A wonderful advantage of having a body clipped and blanketed horse is how much time I save on grooming. I love to groom and still give Riva the full treatment after our rides - but it is so nice to pick out her feet, swipe the brush over her lower legs, girth area and back, tack up and get on.
We headed straight to the galloping track and made several tripss up and down the back side - rest of the track was a bit too muddy from our crazy rain/snow mix on Monday. We spent most of the time cantering, then trotted in to the outdoor dressage arena to school. Riva was in front of my leg the entire ride - transitions were smooth - there was a nice jump into the canter when cued - just one of those rides where I had a smile on my face the entire time.
My husband helped me with my canter circles at A, which I was making too small and coached me thru several canters across the diagonal with a switch to trot in the corner, pick up the other lead and canter across the opposite diagonal. Riva loves these!
I was telling my husband on the drive home that I love those rides where Riva and I are on the same page. But we go thru many a ride where we are not even reading the same book...