last year at this time - we had no brakes, steering, listening capabilities, etc) I decided to hop right on - no lunge prior - and put the girl to work. And she was great! Very forward - moved off the seat to a nice walk - little leg pressure to trot - accelerated the trot with a light whip (which is new to us - not so long ago, this alone would have caused a buck or swift kick out), halted when asked - did not try once to bite the boys.
Much, much praise was happening through out the ride. Sweet girl received hugs and treats before getting put to bed. I am still afraid to exhale.