Today was an awesome day! Every now and again, you have a ride that just makes you smile, even a day or two after.
Today was one of those days.
Zeus and I did his first jump, with me on his back - and Matt put it perfectly - "She's baaaack!"
We did some flatwork first, to warm up, and mostly because he should mainly be doing flatwork at his age and experience. But he was being so good and calm, I decided to throw caution to the wind and give a crossrail a shot. (Many videos cometh!)
Caution to the wind = wearing helmet and a safety vest. So there was some caution. I'm not stupid. Maybe a little crazy, though.
There we are working at a canter. Most ex-racers really haul when they get started in a canter (meaning, they need to be taught to canter slowly), and it's something we've worked on a good deal, and he's almost a tad too slow here, but I'm not complaining - he's relaxed and working very nicely.
Then it was time to tackle the fence! Which was, to be honest, about 8 inches off the ground. But still.
Then we did it at a canter, and he attempted to circle, but that's because we don't typically canter down the straightaway, so he wasn't expecting me to keep him straight. Still, he went right over it, smooth as can be!
What a good boy he can be! I can't wait to see what this summer brings.