Super Husband was able to play photographer for me last Friday afternoon!
We spent lots of time cantering last week.
Funny story to tell about last Thursday. Went out to the jump arena to ride - as we had done every day last week (dressage arena footing was not groomed to Princess Diva standards) and as we came down the long side, headed towards the back of the arena, Riva wanted to spin and go back the other way.
Turned her around and kicked her forward - this time she did a little rear and almost seemed to say 'Danger, Danger!'.
So I jumped off and proceeded to hand walk her towards the back - the farther we went the more she snorted and jigged around.
Then I saw it...
cue scary music...
someone had stood a jump gate up and leaned it against the fence (the nerve).
As we approached the out of place gate, Riva spun and jerked the reins out of my hands and started trotting towards the front.
All a could see was her new bridle snapping and thought to yell 'Stand'. (the cue I use to get her to halt when lunging)
Amazingly - she stopped...right then...even a square halt! Took me a minute to believe she actually stopped :) Walked up to her and sweetly told her we are walking by that gate - which she did but really didn't want to.