After Sara left, I put Riva on the lounge to work on her transitions and to sharpen up her responses to cues. I rode her again briefly after the ground work. I worked on some spiraling circles - started at a 20 meter circle and spiraled in to a 10 meter circle, then back out to 20. She did well with this - her balance is improving since I have been asking her to step under herself by doing turns on the forehand and haunches.
Tonight...I rode outside...on February 2nd...in Indiana...in just a fleece jacket and breeches! When we pulled into the drive at the barn this evening, I saw that two riders were working their horses outside. The BO had groomed the outside dressage arena and the weather could not have been better. I moved really fast getting Riva tacked up since the sun was starting to go down. By the time I walked Riva outside, the other riders were finished and headed back in to the barn. Riva grew to about 18 hands as I walked her to the mounting block - you would think she never gets to go outside! But she was a good girl and stood very still as I got on.
I headed her for the dressage ring and after one walk lap, put her in trot. She was lovely! No Spring sillies for this girl just yet. She was listening, forward, and energetic. We worked lots of diagonals and figure 8's. I also worked her in the spiraling circles again. After finishing with the circles, she offered a very nice forward trot down the long side before we finished up. Just wish I had pics and or video! My husband was talking for most of my ride to new boarders at our barn. They had test rode the Kieffer I have for sale and were discussing with my husband. Fingers crossed the saddle works for them.
So the ground hog saw his shadow today and that means 6 more weeks of Winter. As my husband said tonight, though, if we have 6 more weeks of the weather we have been experiencing - that would be wonderful. More outside rides please!