We started off by ourselves in the large back indoor, and I was able to begin our warm-up nice and slow with lots of circles and changes in direction to keep Miles’s mind engaged. And he felt fantastic! We worked on giving and going in a frame and canter transitions before we were joined in the arena by a small child doing a lesson on the lunge line and another boarder getting a lameness exam.
For a while I was able to stay out of the way and Miles felt so good we actually practiced lengthening and shortening the trot (for the first time ever). Again, he was stellar!! Not ready for the dressage court by any means, but still, tres exciting. Miles was just really tracking up over his back and into my hands; overall some of the best work I’ve gotten from him in a really long time. It was just one of those rides where I never wanted to stop or get off.
|You can see one of the wild children in the black coat right in front of that green jump.|
But unfortunately our hack was cut short when some small children decided to run around the arena and “canter” ground poles and then “jump” the jumps… in amongst the three riders, including the small child on the lunge. Of course Miles barely flicked an ear in their direction, but when one of them didn’t quite make it over the jump and started wailing AFTER she had already gotten back up and ran halfway across the arena again, I decided it was time to leave.
Luckily for Miles our shorter hack meant he got to spend some time outside eating grass. Yeah, pretty exciting stuff in the life of a Miles.
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